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This day is published, volume the first of a new edition of
THE DECLINE AND FALL
THE ROMAN EMPIRE.
PUBLISHED BY D. A. TALBOYS, OXFORD; AND
WILLIAM PICKERING, LONDON.
This edition of Gibbon's Roman History is a continuation of a series of British classic writers, publishing in monthly volumes under the name of OxFORD ENGLISH Classics, a prospectus of which has long been before the public, and may be had gratis of the publishers.
Their plan of publication is now so well known, and has been so liberally patronized, that the proprietors feel themselves exempted from the necessity of any farther explanation of their system ; but gratitude impels them to take this fresh opportunity of thanking a generous public for its continued favour and support; and again do they pledge themselves to use renewed diligence in their future labours.
It may suffice, therefore, to say of this work, that it will in no respect be inferior to any of their previous publications. In type and paper it will exactly assimilate to their edition of the works of Robertson ; and will be completed in eight volumes, published monthly, at eight shillings each.
To gratify the admirers of typographical excellence, a very limited number will be printed on fine royal paper, at one guinea per volume.
In accordance with their general plan, the proprietors have taken the greatest care to procure an accurate and faithful text. The original quarto editions have been diligently collated; many discrepancies have been discovered and rectified; and perhaps it may not be too much to say, that this will be the FIRST EDITION in which the genuine text of the writer is given throughout.
To attempt any thing in praise of the great historical work they are about to publish, would be impertinent--the merits of Gibbon as an historical writer have been duly appreciated; and the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire continues to be regarded by the literati of Europe as one of the most important literary productions of the eighteenth century.
OXFORD, Feb. 1827.
Authors forming part of the Oxford English Classics already
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