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Letterbooks of John Evelyn, The

Letterbooks of John Evelyn, The

Douglas D.C. Chambers
David Galbraith
Copyright Date: 2014
Pages: 1328
  • Book Info
    Letterbooks of John Evelyn, The
    Book Description:

    A prolific author and founding member of the Royal Society, John Evelyn (1620-1706) was one of the most remarkable intellectuals in late seventeenth-century English society. While his diary has long been considered second only to that of Samuel Pepys in importance, until quite recently his papers were inaccessible to scholars.

    The Letterbooks of John Evelyn, a collection of more than eight hundred letters selected by Evelyn himself, constitutes an essential new resource for scholars of seventeenth-century England. The book gives modern readers access to Evelyn's correspondence with scientists and scholars such as Robert Boyle and Richard Bentley, political figures including Edward Hyde and Sidney Godolphin, and his friend and fellow diarist Samuel Pepys. It also includes Evelyn's accounts of major events such as the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, the "Glorious Revolution" of 1688, and the founding and early history of the Royal Society.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-6939-0
    Subjects: History, Language & Literature

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. List of Illustrations
    (pp. vii-viii)
  4. Preface
    (pp. ix-xii)
  5. Abbreviations
    (pp. xiii-xvi)
  6. Introduction
    (pp. xvii-l)

    This is the first edition of the letterbooks of John Evelyn. Evelyn’s letterbooks belong alongside his famous diary for the insight they provide into his long career and the varied contexts of his activities, whether personal, social, political, or intellectual.¹ His correspondents include members of his family and immediate social circle, and also many of the most interesting figures in post-Restoration England, such as Robert Boyle, Abraham Cowley, and Samuel Pepys, as well as some of the most important members of the nobility and the government. These letters cast light on topics as wide-ranging as the early years of the...

  7. Note on the Text
    (pp. li-lvi)
  8. Glossary
    (pp. lvii-lxiv)

    • BL Add Ms 78298
      (pp. 5-16)
    • Add 78298 Liber I
      (pp. 17-28)
      (pp. 29-58)
      (pp. 59-610)
    • Colour Plates
      (pp. None)

    • BL Add Ms 78299
      (pp. 615-624)
      (pp. 625-1150)
  11. Bibliography
    (pp. 1151-1172)
  12. Evelyn’s Correspondents
    (pp. 1173-1178)
  13. Index
    (pp. 1179-1236)