Samuel Pepys is as much a paragon of literature as Chaucer and Shakespeare. His Diary is one of the principal sources for many aspects of the history of its period. In spite of its significance, all previous editions were inadequately edited and suffered from a number of omissions-until Robert Latham and William Matthews went back to the 300-year-old original manuscript and deciphered each passage and phrase, no matter how obscure or indiscreet. The Diary deals with some of the most dramatic events in English history. Pepys witnessed the London Fire, the Great Plague, the Restoration of Charles II, and the Dutch Wars. He was a patron of the arts, having himself composed many delightful songs and participated in the artistic life of London. His flair for gossip and detail reveals a portrait of the times that rivals the most swashbuckling and romantic historical novels. In none of the earlier versions was there a reliable, full text, with commentary and notation with any claim to completeness. This edition, first published in 1970, is the first in which the entire diary is printed with systematic comment.
This is a collection of both paperback and hardback copies to include volumes 1-7 in hardback and volumes 8-10 in paperback. The index is missing.
Condition: Paperback all very similar with some corner bumps and minor scuffs to the covers, interior pages crisp and clean with a tight binding.
Condition: hardback all similar with the dust jackets having a protective clear plastic cover, dust jackets range from very good to fair with some tears to one edition and general signs of wear. The cloth covered boards are very good as are the interior pages.