Diary and Correspondence of John Evelyn, F.R.S., to which is subjoined by The Private Correspondence Between King Charles I. and Sir Edward Nocolas, and between Sir Edward Hyde, Afterwards Earl of Clarendon, and Sir Richard Browne.
Edited from the original Mss. at Wotton by William Bray, Esq, F.A.S.
A New Edition, In Four Volumes Corrected, Revised, and Enlarged.
Published by Henry Colburn, London, 1850.
A handsome four volume set bound in three quarter leather binding with green cloth boards and gold-colored inlaid trim. Marbled paper on the interior boards.
Good / Very Good antiquarian condition with some age-related cracking and bumping to leather around the edges of the spine and front and back corners. (Please see close up photos).
Bindings are tight and books feel unread or barely opened.
The Diary of John Evelyn (1620-1706) is one of the principal literary sources for life and manners in the English seventeenth century. Evelyn was one of an influential group of men which included Wren, Pepys and Boyle; a founding member of the Royal Society, he was also a friend of Charles II, a Commissioner for sick seamen and prisoners of war during the Dutch Wars, a prime mover behind Chelsea and Greenwich Hospitals, and a prolific author who wrote about architecture, art, arboriculture, fashion, and pollution. In his Diary he recorded the events and experiences of his long and remarkable life; there are also extensive references to his family, including his poignant recollections of the children who predeceased him.