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Record Number: 11973


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'At the Coffee-house in Exchange=alley I bought a little book, "Counsell to Builders", written by Sir Balth. Gerbier; it is dedicated almost to all the men of any great condition in England, so that the epistles are more than the book itself; and both it and them not worth a turd, that I am ashamed that I bought it.'

Century:

1600-1699

Date:

28 May 1663

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: London

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Samuel Pepys

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

23 Feb 1633

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Admiralty, Clerk of the Acts

Religion:

Church of England

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Sir Balth. Gerbier

Title:

Counsel and advise to all builders; for the choice of their surveyours... Together with several epistles to eminent persons, who may be concerned in building

Genre:

Heraldry, Technology

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

1663

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

11973

Source:

Print

Author:

Samuel Pepys

Editor:

Robert Latham

Title:

The diary of Samuel Pepys

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1970

Vol:

4

Page:

162

Additional Comments:

Co-editor William Matthews

Citation:

Samuel Pepys, Robert Latham (ed.), The diary of Samuel Pepys, (London, 1970), 4, p. 162, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=11973, accessed: 02 March 2021


Additional Comments:

Comments in diary indicate that Pepys must have read at least part of the book after purchase, to express such disappointment in it and regret at the purchase

   
   
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