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Biography / Autobiography

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

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

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, 1911-51: 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

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

Sutcliff Rosemary - Blue Remembered Hills : A Recollection

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Inscribed presentation copy from Kathleen Lines to whom the book is dedicated by the author. 141 pages. Reminiscences by the well-known children's author of her early life.
Published : The Bodley Head, London 1983, First Edition
£30.00

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

Symons Arthur - Aubrey Beardsley

Hardback. A good plus copy in a quarter cream cloth binding lettered in gilt on the spine. Greyish-brown paper-covered boards lettered in gilt on the upper board. Upper board a little rubbed. Some foxing to end-papers. 32pp + 3 portraits of Beardsley and 6 drawings by him. This is number 3 of the Unicorn quartos.
Published : Unicorn Press, London 1898, First Edition
£65.00

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

Tangye Derek - The Confusion Room

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's dark green cloth with title in gilt on spine. Gift inscription on front fixed end-paper. 218 pages. Very good illustrated dustwrapper which is not price-clipped. The Confusion Room tells two stories. One is of the unravelling of the contents of the Confusion Room,. The other is a story of suspense: the hunt for the culprit who has vandalized the meadows which Derek and Jeannie nurtured and loved.
Published : Michael Joseph, London 1996, First Edition
£9.00

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