Samuel Pepys's Diary was first published in abbreviated form in 1825. However, not until the publication of the Latham and Matthews edition was the Diary presented in its complete form, with a newly transcribed text and the benefit of a systematic commentary. The text of the Diary is in nine volumes, followed by a Companion and this Index.
The Index, compiled by Robert Latham, gives the essential key to the nine volumes of the Diary text, including the introduction and footnotes. It makes it possible to retrieve a massive variety of information, to trace successive references to individual people, places and events; or to follow through a general topic, or even to locate specific references and phrases. The entries are made readily accessible by the use of sub-headings, and are also valuably detailed. In many instances references are gathered together under important group headings that can be used to build up a composite picture of different aspects of seventeenth-century England.