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The Library of Edward Gibbon

( BIBLIOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY ) ( Edward GIBBON ) KEYNES, intro., Geoffrey

[Second Impression.]

NEAR FINE COPY IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPER

Published: Bibliographical Society, 1950

Stock code: 239

Price: £120.00

This classic study was first published by Jonathan Cape in 1940, but Keynes recounts in his memoirs '...publication in 1940...very few copies were sold. A few months later most of the stock was destroyed by German bombs...fewer than 100 sets of sheets of the book had been salvaged. These I offered to the Bibliographical Society for sale to its members, and they were soon taken up, while Cape's volume became much sought after...This volume is therefore the second issue of the first edition'. Keynes, 'The Gates of Memory' (1981), pp. 246-251.