The decline and fall of reader interest

The Multnomah County Library has a set of the Everyman’s Library six-volume edition of Edward Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

Volume 1 has seen hard use: The cover bent and frayed at the corners, the fabric threadbare in places, the spine lettering illegible because mostly worn off.

Four of the final five volumes are in pristine condition.

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