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John Evelyn's Diary

The Diary of John Evelyn, a gentlemanly Royalist and virtuoso of the seventeenth century, was first published in 1818 under the title Memoirs Illustrative of the Life and Writings of John Evelyn, in an edition by William Bray. Bray was assisted by William Upcott, who had access to the Evelyn family archives. The diary of Evelyn's contemporary Samuel Pepys was first published in 1825, and became more celebrated; but the publication of Evelyn's work in part prompted the attention given to Pepys's.[1]

Evelyn's diary has entries running from 1640, when the author was a student at the Middle Temple, to 1706.[2] Its claim as a memoir to be a diary is not strict; up to around 1683 the entries were not daily additions, but were compiled much later from notes, and show in some cases the benefits of hindsight.[3] When his travels are described, buildings or pictures may be described anachronistically, revealing the later use of other sources.[4]


After Bray's initial editing and selection, other editors worked on the Diary in the following century. A revised edition in 1827 was edited by Upcott, and was reprinted in 4 vols. 1879 with a Life by Henry Benjamin Wheatley (reissued in 1906). There was a four volume edition by John Forster (1850–2). A later edition was by Austin Dobson (3 vols., 1906).[5][6]

The total number of words in the manuscript is over half a million, of which Bray's edition printed under 60%. A modern scholarly edition, in six volumes, was published by Esmond Samuel de Beer in 1955, a project originating in the early 1930s.[7][8]


  1. ^ Frances Harris and Michael Hunter (editors), John Evelyn and His Milieu (2003), p. 2.
  2. ^ 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Evelyn, John
  3. ^ Harris and Hunter, pp. 7–8.
  4. ^ Gillian Darley, John Evelyn: Living for Ingenuity (2006), p. 23.
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  6. ^ Donald F. Bond; G. Sherburn (19 June 2004). The Literary History of England: Vol 3: The Restoration and Eighteenth Century (1660-1789). Routledge. p. 784.  
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  8. ^   (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)


External links

  • 1850 edition, at
  • 1889 edition, at Google Books
  • 1906 edition, at Google Books
  • 1901 edition, at Project Gutenberg: Vol. I, Vol. II
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