The Diary of Samuel Pepys book

The Diary of Samuel Pepys

Samuel Pepys

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.

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The Diary of Samuel Pepys

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in their secretive shorthand lay unopened in a Cambridge college library and for another century they remained unpublished.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.

Production Details

The Diary of Samuel Pepys book
  • Quarter-bound in the finest goatskin leather, and blocked in gold
  • 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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