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Throughout his life, George Washington acquired an extensive collection of books on the subjects of military history and politics. This six-volume set, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by the English historian Edward Gibbon, was listed in the inventory of Washington's library composed after his death. By studying the causes of the decline of the Roman Empire, Washington learned valuable lessons from the political errors of past military generals. Washington marked all six volumes with his bookplate and autograph, however his signature was clipped from Volume I at an unknown later date.

For George Washington's other volumes from this series, see W-401/A, W-401/B, W-401/D, W-401/E, and W-401/F.

Description

Volume three of a set of six volumes. Original brown leather calf binding, octavo size. The front and back covers are embossed with gilt along the edges. The spine is covered with embossed gilding and contains the book's title embossed with gilt on a red ground: GIBBON'S / ROMAN / EMPIRE. Below the title, the spine contains the volume number embossed with gilt on a black ground: 3 [encircled]. Signed by George Washington on the title page. George Washington's bookplate inside the front cover. Recto of first fly leaf carries the bookplate of John Matthews, and the bookplate of W. K. Bixby. Recto of second fly leaf carries the bookplate of William H. and Miriam Lutcher Stark. Edward Gibbon devoted much of his life to this landmark publication on Roman history and he is often referred to as the first modern historian of ancient Rome.

The full title of this volume is THE HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE; BY EDWARD GIBBON, ESQ.; VOLUME THE THIRD; A NEW EDITION

Pagination: viii, 412
Size: 8 vo.

Date

1783


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Material/Technique

Leather, gilt, ink, laid paper


Dimensions

Overall: 8 1/2 in. x 5 3/8 in. x 1 3/8 in. (21.59 cm x 13.65 cm x 3.49 cm)


Credit Line

Gift of Miriam Melissa Lutcher Stark, 1927


Signed

Title page, top right corner, in brown ink: Go:Washington


Object Number

W-401/C


Colors (Beta)


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