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Biography / Autobiography

Bonaparte, Napoleon - Memoirs of the History of France During the Reign of Napoleon, Dictated By the Emperor at St. Helena to the Generals Who Shared His Captivity; and Published from the Original Manuscripts Corrected By Himself ---[and] Historical Miscellanies [7 Vols. ]

A very good seven volume set (of which three volumes are Historic Miscellanies) in attractive full leather matching bindings. Gilt dentelles. Gilt decoration to spine. A little wear to spine ends. Marbled edges and end-papers. Bookplate in each volume. Foxing to end-papers but otherwise clean internally. Pp.xvi,408; pp.viii,395; xv,[i],423; pp.viii,481+ errata page; vii,[i],377; viii,471; ix,389,[i]. Folding plates including facsimile manuscripts, maps, campaigns, battle plans etc. Photographs available on request. [Please note that these seven volumes will require extra postage].
Published : Henry Colburn & Co and Martin Bossange & Co, London 1823, Second Edition

Bone, Philip J. - The Guitar and Mandolin : Biographies of Celebrated Players and Composers

Hardback. A very good, bright, copy in red cloth lettered in gilt and decorated in gilt on upper board. Bevelled edges. A nice clean copy with no ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.[xii],388. Portraits and illustrations. Music examples. This is a reprint of the enlarged second edition of 1954 with a new preface which states it remains "as the author left it, a pioneer work for the instruments he loved."
Published : Schott & Co, London 1972,

Bonington, Chris - The Everest Years - A Climber's Life

Hardback. A near fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. Author's inscribed presentation copy. 256 pages. Numerous illustrations with many in colour. A volume of autobiography chronicling the author's four expeditions to Mount Everest.
Published : Hodder & Stoughton, London 1986, First Edition

Borsi, Franco - Leon Battista Alberti:The Complete Works

Softback. A very good copy in grey wraps decorated on upper cover. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 292 pages. 279 illustrations. A study of the early Renaissance period Italian architect and prolific writer.
Published : Faber & Faber, London 1989,

Boswell James - Everybody's Boswell

Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard.
Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's brown cloth with title in gilt on spine. No inscriptions. Numerous black and white full page illustrations. 608 pages. Very good illustrated dustwrapper which is slightly faded on spine and is protected in a removable cover
Published : Wordsworth Editions, London 1989,

Boswell, James (Edited By Peter Martin) - The Essential Boswell: Selections from the Writings of James Boswell

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. Pp.xxvi,422. An anthology of Boswell's writings.
Published : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London 2003, First Edition

Boucher Cyril T. G. - James Brindley Engineer 1716 - 1772

Hardback. A fine copy in a complete, untorn, dustwrapper which is faded on the spine but leaving the lettering clear. Pp.[xii],130. 10 illustrations. The life and work of "the first of the great civil engineers."
Published : Goose & Son, Norwich 1968, First Edition

Brady Frank and Pottle Frederick A. (editors) - Boswell in Search of a Wife

Softback. A near very good copy in grey covers. Wrappers a little soiled at edges with two small tears.This is an uncorrected proof copy and thus pre-dates the first edition. Not foxed and no ownership inscription. Pp.xxix,374 + 2 pages of genealogical tables.
Published : William Heinemann, London 1957,

Branson, Major L. H. - A Lifetime of Deception - Reminiscences of a Magician

Hardback. A near very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. In a poor dustwrapper missing a large piece at the top of the front panel and a piece at the top of the spine and rear panel. The wrapper is now protected in a removable sleeve. Some edge foxing. 209 pages. This is the story of a Honorary Vice-President of the Inner Magic Circle who combined conjuring with soldiering.
Published : Robert Hale, London 1953, First Edition

Briggs Martin S. - Wren the Incomparable

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which has some fading to spine. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 292pp. Frontispiece and 62 plates. 31 figures. A comprehensive study of the life and achievement of Sir Christopher Wren.
Published : George Allen & Unwin, London 1953, First Edition

Brooke John and Sorensen Mary (Edtors) - The Prime Ministers' Papers: W.E. Gladstone 1. Autobiographica; 11 Autobiographical Memoranda 1832-1845; and 111 Autobiographical Memoranda 1845-1866

Hardbacks. 1971-1978. Very good copies in very good dustwrappers. Minor stain to wrapper of volume 11. Presentation copies from co-editor. About 840 pages in total. Frontispiece to vols. 1 and 11.
Published : Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, First Edition

Bruce Hermione - John Nigel Grey Bruce 1915-1943

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. A clean copy without foxing and only a pencilled ownership inscription. Pp.iv,126. Frontispiece. A sister's biography of her brother who died in action as a navigator in the RAF during the Second World War.
Published : Privately Printed at The Kynoch Press, Birmingham 1948, First Edition

Bryant Lee - Come Fill the Cup

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Lengthy signed gift inscription on title page from the author to Compton Mackenzie. 207 pages. The story of eighteen difficult months ion the author's life when she found release "only in sex--drugs--liquor--gay parties with unconventional friends - a desperate existence that spawned one long, schizophrenic nightmare".
Published : World Books, Waco, Texas 1971, Second Printing

Buchan John - Lord Minto a Memoir

Just about good. The red cloth is marked on the spine (including a superficial damp stain) and there is a little wear at the spine ends. There is a little bubbling to the cloth of the upper board. Internally the book is very good except for a smallish gift inscription on the front endpaper. Pp.xviii,352. Frontispiece and 8 illustrations. Lord Minto was Governor-General of Canada from 1898 to 1904 and later Viceroy of India.
Published : Thomas Nelson & Sons, London 1924, First Edition

Buchan John - Sir Walter Scott

A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt. Bookplate. 387pp. Partly unopened. A biography of the famous novelist.
Published : Cassell, London 1932, First Edition

Buchan John - The Man and the Book Sir Walter Scott

A good copy in dark blue cloth. A little wrinkling to spine. Gift inscription. 213pp. A study of Scott and his works.
Published : Thomas Nelson & Sons, London 1925, First Edition

Buhl Hermann - Nanga Parbat Pilgrimage

Hardback. A good copy in green cloth which shows some fading to the edges. In a poor dustwrapper, very worn and missing the front inner flap. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. Small ownership inscription on front end-paper. 360 pages. Frontispiece and 18 illustrations. 3 maps. This is Buhl's climbing autobiography culminating in his solo ascent of Nanga Parbat in the Himalayas.
Published : Hodder & Stoughton, London 1956, First Edition

Burnett, George (Edited By Colonel James Allardyce) - The Family of Burnett of Leys with Collateral Branches [Together with Genealogical Tree of the Family of Burnett of Leys]

Hardback. No. 441 of 525 copies. A very good copy in the original olive cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Partly unopened. No ownership inscription and not foxed. Some browning to end-papers. Pp.xxii,[i],367. 21 plates, mostly tissue-guarded, including one in colour. Also included is a separate item dated 1893 entitled "Genealogical Tree of the Family of Burnett of Leys. This is a large folding family tree in printed covers.
Published : New Spalding Club, Aberdeen 1901, First Edition

Busch Dr. Moritz - Bismarck Some Secret Pages of His History

A very good three volume set in blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and decorated in gilt on the upper board. No ownershjip inscription and very little foxing. Approx. 1550 pages in total. The book is described as "a diary kept during twenty-five years' official and private intercourse with the great Chancellor".
Published : Macmillan, London 1898, First Edition

Butt J. E. - A Study of the Life and Works of Thomas Tickell

This is a hardbound typescript presented as a thesis for the Degree of Bachelor of Letters at Merton College, Oxford. It is undated but probably from between 1925 and 1955. It is in blue cloth covers lettered in gilt on the upper board. 134 pages. Includes quite a substantial bibliography of Tickell. Tickell was an early 18th century English poet, friend of Joseph Addison, secretary to the Lords Justices of Ireland etc.
Published : ,

Byron Lord - The Poetical Works of Lord Byron With Life

Hardback.N.d. The "Life" is dated 1857. A near very good copy in publisher's attractively blind-stamped brown leather. Title in gilt on spine and Byron's name in gilt on front board. Some rubbing to spine and rear board. Bevelled edges. All edges gilt. No inscriptions. 8 engravings on steel. A little foxing. 576 pages.
Published : Gall & Inglis, Edinburgh,

Calder-Marshall Arthur - Wish You Were Here, the Art of Donald McGill

Illustrated by Donald McGill.
Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's yellow cloth with title in red on spine. No inscriptions.50 colour illustrations including frontis. Good plus illustrated dustwrapper missing a smallish piece along the top of the rear panel. Not price-clipped. Donald McGill was the greatest practitioner of the comic postcard, and especially of the seaside postcard.
Published : Hutchinson, London 1966, First Edition

Cameron Hector Charles - Joseph Lister the Friend of Man

A very good copy in a good but dusty wrapper. 180pp. Frontispiece and 13 illustratioins. This is a biography of Lister by the son of his life-long friend Sir Hector Clare Cameron.
Published : William Heinemann, London 1948, First Edition

Campbell John Lorne - Fr. Allan McDonald of Eriskay, 1859-1905 Priest, Poet and Folklorist

Softback. A near very good copy in light blue covers lettered in black on front cover. Small label of previous owner towards end of book. 31 pages. 4 illustrations. The book is "based on a broadcast talk recorded at Antigonish, Nova Scotia, in May 1953, and printed to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of Eriskay church, built by Fr. Allan."
Published : Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh 1956, First Edition

Carswell Catherine - The Savage Pilgrimage a Narrative of D.h. Lawrence

A good copy. Spine faded (but lettering clear). Some wear to boards. 308pp. Frontis. Recollections of Lawrence.
Published : Martin Secker, London 1932, Revised Edition

Carswell Donald - Brother Scots

A good copy in dark green cloth. Pp.xi,237. Short biographical studies of six late 19th century Scots including John Stuart Blackie, Keir Hardie, Henry Drummond etc.
Published : Constable, London 1927, First Edition

Chaille-Long, Colonel - My Life in Four Continents [Two Volumes]

Hardbacks. A good two volume set in blue cloth lettered in gilt. Some fading to spines and rubbing to heads of spines. Small gift inscription on front end-paper of each volume. Vol. I,pp.xxi, 1-308. Frontispiece and 16 illustrations. Two facsimiles. Map. Vol. II,pp.v,309-616. Frontispiece and 8 illustrations. One facsimile. Map. The author, an American, served as chief of staff to General Gordon in the Sudan, was the second westerner to visit Lake Victoria and discovered Lake Kyoga. He also served in the Union army at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Published : Hutchinson & Co., London 1912, First Edition

Chalmers, Patrick R. - Kenneth Grahame Life, Letters and Unpublished Work

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. In a very good dustwrapper which is a little marked on the spine but which is complete and virtually untorn. The wrapper is not price-clipped and is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xvii,321. Plates, illustrations in the text and folding family tree. Includes much original or uncollected material, tells how "The Wind in the Willows" came to be written etc.
Published : Methuen & Co, London 1933, First Edition

Chapman F. Spencer - Helvellyn to Himalaya Including an Account of the First Ascent of Chomolhari

Hardback. A good copy in light green cloth lettered in white on the faded spine. Gift inscription on front end-paper. Light edge foxing. Pp.xv,285. Frontispiece and 47 plates. A mountaineering autobiography including a first ascent of Chomolhari in the Himalayas.
Published : Chatto & Windus, London 1940, First Edition

Charpentier John - Rousseau The Child of Nature

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's maroon cloth with title in gilt on spine. Some foxing to page ends.Previous owner's name, dated 1938, on front endpaper. 303 pages + publisher's catalogue. Good plus dustwrapper which is a little dulled on spine and has some faint red marks on back near wrapover. Not price-clipped and protected in a removable cover. Both before and after his death, Rousseau exerted an enormous influence in Europe, Napoleon, Kant and Tolstoy are among those who avowed his importance in their lives.
Published : Methuen & Co. Ltd., London 1931, First Edition

Chettur S. K. - The Steel Frame and I: Life in the I. C. S.

Hardback. Some fading to spine and boards but otherwise a very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.ix,128. This is a volume of reminiscences of a life spent in the Indian Civil Service which the author entered in 1929. At the time the book was written he was First Member, Board of Revenue, Madras. Quite a scarce and interesting title.
Published : Asia Publishing House, London 1962, First Edition

Churchill Randolph S. - Winston S. Churchill Volume 1 Companion Part 1 1874-1896 and Part 2 1896-1900

A very good two volume set in very good price-clipped dustwrappers. One very small tear on Part 1 dustwrapper. 1290pp. These two parts of the companion volume set out all the documents relevant to Main Volume 1 covering 1874 to 1900.
Published : Heinemann, London 1967, First Edition

Churchill Winston S. - Great Contemporaries

A good copy. Would be very good but for two inch vertical tear at foot of title page at join with spine. A clean copy without ownership inscription or foxing. 387pp. Illustrated.This is the first impression of the revised edition which contains four additional essays.
Published : Thornton Butterworth, London 1938, Revised Edition

Clare Maurice - A Day with Shakespeare

Hardback. Nd. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Some foxing. 48 pages. Colour frontispiece and four colour plates + colour portrait of Shakespeare on upper board. A volume in the "Days With the Great Poets" series.
Published : Hodder & Stoughton, London,

Cockburn Lord - Life of Francis Jeffrey

Hardback. A good plus copy in the original cloth. Gift inscription. Pp.viii,476. Frontispiece and illustrated title page. Two other illustrations. A biography of Lord Jeffrey, the Scottish judge.
Published : Adam and Charles Black, Edinburgh 1874, New Edition

Coleman D.C - Sir John Banks Baronet and Businessman a Study of Business, Politics and Society in Later Stuart England

Hardback. A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper which has a small chip at the foot of the spine. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.ix,215. 10 illustrations. Sir John Banks was an M.P. , Fellow of the Royal Society, a friend of Samuel Pepys and one of the richest businessmen in the England of the Restoration and Revolution.
Published : Oxford University Press 1963, First Edition

Coleridge Sara (Edited By Edith Coleridge) - Memoir and Letters of Sara Coleridge

Hardback. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and upper board. Some darkening to the spine. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xxiv,439 + 35pp publisher's catalogue dated December 1874. Sara Coleridge was an author and translator and the only daughter of the poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, whose works she edited.
Published : Henry S King & Co, London 1875, Fourth Edition, Abridged

Collingridge, Vanessa - Captain Cook : Obsession and Betrayal in the New World

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's black cloth with title in gilt on spine. No inscriptions. Map illustrations on endpapers. Page edges browned. 376 pages. Very good illustrated dustwrapper, which is not price-clipped and which is protected in a removable cover. During the author's research poring over yellowing library index cards she was surprised to come across her own name. She was even more surprised to discover that this author, George Collingridge was a relative and that 100 years ago he too had set off in search of his hero, Captain Cook. But it was only when she learnt of Collingridge's own shocking discovery that she realised how intertwined she was with Cook's legacy.
Published : Ebury Press, London 2002, First Edition

Compton Theodore - William Cookworthy

A good copy in rather darkened and dusty white boards. A little pencilled underlining to early pages.138pp. Frontis and four illus. The biography of the discovereer of English china-clay and the first maker in England of true porcelain.
Published : E.Hicks, Junr., London 1895, First Edition

Cook Dorothy V.M. - I Married a Soldier

Hardback. A very good copy in a good plus dustwrapper which shows fairly minor edge wear and tear. Lower board tips a little bumped. Signed by the author on the front free end-paper. 259 pages. This is the story of the wife of a soldier in the RAMC before, during and after the Second World War with postings in England, India and Kenya. Loosely enclosed are two hand-written letters from the author.
Published : Dragon Books, Bala, North Wales 1973, First Edition

Cooper Henry - Henry Cooper an Autobiography

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 190pp. Illustrated.
Published : Cassell, London 1972, First Edition

Cooper Leonard - R.S. Surtees

A good copy in dustwrapper but damp-staining to boards mean it is a reading copy only. 180pp. 6 colour and 11 black and white illus. A biography of the English novelist of hunting and country life.
Published : Arthur Barker, London 1952, First Edition

Coulter John - Churchill

A very good copy in red cloth rather faded on spine. Pp.x,133. A series of vignettes from the life of Winston Churchill.
Published : The Ryerson Press, Toronto 1944, First Edition

Coupland R. - Raffles 1781 - 1826

Hardback. A good copy in the original cloth. Spine somewhat faded and edge worn. 134 pages. Frontispiece. Folding map at rear. A biography of Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore.
Published : Oxford University Press, London 1926, First Edition

Coutts Jane - Microbes and the Fetlar Man : The Life of Sir William Watson Cheyne

Hardback. A fine copy. Pp.xx,546. Numerous illustrations. The biography of an eminent surgeon of Shetlandic background who was a founding father of medical bacteriology and friend and ally of Lister.
Published : Humming Earth, Edinburgh 2015, First Edition

Cowan Samuel - Life of the Princess Margaret, Queen of Scotland 1070-1093

A fair to good copy in the original red cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and upper board. The spine is darkened with a small tear in the cloth at the join with the upper board. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. Three stamps from the library of a newspaper. 249pp. 18 illustrations.
Published : Mawson Swan & Morgan, Newcastle Upon Tyne 1911, First Edition

Cowell Henry J. - Robert Louis Strevenson an Englishman's Re-Study, After Fifty Years, of R.L.S. The Man

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Gift inscription. 104pp. Interesting essays on Stevenson.
Published : The Epworth Press, London 1945, First Edition

Crane Walter - An Artist's Reminiscences

Hardback. A good copy in blue cloth lettered and decorated in white. Patches of fading at top of rear board. Boards now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. Top edge gilt. Hinges tender. Pp.xvi,520 + 40pp publisher's catalogue dated July 1907. Numerous illustrations.
Published : Methuen & Co, London 1907, First Edition

Crosland Margaret - Louise of Stolberg Countess of Albany

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which shows tears at the spine ends. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 190 pages. Frontispiece and eight illustrations. A biography of the wife of Prince Charles Edward Stuart.
Published : Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh 1962, First Edition