"AN INVALUABLE RECORD OF THE PERIOD"
EVELYN, John. Diary of John Evelyn Esq., F.R.S. London: Bickers and Son, and New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1906. Four volumes. Octavo, dark blue three-quarter morocco and cloth boards, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. $950.
Later edition, handsomely bound by Morrell, with 30 illustrations.
"It is impossible to overrate the interest and value of a diary and correspondence written by such a man as Evelyn, and in such times as those of Charles I, Oliver Cromwell, Charles II, James II, and William III" (Allibone, quoting British Critic). "Evelyn is the typical instance of the accomplished and public-spirited country gentleman of the Restoration, a pious and devoted member of the church of England, and a staunch loyalist in spite of his grave disapproval of the manners of the court" (DNB). Chiefly remembered for his Diary, first published in 1818, this work "covers most of his life, describing his travels abroad, his contemporaries, and his public and domestic concerns, and is an invaluable record of the period" (Drabble, 189). Foldout table of "Pedigree of the Evelyn Family" and a bibliography of Evelyn's works.