09 May, 2013

Title: Strahan Ledgers II (part II); News: The second image is Strahan's record of payment from co-publisher Thomas Cadell wherein we find that by 5 Nov 1777, Cadell had paid for both editions in full (£123. 16s. and £144. 4s. respectively).

09 May, 2013

Title: Strahan Ledgers II (part 1); News: We will have more in a later post, but for now we were certain you'd appreciate the opportunity to view two of the Gibbon ledger entries we described in our last post. Do yourself the favor of reading that before attempting to decipher this. The image immediately below is from William Strahan's actual record of costs incurred in printing the first two quarto editions of volume one: 1776 February ('Gibbons on the Roman Empire 871/2 Sheets No 1000 [etc.]') and June ('[same] 2d Edit. 86 Sheets No 1500 [etc.]'). Adding to those librarians in whose debt we once again find ourselves, we gratefully mention those at the Washoe County (Nevada USA) Library who supplied the ST Viewscan microfilm digital viewer, which we believe you'll agree, turned out nothing short of excellent reproductions. Reminding that the original manuscripts (48800–48918) reside in the British Library. [Image Notes: 'No 1000', e.g., = 1000 copies; costs are listed as pounds (£), shillings (s.) and pence; following a folio number, 'v' = verso; 'r' = recto; '82' at the upper right-hand corner of folio 68r is someone's attempt to renumber the manuscript folios, but until we discover what was going on we will follow Barker's usage of the first (lined-through) number; in the second image, 'Do.' = uncertain, but we believe 'delivered' or perhaps 'direct' 'order'.]

30 December, 2014

Title: Close out; News: As we close out 2014, we would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to Prof. John Pocock for the successful completion of his acclaimed series on Edward Gibbon, Barbarism and Religion (1999-2015). The six-volume project, contextually studying and assessing the Decline and Fall through its Volume Three, had been close to 40 years in the making; research articles first began appearing in 1976, actual composition of the first two volumes was launched in the mid-1990s. By all scholarly estimations, B&R stands as the major achievement within the historical wing of Edward Gibbon Studies. Grand kudos and great gratitude, Professor Pocock.

30 December, 2014

Title: Site advisory; News: Informing that our site may be offline for a few days next month beginning 6 Jan 2015. We are amicably parting ways with our current web host. Until then, feel free to use the email address at the bottom of this page for any inquiries, and kindly check back regularly thereafter. Best of luck and Happy New Year to all!

30 May, 2015

Title: Only slightly the worse for wear, we have returned as EdwardGibbonCenter.com; News: The financial woes which forced our temporary demise have abated sufficiently.