Publisher: [London]: Printed Anno, 1690.
Edition: First edition, the issue for private distribution without the commercial imprint on the title-page; the regular issue has the full imprint: "London: Printed for Ben. Griffin, and are to be sold by Sam. Keble, 1690."
Bibliographical References: ESTC R13464; Pforzheimer 793 (regular issue with the full imprint); Wing P-1450.
Condition: Edges a little rubbed; upper joints starting; cancels becoming detached; very good copy in handsome contemporary binding.
Book ID: 25299
DescriptionSmall 8vo, contemporary panelled calf, spine gilt decorated in five compartments, red morocco spine label, gilt lettering. Frontis portrait, engraved by R. White after G. Kneller, and folding table.
CommentsSamuel Pepys' famous history of the Royal Navy and his recommendations for its future, written at the encouragement of his friend John Evelyn after his retirement as Secretary of the Navy in 1688. It is the only work Pepys published in his lifetime. This copy has nine of the manuscript corrections (in Pepys’ hand or under his direction) and C2 and E8 are cancels. Early ink signature on the title-page of "Northesk," which is probably that of John Carnegie (1756-1831), the seventh earl of Northesk, who served in the Royal Navy with great distinction.