First Edition of Pepys' DiarySamuel Pepys. 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.
First edition. Two quarto volumes. xlii, 497, xlix; 348, 311 pages. Thirteen plates, including frontispieces. Index.
Bound by Rivière and Son in full calf over boards, gilt border fillets. Gilt design on spine, morocco title labels with gilt lettering. Marbled edges. Marbled endpapers. A handsome set in near fine condition.
From the July 29th, 1848 issue of Littell's Living Age magazine review of the third edition of Pepys' Diary: "It is the inextricable blending of little and great that makes its particular worth. His public news would be nothing without his court scandal, and his talk of the king's measure, without the king's mistresses, would be quite incomplete. Who would care for his odd moralizing on the downfall of parties, if the changes in his own silk suit and silver-button black camlet cloak, did not occupy as much of his care; and what would anybody give for his diligent attendances at his office, or upon public men, if he had not quite as diligently attended every play, wedding, christening, charity sermon, bull-baiting, execution, fire, riot, concert, book-stall, city feast, merry-making, philosophical meeting, and high jinks or low jinks celebration, going on within reach? You cannot separate the public and private, the historical and domestic, in Pepys' Diary."
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