London: G. Bell and Sons, 1927. Later edition. Fourth reprinted edition thus. Bound ca. 1950 by Riviére & Son(stamp-signed on verso of front free endpaper) in full blue polished calf, covers double-ruled in gilt, the front cover with a portrait of Samuel Pepys stamped in gilt. Spine with five raised bands, ornately tooled in gilt in compartments. Two red morocco labels lettered in gilt, gilt board edges and turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Small octavo (7 3/8 x 4 7/8 inches; 187 x 124 mm.). Collating xxiv, 548, 549-570 (index). Pictorial title-page, two half-page illustrations, tail-piece and fifty-seven full page black & white plates. Four maps of London in the 1660s (originally used as end-papers- here bound in at end). A fine copy, housed in a the original blue cloth slipcase.
The detailed private diary Samuel Pepys kept from 1660 until 1669 was first published in the 19th century, and is one of the most important primary sources for the English Restoration period. It provides a combination of personal revelation and eyewitness accounts of great events, such as the Great Plague of London, the Second Dutch War and the Great Fire of London. (Item #3689)