THE DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS: Complete in Eleven Volumes (1970-1983)

First editions, first printings. Eleven Volumes. Original green cloth with gilt (on red) lettering to the spines and Pepys' crossed anchors monogram blocked in gilt to front panels, unfaded green topstains, each volume with a different portrait frontispiece showing a significant personage appearing in the diary and multiple plates, in dustwrappers. A fine set presenting as unread, the bindings tight and square, the contents clean and bright, without inscriptions or stamps. The earlier volumes show some very light spotting to the long edges of the page block, the first volume the most affected with each subsequent volume less so, the later volumes spotless. The dustwrappers are very good to very fine. There are a handful of short tears to the early volumes (notably Vol. I, which shows a couple of 1cm tears, and Vol. IV, a 2cm tear to the lower edge of the rear panel). Vols. X and XI (the Companion and Index) remain enclosed in the publisher's paper band showing their joint price and stipulating that they shouldn't be sold separately, and it seems that this pair have never been removed from the band. All volumes remain unclipped, showing various prices to inner flaps. Altogether a superb set of first printings.

A monumental achievment, expertly balancing scholarship and accessibility, overseen by the two general editors who were assisted by four contributing editors specialising in theatre, music, art, and topography of the period. The first volume contains an extended (127 pp.) introduction, with each volume containing extensive notes, plates and maps. Vols. I –VIII each cover a single year (1660–67), Vol. IX covering 1668-9. The final two volumes comprise the Companion and Index.

Stock code: 19289


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