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5.0 out of 5 stars The Everyman's edition, volumes 1, 2, & 3 (boxed) of 6, May 15, 2005
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This review is from: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Volumes 1-3 of 6 (Everyman's Library) (Hardcover)
This is the best edition available of Gibbon's history.

+ It has all of Gibbon's footnotes;
+ it is packaged in an attractive boxed set;
+ it's hard bound in good plain cloth, not snobby leather;
+ it's printed on fine paper;
+ it can be expected to last into the next century;
+ it leaves enough white margin for writing notes;
+ it has an index;
+ it even smells good.


- It gives no translation of the better Latin and Greek passages;
- the black paste used to print the cover's gold-on-black logo flakes off;
- don't forget to order the other half (volumes 4, 5, and 6).

(The only other edition worth considering is the unabridged paperback Penguin edition. It also contains the full notes, and it is cheaper, but it is bulkier since two volumes are bound as one and the paper is of much lower quality, so the that other edition won't last much more than 10 or 20 years...)
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Initial post: Apr 12, 2008, 5:46:00 PM PDT
Scipio says:
Nice review - information-dense.

Posted on Mar 15, 2009, 2:53:27 PM PDT
You answered all my questions and some I had not thought of. Thank you for taking the time to write a great review.

Posted on Apr 6, 2009, 10:32:25 AM PDT
This is a great review. It provides the reader with answers to questions that he or she is likely to have (certainly mine) in a succinct manner. Thank you.

Posted on May 4, 2009, 6:25:10 AM PDT
Thanks for the comments on the quality of the book material itself. That's something I always appreciate. I want books that will last.

Posted on Aug 23, 2009, 3:57:45 AM PDT
tepi says:
Thank you for your informative review. However, although you mention that the books are clothbound, you don't tell us whether or not they are stitched and open flat. I'm assuming they are sewn, but so many 'books' today have those wretched glued or thermoplastic spines that make reading a hassle and have a nasty tendency to crack when opened. Apart from this one significant omission, you've done an excellent job of letting customers know just what they'll be getting if they order these books.

Posted on Nov 1, 2009, 3:35:42 PM PST
SL3874632 says:
I've been looking through various sets of these books and with few exceptions, the reviewers only comment on the content of the book while completely ignoring the things you detail such as paper quality and inclusion of footnotes. Thank you so much for putting an end to my shopping odyssey. Cheers!

Posted on Nov 30, 2009, 3:39:24 PM PST
M. Homer says:
You are the reason why I bought this edition. While I'd like to have a more "complete" edition, I'd hate to buy such a premium set of books in cheap material. This'll look great on my bookshelf.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2009, 6:06:32 PM PST
Thank you for the compliment. Much appreciated! -Vincent

Posted on Nov 11, 2010, 9:21:34 PM PST
Wende says:
This is a very useful review, and other reviewers of classical texts will do well to follow your example. It provides good information on this specific product rather than repeat the rich amount of critical commentaries that scholars and general readers have made (and can be found all over the Internet) on a classical, canon historical work. I was looking specifically for a version that includes all of Gibbon's footnotes, and I am glad you were able to confirm this. Thanks!

Posted on Sep 25, 2013, 11:22:03 PM PDT
Good review, however I would point out that the Penguin edition offers Womersley's corrected text, introduction, and scholarly apparatus. It is the superior edition in every way other than quality of construction.
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