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Biography / Autobiography

Somerville, Mary (Edited By Dorothy MacMillan) - Queen of Science : Personal Recollections of Mary Somerville

Softback. A very good copy. Pp.xlv,434. "The memoirs of a remarkable woman who became one of the most gifted mathematicians and scientists of the nineteenth century. Oxford's Somerville College was named after her". First published in 1873 this reprint is a volume in the Canongate Classics series.
Published : Canongate, Edinburgh 2001,
£10.00

Sorley, Charles - The Letters of Charles Sorley with a Chapter of Biography

Hardback. A very good copy in light blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Neat ownership inscription on front free end-paper. A little fore-edge foxing but clean internally. Pp.xii,320 + 2pp publisher's advert. Tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of the author. Sorley was a highly-regarded poet of the First World War. The letters span the period from his school-days at Marlborough to his death in 1915 on the Western Front.
Published : Cambridge University Press 1919, First Edition
£60.00

Southey Robert - The Life of Nelson

Hardback. A very good copy in bright green bevelled cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. All edges gilt. Ownership inscription on front end-paper but otherwise a lovely clean copy internally with little foxing. Pp.xiv,[1],351,[1] + 16pp publisher's catalogue. 12 plates by Westall printed in Woodburytype. Folding plan of the Battle of the Nile. Illustration showing Nelson's signature at various dates. A handsome book.
Published : Bickers & Son, London 1883,
£50.00

Sowerby R.R. - Sowerby of China - Arthur de Carle Sowerby F.R.G.S., F.Z.S.

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper which is now protected by a clear removable sleeve. Pp.[viii],58. Six illustrations including a folding genealogical table. The biography of a pioneer naturalist in China who was also a scientist, explorer, author artist and editor.
Published : Titus Wilson & Son, Kendal 1956, First Edition
£18.00

Spens, Susan - George Stepney : Diplomat and Poet, 1663-1707

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Inscribed presentation copy from the author. Pp.vi,[2],403. 16 illustrations. Map end-papers. Stepney was one of the most remarkable men of the late 17th century, a British professional diplomat who understood the affairs of Germany better than any other Englishman and "who was considered one of the eight poets worthy of emulation".
Published : James Clarke Company, Limited, Cambridge, United Kingdom 1997, First Edition
£15.00

Spielmann M.H. & Jerrold Walter - Hugh Thomson His Art His Letters His Humour and His Charm

A good copy in red cloth with some fading to spine although the gilt lettering is clearly readable. Gift and ownership inscriptions on half-title. Pp.xx,269. 12 full-page colour plates. 16 black and white plates. Numerous illustrations in the text. The standard biography of the well-known Irish book illustrator.
Published : A & C Black, London 1931, First Edition
£30.00

Stallworthy Jon - Wilfred Owen

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Gift inscription. Pp.xiv,333. Illustrated. A biography of the First World War poet.
Published : Oxford University Press and Chatto and Windus, London 1974, First Edition
£12.00

Stannard, Martin - Evelyn Waugh: The Early Years 1903 - 1939

Hardback. A near fine copy in a fine dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear removable sleeve. Very small ownership label on front end-paper. Pp.xiv,537. Illustrated. Described as "the most detailed account ever published of Waugh and his work."
Published : J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd, London 1986, First Edition
£10.00

Steen Merguerite - A Pride of Terrys Family Saga

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Inscribed presentation copy from the author to Compton Mackenzie "who has given me so much delight that I hope he will get some pleasure from this." Loosely enclosed is a hand-written letter from the author to Compton Mackenzie. Pp.xvi,412. Illustrated. The story of the Terry family and its involvement with English theatre.
Published : Longmans, London 1962, First Edition
£40.00

Steven William - Memoir of George Heriot; with the History of the Hospital Founded By Him in Edinburgh; and an Account of the Heriot Foundation Schools

Hardback. 12mo. A very good copy in a full leather binding decorated in gilt on spine and lettered in gilt on a red title-piece. Five raised bands on spine. School motto and coat of arms of George Heriot embossed on upper and lower boards. Marbled edges and end-papers. Not foxed and no ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xxii,256. Frontispiece, title page vignette, one other illustration and folding plan. A nice, clean copy.
Published : Bell & Bradfute, Edinburgh 1845, First Edition
£45.00

Stevenson R. L. - R.L. Stevenson Memories

Illustrated by Jessie M. King.
Softcover. A good copy with illustrated cover by Jessie M. King. No inscriptions. 25 black and white tipped-in- photographs of places and people associated with R.L.S. and of R.L S. himself.. Some foxing to pages.Some rubbing to edges of covers. Protected in a removable cover.
Published : T.N. Foulis, Edinburgh 1912, First Edition
£30.00

Stewart Agnes M. - Life of Mary Queen of Scots

Small thick 8vo. A good copy in green cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. All edges gilt. Bevelled edges. Gift inscription. Pp.xxiii,572. Frontispiece and five illustrations. A rather uncommon biography of Scotland's most famous queen.
Published : Burns and Oates, London 1885, First Edition
£25.00

Stewart Desmond - T.E. Lawrence

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is complete, untorn and not price-clipped. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.xii,352. 12 illustrations. 5 maps.
Published : Hamish Hamilton, London 1977, First Edition
£8.00

Stoddart Anna M. - John Stuart Blackie: a Biography

Hardbacks. A very good two volume set in dark green cloth lettered in gilt. Vol.1,pp.xiii,333 + adverts. Frontispiece. Vol.II,pp.viii,368. Frontispiece and one other illustration.
Published : William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh 1895, Third Edition
£25.00

Stoddart Jane T. - The Girlhood of Mary Queen of Scots from Her Landing in France in August 1548 to Her Departure from France in August 1561

Hardback. Nd. 1908? A good copy in black cloth lettered in gilt on spine and decorated in gilt on upper board. Some wear to boards. Bookplate. Pp.xliv,471. 6 tissue-guarded plates.
Published : Hodder and Stoughton, London, First Edition
£22.00

Stokes Hugh - Madame De Brinvilliers and Her Times 1630 - 1676

Hardback. A good copy in blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Smal tear to cloth at top of spine. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. Pp.xiv,391. Frontispiece and 15 illustrations. The biography of a 17th century French aristocrat who was accused of three murders.
Published : John Lane The Bodley Head, London 1912, First Edition
£8.00

Stoney, Barbara - Enid Blyton : A Biography

Hardbak. A very good copy in publisher's faux leather with title in gilt on spine. No inscriptions. Many black and white photographs. 252 pages including Appendices and Index. Very good dustwrapper with very minor edgewear, which is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover. Enid Blyton who died in 1968 at the age of 71, is still considered by many to have wielded the greatest influence on children 's reading in post war years.
Published : Hodder & Stoughton, London 1974, First Edition
£18.00

Strachan Michael - The Life and Adventures of Thomas Coryate

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. In a good dustwrapper which is faded on the spine (but leaving the lettering clearly readable) and with a not very noticeable stain at the foot of the spine. Light edge foxing. Inscribed presentation copy from the author. Pp.x,317. Illustrations. Maps. Coryate, a contemporary of Shakespeare, "was one of the most tireless, inquisitive and courageous of English travellers."
Published : Oxford University Press, London 1962, First Edition
£28.00

Strickland Agnes - Life of Mary Queen of Scots [Two Volumes complete]

Hardbacks. A very good two volume set in blue cloth lettered in gilt. A little wear to boards of vol. I. One word ownership inscription on the front end-paper of volume I otherwise clean copies internally. Vol. I,pp.xi,462. Vol. II,pp.xii,508. Frontispiece to each volume. Publisher's adverts. at the end of each volume. Vol. II partly unopened. This is the Bohn's Library edition.
Published : George Bell & Sons, London 1907,
£25.00

Stuart Andrew - Genealogical History of the Stewarts, from the Earliest Period of Their Authentic History to the Present Times.

Hardback. 4to. A good copy. Full calf binding titled in gilt on a black title-piece. Boards cracked at the join with the spine but holding. Bookplate of (I think) the Duke of Leeds. Pp.xxiii,468. Large folding genealogical table of the Stewarts. Some foxing mainly to end-papers. The title continues; "Containing a Particular Account of the Origin and Successive Generations of the Stuarts of Darnley, Lennox and Aubigny, and of the Stuarts of Castlemilk; with Proofs and References; an Appendix of Relative Papers; and a Supplement, Containing Copies of various Dispensations found in the Vatican at Rome, in the Course of a Search made by the Author in the Year 1789; particularly Copies of Two very interesting Dispensations which had long been sought for in vain, relating to Robert the Stewart of Scotland (King Robert II), his much contested Marriages with Elizabeth More and Euphemia Ross. To which is prefixed A Genealogical Table Relative to the History".
Published : Published for A. Strahan; and T. Cadell Jnr. And W. Davies, London 1798, First Edition
£235.00

Swan Elsie - Christopher North - John Wilson

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. In a near very good dustwrapper which has two smallish edge tears and which is itself protected by the original glassine wrapper which is a bit torn. A clean copy with no ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xi,255. Three portraits. A biography of John Wilson whose pseudonym was Christopher North under which name he wrote Noctes Ambosianae. He wrote much for Blackwood's Magazine and was for many years Professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh University.
Published : Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh 1934, First Edition
£20.00

Synge J.M. (edited By Alan Price) - The Autobiography of J.M. Synge

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's brown covers with title in gilt on cream spine. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 14 black and white photographs by Synge. 46 pages. This is number 387 in an edition of one thousand two hundred and fifty copies. Includes an essay on "Synge and the photography of his time" by P. J. Pocock. Very good slipcase.
Published : The Dolmen Press and Oxford University Press, Dublin and London 1965, First Edition
£45.00

Taunton Ethelred L. - Thomas Wolsey Legate and Reformer

A very good copy in red cloth which is a little dulled on spine. Gilt emblem of Times Book Club at foot of spine. Top edge gilt. Small ownership inscription. Pp.xx,254. Frontispiece and 20 illustrations.
Published : John Lane, London 1902, First Edition
£14.00

Taylor Rachel Annand - Dunbar the Poet and His Period

Hardback. A near very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine which shows some fading. Top edge gilt. This is no. 16 of 125 copies printed on hand-made paper at the Chiswick Press and is signed by the author. 87 pages. William Dunbar was a Scottish makar of the late 15th/early 16th century and closely associated with the court of King James IV. This volume is no.4 of "The Poets on the Poets" series.
Published : Faber & Faber, London 1931, First Edition
£32.00

The Countess of Minto - A Memoir of the Right Honourable Hugh Elliot

Hardback. A good copy in a green half-leather binding. The maroon title-piece, lettered in gilt, is chipped but all the lettering is present. Some superficial damp-staining to the boards has leached onto the edges of a few early and late pages without affecting the lettering. Ownership inscription of Mabel Elliot dated 1906. Marbled edges. Pp.xv,436 + errata page. Facsimile letter from the Queen of Spain. Elliot was a late 18th/early 19th century British diplomat.
Published : Edmonston and Douglas, Edinburgh 1868, First Edition
£25.00

Thomson D.P. - Eric H. Liddell Athlete and Missionary

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.i-xii,230,xiii-xxx. 23 illustrations.This is a revised edition of "Scotland's Greatest Athlete: The Eric Liddell Story". In addotion to corrections to the text and the addition of foot-notes this edition includes illustrations, indexes and a bibliography.
Published : The Research Unit, Crieff 1971, First Edition Thus
£20.00

Thornton Robert D. - William Maxwell to Robert Burns

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's brown cloth with title in gilt on spine. No inscriptions. 263 pages. Very good dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover. "As a first biography of Dr. William Maxwell of Kirkconnell, this book leads to careful consideration of the inextricable intertwining of the doctor's life with that of Scotland''s foremost poet."
Published : John Donald Publisherst Ltd., Edinburgh 1979, First Edition
£15.00

Thorpe James - Phil May Master-draughtsman and Humorist 1864-1903

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which has very minor chipping at the spine ends. No ownership inscription and only a little foxing. 211 pages. 130 illustrations of which 2 are in colour and 40 were previously unpublished. This was the first book on May's life and work. A nice copy.
Published : George G. Harrap, London 1932, First Edition
£50.00

Thorpe W.G. - The Still Life of the Middle Temple with Some of Its Table Talk Preceded By Fifty years' Reminiscences

Externally a fair copy in rather flecked and marked red cloth with a small area where the surface has been rubbed off on upper board. Internally very good. Pp.xvi,372. This is a mixture of autobiography, including chapters on Ceylon and India, and life in the Middle Temple.
Published : Richard Bentley & Son, London 1892, First Edition
£40.00

Thrale Hester (Edited By Richard Ingrams) - Dr. Johnson by Mrs. Thrale : The Anecdotes of Mrs. Piozzi in Their Original Form

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is faded on the spine but complete and untorn. Pp.xvii,137. Frontispiece and ten illustrations.
Published : Chatto & Windus, London 1984, First Edition
£12.00

Tinch, Dave - "The Shore" and Roond Aboot: Growing Up in Wartime Kirkwall

Hardback. 4to. A near fine copy in a very good dustwrapper. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xiii,130. Numerous illustrations with many in colour. Map end-papers. The story of the author's childhood in wartime Kirkwall.
Published : Orcadian Ltd, Kirkwall 2003, First Edition
£20.00

Tindall Frank - Memoirs and Confessions of a County Planning Officer

A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper. Pp.xv,325. 119 plates. Frontispiece. Endpaper maps. From 1950 to 1975 the author was county planning officer for East Lothian.
Published : The Pantile Press, Ford, Midlothian 1998, First Edition
£20.00

Todorov Kosta - Balkan Firebrand the Autobiography of a Rebel, Soldier and Statesman

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which shows some edge chipping and tears. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 340 pages. The story of an extraordinary Balkan life.
Published : Ziff-Davis, Chicago 1943, First Edition
£15.00

Tremlett Rex - Road to Ophir the Autobiography of a Prospector

A very good copy in a dustwrapper which is chipped and torn at the edges and shows signs of water damage to the spine. 190pp. Frontis and 4 illus. The autobiography of an African journalist, prospector and gold miner.
Published : Hutchinson, London 1956, First Edition
£6.00

Tritton, Paul - John Montagu of Beaulieu : Motoring Pioneer and Prophet

A near fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. A little bumped at foot of spine. Pp.vii,291. Many illustrations. The first full biography of the motoring pioneer.
Published : Golden Eagle/George Hart, London 1985, First Edition
£12.00

Turgot, Bishop of St. Andrews (translated from the Latin By William Forbes-Leith) - Life of St. Margaret Queen of Scotland

A very good copy in dark maroon flexible cloth lettered in black on the front cover. Small, neat ownership inscription on the front free end-paper. 83 pages. 3 full-page illustrations + three vignettes. A life of the Queen of Malcolm Canmore.
Published : William Paterson, Edinburgh 1884, First Edition Thus
£24.00

Turner A Logan - Sir William Turner ; A Chapter in Medical History

Hardback. A very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt. Spine lettering a little dull. Ownership inscriptions on front free end-paper. Pp.xv,514. Frontispiece and six illustrations. Sir William Turner was professor of anatomy and Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh.
Published : William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh and London 1919, First Edition
£17.00

Turquan Joseph - The Love Affairs of Napoleon

Hardback. A good plus copy in salmon pink cloth. Some fading to spine but lettering clear. Top edge gilt. Small ownership label on front fixed end-paper. Some foxing. Pp.xii,378 + 16pp publisher's adverts. Frontispiece and 22 illustrations.
Published : John Lane The Bodley Head, London 1909, First Edition
£12.00

Turquan Joseph (Translated and Edited By W.R.H. Trowbridge) - The Sisters of Napoleon Elisa, Pauline and Caroline Bonaparte

A fair copy in blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Wear to cloth at foot of spine. Fairly heavy foxing throughout. Pp.xvi,320. Many illustrations, all of which are present although a few are loose.
Published : T. Fisher Unwin, London 1908, First Edition
£12.00

Twain Mark - Roughing it

Hardback. A good copy in black cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Moderate wear to boards. Gift and ownership inscriptions. 591 pages. 300 illustrations in text. Described as "a record of several years of variegated vagabondizing" but containing information about "the rise, growth and culmination of the silver-mining fever in Nevada."
Published : The American Publishing Company, Hartfoed, Conn. 1898,
£25.00

Valentine Alan - Lord George Germain

Hardback. A very good copy in black cloth lettered in gilt. In a good, price-clipped, dustwrapper with minor tears and chips and some spotting to the spine. Light edge foxing but a clean copy internally and with no ownership inscription. Pp.x,534. Frontispiece. "This is the first full biography of the man primarily responsible for Britain's defeat in the American revolution."
Published : Oxford University Press 1962, First Edition
£20.00