On the death of Edward Gibbon (1737-94), his unpublished papers were left to his friend John Baker Holroyd, first earl of Sheffield, who published them in two volumes in 1796. Volume 2 contains abstracts from Gibbon's reading, with his reflections on what he read, and extracts from his journal (sometimes in French, with a parallel translation), short pieces on various aspects of Roman history, an outline of his planned history of the world from the ninth to the end of the fifteenth century, literary criticism, a history of the House of Brunswick (ancestors of the Hanoverian British royal family), and a riposte to a criticism of his own great work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, which is also reissued (in the 1896-1900 edition by J. B. Bury) in the Cambridge Library Collection.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Abstract of the books Mr Gibbon read, with reflections; 2. Extracts from his journal; 3. A collection of his remarks, and detached pieces, on different subjects; 4. Outlines of the history of the world; 5. Essai sur l'étude de la littérature; 6. Critical observations on the design of the sixth book of the Aeneid; 7. A dissertation on the subject of 'L'homme au masque de fer'; 8. Mémoire justicatif pour servir de réponse; 9. A vindication of some passages in the fifteenth and sixteenth chapters of the History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire; 10. Antiquities of the house of Brunswick; 11. An address; Index.