The Great Plague in London

Walter George Bell
Introduced by Belinda Hollyer
Edited by Belinda Hollyer

Bell's vivid and gripping account has never been bettered. This re-edited edition brings his erudite and sensitive approach to a new generation of readers.

The great Plague of 1665 was a last and terrible visitation before bubonic plague finally burned itself out. A direct descendant of the Black Death, it killed more than 100,000 people in London alone. Its horrors have been etched on our minds by the writings of Daniel Defoe and Samuel Pepys, yet many citizens displayed great courage and compassion. London’s Lord Mayor, Sir John Lawrence, remained at his post when almost all who could afford to had fled the city; Dr Nathaniel Hodges tended patients throughout the epidemic – never himself catching the plague. Walter Bell’s astonishingly detailed account has never been equalled. This re-edited edition of his book allows his scholarship and imaginative sympathy to shine through for a new generation of readers. 

‘An astonishing achievement of both scale and judgement’
  1. Belinda Hollyer

Bound in cloth blocked with a design by Francis Mosley

Set in Minion with San Marco display

302 pages

Frontispiece and 8 pages of colour plates, 13 black & white illustrations and a 6-page fold-out map

Printed endpapers

Plain slipcase

˝ x 6¼˝

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