Miscellaneous Works of Edward Gibbon,

Miscellaneous Works of Edward Gibbon,

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1796 edition. Excerpt: ...eloquence of Wedderburne. From the adverse side os the house an ardent and powerful opposition was supported, by the lively declamation of Barre', the legal acuteness of Dunning, the profuse and philosophic fancy nfBurA-e, and the argumentative vehemence of Fox, who in the conduct osaparty approved himself equal to the conduct of an empire. By such men every operation of peace and war, every principle osiustice or policy, every question os authority and freedom, was attacked and defended; and the subject of the momentous contest was the union or separation of Great Britain and America' The eight sefiions that I sat in parliament were a school of civil prudence, the first and most essential virtue of a historian. si The volume of my History, which had been somewhat delayed by the novelty and tumult of a first sesiion, was now ready for the press. After the, perilous adventure had been declined by my friend IVlr. Elmsly, I agreed, upon easy terms, with lVIr. 'Thomas Cadell, a refpectable bookfeller, and Mr. William Strahan, an eminent printer; and they undertook the care and rilk of the publication, which derived more credit from the name of the shop than from that of the author. The last revisal of tK; proofs was sub-nittcd to my vigilance; and many blemishes of style, which had been invisible in the manuscript, were discovered and corrected in the printed sheet. So moderate were our hopes, that the original impreffion had been stinted to five hundred, till the number was doubled by the prophetic taste of Mr. Strahan.-During this awsul interval I was neither elated by the ambition of fame, nor depressed by the apprehension of contempt. My diligence and accuracy were attested by my own conscience. History is the most pnpular species of...show more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236975308
  • 9781236975300