The Illustrated Pepys: Extracts from the Diary by Samuel Pepys, Robert Latham (Editor)


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The Illustrated Pepys: Extracts from the Diary

Author: Samuel Pepys, Robert Latham (Editor)

Hardcover with dust jacket - Very good condition.

With his unquenchable joy in life and his endless curiosity, Pepys is the perfect diarist for the general reader. In his pages the public events of London in the 1660s - the politics of the Restoration, the Dutch War, the Plague, the Great Fire - are interwoven with a richly diverting account of his colourful private life. Perhaps no one else in the whole of English history has transmitted his experience so vividly to posterity.

Pepys's diary has long been recognized as the most remarkable diary in the English language, but it has been impossible until our own day to print it as he wrote it. Very little scholarly work had been done on it, and legal restrictions prevented the publication of its frankest passages, in which Pepys describes his vigorous love life. In 1960, however, two scholars set to work afresh on a study of the manuscript - the late Professor William Matthews, the leading expert on the shorthand in which the diary was written, and Robert Latham, an authority on the history of the period. Together they worked out a new version of the text which was published in 9 volumes, making Pepys available to the public in full for the first time.

This edition - lavishly illustrated from a wealth of contemporary material - is meant for the reader who will welcome the chance of having a representative selection. It contains about one-twelfth of the original 1,300,000 words and is so designed that the flavour and variety of the original is retained.

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