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The Diary of John Evelyn [Hardcover]

John Eve
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Evelyn's social life, his contacts with public figures, his accounts of the Royal Society, his personal reflections, his comments on current events... his playgoing (of Hamlet he writes `but now the old playe began to disgust this refined age') - all these are here in full. For those who go to Evelyn for his literary qualities and his picture of his life and times, this is a well made selection, excellently presented. (Austin Woolrych) HISTORY The diary's record of Evelyn's own life and that of his family, and the entries giving his comments on current events and on the great and good of his day...are what most readers are likely to value in the diary, and this readable volume should therefore serve its purpose well. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Introduced by Sir Roy Strong. The Everyman edition of John Evelyn's Diary is published to coincide with the tercentenary of Evelyn's death in 1706. There is no other edition currently in print.

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Introduced by Sir Roy Strong. The Everyman edition of John Evelyn’s Diary is published to coincide with the tercentenary of Evelyn’s death in 1706. There is no other edition currently in print.

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John Evelyn (1620-1706) is best remembered for Sylva, his magnum opus, and his Diary. The manuscript of the Diary was passed down through the family to Lady Evelyn, widow of the diarist's great-great-grandson, who 'did not regard it as of sufficient importance for publication; and, except for an accident, it might have been cut up for dress patterns, or served to light fires'. Over a century after Evelyn's death, the Diary at last saw publication for the first time. Alongside Pepy's diary, Evelyn's is as well known now as anything else written in their time.
Evelyn was a connoisseur of many things, including architecture, painting, music, coins and sermons; he was renowned for his practical knowledge on horticulture and arboricutlture, and he was one of the original Fellows of the Royal Society. Alongside various public commissions in the Court of Charles II, he wrote on the varied topics that interested him, whether coins, fashion, trees or suggesting ways of turning London into a smokeless zone.
His Diary begins with an account of his early life and travels in Europe and continues to almost the day of his death in 1706. In addition to his own jottings of events, Evelyn drew on contemporary newspapers and pamphlets. A less personal record than Pepys' diary it nevertheless remains a very valuable source for English history in the seventeenth century. Editing and annotating from the previous editions of Bray and Forster, Austin Dobson has helpfully illustrated this edition with useful maps, portraits and views. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The introduction is written by Sir Roy Strong, formerly Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, he is the author of many books about art history and gardens.
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