An abridged early twentieth century edition of the famous diary of Samuel Pepys, with illustrations from E. H. Shephard.
Bound in half calf with gilt lettering and decoration.
With maps to the front and rear, showing Districts East and West of Whitefriars in the 1660s.
Bound by Bickers and Son, with an ink stamp to the front free-endpaper.
With illustrations by Ernest H. Shepard.
Abridged from the Complete Copyright Text.
With an ink inscription and signature to the front free-endpaper from Kenneth Selby Walker, 'Bought with the Money for The Kings Prize'.
Kenneth Selby-Walker, 1911-1942, was an English journalist. He joined Reuters in 1934, and became Chief of the News Department in Shanghai in 1939. According to various sources, in March 1942 the Dutch vessel which Selby-Walker had boarded to flee the conflicts in the Far East was sunk by the Japanese, and he was presumed drowned.
The textblock binding is tight and firm. There is slight rubbing to the extremities, with some fading to the spine. Internally the pages are generally clean with slight browning. Overall the condition is very good indeed.