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Samuel Pepys: The Man in the Making - Arthur Bryant

Collins, 1948, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with scattered spotting. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Previous owners' inscription to the title page. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.

Illustrated by way of: Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Genealogical Tables;

From the cover: “Arthur Bryant’s Samuel Pepys: The Man in the Making, first published in 1933 by the Cambridge University Press, has been described as “one of the best biographies in the English language”. Desmond MacCarthy wrote of it in the Sunday Times that it “rivals in interest the Diary itself”. It is the first of a series of volumes — each complete in itself — reconstructing Pepys’s life and times from the vast collection of papers which this remarkable man left behind.

Sixteen years ago Dr. Bryant took over the papers of the two Pepysian scholars — the late Mr. H. B. Wheatley and the late Dr. J. R. Tanner — who had successively essayed this unfinished task. In the course of it he has been through the whole of Pepys’s unpublished mss. in the Bodleian Library. Many of these, together with unprinted passages of the Diary, have been used in this volume to tell the full story of Pepys’s work and the stranger one of his married life. The result, though a work of meticulous scholarship, is as thrilling as any novel.”

Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XII] 436 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.