London: G. Bell and Sons, 1927. Item #04158
The Diary of Samuel Pepys
Handsomely Bound by Rivière & Son
PEPYS, Samuel. SHEPARD, Ernest H., illustrator. RIVIÈRE & Son, binders. Everybody's Pepys. The Diary of Samuel Pepys 1660-1669. Abridged from the Complete Copyright Text end Edited by O.F. Morshead. With 60 Illustrations by E.H. Shepard. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1927.
Fourth reprinted edition thus. Small octavo (7 3/8 x 4 7/8 inches; 187 x 124 mm.). xxiv, 548, 549-570 (index) pp. Pictorial title-page, two half-page illustrations, tail-piece and fifty-seven full page black & white plates. Four maps of London in the 1660s (originally used as end-papers- here bound in at end).
Bound ca. 1950 by Riviére & Son(stamp-signed on verso of front free endpaper) in full blue polished calf, covers double-ruled in gilt, the front cover with a portrait of Samuel Pepys stamped in gilt. Spine with five raised bands, ornately tooled in gilt in compartments. Two red morocco labels lettered in gilt, gilt board edges and turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. A fine copy, housed in a the original blue cloth slipcase.
Samuel Pepys FRS, MP, JP, (23 February 1633-26 May 1703) was an English naval administrator and Member of Parliament who is now most famous for the diary he kept for a decade while still a relatively young man. Although Pepys had no maritime experience, he rose by patronage, hard work and his talent for administration, to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under both King Charles II and subsequently King James II.
His influence and reforms at the Admiralty were important in the early professionalisation of the Royal Navy.
The 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.