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Biography / Autobiography

Seaver George - "Birdie" Bowers of the Antarctic

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which shows a little edge wear and closed edge tears. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. No ownership inscription. Pp.xxiii,270. Illustrations. Maps. This is the first biography of one of Scott's companions on the epic journey to the South Pole.
Published : John Murray, London 1938, Reprint
£40.00

Seeley J.R. - Life and Times of Stein or Germany and Prussia in the Napoleonic Age

A very good three volume set. Pages uncut. Approx. 1700 pages in total. Frontispiece to each volume. 5 maps. A definitive history of a great German statesman and his times.
Published : Cambridge University Press 1878, First Edition
£70.00

Senac De Meilhan, Gabriel - Memoires D'Anne De Gonzagues, Princesse Palatine

Hardback. A very good copy in a dark green half-leather binding with marbled boards. Lettered in gilt on spine on a red title-piece and with attractive gilt decoration to spine. Moderate wear to board tips and edges. Marbled end-papers and edges. Ownership inscription at head of title page. Some foxing to early and late pages but generally clean. Anne de Gonzagues (1616-1684) was an Italian French noblewoman and salonist who became Princess Palatine as wife of Edward, Count Palatine of Simmern. She is said to have held one of the most brilliant salons during the early years of the reign of Louis XIV and she became something of a heroine during the French civil war of 1648-53. These memoirs are not thought to have been written by her but by Gabriel Senac de Meilhan. Photograph available on request.
Published : A Londres et Se Trouve a Paris, Chez Les Marchands De Nouveautes 1786, First Edition
£225.00

Seton Marie - Paul Robeson

A very good copy in a rather worn and edge chipped dustwrapper. 254 pages. Illustrated. A biography of the great American singer.
Published : Dennis Dobson, London 1958, First Edition
£10.00

Sewell, Brocard - In the Dorian Mode: A Life of John Gray, 1866-1934

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.xiv,240. 9 illustrations. A biography of the 1890s poet and friend of Oscar Wilde.
Published : Tabb House, Padstow, Cornwall 1983, First Edition
£14.00

Seymour Beatrice Kean - Jane Austen: Study for a Portrait

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's brown cloth with title in black on spine. No inscriptions and not foxed. 255 pages + 1 page bibliography at rear. Near very good dustwrapper which has 2 tiny closed tears which are hardly noticeable and remains of a (price?) sticker at foot of spine. The wrapper is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover.
Published : Michael Joseph Ltd,., London 1937, First Edition
£22.00

Shaw R. Cunliffe - The Records of a Lancashire Family from the XIIth to the XXth Century

A very good copy in a near very good, complete, dustwrapper. Light fore-edge foxing. Pp.xv,304. Frontispiece and 30 illustrations. Two folding family pedigrees at end. Errata slip.This is a history of the Shaw family of Lancashire. A nice copy and uncommon in dustwrapper.
Published : The Guardian Press, Preston 1940, First Edition
£70.00

Shears F.S. - Froissart Chronicler and Poet

A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. No ownership inscription and little foxing. Pp.xiii,244. 12 illustrations.
Published : George Routledge & Sons, London 1930, First Edition
£8.00

Sherry, Norman - The Life of Graham Greene Vols. I and II

Hardback. Very good copies in publisher's black cloth with title in gilt on spine. No inscriptions. Vol. I (1904-1939) Many black and white photographs. 781 pages. The very good dustwrapper is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover. Vol. II (1939-1955) was published in 1994. Again many black and white photographs. 562 pages. The very good dustwrapper is price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover.
Published : Jonathan Cape, London 1989, First Edition
£28.00

Shipton Eric - That Untravelled World : An Autobiography

Hardback. A good copy but with some spotting to boards. In a slightly edge worn but near very good dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. Some edge foxing. Ownership inscription. 286 pages. Illustrations. Maps. The autobiography of one of the finest 20th century mountaineers who took part in five Mount Everest expeditions.
Published : Hodder and Stoughton, London 1969, First Edition
£10.00

Sibbald Susan (Edited By Francis Paget Hett) - The Memoirs of Susan Sibbald (1783-1812)

Hardback. A good copy in the original blue cloth which is a little faded at the foot of the spine. No ownership inscription. Pp.xxiii,339. 38 illustrations. Memoirs of the first 29 years of the author's life. She was the daughter of a naval doctor and spent her early years in Fowey, Cornwall and part of the later years included in the Memoirs at Eildon Hall near Melrose.
Published : John Lane The Bodley Head, London 1926, First Edition
£18.00

Sichel Walter - Sterne a Study to Which is Added the Journal to Eliza

A good, sound, copy in original red cloth with black lettering. Previous owner's name on front end-paper. Some foxing. 360pp. Frontis and 10 illus.
Published : Williams & Norgate, London 1910, First Edition
£6.00

Sikorsky Igor I. - The Story of the Winged-S the Autobiography of Igor I. Sikorsky

A very good copy in a fair dustwrapper which shows wear and tear especially at the edges, lacks a piece at the foot of the spine, is faded on the spine, and the edges of which have been internally strengthened. The dustwrapper is in a silver tinfoil type material which is unsuitable for the purpose and I would guess is now uncommon. The endpapers are foxed but otherwise the book is very good internally. 288pp. Frontispiece and 38 illustrations. The autobiography of a pioneer of aviation.
Published : Robert Hale, London 1939, First Edition
£35.00

Sime John (Editor) - James, First Marquess of Montrose 1612-1650

Hardback. A very good copy in a fine leather binding profusely and attractively decorated in gilt and incorporating the Royal Coat of Arms. Some fading to spine and a little wear to spine ends. Still in the original box which is now in rather poor condition. Top edge gilt. Red end-papers. This is no. 47 of 320 copies. Pp.lx,[4], 157. Frontispiece. The preliminaries include a "Note on the Binding" by Cyril Davenport and a biographical sketch by the editor of Montrose and Bishop Wishart. This book is an abridged translation of Bishop Wishart's "History of the Kings Majesties Affairs in Scotland" under Montrose.
Published : F. E. Robinson & Co, London 1903, First Edition Thus
£45.00

Simpson Myrtle - Simpson the Obstetrician

A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper. 304pp. Frontispiece and 10 illustrations. A biography of the discoverer of chloroform as an anaesthetic.
Published : Victor Gollancz, London 1972, First Edition
£10.00

Sita Ram (Edited By Lieutenant-Colonel D.C. Phillott) - From Sepoy to Subadar : Being the Life and Adventures of a Native Officer of the Bengal Army Written and Related By Himself

Hardback. A near very good copy in dark green cloth lettered in gilt on spine and upper board. Black end-papers. Gift inscription from "D.C.P." probably the editor. Some foxing/marking to title page and verso of front end-paper but generally a clean copy internally. Pp.vi,[iv],130. These Memoirs were originally written in Hindi and given to Lieutenant-Colonel Norgate, the translator, in 1861. They first appeared in book form in 1873. The translator believes "that this is one of the first attempts of any native soldier to give his thoughts and ideas to the world."
Published : Baptist Mission Press, Calcutta 1911, Third Edition
£65.00

Skene, William Forbes (Editor) - Memorials of the Family of Skene of Skene from the Family Papars with Other Illustrative Documents

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in the original cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and decorated in gilt on the upper board. No. 441 of 525 copies. No ownership inscription. Only a little foxing. Pp.xv,269 + errata page + 38pp Reports of Committees of the New Spalding Club. 14 illustrations (including 6 full-page). A history of the ancient Aberdeenshire family of Skene of Skene and the families which descend from them.
Published : New Spalding Club, Aberdeen 1887, First Edition
£80.00

Skinner Robert T. - A Notable Family of Scots Printers

Hardback. A very good copy in maroon cloth lettered and decorated in gilt on the upper board. Inscribed presentation copy from the author and with his compliments slip pasted to the front end-paper. Pp.[ix],98. 12 plates including tissue-guarded frontispiece of Donaldson's Hospital. The book concerns the Donaldson family of Edinburgh. Donaldson's Hospital was founded by the generosity of a member of the family, James Donaldson, a printer and bookseller, who, in 1830 left his fortune to fund the construction and maintenance of the building.
Published : Printed Privately By T. & A. Constable Ltd., Edinburgh 1927, First Edition
£25.00

Slaven Anthony and Checkland Sydney (Editors) - Dictionary of Scottish Business Biography: Volume I The Staple Industries

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper which has one half-inch tear in the rear panel. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xvi,496. Illustrated. Contains biographies of Scottish businessmen/industrialists in the main industries such as shipbuilding, metals, textiles, extractive industries etc.
Published : Aberdeen University Press 1986, First Edition
£30.00

Small Bernard - The Reluctant Gunner

Hardback. A very good copy in laminated boards. One inch scratch on rear board. Not foxed and no ownership inscription. 547 pages. Frontispiece. The Second World War reminiscences of a "common gunner" who served in England, Italy and Greece with the Royal Artillery and the Royal Army Medical Corps and "hated the lot".
Published : Aberdeen University Press 1983, First Edition
£9.00

Smiles Samuel - Industrial Biography : Iron Workers And Tool Makers

Hardback. A very good copy in a half-leather binding with marbled boards. Five raised bands to spine which is attractively decorated in gilt.Some rubbing to board tips. Marbled edges and end-papers. No ownership inscription. A little end-paper foxing but generally clean internally. Pp.xiv,342. Memoirs of iron workers and tool makers, a follow-on from the author's "Lives of the Engineers."
Published : John Murray, London 1863, Fifteenth Thousand
£30.00

Smiles Samuel - The Life of a Scotch Naturalist Thomas Edward Associate of the Linnean Society

A good copy in red cloth lettered and decorated in gilt on spine. Gift inscription. Pp.xxxv,392. Illustrated.
Published : John Murray, London 1905, Popular Edition
£7.00

Smith, Alexander - Forty Years in Buchan and Banff: 1951-1991

Softback. A very good copy. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 309pp + two page glossary. Illustrated. A continuation of the author's autobiography written in the local dialect.
Published : Caledonian Books, Ellon 1991, First Edition
£9.00

Smith, Alexander - Forty Years in Kincardineshire 1911-1951: A Bothy Loon's Life Story

Softback. A very good copy. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. 284 pages + 2pp glosary. Illustrations. The life of a farm-worker in north-east Scotland in the first part of the 20th century. Written in Scots.
Published : Caledonian Books, Ellon 1990, First Edition
£8.00

Smith, Alexander - Forty Years in Kincardineshire, 1911-51: A Bothy Loon's Life Story

Softback. A very good copy. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 284 pages + two page glossary. The first volume of autobiography, told in the local dialect, of a Kincardineshire "bothy loon" and cottar.
Published : Caledonian Books, Ellon 1990, Second Impression with Corrections
£8.00

Smith, W. Gordon - Philipson: A Biography of Sir Robin Philipson

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is complete and untorn. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 119 pages. Numerous colour illustrations. Black and white frontispiece. A biographical assessment of the 20th century Scottish artist and his work.
Published : Atelier Books, Edinburgh 1995, First Edition
£15.00

Smythe A. Egerton - The Balance of Life:a Biographical Sketch of the Life and Work of the Poet and Literary Critic Henry Thomas Mackenzie Bell

Hardback. Nd [1954]. A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper which shows just a little edge wear and tear. Inscribed presentation copy from the author. 116 pages. 4 illustrations including tipped-in frontispiece portrait of Bell. Loosely inserted are two typed letters from the author to two nieces of Bell, one of which discusses an illustration of Bell's family group in the book.
Published : Curlew Press, London, First Edition
£40.00

Snaffles - A Half Century of Memories

Illustrated by Snaffles.
Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in publisher's cream cloth with title in black on spine. 5 colour plates and many black and white illustrations. No inscriptions. 95 pages. Good dustwrapper which has an edge chip, minor edge tears, and has one long closed tear which is reinforced on both sides with invisible sellotape. The wrapper is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover. Internally a lovely clean copy. This is Snaffles' autobiography - in pictures. The characteristic humour of his drawings and captions speak volumes
Published : Collins, London 1949, First Edition
£65.00

Snagg (or Snagge) Thomas - Recollections of Occurrences : The Memoirs of Thomas Snagg (or Snagge)

Illustrated by Kenneth Hunter.
Hardback. A very good copy in green buckram in a very good dustwrapper which is a little darkened on the spine. This is no. 99 of 300 copies "set in 10 point Monotype Plantin and printed on cream wove paper hand made by Millbourn of Totnes in Devonshire." Previous owner's small ex libris label on front fixed end-paper. Pp.xxii,110. Wood engravings by Kenneth Hunter. Snagge, who was born in 1746, was an actor who played with Garrick at Drury Lane and later in Dublin. This narrative of his experiences throws light on the theatre of his time.
Published : The Dropmore Press, London 1951, First Edition
£20.00

Soloveytchik George - Potemkin a Picture of Catherine's Russia

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which shows a little wear and tear at the edges. 349 pages. Frontispiece and 12 illustrations. Folding map. A study of Prince Potemkin, the outstanding Russian statesman of the time of Catherine the Great.
Published : Thornton Butterworth, London 1939, Reprint
£5.00

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

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