Samuel Pepys, The Unequalled Self (Signed copy)
Signed by Claire Tomalin
First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 24 × 15.5cm, xxxix + 499pp.
Signed directly to the title page by Claire Tomalin.
A full-scale biography of naval administrator Samuel Pepys, more well-known for being the friend of the famous and powerful, this text, which draws on Pepys own personal diary, covers his childhood and young adulthood. It moves through the famous diary years and beyond, to the death of his wife and the setting up of a new household. While using the diary as a source, the author goes beyond its narrative to the inner man, at the same time revealing life as a young man in Restoration London. Explored within are Pepys relations with women, his fears and ambitions, his political shifts and his agonies and delights.
This copy is in very good condition, though the image to the spine is a little sun-faded.