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MEMOIRS OF SAMUEL PEPYS: COMPRISING HIS DIARY FROM 1659 TO 1669 AND A SELECTION FROM HIS PRIVATE CORRESPONDENCE
London: Henry Colburn, 1825. FIRST DECODED EDITION. Hardcover. First Edition of Pepys with the Decoded Sex Scenes,Extra-Illustrated, and Handsomely Bound by Bayntun. 295 x 229 mm (11 5/8 x 9"). Two volumes. Edited by Richard, Lord Braybrooke. FIRST DECODED EDITION. FINE HONEY BROWN MOROCCO BY BAYNTUN OF BATH (stamp-signed on front turn-ins) covers with intricate strapwork frame in gilt and black, raised bands, spines with similar strapwork compartments, gilt turn-ins with complex fleuron cornerpieces, marbled endpapers, leather hinges, all edges gilt. With 21 called-for illustrations, including a folding map, seven portraits and an interior view of Pepys' library (13 illustrations hand colored), and EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH 158 PLATES, 31 of these in color, 20 of them folding. Three or four trivial (neatly refurbished) nicks in the leather, paper used for mounting extra-illustrated material acidic and consequently browned (and with facing pages slightly darkened as well), index to first volume faintly spotted, a couple of short marginal tears to folding plates, other insignificant imperfections, but an extremely attractive set, the text clean and fresh, and the animated decorative binding lustrous and scarcely worn. Pepys' "Diary" (other editions of which appear as items #140 and 146, above) is decoded here for the first time, the text having been prepared by Rev. John Smith of St. John's College, Cambridge. This new version reveals the diarist as a compulsive womanizer who imposes familiarities on one young shop girl, tavern girl, and street girl after another (though always betraying a certain lack of sexual self-assurance). The selected correspondence contains letters between Pepys and, among others, the king, the Duke of York, the Earl of Sandwich, and his friend and fellow diarist John Evelyn. The plates include portraits of many of the individuals discussed in these pages, as well as maps, views of London, and stately homes. The very pleasing binding by Bayntun (for more on which see previous item) is typical of the firm's excellent workmanship.
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