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Title: Memoirs of Samuel Pepys, Esq., F.R.S. ...
Publisher: Frederic Warne and Co.
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Frederic Warne and Co., London, UK, 1889. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) , author of the famous diary, wrote in cipher (a sort of shorthand) which finally was deciphered by John Smith and edited by Lord Braybrooke. Contents of Pepys diary are recognized as candid and present a fascinating picture of upper-class life in Restoration England from 1659-1669. He ended the diary because of failing eyesight at the age of 37 years. His honesty regarding such events as the coronation of Charles II, the horrors of the plague, and the Great Fire of London are first-hand accounts of events that otherwise would seem abstract. His correspondence likewise is informative as well as revealing of himself and others of his era and place. As a public official of high rank in naval affairs, he advanced from poverty to wealth. His taste in music, painting, sculpture, and architecture was excellent. He particularly relished drama and the theater of his day. Lord Braybrooke notes: "The Journal contains the most unquestionable evidences of veracity; and, as the writer made no scruple of committing his most secret thoughts to paper, encouraged no doubt by the confidence which he derived from the use of short hand, perhaps there never was a publication more implicitly to be relied upon for th authenticity of its statements and the exactness with which every fact is detailed." 814 toned pages, unmarked and clean. Chocolate brown end papers. Frontispiece cameo portraits of Pepys, his wife Elizabeth, and five associates, separated from the title page by an intact tissue guard. Green cloth boards with black blind stamped decorations and lettering on the front; blind stamping without black fill on the rear board. Generous use of gilt lettering and decorations on the spine. A few cloth chips, but overall in very good condition. 7" high x 5-1/4" wide x 1-3/4" thick. Indexed, with some signature pages uncut. This book is undated, but it is a reprinted edition with a new preface, plus the original preface circa 1889. Classic book, scarce, with world famous content. Bookseller Inventory # 002679