Diary of Samuel Pepys in Two Volumes. – deciphered by Rev. J Smith.

deciphered by Rev. J Smith.


Publisher: illustrated by Benton Fletcher. J.M Dent and Sons Ltd. London 1937
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8vo Vol I 660pp, Vol II 719pp. Hardcover (no d/w) in light blue cloth in good condition with gold embossing of an old ship on front board and title on spine both with bruised corners and some storage crease mark on top edge of front board of Vol. II, text in excellent condition with all b/w illustrations on semi-gloss paper scattered throughout in very good order as well as a great many other b/w illustrations. One intricate signature of a prior owner inside front board of both volumes with a neat bookplate as well in both books and small bookshop stickers from two famous Sydney bookshops of the past. Originally published in January 1660 in six volumes, this is a useful and only slightly abridged rendition of the most famous of early literary diaries by a member of the English Parliament and a President of the Royal Society whilst also being a reformer of the British Navy as the principal Admiralty administrator. The diary from 1660 to 1669 is one of the most important sources of all knowledge of the English Restoration period, with personal revelations and eye witness accounts of great events such as the Great Plague, the Second Dutch War and the Great Fire of London. The bookplate reveals prior ownership by the famous Australian bookcollectors Geoffrey and Nicholas Ingleton . Not the Everyman Edition.