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Biography / Autobiography

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

(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,

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,

Donaldson, Gordon - Sir William Fraser: The man and his work

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Signed by the author. No other inscription or internal marking. 93 pages. Two illustrations. Fraser was a late 19th century record scholar and genealogist who wrote histories of a number of the leading noble and landed families of Scotland.
Published : The Edina Press, Edinburgh 1985, First Edition

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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,

Dumas Alexandre - Louis XIV et Son Siecle

Hardbacks.A good two volume set (dated 1844 and 1845 respectively) in a matching half-leather binding with marbled boards, edges and end-papers. Five raised bands on spines which are lettered and decorated in gilt. The spine of volume II is slightly chipped and may have come loose from, and been re-attached to, the rear board. Hinges strengthened in both volumes. No ownership inscription. Pp.492;542. Illustrated thorughout including full -page illustrations. Photograph available on request. Please note this is a heavy set which will require extra postgae.
Published : Fellens et Dufour, Paris 1844, First Edition

Dumont-Wilden L. - The Wandering Prince Charles Edward Last of the Stuarts

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is a little torn and chipped at the top of the spine. Ownership inscription. Some fore-edge foxing. Ink side-lining on one page only. Pp.viii,286. Four illustrations. A biography of Prince Charles Edward Stuart.
Published : G. Bell & Sons, London 1934, First Edition

Edmonds Charles - T.E. Lawrence

A very good copy. 192pp. Frontis. 5 maps. An early biography.
Published : Peter Davies, London 1935, First Edition

Ellis Roger - Who's Who in Victorian Britain

A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.xiii,465. Illustrated. 190 biographies of great Victorians.
Published : Shepheard-Walwyn, London 1997, First Edition

Ellmann Richard - James Joyce

A very good copy in original glacine wrapper of the book club edition of this major biography of Joyce. 842pp. Frontispiece and 16 plates.
Published : Contemporary Fiction 1961,

Ernst W. - Beaux and Belles of England Lord Chesterfield

Hardback. Nd. c.1900? A good two volume set in blue cloth darkened on the spine and with worn title labels. Edition De Luxe limited to 1000 copies. Top edge gilt. Partly unopened. Vol.1,pp.vii,[2],343. Coloured frontispiece and five black and white illustrations. Vol.2,pp.[6],354. Coloured frontispiece and five black and white illustrations. A biography of the statesman, wit, orator and philosopher who has been described as "one of the wisest men who have ever lived".
Published : The Grolier Society, London,

Errington Lindsay - William McTaggart 1835-1910

4to. A near fine copy. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 135 pages. 32 colour plates. Many black and white illustrations. McTaggart was one of Scotland's finest landscape painters. This book was published to coincide with an exhibition of his work at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
Published : National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh 1989, First Edition

Erskine of Marr, the Hon. Ruaraidh - The Stout Adventure of Mary Stewart

A very good copy in publisher's black and green boards. No inscriptions. 191 pages. Described as "an attempt to explain [Mary Queen of Scots] by means of the ideas by which I believe she was influenced during the whole time of her brief tenure of the capital power in Scotland."
Published : Eyre & Spottiswoode, London 1937, First Edition

Euphen Alexander - Exhibitions and Expeditions an Artist's Diary

Softback. A near fine copy. 240 pages. Numerous illustrations. The author was a flower and landscape artist and past President of the Scottish Society of Women Artists. A short part hand-written and signed note by the author asking for a review of her memoirs is loosely enclosed.
Published : Bordersprint Ltd, Selkirk 2002, First Edition

Eustace May - Mostly About Cats

Illustrated by Ron Clarke.
A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 190 pages. Line drawings. The author's life with cats and other animals.
Published : Pelham Books, London 1972, First Edition

Falk Bernard - Thomas Rowlandson His Life and Art a Documentary Record

Nd. c. 1950. 4to. A very good copy in a dustwrapper which is faded on the spine and the edges of which have been strengthened with tape both internally and externally. A clean copy with no ownership inscription or foxing. 236pp. 91 illustrations including 21 in colour. A life and appreciation of the paintings of England's greatest caricaturist.
Published : Hutchinson & Co., London, First Edition

Fergusson James - Alexander the Third King of Scotland

A good plus copy in a fair plus dustwrapper which has smallish edge chips and tears. No ownership inscription. Pp.xiv,200. Frontispiece. This is the first full-length account of the reign of King Alexander the Third of Scotland who reigned from 1249 to 1286.
Published : Alexander Maclehose, London 1937, First Edition

Fidler Kathleen - To the White North : The Story of Sir John Franklin

A good copy in the original cloth. Some edge foxing. No ownership inscription. 214 pages. Colour frontispiece and 16 black and white illustrations. Map end-papers. A fictionalised account of the life of the polar explorer.
Published : Lutterworth Press, London 1952, First Edition

Fischer, Katrina Sigsbee;Hurst, Alexander Anthony - Anton Otto Fischer: Marine Artist His Life and Work

Hardback. 4to. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.xxvi,260. Frontispiece and 235 illustrations, many in colour.
Published : Teredo Books Ltd, Brighton 1977, First Edition

Fleming John - Life of Alexander Fleming, D.D., Minister of the Parish of Neilston

A good plus copy in brown cloth lettered in gilt on spine. Front hinges cracked. Ownership inscription. Pp.viii,543. Alexander Fleming lived from 1769 to 1844 and was Minister of Neilston, Renfrewshire for forty years.
Published : Alexander Gardner, Paisley 1883, First Edition

Forbes Margaret - Beattie and His Friends

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is complete, untorn and now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.vii,[1],332. Tipped-in colour frontispiece and one other illustration. Beattie was a Scottish philosopher and a prominent figure in the Scottish Enlightenment. Only 300 copies were printed of this new edition of a book first published in 1904.
Published : J. Martin Stafford, Altrincham 1990,

Forteath, G.M. - Pipes, Kukris and Nips

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 149 pages. 16 illustrations. 4 maps. The author's reminiscences cover the period 1929-1945. His book "is a personal account of the duties carried out by an officer in the Old Indian Army, his thoughts and experiences, the people he met and the unusual situations which were encountered. "
Published : The Pentland Press, Edinburgh 1991, First Edition

Fortescue, the Hon. Sir John - Six British Soldiers

A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt. In a very good dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. Some edge foxing. No ownership inscription. 272 pages. Six illustrations. Chapters on Cromwell, Marlborough, Abercromby, Stuart, Moore and Wellington by a highly regarded military historian.
Published : Williams & Norgate, London 1928, First Edition

Fothergill, Dr. John - Selected Letters of Dr. John Fothergill of London, 1735-1780

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good, price-clipped, dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xxiv,538. 24 illustrations. Introduction and Notes by Betsy C. Corner and Christopher C. Booth. Fothergill was a leading physician, a Quaker, a philanthropisr, reformer and a friend of American rights.
Published : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts 1971, First Edition

French R.K. - Robert Whytt, the Soul, and Medicine

A very good copy in a very good, price-clipped, dustwrapper (which is slightly too short for the book). A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 182 pages. Portrait frontispiece. This is the first detailed study of the life and work of a member of the 18th century Edinburgh medical school who "has long been accorded a significant place in the history of neurology."
Published : The Wellcome Institute of the History of Medicine, London 1969, First Edition

Frith W. P. - My Autobiography and Reminiscences Volume I

Hardback. A good copy overall in a half-leather binding. Leather torn and chipped at top of spine. Very good internally with no ownership inscription and only a little foxing. 389 pages + 1 page of Notes. Frontispiece.The first volume of the autobiography of the Royal Academician and painter of the British social scene.
Published : Richard Bentley and Son, London 1887,

Gambier J.W. - Links in My Life on Land and Sea

A near very good copy in red cloth decorated on spine and upper board. Gift inscription on f.e.p. Lacks rear end-paper. The cloth's red dye has run slightly on to front paste-down and end-paper. 452pp. Frontispiece and 8 illustrations. Memories of a far travelled life including China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand etc.
Published : T.Fisher Unwin, London 1907,

Gandy Ida - Staying with the Aunts

Illustrated by Lynton Lamb.
Hardback. A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper with small edge tears. Bookplate of Compton MacKenzie with a letter from the publishers to him loosely laid in. 144 pages. Illustrations by Lynton Lamb. An account of the author's five aunts who lived together on the edge of the New Forest for close on 90 years.
Published : Harvill Press, London 1963, First Edition

Gardiner Juliet - Oscar Wilde a Life in Letters, Writings and Wit

Oblong 8vo. A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper. 160pp. An illustrated life of Wilde told in his own words.
Published : Collins & Brown, London 1995, First Edition

Gardner, Dugald - Surgeon, Scientist, Soldier: The Life and Times of Henry Wade 1876-1955

Hardback. A near fine copy in laminated boards. Inscribed presentation copy from "Dugald" (the author) to "Matthew" (a Professor of Anatomy at Edinburgh University). Pp.xvii,[1],437. Illustrations including colour. Wade was an early 20th century surgeon who served in both the Boer War and the First World War. He was influential in the creation of the Scottish NHS.
Published : Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd, London 2005, First Edition

General Dermoncourt - The Duchess of Berri in La Vendee; Comprising a Narrative of Her Adventures with Her Private Papers and Secret Correspondence

Hardback. A good copy in the original paper-covered boards with green cloth spine. Spine faded but title-piece clear. Fasque library plate. Pp.viii,383. 3 illustrations. The author arrested the Duchess at Nantes during the war in the Vendee which was a Royalist revolt against the French Republic.
Published : Bull and Churton, London 1833, First Edition

Gerhardi William - The Romanovs Evocation of the Past as a Mirror for the Present

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a fair dustwrapper which is largely complete but which has a number of tears. Ownership inscription. Partly unopened. 542 pages. 10 illustrations.
Published : Rich & Cowan, London 1940, First Edition

Gibbons Floyd - The Red Knight of Germany Baron Von Richthofen Germany's Great War Airman

A very good copy in maroon cloth lettered in gilt on spine. Not very noticeable tear in cloth at foot of spine. A few spots of fore-edge foxing. 408pp. 8 illustrations.
Published : Cassell, London 1930, First Edition

Gibson Alexander and White John Forbes - George Paul Chalmers R.S.A.

Hardback. Small 4to. A fair to good copy in blue paper-covered boards. The spine has been replaced with black tape. Ownership inscription. 74 pages. 6 illustrations. Consists of two essays, one biographical and one critical. Includes a catalogue of Chalmers' exhibited paintings. The book is a memorial to a 19th century Scottish artist.
Published : David Douglas, Edinburgh 1879, First Edition

Gillman Alexander W. - The Gillmans of Highgate with Letters from Samuel Taylor Coleridge &c Illustrated with Views and Portraits Being a Chapter from the History of the Gillman Family

A very good copy in dark green cloth with bevelled edges. Boards lettered and decorated in gilt. All edges gilt. Marbled end-papers. Corner clipped from half-title above the words, written in ink, "With the Author's compliments". 53 pages + 2 pages adverts. 14 plates.
Published : Elliot Stock, London 1895, First Edition

Gladstone W.E. (Edited By A. Tilney Bassett) - Gladstone to His Wife

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in darker blue. In a good, price-clipped, dustwrapper which has a couple of edge tears. A nice clean copy internally with no ownership inscription or other marking. Pp.xii,268. 8 plates. Erratum slip tipped-in. "Here from the pen of one of its chief actors are intimate accounts of some of the most outstanding incidents of the Victorian era and the book is not only of the greatest historical interest, but throws a new light upon Gladstone's personality."
Published : Methuen & Co, London 1936, First Edition

Gleig, G.R. - The Life of Arthur Duke of Wellington

Hardback. A good plus copy in the original red cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Would be very good but for minor tears to spine ends and tears at join of spine and upper board. Unobtrusive ownership stamp on front fixed end-paper. Not foxed. Pp.xvi,[iv],496. Tissue-guarded frontispiece. A revised edition with a new preface.
Published : Longmans Green Reader and Dyer, London 1867,

Gleig, G.R. - The Life of Arthur Duke of Wellington

Hardback. A good plus copy in a full red leather binding lettered and deorated in gilt on the spine which has five raised bands. Marbled edges and end-papers. Hand-written prize inscription from 1864 on front free end-paper. Pp.vii,496. Frontispiece portrait of the Duke.
Published : Longman Green Longman Roberts and Green, London 1864,

Gneisenau, General Count (with Considerable Additions By J.E. Marston) - The Life and Campaigns of Field-marshal Prince Blucher, of Wahlstatt, from the Period of His Birth and First Appointment in the Prussian Service, Down to His Second Entry Into Paris in 1815

Hardback. A good plus copy in the original paper-covered boards with brown cloth spine. Some wear to title-piece but lettering readable. Bookplate of Sir Lees Knowles, a Member of Parliament and military historian who wrote a number of books on Napoleon. A little foxing. Pp.[xx],429,[xiv], + 8pp publisher's adverts. Frontispiece portrait of Blucher + 11 battle plans on 6 plates as called for but lacks the general map of Germany.
Published : Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, London 1815,

Godfrey John T. - Notes on an Old Baptist Family: Ward of Nottingham

A very good copy in dark green cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Top edge gilt. Bookplate. 46 pages + index. 22 illustrations. Folding family tree.
Published : Printed for Private Circulation, Nottingham 1900, First Edition

Gordon Charles George - Letters of General C.G. Gordon to His Sister M.A. Gordon

Hardback. A very good copy in maroon cloth. Spine lettering a little dull. A clean copy with no ownership inscription and little foxing. Pp.xvi,304. The letters date from 1854 to 1884.
Published : Macmillan, London 1902,

Gore John (Editor) - Mary Duchess of Bedford 1865-1937

Hardback. A very good two volume set in a blue half-leather binding. Lettered in gilt on spine. Top edge gilt. Printed for private circulation. Tipped-in card which states: "From the Duke of Bedford." Bookplate of William Bliss in volume I. Separate bookplate in both volumes with the letters "WH" superimposed on a large letter "B" in the centre. Vol. I,pp.xv,1-200 + 8pp Index. Numerous photographic and other illustrations. Vol. II,pp.vii,201-480. Photographic illustrations. Mary, Duchess of Bedford was a pioneer aviator, a founder of four hospitals in Woburn and the grounds of Woburn Abbey where she worked as a nurse and radiographer, an angler and an ornithologist among other things. A nice set, now protected in clear removable sleeves.
Published : John Murray, London 1938, First Edition