Evelyn, John, Esq. Memoirs, Illustrative of the Life and Writings of John Evelyn, Esq. F.R.S. Author of the Sylva, & &. Comprising of His Diary, from the year 1641 to 1705-6, and a selection of his Familiar Letters. To which is subjoined, the Private Correspondence between King Charles I. and His Secretary of State, Sir Edward Nicholas, whilst His Majesty was in Scotland, 1641, and at other times during the Civil War; also between Sir Edward Hyde, afterwards Earl of Clarendon, and Sir Richard Browne, Ambassador to the Court of France, in the time of King Charles I. and the Usurpation. The whole now published, from the original mss. In two volumes. Edited by William Bray, Esq., Fellow and Treasurer of the Society of Antiquaries of London. London: Printed for Henry Colburn, Conduit Street. And sold by John and Arthur Arch, Cornhill, 1818. First edition. Royal Quarto. 2 volume set. Vol. I: Engraved frontis. Portrait of John Evelyn from an original Picture by Sir God[frey]. Kneller. xxxii, 670pp., 6pp. folding plate of “Pedigree of the Evelyn Family in two different Branches,” [beginning in 1470]; full page engraving of “Wotton Church, Surry.” Deliniator I. Coney and W. Woolnoth, Sculptor; “Interior of Wotton Church, Surry,” same artists; “View of the Burial Place of the Evelyn Family; shewing the tombs of John Evelyn Esq, and Mary His Wife.” By I. Coney, Delin, and W. Angus, sculp.; 2pp. Engraving “Wotton in Surry, the Seat of John Evelyn, Esq., Leith Hill is seen in the Distance.” By Edw. Duncumb, Delin, and John Scott, Sculp.; full page engraved portrait of John Evelyn by R. Nanteuil, with his motto “Meliora Retinete” [or, Keep the Better] followed by 3pp. detailed folding “Map of Deptford, 1623, from a Pen and Ink Sketch with additional remarks by John Evelyn, Esq.” Vol. II: Frontis. portrait engraving of “Mary Wife of John Evelyn Esq., Engraved by H. Meyer from an original Drawing by R. Nanteuil at Paris, 1650. Daughter of Sir Richard Browne.” viii, 366pp., engraving of “Wotten in Surry, the House of Geo Evelyn, Esq., taken in perspective from the top of the Grotto by J. Evelyn, 1653”; engraving of “Sir Edward Nicholas, Secretary of State to King Charles I & II” by Peter Lely, pinx, and J. Scott, sculp.; followed by (54)pp. Index. Brown calf, tiny diamond crosshatch pattern, gilt lettering on spine, 4 raised bands of black morocco, covers gilt ruled; inner hinges expertly reinforced mid-century (20th), like endpapers. Bookplates on front paste-downs of Albert Parsons Sachs, the noted book collector and chemist. Wide margins, printed notes throughout. Top edge of spine to volume one slightly tender, previous owner’s name to one free endpaper, else tight, bright, generally Good. Rare.