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Biography / Autobiography

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

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 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

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

Cumming, Elizabeth - Robin Philipson

Hardback. 4to. A near fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper. Lower board tips just slightly bumped. 156 pages. Numerous, mainly colour, illustrations. A study of Sir Robin Philipson "one of the most distinguished and prolific artists of the Edinburgh School" and President of the Royal Scottish Academy.
Published : Sansom & Company, Bristol 2018, First Edition
£20.00

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

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

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
£9.00

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

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

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
£58.00

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
£20.00

Edmonds Charles - T.E. Lawrence

A very good copy. 192pp. Frontis. 5 maps. An early biography.
Published : Peter Davies, London 1935, First Edition
£6.00

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
£7.00

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,
£10.00

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,
£25.00

Errington Lindsay - William McTaggart 1835-1910

Softback. 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
£10.00

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

Hardback. 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
£10.00

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
£9.00

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
£7.00

Fairley Robert (editor) - Jemima : The Paintings and Memoirs of a Victorian Lady

Hardback. A fine copy in publisher's black cloth with title in gilt on spine. Profusely illustrated in colour. No inscriptions. 207 pages. Fine dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover. Jemima Blackburn (1823-1909) was a watercolourist of outstanding ability whose keen sense of observation gives a faithful and evocative picture of life in 19th century Scotland.
Published : Canongate, Edinburgh 1988, First Edition
£8.00