Never yet surpassed as a record of a man and his age. Own the complete diary in a form that Pepys himself would have envied.
The Diary of Samuel Pepys is without doubt the most famous diary in the English language. Yet for over a century, the manuscripts in their secretive shorthand lay unopened in a Cambridge college library and for another century they remained unpublished. Astonishingly it was not until 1971 that the entire diary appeared. The life’s work of Professor William Matthews and Robert Latham, it had taken over thirty years to finish and it took the reading public by storm. The true extent of the phenomenon that was Pepys’s Diary was revealed at last. A comprehensive Index and a Companion volume were added – invaluable books designed to accompany modern readers on their journey through Pepys’s world.
The complete text in 11 volumes
To present the Diary in a binding worthy of its status and to retain a strong 17th-century flavour, quarter leather with hand-marbled sides was chosen – the design for the marbling being devised by Ann Muir exclusively for this edition. The type on the spines is by William Caslon, the first of the great English type founders. For the edge-gilding a maroon wash has been applied over the gold to produce an enriched patina. The eleven volumes are presented in individual slipcases.
Acclaimed by The Times as ‘one of the glories of contemporary English publishing’ and by Sir Arthur Bryant as ‘complete perfection’, the Latham and Matthews edition remains the authoritative text and provides the source for this magnificent Folio Society publication. Limited to 1,000 copies.
Colour frontispieces and maps, ribbon markers
Mould-made laid endpapers
Hand-marbled laid paper sides
Book edges stained maroon and gilded
Set in Bembo, 5160 pages, 9" x 5¾"
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