London: George Bell & Sons, 1899-1900. Half calf. Ten Volumes. Transcribed from the shorthand manuscript in the Peysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge by the Rev Mynors Bright M.A. Late Fellow and President of the College. With Lord Braybrooke's notes. Edited and with additions by Henry B. Wheatley F.S.A. Quarto. 21.5cm x 14cm.
Vol 1: lxvii 367pp, portrait frontis 4 illustrations. Vol 2: 434pp., portrait frontis 2 illustrations.Vol 3: 397pp., portrait frontis 1 illustration. Vol 4: 453pp., portrait frontis 3 illustrations. Vol 5: 451pp., portrait frontis 2 illustrations. Vol 6: 408pp., portrait frontis 2 illustrations. Vol 7: 415pp., portrait frontis 4 illustrations. Vol 8: 333pp., portrait frontis 1 illustration. Vol 9: INDEX 360pp. Vol 10: Pepysiana. Supplementary volume with appendices. 330pp., numerous illustrations including three fold-outs. Three quarter leather and tan boards. Five raised ridges, gilt design and titling to spines. Dark tan title & volume bands. Green marbled eps and all edges marbled.
Half tan leather and tan cloth boards in excellent condition. Faint mark on the front of Volume One and frontispiece detached and broken (see image). Some foxing to prelims, otherwise very clean leaves. Volume 2 has light dampstain along the top of early leaves. Binding square on all volumes. Leather spines slightly discoloured, occasional scuff-marks on boards. Good. Item #166
This detailed private diary Pepys kept from 1660 until 1669 was first published in the 19th century, and is one of the most important primary sources for the English Restoration period. It provides a combination of personal revelation and eyewitness accounts of great events, such as the Great Plague of London, the Second Dutch War and the Great Fire of London..