The Letterbooks of John Evelyn

The Letterbooks of John Evelyn

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Edited by Douglas D.C. Chambers and David Galbraith
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2014
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1328 Pages 30 Images
ISBN 9781442647862
Published Nov 2014
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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 2-volume collection of more than eight hundred letters selected by Evelyn himself, constitutes an essential new resource for scholars of seventeenth-century England. The two books in this set give 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. They also include 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.

Douglas D.C. Chambers is a professor emeritus in the Department of English at the University of Toronto.

David Galbraith is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Toronto.

Illustrations List




Note on the Text


Volume I

  • Add 78298 (Books I-III)
  • Liber I
  • Liber II
  • Liber III

Volume II

Add 78299 (Book IV)

Evelyn’s correspondents



“This edition is a major contribution to our understanding of seventeenth-century literature, history, and culture.”

Maria Zytaruk, Department of English, University of Calgary

“Douglas Chambers and David Galbraith are to be commended for editing the substantial letterbooks of John Evelyn (1620–1706), a useful window on the many interests of Evelyn and the seventeenth-century English culture to which he made such a contribution. His wide-ranging curiosity finds expression in these letters. Horticulture and botany are especially well represented, but architecture, numismatics, painting, translation, history, politics and divinity also find comment, sometimes at length.”

Nicholas von Maltzahn, Department of English, University of Ottawa

‘The book is pleasingly designed. Chambers and Galbraith have made such an interesting and important text available for the first time that it would be churlish not to applaud.’

John Considine, English Studies in Canada vol 41:03:2015

‘The edition is in many ways exemplary. It is well produced and beautifully illustrated…The letters are meticulously annotated… the actual text is preceded by a brilliant introduction…. In almost every respect this is an editorial triumph.’

Michael Hunter, Isis vol 106:04:2015

The Letterbooks of John Evelyn is a must-have resource for scholars, educators, and librarians interested in English Revolution and Restoration.’

Ryan Hackenbracht, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada vol 53:02:2016

‘These volumes constitute a monument hung up for posterity; it is now properly displayed and its use will be a fitting appreciation of an impressive achievement. The editors deserve a great deal of it.’

Conal Condren, Renaissance Quarterly vol 68:04:2015

Ewart-Daveluy Indexing Award awarded by the Indexing Society of Canada (Canada) - Winner in 2016