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Edward Gibbon

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The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It provided the foundation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordable hardbound editions of important works of literature and thought. For the Modern Library's seventy-fifth anniversary, Random House redesigned the series, restoring as its emblem the running torch-bearer created by Lucian Bernhard in... Read More

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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Edited and Abridged)

Written by Edward Gibbon
Edited by Hans-Friedrich Mueller


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 14, 2009
Price: $12.99

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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Written by Edward Gibbon
Edited by Hans-Friedrich Mueller
Illustrated by Gian Battista Piranesi
Introduction by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: Trade Paperback, 1312 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 12, 2003
Price: $17.00

PLEASE NOTE: This paperback edition will not be available until August, 2003.

This new abridgement retains the full scope and structure of Gibbon's narrative, but in a compass accessible to any interested reader.

"It was Rome, on the 15th of October 1764, as I sat musing amid the ruins of the Capitol, while... Read more >

Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: The Modern Library Collection (Complete and Unabridged)

Written by Edward Gibbon
Illustrated by Gian Battista Piranesi
Introduction by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: eBook, 2736 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 28, 2013
Price: $2.99

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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume II
A.D. 395 to A.D. 1185 (A Modern Library E-Book)
Written by Edward Gibbon
Illustrated by Gian Battista Piranesi


Format: eBook, 912 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 1, 2000
Price: $2.99

"I devoured Gibbon," wrote Winston Churchill.  "I rode triumphantly through it from end to end and enjoyed it all."  Gibbon's magnum opus -- which encompasses thirteen hundred years of history, swinging across Europe, North Africa, and Asia -- remains one of the greatest works of history ever written.  This Modern Library e-book bundle contains... Read more >

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume III
A.D. 1185 to the Fall of Constantinople in 1453
Written by Edward Gibbon
Illustrated by Gian Battista Piranesi


Format: eBook, 896 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 23, 2000
Price: $2.99

"I devoured Gibbon," wrote Winston Churchill.  "I rode triumphantly through it from end to end and enjoyed it all."  Gibbon's magnum opus -- which encompasses thirteen hundred years of history, swinging across Europe, North Africa, and Asia -- remains one of the greatest works of history ever written.  This Modern Library e-book bundle contains... Read more >

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume I
A.D. 180 to A.D. 395 (A Modern Library E-Book)
Written by Edward Gibbon
Illustrated by Gian Battista Piranesi
Introduction by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: eBook, 928 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 1, 2000
Price: $2.99

"I devoured Gibbon," wrote Winston Churchill.  "I rode triumphantly through it from end to end and enjoyed it all."  Gibbon's magnum opus -- which encompasses thirteen hundred years of history, swinging across Europe, North Africa, and Asia -- remains one of the greatest works of history ever written.  This Modern Library e-book bundle contains... Read more >

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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. 1-3
Volumes 1, 2, 3
Written by Edward Gibbon


Format: Hardcover, 704 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 26, 1993
Price: $70.00

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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. 4-6
Volumes 4, 5, and 6
Written by Edward Gibbon


Format: Hardcover, 2064 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 1, 1994
Price: $70.00

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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. 1-6

Written by Edward Gibbon


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: December 21, 2010
Price: $140.00

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The Modern Library Essential World History 4-Book Bundle
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Abridged); Montcalm and Wolfe; History of the Conquest of Mexico; The Naval War of 1812
Written by Edward Gibbon, Francis Parkman, William H. Prescott and Theodore Roosevelt


Format: eBook, 3328 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 27, 2012
Price: $2.99

Revisit a world of conquest, exploration, and imperial adventure with this Modern Library eBook bundle that includes Edward Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Francis Parkman’s Montcalm and Wolfe, William H. Prescott’s History of the Conquest of Mexico, and Theodore Roosevelt’s The Naval War of 1812.

THE DECLINE AND... Read more >
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