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Biography / Autobiography

Cloyd, E. L. - James Burnett, Lord Monboddo

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good price-clipped, dustwrapper which is otherwise complete and untorn and now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. Neat ownership inscription on front end-paper. Some light edge foxing. Pp.xii,[4],196. 4 plates. A study of the life and views of an eighteenth century Scottish judge and thinker.
Published : Oxford University Press 1972, First Edition
£30.00

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
£18.00

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
£25.00

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
£22.00

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
£18.00

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
£20.00

Cooper Henry - Henry Cooper an Autobiography

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 190pp. Illustrated.
Published : Cassell, London 1972, First Edition
£5.00

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
£5.00

Cornwallis-West, Mrs. George - The Reminiscences of Lady Randolph Churchill

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt. Ownership inscription on front free end-paper. Some edge and end-paper foxing. Pp.xii,372 + 16pp publisher's adverts. Frontispiece and six illustrations. The autobiography of the mother of Sir Winston Churchill (written under her name after her second marriage).
Published : Edward Arnold, London 1908, First Edition
£25.00

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
£7.00

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
£35.00

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
£30.00

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
£12.00

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
£8.00

Coxhead A.C. - Thomas Stothard R.A.an Illustrated Monograph

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. No ownership inscription. Foxing/browning to end-papers but otherwise clean. Pp.viii,237. Many full-page and other illustrations.
Published : A.H. Bullen, London 1906, First Edition
£14.00

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
£65.00

Crawley-Boevey, Arthur W. - The "Perverse Widow": Being Passages from the Life of Catharina, Wife of William Boevey Esq.. Of Flaxley Abbey in the County of Gloucester. With Genealogical Notes on That Family and Others Connected Therewith

Hardback. 4to. A good plus copy in dark blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Bevelled edges. Top edge gilt. A little wear at spine ends and board tips. Some foxing mainly to end-papers, title page and tissue guards. Rear hinges tender. Pp.xv,[3],365. 10 illustrations + facsimile of the arms of James Boevey + extra illustration at page 203. Inscription by former owner on front end-paper stating the book had been given to her in 1927 by Mrs. Crawley-Boevey, the author's sister-in-law. Two photographs of miniatures loosely enclosed.
Published : Longmans Green & Co, London 1898, First Edition
£75.00

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
£9.00

Crosland Margaret - Louise of Stolberg Countess of Albany

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which shows a little wear 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
£10.00

Cross Thomas - The Autobiography of a Stage Coachman Complete in Two Volumes

Hardbacks. A very good two volume set in half red cloth with pink boards. Lettered in gilt on the spines and with a stagecoach and horses in gilt on the upper board of each volume. Spines bright and unfaded. Top edges gilt. Limited edition of 500 copies. Previous owner's small ex libris plate on front fixed end-paper of each volume. Not foxed. Vol. I, pp.xvi,253. Vol. II, pp.xii,250. 42 attractive coloured full-page tissue-guarded plates by James Pollard, Thomas Rowlandson, H. Alken and others. A nice set of an interesting and important work relating to the coaching age. [Please note these heavy volumes will require extra postage if bought by an overseas customer].
Published : Kegan Paul Trench Trubner & Co, London 1904, First Edition
£320.00

Croy, Princess Marie De - War Memories

Hardback. A very good copy in greenish-blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. The boards are now protected by a clear removable sleeve. Previous owner's bookplate on front free end-paper. A little edge foxing but clean internally. Pp.viii,[i],310 + 2pp publisher's adverts. Map frontispiece and three illustrations. These are the author's recollections of life in occupied Belgium during the First World War when she hid Allied prisoners of war from the Germans and assisted nurse Edith Cavell in helping them escape to Britain..
Published : Macmillan & Co, London 1932, First Edition
£35.00

Cundall H. M. - Birket Foster R. W. S.

Hardback. A good copy in decorated blue cloth lettered in gilt on spine. Gift inscription. Coloured illustrations (not from this book) pasted onto front end-paper. Pp.xix,216 + 4pp adverts. 73 colour illustrations. 20 full-page black and white illustrations + illustrations in text. A biography of a much-loved 19th century English artist.
Published : A & C Black, London 1906, First Edition
£20.00

Cunningham Peter (Edited By Gordon Goodwin) - The Story of Nell Gwynn

A very good copy in red cloth with maroon spine and paper title label. Top edge gilt. Pp.xii,236. 14 illustrations + Nell Gwynn's horoscope. A nice copy.
Published : John Grant, Edinburgh 1908, First Edition Thus
£15.00

Cushing, George with Starsmore, Ian - Steam at Thursford

Hardback. A fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper. Signed by George Cushing on the half-title. 174 pages. Numerous illustrations in colour and black and white. This is the story of George Cushing who made one of the most famous fairground museums in the world.
Published : David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1982, First Edition
£10.00

Daiches David - Charles Edward Stuart the Life and Times of Bonnie Prince Charlie

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper with two small tears. 336pp. 31 illustrations. A biography based almost entirely on cotemporary sources.
Published : Thames and Hudson, London 1973, First Edition
£6.00

Dale Alzina Stone (editor} - Dorothy L.Sayers:The Centenary Celebration

Hardback. A fine copy in publisher's deep pink cloth with title in silver on black spine. INSCRIBED presentation copy from editor on title page and dated Sept.16, 1993. 166 pages including 4 page Index. Fine dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover. 1993 "marks the celebration of the one hundredth birthday of Dorothy L.Sayers, and in honour of that centenary, Alzina Stone Dale has gathered some of today's finest and most popular mystery writers and critics to discuss the ways in which Sayers - through her own crime writing and commentary - taught them their trade and rhe manner in which she viewed the mystery as a morality play."
Published : Walker & Company, New York 1993, First Edition
£25.00

Darwin Bernard - Green Memories

Hardback. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and upper board. Bookplate. Some, mainly edge, foxing. 333 pages. 14 illustrations. Memoirs by the doyen of golfing authors.
Published : Hodder & Stoughton, London 1928, First Edition
£54.00

Dater Judy - Imogen Cunningham: a Portrait

4to. A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 125pp + 60 photographs by Cunningham at end. Further illustrations in text.
Published : Gordon Fraser, London 1979, First Edition
£40.00

Davies Celia - Far to Go

Illustrated by John Davies.
Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's white cloth with title in gilt on spine. No ownership inscription and very little foxing. 171 pages. 34 illustrations + black and white chapter headpieces. In a very good illustrated dustwrapper slightly rubbed top of spine, not price-clipped and protected in a removable cover.
Published : Terence Dalton Ltd., Suffolk 1976, First Edition
£12.00

De Bernath Desiree - Cleopatra Her Life and Reign

Softcover. A very good copy. The paper covers, which are a little spotted, are protected by the original cellophane wrapper and the book comes in the original box which is in good condition. This is a volume in the publisher's Royal Library, Historical Series. Internally a clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.v,349.
Published : Arthur L. Humphreys, London 1907,
£40.00

De Rachewiltz Mary - Discretions

A very good copy in a very good price-clipped dustwrapper. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 312pp. Illustrated. This is a memoir by Ezra Pound's daughter which recounts her strange upbringing and the close relationship which grew between her and her father.
Published : Faber & Faber, London 1971, First Edition
£20.00

De Vogue, the Vicomte E.-M. - A Czarevitch of the Eighteenth Century and Other Studies in Russian History

Hardback. A good copy in red cloth which is faded on the spine. Boards a bit marked. Top edge gilt. Some end-paper and edge foxing. 306 pages. Frontispiece and two illustrations.
Published : Arthur L. Humphreys, London 1913, First Edition
£16.00

Dearden Seton - The Arabian Knight a Study of Sir Richard Burton

A fair copy in red cloth faded on spine and marked on lower board. Internally very good apart from some foxing to page ends. 334pp. Colour frontispiece and 6 illustrations.
Published : Arthur Barker, London 1936, First Edition
£7.00

Derry Warren - Dr. Parr: a Portrait of the Whig Dr. Johnson

Hardback. A very good copy in a good plus dustwrapper which is a little rubbed (although complete and untorn) and with a trace (intenally only) of a damp stain at the foot of the spine. Small ownership label on front end-paper and two stamps of a different owner on the "Acknowledgements" page. Pp.xviii,372. 4 plates. Dr. Samuel Parr (1747-1825) was one of the celebrities of his time and was famous as "the greatest scholar of his age" and an ardent champion of civil and religious liberty.
Published : Oxford University Press 1966, First Edition
£15.00

Dickinson H.W. - Robert Fulton Engineer and Artist His Life and Works

Hardback. A good plus copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and lettered and decorated in gilt on the upper board. Spine a little marked towards the foot. Top edge gilt. Ownership inscription on front fixed end-paper. Lacks blank front free end-paper. Pp.xiv,333 +16pp publisher's catalogue. Frontispiece and 32 plates. Fulton was an American marine engineer who develpoped a commercially successful steamboat, the first practical submarine and the world's earliest naval torpedoes.
Published : John Lane The Bodley Head, London 1913, First Edition
£24.00

Dickinson H.W. - Sir Samuel Morland Diplomat And Inventor 1625-1695

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 133pp. Frontis. and 12 plates. The volume was published for the Newcomen Society.
Published : W. Heffer & Sons, Cambridge 1970, First Edition
£6.00

Dircks Henry - The Life, Times and Scientific Labours of the Second Marquis of Worcester. To Which is Added, a Reprint of His "Century of Inventions", 1663, with a Commentary Thereon

A fair copy, the boards being rather worn with evidence of a library mark having been removed from the spine. Library label on front fixed endpaper. A good copy internally. 624pp. Folding plan. Two steel engravings and a number of wood engravings. According to the author the Marquis of Worcester invented the steam engine. Photograph available on request.
Published : Bernard Quaritch, London 1865, First Edition
£20.00

Doddridge P. - Some Remarkable Passages in the Life of the Hon. Colonel Jas. Gardiner, Who Was Slain at the Battle of Prestonpans, September 21, 1745. With an Appendix Relating to the Ancient Family of the Monroes of Fowlis

Hardback (14cm x 9cm). A fair copy in a worn leather binding which is a little chipped.. Lacking the title-piece. Boards just holding. Ownership inscription dated 1812. 249 pages. Lacking frontispiece. Gardiner was a Scottish soldier who fought with distinction in the British Army in several battle including Ramillies. He died at the Battle of Prestonpans, close to his family home, when his dragoons fled from the Highland charge near the start of the 1745 Jacobite Rising.
Published : T. Hamilton, London 1808, Reprint
£15.00

Dodington George Bubb - The Diary of the Late George Bubb Dodington, Baron of Melcombe Regis: From March 8,1749 to February 6,1761 with an Appendix Containing Some Curious and Interesting Papers ... Published from His Lordship's Original Manuscripts By Henry Penruddocke Wyndham

A very good copy in a modern quarter leather binding. Bookplate of the Writers Library on front pastedown but no library markings. New endpapers. Old ownership inscription on title page. Pp.xv,504. Dodington was a corrupt politician and a leading member of the Hellfire Club.
Published : G. And T. Wilkie, London 1785, Third Edition
£60.00

Dooley D. J. - Compton Mackenzie

Hardback. A very good copy in maroon cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Inscribed by the author to Compton Mackenzie's widow as follows: "To Lady Mackenzie with the wish that himself could have seen it and the hope that he would have approved. D. J. Dooley September 1974". 171 pages. Frontispiece. A literary biography.
Published : Twayne Publishers, New York 1974, First Edition
£25.00

Doorly Eleanor - The Insect Man: A Tale of How the Yew Tree Children Went to France to Hear the Story of Jean Henri Fabre in the Places Where he Lived and to See the Homes of Some of the Insects Whose Life-Story he Has Written

Illustrated by Robert Gibbings.
Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered and decorated in black. In a good plus dustwrapper which has a very small chip at the top of the rear panel. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. No ownership inscription and just a little foxing. Pp.xv,170. Frontispiece, title page vignette and wood engravings in the taxt by Robert Gibbings. Introduction by Walter De La Mare.
Published : W. Heffer & Sons, Cambridge 1936, First Edition
£25.00

Doran Dr. - A Lady of the Last Century (Mrs. Elizabeth Montagu): Illustrated in Her Unpublished Letters; Collected and Arranged with a Biographical Sketch and a Chapter on Blue Stockings

A good copy in the original green cloth which shows signs of wear at the spine ends and front edge of the upper board. Very good internally with virtually no foxing and no ownership inscription. Pp.xvi,372.
Published : Richard Bentley & Son, London 1873, First Edition
£50.00

Douglas Bill (Edited By Eddie Dick, Andrew Noble and Duncan Petrie) - Bill Douglas : A Lanternist's Account

Softback. A very good copy. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 237 pages. Numerous illustrations. Includes the scripts of Douglas's trilogy: "My Childhood," My Ain Folk," and "My Way Home" together with various articles about Douglas and his film-making.
Published : BFI Publishing in Association with the Scottish Film Council, London 1993,
£22.00

Douglas Robert B. - The Life and Times of Madame Du Barry

Generally a very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Front hinges cracked. 386 pages. Frontispiece. A portrait of the last mistress of Louis XV.
Published : Leonard Smithers, London 1896, First Edition
£30.00

Dreyer Margrete - Georges Dreyer a Memoir By His Wife

Hardback. A good plus copy in brown cloth lettered in gilt. No ownership inscription and only a little end-paper foxing. Pp.ix,249. 8 illustrations. Dreyer was the first Professor of Pathology at Oxford University. He was a consultant to the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War. He is remembered today for his work in respiratory physiology. A rather scarce title.
Published : Basil Blackwell, Oxford 1937, First Edition
£30.00

Drummond Maldwin (Editor) - John Bute : An Informal Portrait

Hardback. A near fine copy in a price-clipped but otherwise fine dustwrapper. The half-title has a gift inscription from "Jamie" who is likely to be Sir Jamie Stormonth Darling. There is also the small ownership label of the recipient of the gift. 136 pages. Numerous illustrations. Reminiscences of John, 6th Marquess of Bute, by a substantial number of contributors.
Published : Michael Russell, Norwich 1996, First Edition
£14.00

Drummond Peter ; Mitchell Ian - The First Munroist: Rev.A.E.Robertson - His Life, Munros and Photographs

Hardback. A very good copy in a complete, untorn dustwrapper which shows fading to the spine (but leaving the lettering clear). Lower board tips a little bumped. The wrapper is protected in a clear, removable sleeve. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.ix,134. Numerous black and white illustrations. Maps.
Published : Ernest Press 1993, First Edition
£18.00

Duchess D'Abrantes (Madame Junot) - Memoirs of Napoleon, His Court and Family [2 Vols. Complete]

A good plus two volume set in blind-stamped cloth. Re-backed with old spines laid down. New end-papers. Bookplate (of Sir John Ogilvy of Inverquharity) and small ex libris label in each volume. Pp.,548;520. 16 plates. The author was the wife of the French General Jean-Andoche Junot, who was created Duke of Abrantes in 1806. According to Wikipedia "she compiled her spirited but somewaht spiteful Memoirs with the encouragement and supervision of Balzac, her lover since 1828."
Published : Richard Bentley, London 1836, First English Edition
£75.00