An important 17th century figure, as significant in his way as Pepys or Evelyn, though perhaps not so much a mirror of society. This Cresset Library edition of his works includes the majority of his 400 lives, arranged to be read as literature (as biography they deal with personalities remote from present day interest). The volume includes material from other writings. The editor has contributed a biographical summary, an outline of his character and career, and an explanation of the basis of selection and the degree of editing. Specialized market for students of period.