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Biography / Autobiography

Blaikie William Garden - The Personal Life of David Livingstone -- Chiefly from His Unpublished Journals and Correspondence in the Possession of His Family

Hardback. A very good copy in brown cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Prize label on front fixed end-paper. Pp.xii,412 + 32pp publisher's catalogue at rear dated May 1882. Portrait frontispiece. Folding map at rear. Dwells on Livingstone's character and attempts "to present a more complete history of his life than has yet appeared."
Published : John Murray, London 1882, Third Edition

Blake N.F. - Caxton: England's First Publisher

A very good copy in a dustwrapper which would be very good but for a mark on the front cover. 220pp. Frontis and 63 illus. This is a general biography of Caxton but it also describes the technical aspects of the production of his books.
Published : Osprey, London 1976, First Edition

Blucher, Evelyn Princess - An English Wife in Berlin a Private Memoir of Events, Politics and Daily Life in Germany Throughout the War and the Social Revolution of 1918

A near very good copy in blue cloth with rather dull but easily readable gilt lettering on spine. No ownership inscription. A little end-paper foxing. Pp.xi,336. Tissue-guarded frontispiece. An uncommon title.
Published : Constable, London 1920, Sixth Impression

Blunden Edmund - Thomas Hardy

A very good copy in maroon cloth lettered in gilt and with the gilt logo of the New Club Edinburgh embossed on the upper board. Cancelled bookplate of the New Club on f.e.p. 286pp. An account of Hardy's life, especially his literary life. This is a volume in the English Men of Letters series.
Published : Macmillan, London 1941, First Edition

Bobbe Dorothie De Bear - Fanny Kemble

A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on spine. Spine a little faded. 351pp. Frontispiece and eight illustrations. A biography of the famous actress.
Published : Elkin Mathews, London 1932, First Edition

Boigne, Comtesse De (Edited By M. Charles Nicoullaud) - Memoirs of the Comtesse De Boigne 1781-1814, 1815-1819, 1820-1830

Hardbacks. A complete three volume set in red cloth lettered in gilt. Vol. 1 rear hinges cracked otherwise very good. Vol. 11, very good. Vol.111, very good. Top edges gilt. Bookplates. Vol.1,pp.xxxvii,458. Frontispiece. Vol.11,pp.xi,375. Frontispiece. Folding document from the King requesting that Madame De Boigne be granted free passage (with a tear but complete). Vol.111,pp.xi,377. Frontispiece. An attractive set.
Published : Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1908, First USA Edition

Bompas George C. - Life of Frank Buckland

Hardback. A good plus copy in green cloth lettered in gilt. All edges gilt. No ownership inscription. Pp.ix,433. The life of an Inspector of Fisheries with much on salmon, sea fisheries, fish culture etc.
Published : Smith Elder & Co, London 1889, New 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 Chauncey Brewster tinker) - Letters of James Boswell Volume I 29 July 1758 - 29 November 1777

Hardback. A very good, bright, copy in the original cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. No ownership inscription. Pp.xxii,[2],270. Two illustrations.
Published : Clarendon Press, Oxford 1924, 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

Bowe Nicola Gordon - The Life and Work of Harry Clarke

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. Pp.xxix,301. 48 colour plates. Frontispiece and 190 black and white illustrations. Clarke was a Dublin artist famed in particular for his work in stained glass. This is the "first substantial biography of Clarke and critical survey of his ouevre." "In Clarke a fundamentally Arts and Crafts ideology is fused with a Celtic Revivalist spirit seeking expression in a modern idiom, at a fascinating period in Ireland's history."
Published : Irish Academic Press, Blackrock, Co. Dublin 1989, 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

Briggs, Roy W. - 'Chinese' Wilson: A Life of Ernest H.Wilson, 1876-1930

Hardback. A fine copy in a near fine, price-clipped, dustwrapper. Pp.xiii,154. 21 colour illustrations of plants. Numerous black and white illustrations. 4 maps. A biography of one of the greatest of all plant hunters.
Published : HMSO, London 1993, 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

Brookes, Dame Mabel - St. Helena Story

Hardback. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. In a very good, price-clipped, dustwrapper which shows some internal foxing. No ownership inscription. Some edge foxing. Pp.xii,309. Numerous illustrations. The author is a descendant of the Balcombe family who were hosts to Napoleon during his exile on St. Helena. "In particular this is the story of Napoleon and Betsy Balcombe, the young girl who amused and provoked the Emperor--."
Published : Heinemann, London 1960, First Edition

Brown, Joe - The Hard Years : An Autobiography

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt. In a good dustwrapper which has minor edge chips/tears. A nice clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 256 pages. Frontispiece and 42 illustrations. The autobiography of one of the finest British mountaineers of the mid-20th century.
Published : Victor Gollancz, London 1967, 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 - Andrew Jameson Lord Ardwall

A very good copy in black cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and upper board. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.ix,155. Frontispiece. A biography of a Scottish judge. An earlyish work by Buchan. A nice, bright copy whose only fault is a small crease in the cloth at the head of the spine.
Published : William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh 1913, First Edition

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

Buck Stan - E W Twining: Model Maker, Artist and Engineer

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which has one smallish edge tear. Small ownership inscription on front free end-paper. 160 pages + 52 colour illustrations at end. Numerous black and white illustrations. A biography of Ernest Twining who was an exceptional model maker. "This biography looks at his work and career, and covers his activities as an artist and engineer but concentrates on his model making."
Published : Landmark Publishing Ltd., Ashbourne, Derbyshire 2004, 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

Burke John B. - A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire

A good copy in a rather worn half-leather binding with five raised bands on spine. The upper board appears to have been detached at some point and rather amateurishly re-affixed. Previous owner's name on end-paper. 1163pp. Numerous heraldic crests.
Published : Henry Colburn, London 1849, Eleventh 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

Bussell Jan - Puppet's Progress

A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper with fading to the original colour on the spine. Ownership inscription. 119pp. Illustrated. An autobiographical account of the author's involvement with puppet shows.
Published : Faber & Faber, London 1953, 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.
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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

Calloway, Stephen - Aubrey Beardsley

Hardback. A very good copy in a fine dustwrapper. The book would be fine but for a previous owner's label on the verso of the front free end-paper. 224 pages. Numerous illustrations including colour. "Published to celebrate the centenary of Beardsley's tragically early death, at the age of just twenty-five, this new book traces his extraordinary life and hectic career through a detailed exploration of his notorious drawings."
Published : V & A Publications, London 1998, Reprint

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

Carey Agnes - The Empress Eugenie in Exile

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt. Ppxii,368. Many illustrations. An account based on ten months spent by the author in the household of the Empress at Farnborough in 1886.
Published : Eveleigh Nash & Grayson, London 1922, 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

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,

Clark, Jane Inglis - Pictures and Memories

Hardback. A good copy in the original beige boards lettered in red. Wear to board tips and two inch tear in cloth at join of spine and upper board. Very good internally with initialled gift inscription from the author. 91 pages + numerous photographs including early colour photographs taken on Lumiere plates. The author and her husband were pioneers of Scottish mountaineering and the book includes accounts of early rock climbs with Harold Raeburn. She founded "The Ladies' Scottish Climbing Club" in 1908. After their son, Charles Inglis Clark, was killed during the First World War, the author and her husband arranged for the Charles Inglis Clark Memorial Hut to be built beneath the cliffs on the north face of Ben Nevis. The book also gives an account of travels to North Africa, India, Burma, China, Japan etc. Uncommon.
Published : The Moray Press, Edinburgh & London 1938, First Edition