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Memoirs of Samuel Pepys
1825 - PEPYS, Samuel. Memoirs of Samuel Pepys". Comprising His Diary From 1659 to 1669, Deciphered". And a Selection from His Private Correspondence. Edited by Richard, Lord Braybrooke. London: Henry Colburn, 1825. Two volumes. Quarto, contemporary full calf sympathetically rebacked in calf-gilt, red and green morocco spine labels, raised bands, original marbled endpapers and edges. $2600.First edition of Samuel Pepys' entertaining and influential diary, illustrated with engraved frontispiece portrait of Pepys and 13 other engraved plates, in contemporary boards.Secretary to the Admiralty during the reigns of Charles II and James II, Samuel Pepys "made no scruple of committing his most secret thoughts to paper. It is a human document, illustrating the manners and habits of the age" (Rosenbach 33:281). He commenced his diary at age 27 and, for fear of losing his eyesight, ended it nine years later, but not before filling six volumes with closely written shorthand. The diary languished in the Magdalene College library until the Reverend John Smith deciphered its text between 1819-22. It was first published in 1825. "To read Pepys is to be transported immediately into his world. His diary is not so much a record of events as a recreation of them. Not all the passages are as picturesque as the famous set pieces in which he describes Charles II's coronation or the Great Fire of London, but there is not an entry which does not in some degree display the same power of summoning back to life the events it relates". Throughout the diary Pepys writes mainly as an observer of people. It is this that makes him the most human and accessible of diarists, and that gives the Diary its special quality as a historical record" (Latham, The Illustrated Pepys, 7). "The best book of its kind in the English language". Pepys is marvelously entertaining: the times and the man peep out in a thousand odd circumstances and amusing expressions". The ablest picture of the age in which the writer lived, and a work of standard importance in English Literature" (Allibone, 1557). Illustrated with 14 engraved plates, including frontispiece portrait of Pepys and folding plan of the Dutch fleet. Volume I with Table of Contents bound between pages viii and ix. Grolier 100. Lowndes, 1828. Small bookplates of New York magazine publisher Ormond G. Smith.Volume I with scattered light foxing; Volume II generally clean. Top margin of both title pages restored. Modest abrasions to boards. An attractive, extremely good copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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