The Diary of Samuel Pepys 1660-1669
Abridged from the Complete Copyright Text and Edited by O.F. Morshead
by Samuel Pepys
Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard
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MAESTRO BOUND BY RIVIERE & SON
WITH 60 FULL PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS
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Bindery: Riviere & Son
Publisher: G. Bell and Sons, London
Copyright: October, 1927
Samuel Pepys (February 1633 – 26 May 1703) was an English naval administrator and Member of Parliament who is now most famous for the diary he kept for a decade while still a relatively young man. Although Pepys had no maritime experience, he rose by patronage, hard work, and his talent for administration to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under both King Charles II and King James II. His influence and reforms at the Admiralty were important in the early professionalization of the Royal Navy.
His diary, first published in the 19th century, is one of the most important primary sources for the English Restoration period, providing 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. It has never been out of print since its initial publication.
About G. Bell & Sons and Ernest H. Shepard:
Ernest H. Shepard is best known as the original and celebrated illustrator of A.A. Milne’s classic series of Pooh books. ‘The managing director of G. Bell and Sons wrote to Shepard inviting him to illustrate an abridged edition of Pepys’ Diary. Shepard considered that this would be a full year’s work and asked £600. The publisher said that they could not pay such a sum on a book with a doubtful saleable value and suggested an advance payment of £150 plus a royalty of ten percent on sales. Shepard reluctantly agreed to this but it proved a worthwhile risk as he continued to receive royalties from the book some fifty years later.Everybody’s Pepys was published in the autumn of 1926 and was an immediate success”
About Riviere & Son Book Binders:
Robert Riviere (1808–1882), bookbinder, was born in London in 1808. On leaving school, in 1824, he apprenticed with Messrs. Allman, the booksellers, of Princes Street, Hanover Square. In 1829 he established himself at Bath as a bookseller, and subsequently as a bookbinder in a small way, employing only one man. But not finding sufficient scope for his talents in that city, he came in 1840 to London, where he commenced business as a bookbinder.
The excellent workmanship and good taste displayed in his bindings gradually won for them the appreciation of connoisseurs, and he was largely employed by the Duke of Devonshire, Mr. Christie-Miller, Captain Brooke, and other great collectors. He also bound for the queen and the royal family.
In the Great Exhibition of 1851 he exhibited several examples of his skill, and he obtained a medal. The bindings of Riviere, in the quality of the materials, the forwarding, and in the finish and delicacy of the tooling are deserving of almost unqualified commendation. His bindings are wonderful specimens of artistic taste, skill, and perseverance. Riviere bequeathed his business to this son-in-law in 1880, and the name of the firm was changed to Riviere & Son.
Condition: This book is in excellent condition. Hardcover. Master bound in leather by Riviere & Son, London. Gilt is done with gold. Cover shows very slight wear. There is slight creasing at hinge and some slight rubbing on edges/corners. Hinges are strong. Endpapers are hand marbled. Spine is absolutely magnificent with gold fleurons on coffered designs. Hand tooled, gilt bright. Raised banding. Text block, illustrations and tissue guards are pristine. All edges gilt. Pencil inscription on back flyleaf. Exquisite.
This book came from the collection of Mabel and H. Hiram Weinberg
570 pages plus sepia maps
5″ x 7.5″
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