The picture which he painted of contemporary life is without equal, in content, detail and a history of life in London and a little beyond during the Restoration period.
This is a detailed and valuable record of 17th century contemporary life in London. His diary is widely regarded as being without equal for detailed historical content. "Samuel Pepy's Diary", edited by Willis L. Parker, with illustrations by Randolph Adler, Three Sirens Press, N.Y., copyright 1932. This book is in great condition and has marvelous woodcut illustrations. There is a brown satin ribbon attached to use as bookmark. There is some tanning of the pages as is to be expected & there is an apparent missing tag or label on the inside bottom back cover.. This is a first edition of this abridged edition as the original diaries were 8 volumes and covered the life & times of the diary's author in the seventeenth century. This book was printed in the U.S.A. by J.J. Little & Ives Company, N.Y. The illustrations alone are worth every penny! Note: The diary opens when the Commonwealth is near the end & the Restoration of Charles II is under way. It continues into the ninth year of the King's reign. The Plague and the fire of 1666 is covered.