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The history of the decline & fall of the Roman empire: PB 261-2003

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The history of the decline & fall of the Roman empire


Author: Gibbon, Edward
Editor: Bury, John Bagnell
Contributor: Guedalla, Philip
Illustrator: Piranesi, Giovanni Battista
Publisher: Limited Editions Club
Designer: McPharlin, Paul
Printer: Aldus Printers
Printer: E.L. Hildreth & Co.
Printer: Photogravure and Color Company
Binder (person): Russell-Rutter Company



By Edward Gibbon ; illustrated from the etchings by Gian Battista Piranesi ; the text edited by J.B. Bury ; with the notes by Mr. Gibbon ; and the introduction and the index as prepared by Professor Bury ; also with a letter to the reader from Philip Guedalla.

7 v. (lvi, 2537 p.) : ill. ; 26 cm

Place(s) associated

  • New York

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2003-05) by Dreyfus, John


Production date: AD 1946


"... The edition has been designed for the members of The Limited Editions Club by Paul McPharlin; the type-setting has been done by The American Book-Stratford Press, the paper has been supplied by the Worthy Paper Company, the printing of the text has been done partly by The Aldus Printers and partly by E.L. Hildreth & Co., the reproduction of the engravings has been done by The Photogravure & Color Company, the binding by The Russell-Rutter Company"--Colophon. Quarter-bound in black morocco, gold-stamped with a design drawn by Clarence Pearson Hornung; marbled-paper sides over boards. Edition of 1500 copies; Museum has copy number "J.D.".

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Support composed of paper

Materials used in production

Printing ink

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: PB 261-2003
Primary reference Number: 95809
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 September 2012 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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