Blacket Books
Information

Catalogues

Archaeology ( 69 )
Art / Architecture ( 319 )
Biography / Autobiography ( 554 )
Children ( 639 )
Country Life / Sports ( 176 )
England & Wales ( 312 )
First Editions ( 526 )
Foreign Countries ( 450 )
Illustrated ( 461 )
Ireland ( 143 )
Literature / Fiction ( 518 )
Maritime / Naval ( 222 )
Military ( 651 )
Miscellaneous ( 333 )
Mountaineering ( 121 )
Natural History / Botany ( 290 )
Religion ( 278 )
Science / Medicine ( 323 )
Scotland ( 1929 )
Sport ( 145 )
The Arts ( 231 )
Transport ( 93 )

Search

Contact Us
Email:
Postal Address:

Blacket Books
1 Leadervale Terrace
Edinburgh
EH16 6NX
Scotland

Telephone:

Within UK :
0131 666 1542
Outwith UK :
44 131 666 1542

Biography / Autobiography

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

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

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

Unsworth Walter - Tiger in the Snow the Life and Adventures of A.F. Mummery

A very good copy in a good, complete, dustwrapper with minor edge tears. A clean copy internally with no foxing or ownership inscription. 125pp. 11 plates. 5 maps and diagrams. A biography of a pioneer of Alpine mountaineering.
Published : Victor Gollancz, London 1967, First Edition
£10.00

Unsworth Walter - Tiger in the Snow: The Life and Adventures of A. F. Mummery

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper (with slightly faded spine but lettering clear). A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 125 pages. Plates. Maps. A biography of the pioneering Victorian Alpine mountaineer.
Published : Victor Gollancz, London 1967, First Edition
£10.00

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

Van Der Meulen, D. - The Wells of Ibn Sa'ud

Hardback. A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper which has minor edge wear and tear. The wrapper, which is not price-clipped, is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. No ownership inscription and not foxed. Pp.ix,270. 19 illustrations. The story of Ibn Sa'ud and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Published : John Murray, London 1957, First Edition
£20.00

Verey, David - The Diary of a Cotswold Parson

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. 189 pages. Frontispiece and 22 illustrations. This is the diary, from 1820 to 1852, of the Reverend Francis Edward Witts, who was Rector of Upper Slaughter. It "throws new light on to a fascinating period of English social history."
Published : Alan Sutton 1978, First Edition
£12.00

Verney, Frances Parthenope and Verney Margaret M. - Memoirs of the Verney Family - Vols.I And II During the Civil War; Vol. III During the Commonwealth 1650 to 1660; Vol. IV from the Restoration to the Revolution 1660 to 1696; Compiled from the Letters and Illustrated By the Portraits at Claydon House

Hardbacks. A very good, complete, four volume set published between 1892 and 1899. In the original brown cloth, ruled in red and gilt, lettered in gilt and with arms in gilt on the upper boards. Top edges gilt. No ownership inscription. Some foxing to first two volumes. Vol. I, pp.xxv,362 + 24pp. publisher's adverts. Vol.II, pp.xv,454 + 2pp adverts. Vol.III,pp.xi[1],493 +24pp adverts. Vol. IV,pp.xiv,510. All illustrations present as called for.
Published : Longmans Green & Co, London, First Edition
£120.00

Vinaver Eugene - Malory

A very good copy in a good, complete, but rather edge-worn dustwrapper. 208pp. 8 illustrations. First published in 1929 this reprint has a new introduction by the author. Much on Arthurian tradition and legend.
Published : Clarendon Press, Oxford 1970, Reprint
£12.00

Vincent E.R. - Ugo Foscolo an Italian in Regency England

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. No ownership inscription. Pp.viii,255. 4 plates 1 figure. A biography of Italy's greatest early 19th century poet who spent his last eleven years in self-imposed exile in England.
Published : Cambridge University Press 1953, First Edition
£20.00

Von Bulow, Prince - Memoirs 1849-1897; 1897-1903; 1903-1909; 1909-1919 Four Volumes Complete

Hardbacks. A near very good four volume set in blue cloth lettered in gilt. Published in 1931 and 1932 two volumes are first English editions and two are reprints. Some foxing to all volumes. Vol. I, pp.xv,710. 16 illustrations. Vol.II,pp.xxi,639. 16 illustrations. Vol. III,pp.xv,534. 16 illustrations. Vol. IV,pp.xi,373. 16 illustrations. Von Bulow was a German statesman and Chancellor of the German Empire from 1900 to 1909. (Extra postage will be required for these four volumes).
Published : Putnam, London,
£38.00

Waliszewski K. - The Romance of an Empress Catherine 11 of Russia

Hardback. A good copy in dark grey cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Bevelled edges. Pp.viii,460 + 16pp adverts. Frontispiece.
Published : William Heinemann, London 1894,
£15.00

Walker, Catherine - Catherine Walker : An Autobiography By the Private Couturier to Diana. Princess of Wales

Hardback. 4to. A fine copy in a very good plus dustwrapper which is complete and untorn although with a little creasing. The dustwrapper is now protected in a clear, removable, cover. INSCRIBED on the half-title "To Barbara with best wishes from Catherine. Aug 07". Pp.vi,154. Numerous illustrations with many in colour. Walker was a top couturier who was responsible for the signature look of Diana, Princess of Wales. "This book is a chronicle of two remarkable women who remained true to themselves, even amidst the pressures of the glamorous worlds of fashion and royalty."
Published : HarperCollins, London 1998, First Edition
£45.00

Wallace Graham - Claude Grahame-White A Biography

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which has smallish edge chips and which is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. No ownership inscription. Largely clean except for some foxing to half-title. 256 pages. 62 illustrations. The story of an early aeronaut and early aviation pioneer.
Published : Putnam, London 1960, First Edition
£25.00

Ward Wilfrid - Aubrey De Vere a Memoir Based on His Unpublished Diaries and Correspondence

Hardback. A near very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt. A little wear at spine ends. Single stamp of a church on title page. Pp.x,[4],428 + 40pp publisher's catalogue. 4 illustrations. A biography of a 19th century member of the Anglo-Irish ascendancy. Includes a chapter on the Irish famine of the 1840's.
Published : Longmans Green & Co, London 1904, First Edition
£25.00

Wavell Field-Marshal Viscount - Allenby in Egypt Being Volume 11 of Allenby: a Study in Greatness

Hardback. A very good copy in a fair to good dustwrapper which is faded on the spine and which has edge chips and tears. 154 pages. 16 illustrations. Covers the period 1919-1925 when Allenby was Special High Commossioner for Egypt.
Published : George G. Harrap, London 1943, First Edition
£12.00

Weber, Nicholas Fox - Le Corbusier A Life

Hardback. A near fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xxii,821. This is "the first full-scale life of Le Corbusier, one of the most influential, admired, and maligned architects of the twentieth century---".
Published : Alfred A. Knopf, New York 2008, First Edition
£20.00

Weems John Edward - Peary the Explorer and the Man

A near very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Foxing to page ends. Small ownership inscription to front end-paper. 362pp. Illustrated. A biography of the first man to reach the North Pole.
Published : Eyre & Spottiswoode, London 1967, First Edition
£9.00

Weigall Arthur E.P.Brome - The Life and Times of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt a Study in the Origin of the Roman Empire

A good plus copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt. Pp.xix,410 + genealogy of the Ptolemies + 7pp reviews + 64pp catalogue of Blackwood's publications. 14 illustrations. 5 maps (4 folding).
Published : William Blackwood, Edinburgh 1914, First Edition
£20.00

Weiner Margery - The Parvenu Princesses Elisa, Pauline and Caroline Bonaparte

Hardback. A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper. Inscription on Front end-paper reads "For dearest Monty with fondest love, admiration and respect from a beginner to the great master of English prose, from The Author April 30th 1964". "Monty" is Sir Compton MacKenzie from whose library this copy came. Pp.xi,274. 11 illustrations. The story of Napoleon's three sisters.
Published : John Murray, London 1964, First Edition
£15.00

Wellesley Muriel - The Man Wellington Through the Eyes of Those Who Knew Him

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which has been strengthened internally with sellotape. Lacks part of front end-paper. Pp.xxviii,424. 12 illustrations. 3 maps including two folding maps at end of book. A biography of Wellington by his great-grand-niece using the exact words of those who knew him.
Published : Constable, London 1937, First Edition
£18.00

Wells H. G. - The Story of a Great Schoolmaster : Being a Plain Account of the Life and Ideas of Sanderson of Oundle

Hardback. A very good copy in the original green cloth which is a little faded at foot of boards. In a good dustwrapper which has a narrow one inch long tear in front panel and other minor chips/tears. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. A little edge foxing. 151 pages. Frontispiece and two other illustrations. A memorial of the life, work, thought and teaching of a great headmaster.
Published : Chatto & Windus, London 1924, First Edition
£95.00