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Biography / Autobiography

- A Memoir of the Life of Peter the Great

Hardback. 12mo. A good copy in a full leather binding lettered and decorated in gilt on the spine. Wear to spine ends and some scuffing to rear board. Prize label. Pp.xvi,366. Frontispiece.
Published : John Murray, London 1836, Second Edition

- Biographical Anecdotes of the Founders of the French Republic, and of Other Eminent Characters, Who Have Distinguished Themselves in the Progress of the Revolution

Hardback. A good copy in a half-leather binding with marbled boards. Spine worn and lacking title-piece. The boards are now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. A nice copy internally with no ownership inscription and very little foxing. Pp.x,432. Folding frontispiece illustration. Folding chart. A second volume was published the following year.
Published : R. Phillips, London 1797, First Edition

- Edinburgh University Worthies: Biographies of Selected Pre-1901 Alumni and Staff of the University of Edinburgh

Softback. Oblong 4to. A very good clean copy without ownership inscription or other marking. Pp.v,56. Numerous photographs. Gives brief biographies of 37 worthies many of whom are well-known names.
Published : Edinburgh University Library 1999, First Edition

- Emilie d'Oultremont Baroness d'Hooghvorst Foundress of the Society of Marie Reparatrice and Her Two Daughters

Hardback. A good copy in blue cloth which is faded on the spine. Single stamp, of a church, on title page. Pp.xi,212. Frontispiece and 10 illustrations.
Published : The Manresa Press, London 1932, First Edition

- Graphic Illustrations of the Life and Times of Samuel Johnson, LL.D

Hardback. A good copy overall in a worn half-leather binding with marbled boards and end-papers. Leather a little torn at top of spine. Two 19th century ownership inscriptions. Comprises 24 pages with illustrations of people, places and letters connected with Johnson's life together with one to four pages of text on each. Moderate foxing.
Published : John Murray, London 1837, First Edition

- Proceedings of the Gibbon Commemoration 1794-1894

A very good copy internally. Softcover with a brittle wrapper which is heavily browned and chipped and torn. 52 pages. Unopened. Portrait frontispiece. Mainly comprises an address by Frederic Harrison and a catalogue of the Gibbon exhibition at the British Museum. The book was published by order of the Council of the Royal Historical Society to mark the centenary of the death of Edward Gibbon the author of "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire".
Published : Longmans Green & Co, London 1895, First Edition

- The Maid of the Mill : Louie Jermy of Poppyland and Her Times 1864-1934

Hardback. No. 905 of 1000 copies. A very good copy in yellow boards decorated in red and with red cloth spine. Much of the original glacine wrapper is still present. A clean copy with no ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.[vi],57 + one page adverts at end. 12 illustrations. The story of Louie Jermy and "some of the famous folk who were her associates" in Beckhythe in Norfolk, later known as Overstrand and dubbed "Poppyland" by a London journalist
Published : Gwen M. Parry, London 1936, First Edition

- Thomas Shaw (First Lord Craigmyle) a Monograph By His Son

Hardback. 12mo. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in black. No ownership inscription and only light edge foxing. Pp.viii,87. Foreword by Neville Chamberlain. Lord Shaw of Dunfermline (as Lord Craigmyle was known in his judicial capacity) served for 20 years as a judge in the House of Lords and the Privy Council.
Published : Nicholson & Watson, London 1937, First Edition

Demarco Richard - Richard Demarco: A Life in Pictures

Softback. 4to. A near fine copy. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 192 pages. Illustrated on the right-hand page throughout. "This is a book in which words and pictures are entwined to tell the story of n artist's life spent in contemplation not only of his own pictures but those of countless other."
Published : Famedram Publishers Ltd 1995, First Edition

Dunbar, John Telfer (Presented By) - Herself: The Life and Photographs of M.E.M. Donaldson

Softback. Oblong 4to. A very good copy. Ownership inscription on front fixed end-paper. 74 pages. M.E.M. Donaldson was a lover of the West Highlands of Scotland which she wrote about and photographed in the early part of the 20th century. This book gives a short biography of her and shows her best photographs.
Published : William Blackwood, Edinburgh 1979, First Edition

Shennan Francis - Flesh and bones: The life, passions and legacies of John Napier

Softback. A near fine copy in a near fine slip-case. Pp.xix,156. 8 plates. The life, work and legacy of John Napier, Baron of Merchiston, who invented logarithms.
Published : Napier Polytechnic of Edinburgh 1989, First Edition

Yeats, W.B. - The Collected Letters of W. B. Yeats, Vol. 2: 1896-1900

Hardback. A near fine copy in a fine dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.lxxxi,790. 8 pages of illustrations. 8 figures. "This volume, with its valuable biographical and thematic appendices, will be indispensable to anyone interested in the development of modern poetry, Irish drama and cultural history."
Published : Oxford University Press 2000, Reprint

"G. M. H." [His Daughter] - Biographical Sketch of David Milne Home

Hardback in original cloth covers. Extenally only fair as there are fairly substantial (but repairable) tears to the cloth at the spine edges. Internally very good. Previous owner's card pasted to front fixed end-paper. Pp.vii,235 + 20pp publisher's catalogue. Tissue-guarded portrait frontispiece. David Milne Home was a Scottish advocate, geologist and meteorologist. He was Junior Counsel for William Burke (of Burke and Hare fame). He is remembered today chiefly for his work on earthquakes and it was he who coined the term "seismometer". He corresponded with Darwin, Lyell, Murchison etc and examples of that correspondence are included in the book. Quite scarce.
Published : David Douglas, Edinburgh 1891, First Edition

Abbott, Geoffrey - Family of Death: Six Generations of Executioners

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Inscribed presentation copy from the author to a Professor of Anatomy. 240 pages. 21 illustrations. The story of the Sanson famiy of Paris who were executioners there for more than two centuries.
Published : Robert Hale Ltd, London 1995, First Edition

Adler Marta - My Life with the Gipsies

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which shows a little edge wear and tear. 204 pages. Frontispiece. The autobiography of a German woman who married three gipsies.
Published : Souvenir Press, London 1960, First English Edition

Alexander, Sir James Edw. - Life of Field Marshal, His Grace the Duke of Wellington. Embracing His Civil, Military and Political Career to the Present Time [2 Vols Complete]

Hardbacks. 1839/1840. A good plus two volume set in light reddish brown calf lettered and decorated in gilt. All edges gilt. Foxing to some plates but generally quite clean. Vol. I,pp.xv,491. Frontispiece and eight plates. Folding map (loose and torn). One gathering coming loose. Vol. II,pp.vii,576. Frontispiece and five illustrations (including a folding plan with a sellotape repair). Attempts to give a portrait of the character, qualities and abilities of the Duke of Wellington and not simply a record of his achievements.
Published : Henry Colburn, London, First Edition

Alliss Peter - An Autobiography

A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper which is not price-clipped. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 192pp. Illustrated. A golfing autobiography.
Published : Collins, London 1981, First Edition

Alliss, Peter - Peter Alliss : An Autobiography

Hardback. A very good plus copy in a similar, but price-clipped, dustwrapper. Signed by the author. Small gift inscription. 192 pages. Illustrated. A golfer's autobiography.
Published : Collins, London 1981, First Edition

An Old Boy - The "Gym" or Sketches from School

A very good copy in a soft dark leather binding which is scuffed and worn at the top of the spine. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 40 pages. 6 illustrations. Recollections of mid-19th century life in a boarding school in (I assume) Aberdeen. Uncommon.
Published : Privately Published, Aberdeen 1885, First Edition

Anderson, Peter D. - Black Patie: Life and Times of Patrick Stewart, Earl of Orkney, Lord of Shetland

Hardback. A fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper. Pp.viii,221. 2 maps. 2 illustrations. A study of one of the most notorious figures in the history of the Northern Isles..
Published : John Donald Publishers Ltd., Edinburgh 1992, First Edition

Anon. - The Last of the War Lords : New Lights on the Life and Personality of Kaiser Wilhelm II, His Relations with Britons and Americans, with Artists and Writers, and Some Account of His Love Affairs

Hardback. A very good copy in orange cloth lettered in black. Pictorial upper board. No ownership inscription. A little foxing. 293 pages.
Published : Grant Richards, London 1918, First Edition

Anon. [Watkins John] - Memoirs of the Life and Writings of the Right Honourable Lord Byron, with Anecdotes of Some of His Contemporaries

Hardback. Externally a very good copy in a half leather binding with marbled boards. Spine lettered and decorated in gilt. Top edge gilt. Marbled end-papers. Some spotting especially towards the foot of some pages and with a circular stain approx. two inches in diameter affecting the title page and frontispiece. Browning to some pages. Pp.xvi,428. Photographs available on request.
Published : Henry Colburn and Co., London 1822, First Edition

Armour George Denholm - Bridle and Brush : Reminiscences of an Artist Sportsman

Hardback. A good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on spine. Some fading to spine but lettering quite readable. Corner crease in rear board. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. Not foxed. Pp.xiv,390. 4 colour plates and 127 drawings in black and white by the author, Joseph Crawhall, Phil May, Maurice Greiffenhagen and Major C.A. Rickards.
Published : Eyre & Spottiswoode, London 1937, First Edition

Armstrong H.C. - Lord of Arabia Ibn Saud an Intimate Study of a King

A good copy in original blue cloth a little faded and worn on spine. Previous owner's inscription on, and piece cut from, half title. 306pp. Frontispiece. References to T.E. Lawrence.
Published : Arthur Barker, London 1934, First Edition

Ashwell Margaret(Editor) - McCance and Widdowson : A Scientific Partnership of 60 Years 1933 to 1993

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 264 pages. 16 illustrations. A commemorative volume for two scientists who made their name in the field of human nutrition.
Published : British Nutrition Foubdation, London 1993, First Edition

Bacon Admiral Sir R.H. - The Life of John Rushworth Earl Jellicoe

Hardback. A very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt on spine and decorated on the upper board. A nice clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. The bookmarker for use with various figures is present. Pp.xvi,565. 40 plates. 6 folding maps and charts.
Published : Cassell, London 1936, First Edition

Baird William - John Thomson of Duddingston: Pastor and Painter a Memoir with a Critical Review of His Works

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's red cloth with title and vignette in gilt on front board and title in gilt on spine. Top edge gilt. Spine slightly faded. 12 plates including frontispiece. Gift label from the Ebenezer P.S.A. Brotherhood on front free endpaper. Protected in a removable cover.
Published : Oliphant Anderson & Ferrier, Edinburgh 1907, Second Edition

Balfour Graham - The Life of Robert Louis Stevenson

A good two volume set in maroon cloth. Top edge gilt. Decorated end-papers. Title piece of volume 2 not quite complete but a second copy of the title piece is at the rear of the book. Some fore-edge foxing. Vol.1,pp.x,216. 2 illustrations. Vol.11,239pp. Folding map.
Published : Methuen, London 1901, First Edition

Barnet John Guthrie - Life and Complete Works of Michael Bruce Poet of Lochleven

A good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on spine. Pp.xv,304. 20 illustrations. Two newspaper cuttings taped to pages.
Published : Marshall Brothers, London 1927, The Cottage Edition, Second Impression

Barton Sir Dunbar Plunket - The Amazing Career of Bernadotte 1763-1844

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. In a fair to good dustwrapper which has edge chips and tears. No ownership inscription and not foxed. Pp.xiii,404. 38 illustrations. 3 maps. A biography of a Marshal of France at the time of Napoleon who later became King of Sweden.
Published : John Murray, London 1930, Second Edition

Barttelot Walter George - The Life of Edmund Musgrave Barttelot Captain and Brevet-Major Royal Fusiliers Commander of the Rear Column of the Emin Pasharelief Expedition Being an Account of His Services for the Relief of Kandahar, of Gordon, and of Emin from His Letters and Diary

Hardback. A very good copy which has been rebound in red cloth lettered in gilt on spine and with a gilt coat of arms on the upper board. No ownership inscription. Some foxing to end-papers. Pp.xi,[v],413. 4 illustrations. 2 folding maps at end of book. The book was written as an attempt by the author to restore his brother's reputation against accusations made by Henry Morton Stanley who commanded the Emin Pasha relief expedition.
Published : Richard Bentley and Son, London 1890, First Edition

Bason Fred (Edited By Michael Sadleir) - Fred Bason's Third Diary

Hardback. A good copy in a good dustwrapper which has minor eege tears and a small chip. Inscribed by the author as follows on the front end-paper: "Modesty almost prevents me telling that over 5000 readers wrote me asking for another Basonfull. Being obliging I present MORE! I hope you and your friends enjoy it. Fred Bason 1957." The frontispiece of the author by Nicholas Bentley has also been inscribed "For Nan. Hello! Freddie Bason". Just a trace of a small label possibly having been removed from front board. 184 pages. A diary of day to day happenings in London told with the natural rhythm of the author's Cockney speech.
Published : Andre Deutsch, London 1955, First Edition

Batho Edith C. - The Later Wordsworth

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper. Pp.x,[2],417. Frontispiece. This study is an attempt to discover what were Wordsworth's "real opinions in the latter half of his life; how far they were in agreement with or in contradiction to those of the earlier half; the impression which he made upon his contemporaries; and his attitude towards them".
Published : Cambridge University Press 1933, First Edition

Beale Mrs. Catherine Hutton (Editor) - Catherine Hutton and Her Friends

Hardback. A very good copy in light green cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Spine dulled. Bookplate. Some edge and end-paper foxing. Pp.vii,264 including six page list of subscribers. Partly unopened. Catherine Hutton lived from 1756 to 1846 and was an English novelist and letter-writer who correponded with Charles Dickens, Edward Bulmer-Lytton and others.
Published : Cornish Brothers, Birmingham 1895, First Edition

Beattie James (Edited By Ralph S. Walker) - James Beattie's London Diary 1773

Hardback. A very good copy in a clean, good plus dustwrapper with minor chipping. A nice copy internally with no ownership inscription or other marking. 145 pages. Map frontispiece and 19 illustrations. Beattie was a Scottish philosopher and poet who became Professor of Moral Philosophy at Aberdeen University, his best-known work being his "Essay on the Nature and Immutability of Truth."
Published : Aberdeen University Press 1946, First Edition

Bedford, Rev. W.K. Riland - Three Hundred Years of a Family Living, Being a History of the Rilands of Sutton Coldfield

Hardback. A very good copy in light green cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Spine darkened. Bookplate of a member of the Ryland family. Pp.ix,[i],175 + 4 page list of subscribers. Folding map frontispiece + 4 illustrations.
Published : Cornish Brothers, Birmingham 1889, First Edition

Beesly, Patrick - Very Special Admiral:The Life of Admiral J. H. Godfrey, CB

Hardback. A very good copy in a complete, untorn, dustwrapper which shows some fading to the spine (but leaving the lettering clear). No ownership inscription. Pp.xxv,345. Maps. Illustrations. Godfrey served in the Royal Navy from 1903 to 1946. He was Director of Naval Intelligence form 1939 to 1942. This outspoken biograohy " not only reveals much about World War II Intelligence which the official records conceal, but gives a fascinating picture of life in the Royal Navy during an era of unprecedented change." This was a review copy and has compliments slips and the Times review of the book loosely enclosed.
Published : Hamish Hamilton, London 1980, First Edition

Bell Ian - Robert Louis Stevenson Dreams of Exile

A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper but with the previous owner's name & address label on front fixed end-paper. 295pp. Illustrated.
Published : Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh 1992, First Edition

Bell Tom - John MacLean a Fighter for Freedom

Hardback. A good plus copy in red cloth lettered in black. Some fading to spine but lettering clear. Ownership inscription dated 1944 on front end-paper. Pp.xv,173. Frontispiece. The story of the political life of John MacLean, Scottish communist and nationalist.
Published : Communist Party, Scottish Committee 1944, First Edition

Bell, Quentin - Virginia Woolf : A Biography Volumes One and Two

Hardback. A very good two volume set in very good dustwrappers. A clean set without foxing or ownership inscription. Vol. I,pp,xiii[2],230. 15 illustrations. Two pen and ink drawings. Map end-papers. Family tree. Vol. II,pp.ix[i],300. 15 illustrations. Map end-papers. Described as "a truthful, fascinating and extraordinarily evocative portrait of this remarkable woman".
Published : The Hogarth Press, London 1972, First Edition

Beresford J.D. and Richmond Kenneth - W.E. Ford: a Biography

A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and upper board. 310 pages. Frontispiece. Includes both a biographical study and notes on Ford's philosophy.
Published : W. Collins Sons & Co. , London 1917, Second Impression

Bern-Campbell Tonia - My Speed King Life with Donald Campbell

Fine in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.xvii,235. Illustrated.
Published : Sutton Publishing 2002, First Edition

Bernstein Burton - Thurber a Biography

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 532pp. Illustrated. A biography of a great humorist.
Published : Victor Gollancz, London 1975, First Edition

Bewick Thomas - A Memoir of Thomas Bewick Written By Himself

Hardback. A very good copy in brown cloth lettered and decorated in gilt on the spine. No ownership inscription. Some edge and end-paper foxing. Pp.xxxiii,393. Frontispiece. "Embellished by numerous wood engravings designed by the author for a work on British Fishes." This edition with a preface and annotations by Austin Dobson. This is Volume V in the "Memorial Edition" of the author's works.
Published : Bernard Quaritch, London 1887, Memorial Edition

Bewick Thomas - Memoir of Thomas Bewick Written By Himself

A very good copy. 274pp. Illus. With an introduction by Edmund Blunden.
Published : Centaur Press, London 1961, First Edition Thus

Bismarck, Prince Herbert (Editor) - The Love-Letters of Prince Bismarck - 2 Vols. Complete

Hardback. A two volume good plus set in red cloth lettered in gilt. Bookseller's label at the foot of the front board of each volume. A little wear to spine ends. No ownership inscription. A little foxing. Vol. I, pp.x,224. Frontispiece and one other illustration. Vol. II,pp.x,197 + 32pp publisher's catalogue dated January 1901 + 2pp index of authors in catalogue. Frontispiece and two illustrations. These love letters of the "Iron Chancellor" "show the creator of the German Empire as a man whose affections were no less profound than his intellectual powers."
Published : William Heinemann, London 1901, First Edition

Blackie Walter W. - Walter Graham Blackie Ph.D, LL.D. (1816-1906)

A very good copy in reddish-brown cloth which is slightly faded on the spine. A clean copy with no ownership inscription and little foxing. Loosely enclosed is a small card (in an envelope addressed to Mrs. Hugh Rose) which states "With Much Love from Miss Clara T. Blackie". Clara was the daughter of Walter W. Blackie. Pp.ix,[3],170. 6 illustrations. Consists of a selection of Blackie's letters covering his interests other than publishing. Uncommon as it was published for the family.
Published : Printed for Private Circulation By Blackie & Son Ltd 1936, First Edition

Blackie Walter W. (Introduction and Notes) - A Scottish Student in Leipzig Being Letters of W.G. Blackie, His Father and His Brothers in the Years 1839-40

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Some light fore-edge foxing. Compliment slip from "the Misses Blackie" loosely enclosed. 178 pages. Frontispiece and two other illustrations. This is a collection of family letters ffom members of the publishing firm of Blackie which were put into print for circulation among the descendants of the writers of the letters.
Published : Printed for Private Circulation By Blackie & Son Ltd 1932, First Edition

Blackwood John, M.D. - Reminiscences - Personal, Professional and Philanthropic

Hardback. N.d. c.1910? A good copy in publisher's red cloth with title in gilt on spine and gilt decoration on front board. Spine lightly faded. No inscriptions. Top edge gilt. Pp.xvi,312. The author tells of his father meeting Sir Walter Scott on many occasions, the Disruption in the Church of Scotland, talks with Dr. Spicer, and meeting Hugh Millar. After leaving Edinburgh the author practiced as a doctor near London for forty years. "My book is written with the object of solving, for practical purposes, the vexed problem of human unfitness, and to show the lines upon which health, happiness and success may first be attained and then preserved --- ."
Published : Andrew Elliot, Edinburgh, First Edition

Blaikie William Garden - The Personal Life of David Livingstone -- Chiefly from His Unpublished Journals and Correspondence in the Possession of His Family

Hardback. A very good copy in brown cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Prize label on front fixed end-paper. Pp.xii,412 + 32pp publisher's catalogue at rear dated May 1882. Portrait frontispiece. Folding map at rear. Dwells on Livingstone's character and attempts "to present a more complete history of his life than has yet appeared."
Published : John Murray, London 1882, Third Edition