In two volumes. xlii, 498, xlix pp; 348, vii, 311pp. Contemporary full grey calf elaborately stamped in blind and ruled in gold on the sides. Intricate pattern in blind, gold decorations and brown and green leather labels lettered in gold on the spines. Inside dentelles stamped in blind, marbled endpapers, marbled edges. Engraved frontispieces and eleven plates. With the bookplate of Sir Robert Johnson Eden on the front pastedown endpaper of volume one. Old dampstains to lower corners and fore edges of both volumes mostly confined to margins, some scattered foxing throughout, some rubbing and wear to extremities. A very good set. ; Quarto. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Memoirs of Samuel Pepys, Esq. F. R. S., ...
Publisher: Henry Colburn
Publication Date: 1825
Edition: First Edition
Book Description Condition: Good. London, Henry Colburn, 1825. 4to. Engr. front,+ (2),+ XLII,+ 498,+ (2),+ XLIX pp.+ 7 engr. plates; engr. front,+ (4),+ 348,+ (2),+ VIII,+ (blank),+ 3-311 pp.+ 4 engr. plates, of which one is folding. Pages 355-358 in part one loose and from another copy. Some foxing and off-setting, tear at pp. 39-40 in part one and minor spotting. Rebacked later 19th-century half calf, gilt spines with raised bands and red labels, repairs at head and tail of spines. Two volumes. Chappell A1. Brunet IV, 484f. Graesse V, 196. The first printed edition of the diary of Samuel Pepys! The editor, Richard Braybrooke, made an abridgement of the transcription by John Smith, made between 1819 and 1822, and the edition contains about one fourth of the whole diary. Hardcover / Hardback. Seller Inventory # 72951
Book Description Henry Colburn, New Burlington Street, London, 1825. Full leather. Condition: Very Good +. A handsome 1st edition of Samuel Pepys' famous diary, which remains one of the great sources for the study of Restoration England. Complete in 2 thick quarto volumes, with 12 engraved plates, including a folding map. Bound in a gilt-edged full leather (dark-brown calf), with ornate gilt-titling and tooling at the compartments. Boards lightly rubbed at edges and corners, very light foxing --and just a bit of offsetting opposite the plates-- thruout the text. Both volumes tight, well-preserved and solidly VG+. This seminal diary, which Pepys wrote from 1660 to 1669, presents a fascinating picture of the official and upper-class life in Restoration London, with vivid, honest accounts of ordinary as well as great events, including the Plague and the Great Fire of London. The diary went unprinted for more than 150 years after its original composition because of its coded shorthand. For 3 years, the Rev. John Smith painstakingly deciphered the diary, all the while unaware that Pepys had taken his code from Thomas Shelton's "Tutor to Tachygraphy" (1642), which sat only a few shelves above the diary in Pepys' library. "It is a document of extraordinary interest, on account both of the light that its sincere narrative throws on the author's own lovable character, and of the vivid picture that it gives of everyday contemporary life, of the administration of the navy, and of the ways of the court". OCEL. NCBEL II:1583. GROLIER ENGLISH HUNDRED 75. Seller Inventory # 12805