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THE LIBRARY OF EDWARD GIBBON  A CATALOGUE OF HIS BOOKS by  Geoffrey [compiler]  Edward]: Keynes - Hardcover - 1940 - from William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB and Biblio.com

THE LIBRARY OF EDWARD GIBBON A CATALOGUE OF HIS BOOKS

by [Gibbon, Edward]: Keynes, Geoffrey [compiler]

Condition: See description


London: Jonathan Cape, 1940. 288pp. Large octavo. Gilt polished black buckram, untrimmed. Portrait. Plates. Slight tanning to edges and endsheets, but a near fine copy, in good, somewhat darkened and soiled dust jacket. First edition, the uncommon first issue. Keynes notes in his autobiography that the first printing sold poorly due to the war, and a significant portion of the edition was destroyed in the blitz. Rupert Hard-Davis wrote in THE BOOK COLLECTOR that "Gibbon's Library was duly brought out in one of the worst months in publishing history - April 1940. It achieved the splendid record of selling fewer copies than any other book ever published by Cape - under a hundred, I remember - and since most of the unsold stock was soon destroyed by enemy action, the book must be the rarest in all Geoffrey's extensive oeuvre." In 1950, the Bibliographical Society bound up some sets of rescued sheets, with a missing signature reprinted, constituting the second issue.
  • Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: WRCLIT79066
  • Title: THE LIBRARY OF EDWARD GIBBON A CATALOGUE OF HIS BOOKS
  • Author: [Gibbon, Edward]: Keynes, Geoffrey [compiler]
  • Book condition: Used
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape
  • Place: London
  • Date published: 1940
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