The Diary of Samuel Pepys.
Item Number: 2408
London: George Bell & Sons, 1893.
Octavo 10 volumes. Three quarters leather, gilt titles to the spine, top edge gilt. With Lord Braybrooke’s notes, edited with additions by Henry B. Wheatley. Frontispiece portrait and other illustrations with tissue guards and folding plates. In very good condition.
"Alexander conquered the world; but Pepys, with a keener, more selfish understanding of life, conquered a world for every sense" (Charles Whibley). "Pepys led a full, varied and voraciously-enjoyed life and clearly took pleasure in setting it all down in plain words. Unlike most frantically busy men, he had remarkable powers of observation" (Paul Johnson). "The bald truth about oneself, what we are all too timid to admit when we are not too dull to see it, that was what Pepys saw clearly and set down unsparingly" (Robert Louis Stevenson).