London: Henry Colburn, 1825. First edition. Quarto (pages 295 x 227 mm) in two volumes: xlii, 498, , xlix; , 348, vii, , 311. With engraved frontis in each volume and 11 other engraved plates, one of which is folding. With half-title in volume 2, lacking in volume 1. In a beautiful contemporary full calf binding with one board repaired on volume 2, otherwise unsophisticated. Light scattered foxing throughout, mostly on the plates and facing pages (retaining tissue guards), but on the whole an attractive, clean copy.
Samuel Pepys, naval administrator and Parliament Member, kept a diary in short-hand between 1659 and 1669 that was finally deciphered 1819 - 1822 by Rev. John Smith. In the diary Pepys kept detailed first-hand accounts of a number of events during the English Restoration, including the Great Fire of London, the Second Dutch War and the Great Plague of London. This "memoir" has become a fantastic window into not only Pepys personal life and pursuits, but also the life and times of England during those years. An excellent set. (Item #853)