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Biography / Autobiography

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

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

Watt D.E.R - A Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Graduates to A.D.1410

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which has a couple of small edge tears. Ownership inscription (of a former Keeper of the Records of Scotland) on front free end-paper. Pp.xlii,607. This work "assembles the evidence for the careers of some 1100 graduates traceable in Scotland over the 250 years before the early fifteenth century----comments are made on a wide variety of historical problems in the course of the biographies." Described as "a major work of reference which provides a substantial quantity of new information on medieval Scotland."
Published : Oxford University Press 1977, First Edition
£140.00

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

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
£12.00

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

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
£30.00

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
£18.00

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
£25.00

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
£30.00

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
£55.00

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
£40.00

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
£28.00

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
£25.00

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
£20.00

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
£70.00

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
£6.00

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
£30.00

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
£30.00

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
£9.00