London: Printed by Nichols, Son, and Bentley, for Henry Colburn, and sold by John and Arthur Arch, 1818.
Three Quarters Leather. First Edition. First Edition of the Diary of John Evelyn, which spanned his adult life from 1640 to his death in 1706. Covering such events as the English Civil War, and the Great Plague and Fire of London, this is a major primary source for English history in a time before the regular publication of newspapers or magazines. Though eventually overshadowed by Pepys’ more scandalous diary, Evelyn’s was published almost a decade prior, covers an earlier and longer time period, and his perspective as a civil servant, accomplished botanist, and founding member of The Royal Society lends much to his credit. Though this is the First Edition, published in 1818 as opposed to 1819, this has the eleven plates of the second edition. With eleven plates, two of which are folding, and one folding genealogical chart. The ‘List of Plates, &c.’ only call for 8 plates and one chart, further indicating that the text is the First Edition, merely with the additional plates that would appear in the second edition. Armorial bookplate on the front pastedown. Japanese tissue repair to the joints by a conservator. Three quarters mottled leather over marbled paper boards, with red and black leather labels. Housed in a bumped and worn brown cloth slipcase. Very Good. (NCBEL II, 1581).
Very Good binding.