Blacket Books


Archaeology ( 62 )
Art / Architecture ( 302 )
Biography / Autobiography ( 521 )
Children ( 618 )
Country Life / Sports ( 167 )
England & Wales ( 297 )
First Editions ( 501 )
Foreign Countries ( 435 )
Illustrated ( 447 )
Ireland ( 133 )
Literature / Fiction ( 492 )
Maritime / Naval ( 212 )
Military ( 619 )
Miscellaneous ( 322 )
Mountaineering ( 109 )
Natural History / Botany ( 278 )
Religion ( 274 )
Science / Medicine ( 307 )
Scotland ( 1895 )
Sport ( 146 )
The Arts ( 221 )
Transport ( 87 )


Contact Us
Postal Address:

Blacket Books
1 Leadervale Terrace
EH16 6NX


0131 666 1542

Biography / Autobiography

Ward Wilfrid - Aubrey De Vere a Memoir Based on His Unpublished Diaries and Correspondence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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Westwood Peter J. - Jean Armour Mrs Robert Burns an Illustrated Biography Including Sketches on the Lives of Sarah Burns and Jessy Lewars

Illustrated by James Drysdale.
Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. No. 145 of 1000 hardback copies. Signed by the author. 180 pages. Numerous black and white illustrations. A biography of the wife of the famous poet.
Published : Creedon Publications, Dumfries 1996, First Edition

Whitehouse, J. Howard (Editor) - Nansen a Book of Homage

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in white. In a good dustwrapper which shows some soiling and which is a bit marked on the spine. Some edge and end-paper foxing. 189 pages. Frontispiece and six illustrations. Consists of tributes to the Norwegian explorer's memory and some estimates of his life and work.
Published : Hodder and Stoughton, London 1930, First Edition

Willcock John - A Scots Earl in Covenanting Times: Being Life and Times of Archibald 9th Earl of Argyll (1629-1685)

Hardback. A very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Small ownerahip inscription. Moderate edge foxing. Pp.xix,[ii],448. Frontispiece and 14 illustrations.
Published : Andrew Elliot, Edinburgh 1907, First Edition

Williams H. Noel - Queen Margot Wife of Henry of Navarre

Hardback. 4to. A good plus copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and lettered and decorated in gilt on the upper board. Some fading to spine but lettering clearly readable. Top edge gilt. Bookplate on front fixed end-paper. Pp.xviii,409. 16 portraits. Some edge foxing especially to plates. A biography of Marguerite de Valois, Queen of France and Navarre. [Please note this is a heavy book which will incur extra overseas postage].
Published : Harper & Brothers, London & New York 1907, First Edition

Williamson George - Memorials of the Lineage, Early Life, Education and Development of the Genius of James Watt

A very good copy in a half-leather binding. Five raised bands. Moderate wear to the spine. 262 pages. 16 illustrations including folding map of the River Clyde, double page view of Greenock and folding plan of the steamship "Atrato". (Loosely inserted is a folding plate of the same ship which does not appear to come from the book).
Published : Printed for the Watt Club By Thomas Constable Printer to Her Majexty 1856, First Edition

Wilson Joseph - Joseph Wilson His Life and Work

Nd. c. 1925. Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and upper board. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.xii,89. Many illustrations. The autobiography of a Bradford mill owner with chapters on his business, temperance, vegetarianism etc.
Published : Lund Humphries, London, First Edition

Wright Thomas - The Life of William Cowper

A very good copy in light blue cloth lettered in gilt and decorated in black. Patterned end-papers. Top edge gilt. Pps 247-250 loose. 681 pages. Frontispiece and 22 illustrations. A very detailed and thorough biography of the English poet.
Published : T. Fisher Unwin, London 1892, First Edition

Wurtzburg C.E. - Raffles of the Eastern Isles

Hardback. A very good copy in black cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. In a near good price-clipped dustwrapper which is missing a piece (approx. 1.5 inches x 1inch) at the top of the spine. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. No ownership inscription and not foxed. 788 pages. Frontispiece and 20 illustrations. 3 maps + end-paper maps. Described as "the definitive biography of Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore, and one of the greatest English colonial administrators of all time."
Published : Hodder and Stoughton, London 1954, First Edition

Wyse, Akintola J.G. - H. C. Bankole-Bright and Politics in Colonial Sierra Leone, 1919-1958

A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.xii,278. A political biography of an important leader of the Krio people in Sierra Leone.
Published : Cambridge University Press 1990, First Edition

Yeats, W.B. - The Collected Letters of W. B. Yeats: Volume III: 1901-1904

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.liv,781. 22 illustrations. "This book will be indispensable to anyone interested in the development of modern poetry, drama, and cultural history."
Published : Oxford University Press 1994, First Edition

Yevtushenko Yevgeny - A Precocious Autobiography

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. 126pp. Frontispiece.
Published : Collins and Harvill Press, London 1963, First Edition

Young Jessica Brett - Francis Brett Young a Biography

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is a little frayed at spine ends and with small stains there which are only obvious internally. Inscribed presentation copy sent by the author on the day of publication to Sir Compton Mackenzie "remembering all his kindness in those wonderful Capri years (1919- )". Bookplate of Compton Mackenzie. A biography by his wife of the author, Francis Brett Young.
Published : Heinemann, London 1962, First Edition

Young, Norwood - Napoleon in Exile: Elba from the Entry of the Allies Into Paris on the 31st March 1814 to the Return of Napoleon from Elba and His Landing at Golfe Jouan on the 1st March 1815 with a Chapter on the Iconography By A.M. Broadley

Hardback. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt. Bookplate and gift inscription on front fixed end-paper. Some fore-edge foxing but quite clean internally. 349 pages. Numerous illustrations.
Published : Stanley Paul & Co. Ltd., London 1914, First Edition

Yovitchitch Lena A. - Within Closed Frontiers a Woman in Wartime Yugoslavia

A very good copy in mauve boards lettered and decorated in gilt. A clean copy internally without foxing or ownership inscription. 253pp. The author, who held both British and Yugoslav nationality, narrates her experiences in Yugoslavia under German occupation during the years 1941-1944.
Published : W&R Chambers, London 1956, Second Edition