The Diary of a Country Parson

The Reverend James Woodforde and The Right Reverend Richard Chartres
Illustrated by Ian Stephens
Introduced by David Hughes

An idyllic existence brought to life in the famously charming diary of Parson Woodforde.

Parson Woodforde belongs beside Samuel Pepys as one of the great English diarists. He began his diary in 1759, when he was accepted as a scholar of New College, Oxford, and from 1761 he wrote almost every day until a few months before his death at the age of 63 (the final words of his diary were ‘Roast beef &c’). He left behind 68 little books in which are contained the most complete and delightful picture we have of 18th-century rural life. As Virginia Woolf said of his diary, it is ‘neither writing nor reading, but almost indistinguishable from living’.

Quarter-bound in buckram with hand-marbled paper sides

Set in Monotype Baskerville

464 pages

Frontispiece and 30 integrated black & white engravings 

Plain slipcase

Coloured page tops

8˝ × 5½˝

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