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THE DIARY OF JOHN EVELYN (3 vols. complete) Unknown Binding – 1906


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  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co (1906)
  • ASIN: B005JBTOAW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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8vo. lxxiv, 355; vi, 420; vi, 479 pp. With 14 engraved portraits, complete with tissue-guards, 38 plates, 3 maps, 1 folding genealogy and 4 facsimiles of title-pages and letter. Presentation copy blind stamp to title pages. Publishers' red cloth with spine titles in gilt. Spines slightly browned but gilt still bright. Free end-papers tanned and texts and engraved plates slightly foxed. Solid VG copies. THIS IS A HEAVY SET OF BOOKS SO IS SUBJECT TO INCREASED SHIPPING COSTS.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By TonyW on 31 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
The introduction to this book warned me - it is not as immediately readable as Pepys, with less personal material or description of the diarist's feelings. But given that this diary was written for all to see, as opposed to Pepys' who encoded his diary, this is understandable. What Evelyn's diary does wellis fill in a lot about the viewpoints and detailed history of the Seventeenth century in England. It has a comprehensive time-line at the front, and a useful mini-bio of the main characters at the end.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. M. Richards on 10 Nov 2010
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I gave this book to my husband to go with another book about John Evelyn's trees, and have found it of great interest to dip into myself. It gives such an immediate insight into a period both of great change and instability (the 2nd half of the 17th century) but also of exciting scientific and geographical discoveries.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Malyn on 31 Jan 2013
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As first hand history over a vast period of time from 1620 to 1705, John Evelyn's diary is a must for serious historians of this period. Evelyn was at the cutting edge of 17th century technology being a member of the Royal Society and working with such people as Christopher Wren after the Great Fire. A staunch royalist, and a deeply religious Anglican, Evelyn writes of King Charles and his mistresses, wars with France and Holland, the plague, smallpox, infant mortality and the text of every sermon he attends throughout his life. I intended to skip through the Diary but found myself wanting to read more about John Evelyn and his large family and one particular lady he appeared to like more than he should as a married man. Although Evelyn and Samuel Pepys were friends their diaries are not written from the same perspective. Pepys' Diary is a record of his own deeds and feelings and is much more readable. Evelyn's is a chronicle of the age in which he lived politically and socially.
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I cant write a proper review for this as I havent read it yet. I bought it because I am currently reading through the full edition of Pepys's diary and I thought it might be something to go on with later, or dip into to compare comments about particular events. its bulk does put the reader off a bit I think and I don't think it is a book I will ever read in its entirety. But if you are interested in late 17th century history, I'm sure its a useful book to have to consult, and i might have a look at some of his other works later on.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rich on 30 Jun 2014
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A really interesting book going back centuries. really fascination.
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