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Diary and Correspondence of Samuel Pepys: Secretary to the Admiralty in the Reigns of Charles II and James II...

Pepys’ diary recounts first-hand accounts of many events during the English Restoration, including the Great Fire of London, the Second Dutch War, and the Great Plague of London. Inarguably one of the most important works ever written in the history of London. Deciphered from its original shorthand by Rev. John Smith between 1819 – 1822.

London: Henry Colburn, 1854.
London: Henry Colburn, 1854.

4 volumes. Frontis portraits profusely illustrated with plates throughout - some b/w, but most are hand-coloured, some folding. Thick 8vo, full beige calf with gilt bordered boards, elaborate gilt spines in compartments with raised bands, leather labels, inner dentelles, uncut edges, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers Bindings are lightly shelf worn otherwise fine. The fifth (extra-illustrated) edition. SCARCE. Coloured plates in order: Volume 1. 1. Dresses of Eminent Citizens in 1640. Lady Mayoress / Lord Mayor. 2. Westminster Hal. 3. Dieppe. 4. Guildhall. 5. West view of Cambridge. 6. Saffron Walden. 7. Audley End, Essex. 8. Grocers Hall / Fishmongers Hall. 9. Skinner's Hall, Dowgate Hill. 10. Weymouth Castle, Dorsetshire. 11. Canterbury Cathedral, Kent. 12. Trinity House, Tower Hill. 13. Guy's Hospital, and Statue of Thomas Guy, the Founder. 14. A view of All Souls College in Oxford. 15. St. Jame's Palace, Pall Mall, London. 16. Holland House, Middlesex. 17. Margate Pier and Harbour. 18. Improvements, Charing Cross. 19. Blackfriar's Bridge. 20. Scotland Yard. 21. Hampton Court Palace, Middlesex. 22. Havre de Grace. 23. The Treasury. 24. Windsor Castle looking Eastward. 25. The New Opening to St. Martin's Church. 26. Rye Old Harbour. 27. Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. 28. New Hall and Library. Lincoln's Inn Fields, London. 29. Genoa. 30. Greenwich from the Park. 31. Calais. 32. Trinity College Avenue, Cambridge. 33. Ironmonger's Hall, Fenchurch Street / Draper's Hall, Throgmorton Street. 34. The Admiralty, Whitehall. Volume 2. 35. A Merchant / A Merchant's Wife. 36. Ancient Temple at Avebury, Wiltshire. As presumed to have been originally. 37. Kingston Bridge. 38. St. Paul's School, London. 39. St.Bride's Avenue, Fleet Street. 40. The Royal Palace, Kensington, Middlesex. 41. Magdalen Church, from St.Giles's. 42. London. 43. St. Dionis Backchurch, Fenchurch Street. 44. View in The Strand, Westminster. 45. Cornhill and Lombard Street, from The Poultry. 46. Goldsmith's Hall, Foster Lane, Cheapside, London. 47. Portsmouth Harbour. 48. Lambeth Church & Palace. 49. Tilbury Fort, Essex. 50. Rochester Castle and Bridge, Kent. 51. Eton College. 52. St. Pierre Port, Guernsey. 53. Near Tunbridge. 54. New London Bridge, with the Lord Mayor's Procession passing under the unfinished arches, Nov 8th, 1827. 55. Clothworker's Hall, Mincing Lane. 56. Gresham College, as it appeared before it was taken down to build an Excise Office. 57. The Custom House, London. 58. Aldgate. 59. The Pavilion, Brighton. Volume 3. 60. A Nobleman / A Lady. 61. Paris de Pont Neuf vers L'Occident. 62. The Monument. 63. Falmouth. 64. Newgate Street, London. 65. Nell Gwynne. (sepia) 66. Italian Opera House, London. 67. Cobham Hall, Kent, the Seat of Earl Darnley. 68. West Front of Christ Church. 69. Putney Bridge. 70. The British Museum. 71. Barking, Essex. 72. Excise Office, Broad St. 73. Mansion House. 74. Boulogne, Wreckn on the Coast. 75. King's College Chapel, University Library & Senate House, Cambridge. 76. Drury Lane Theatre, Westminster, burnt down in 1809. 77. Oreston, & the Cat-Water, near Plymouth. 78. Cheapside, London. 79. The N.W. Facade of the New Covent Garden Market. 80. The Parliament House, from Old Palace Yard, Westminster. 81. Town Hall, Brussels. 82. The East-India House, London. 83. A view of the City of Oxford. 84. Somerset House, London. 85. Buckingham House, St. Jame's Park. 86. Stonehenge. 87. Marlborough, Wiltshire. 88. View from Maidenhead Bridge, looking Eastward. 89. Upnor Castle, Kent. Volume 4. 90. Ancient English Dresses. An Oliverian of 1650 / An English Gentleman of 1700. 91. View of Guildford, Surrey. 92. Merchant Taylors School, Suffolk Lane, London. 93. Epsom, Surrey. 94. The Spaniards Tavern, Hampstead, Middlesex. 95. Dover, Kent. 96. St. Paul's Cathedral, London, from the West. 97. Royal Exchange, looking Southward, London. 98. York House, St. James's Park. 99. Smithfield Market, from the Barrs. 100. Suffolk Street, Pall Mall East. 101. High Street, Maidstone, Kent. A Market Day. 102. Kitt's Cotty House, Kent. 103. Rome, from the Monte Cavallo. 104. The New Library, and Parliament Chambers, Temple. 105. Cornhill etc. 106. Cloth Worker's Hall, Mincing Lane / Vintner's Hall, Thames Street. 107. Salisbury, Wiltshire. 108. Chelsea, Middlesex. 109. Dartmouth Castle & Harbour. 110. Russell Square, and Statue of the Duke of Bedford. 111. Westminster Hall.