This is the Croscup & Sterling Brampton Edition, limited to 250 sets, of which this is (consistently) numbered 173, of The Diary of Samuel Pepys, M. A., F. R. S., edited, with additions by Henry B. Wheatley.
This is the complete set of 18 volumes, in very good condition, with minor flaws, but with no significant defects. The publishing dates are from 1891 to 1899. The covers (app. 5.5″ x 7.75″), leather spines with 5 raised bands, gilt lettering and decorations, have straight and securely attached spines. There is shallow wear to some top and bottom edges, and there is slight wear to the hinges, but all front and back covers are secure.
The boards, marbled paper surfaces with leather outside corners, have several scuffs, though most have few or no scuffs. There are no prominent stains. There is occasional shallow edge wear, but no cuts into the boards.
The insides are almost uniformly clean. I’ve found a small number of pages with light stains or slight waffling, but almost all pages have neither. I’ve found only one corner crease. The only tears are to two of the fold-out maps, which have shallow edge tears (see photo).
The bindings are in good condition, with one loose page, a multi-paneled map, which is otherwise in good condition. There are no stamps or other attachments to the marbled inside cover spreads or elsewhere. I’ve found no writing or other notations. The gilt page tops are faded, but with no tears or dinks.
The many engravings, maps, facsimiles and plans are in excellent condition, with no fade or stains.
The accompanying photos are of this copy.
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