Defoe, Daniel: A Journal of the Plague Year (1665).

Defoe, Daniel - A Journal of the Plague Year (1665). Being observations or memorials of the most remarkable occurrences, as well public as private, which happened in London during the last great visitation in 1665. Folio Society 1st, 1960.

In 1722, rumours that the plague had hit Amsterdam began to disturb London. Daniel Defoe, Non comformist, businessman, journalist and successful author; spotted a topical subject for a history book: the Great Plague of London in 1665. What Defoe wrote, however, was in the form of an eye-wimess account so immediate, so compelling and so apparently artless that it is difficult to remember that he is not the narrator HF himself. Although he studied both contemporary accounts and original sources, such as orders from the Lord Mayor and bills of mortality, and talked to many survivors, he writes not as a historian, but as a journalist passionate to reveal the government's inadequacy, the suffering of the poor; and, most of all, the reactions of ordinary people to this extraordinary horror. (Folio Society).

9" x 5½", 248pp, black buckram with the front-board and spine blocked in blind and silver with a design, gold spine lettering, hardback. Printed on laid paper. Illustrated with monochrome woodcuts by Peter Pendrey within the text.

Slightly sunned spine; inscription in top front corner of half-title; very good; no slip-case.

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