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Biography / Autobiography

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

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
£25.00

Fergusson James - Alexander the Third King of Scotland

Hardback. A good plus copy in a fair to good 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
£15.00

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

Hardback. 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
£10.00

Finberg A. J. - The Life of J. M. W. Turner R. A.

Hardback. A very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. In a just about good, price-clipped dustwrapper which is faded on the spine and slightly chipped at spine ends. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. A nice clean copy with no ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xvi,543. 24 plates. A biography of England's greatest landscape painter. This edition is revised and with a supplement by Hilda F. Finberg.
Published : Oxford University Press 1967, Second Edition
£35.00

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
£15.00

Fisher Margery and Fisher James - Shackleton

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is not price-clipped. Bookplate. Light fore-edge foxing but internally clean. Pp.xvi,559. Numerous illustrations. Maps and line illustrations. A highly regarded biography of the great Antarctic explorer.
Published : James Barrie Books, London 1957, First Edition
£25.00

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

Hardback. 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
£15.00

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,
£9.00

Forrest, D. W. - Francis Galton : The Life and Work of a Victorian Genius

Hardback. A near fine copy in a price-clipped but otherwise near fine dustwrapper. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.x,[2],340. 16 plates. Tables, maps and figures. A study of the explorer and eugenicist.
Published : Paul Elek, London 1974, First Edition
£9.00

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
£25.00

Fortescue, the Hon. Sir John - Six British Soldiers

Hardback. 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
£20.00

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
£20.00

Fraser Sir William - Introduction and Illustrations in the Memorials of the Earls of Haddington

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in red cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Top edge gilt. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.lxv. Illustrations including charter, portraits, letters etc. Seven page genealogy of the Hamiltons, Earls of Haddington. Four pages of signatures at end.
Published : , Edinburgh 1889, First Edition Thus
£50.00

Frazer W.M. - Duncan of Liverpool Being an Account of the Work of Dr. W.H. Duncan Medical Officer of Health of Liverpool 1847-63

Small 8vo. A very good copy in a good, complete dustwrapper. 163pp. 8 illustrations. Duncan was the first medical officer of health to be appointed in the UK and was a pioneer in sanitation in relation to large towns.
Published : Hamish Hamilton Medical Books, London 1947, First Edition
£20.00

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

Hardback. 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
£20.00

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, Third Edition
£15.00

Furniss Harry - Confessions of a Caricaturist

Hardbacks. A two volume set in reddish-brown cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. The boards show a fair amount of wear and edge bumping and there are traces of labels at the foot of each front board. Top edge gilt. College library bookplate in each volume but no other markings. Vol.1 pp.xv,302. Vol. II,pp.xiii,280. Numerous illustrations.
Published : T. Fisher Unwin, London 1901, First Edition
£25.00

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, Second Edition, Revised
£18.00

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
£20.00

Gardiner Michael - At the Edge of Empire: The Life of Thomas Blake Glover

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.vii,229. Illustrated. A biography of the Scottish merchant who became a key figure in the industrialisation of Japan in the second half of the 19th century.
Published : Birlinn Ltd, Edinburgh 2007, First Edition
£20.00

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
£5.00

Gardiner, Margaret - Barbara Hepworth: A Memoir

Hardback. A very good copy in yellow cloth lettered in red in a very good dustwrapper which is complete and untorn. A nice clean copy with no ownership inscription or other internal marking. 63 pages. 18 illustrations. A memoir of the famous modernist artist and sculptor by her friend of forty years.
Published : The Salamander Press, Edinburgh 1982, First Edition
£20.00

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
£15.00

Garnett, Richard - Constance Garnett: A Heroic Life

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is complete and untorn. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xi,[3],402. Photographic illustrations.
Published : Sinclair-Stevenson Ltd, London 1991, First Edition
£30.00

Gaskoin C.J.B. - Alcuin : His Life and His Work

Hardback. A near very good copy in the original cloth. Ownership inscription on front fixed end-paper. Some end-paper foxing but generally clean internally. Pp.xxii,275. Erratum slip tipped-in. Alcuin was an 8th century English scholar, ecclesiastic, poet and teacher from York. Quite a scarce book in first edition.
Published : C.J. Clay & Sons, Cambridge University Press, London 1904, First Edition
£25.00

Geikie Sir Archibald - A Long Life's Work : An Autobiography

Hardback. A very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt. Ownership inscription on front free end-paper of David Landsborough Thomson. Pp.xii,426 + 4pp publisher's adverts. Frontispiece and one other illustration. The author was a leading geologist of his day and was the first Director of the Geological Survey of Scotland and later became Director-General of the Geological Survey.
Published : Macmillan & Co, London 1924, First Edition
£30.00

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
£80.00

Gent Thomas - The Life of Mr.Thomas Gent, Printer of York

Hardback. A fair to good copy in publisher's faded pink boards which have a damp stain on front board. Worn title label on spine. The boards are now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. Pp.iv,208. Rather damp-stained frontispiece. Damp stain towards foot of end-papers. Ownership inscription on front fixed end-paper.
Published : Thomas Thorpe, London 1832, First Edition
£60.00

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
£20.00

Gibb John Philip - An Edinburgh Man's Recollections

A good copy in card covers with portrait of author on front cover. 63 pages. Loosely enclosed is a typed letter from the author to Compton Mackenzie sending this copy to him for review.
Published : Privately Printed for the Author, Edinburgh 1934, First Edition
£15.00

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
£20.00

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
£18.00

Gibson Andrew - New Light on Allan Ramsay

A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Presentation copy from the author. Pp.x,152. 6 illustrations. Includes much new information on Ramsay both biographical and bibliographical.
Published : William Brown, Edinburgh 1927, First Edition
£18.00

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
£75.00

Gipsy Petulengro - A Romany Life

A very good copy without dustwrapper. A little fore-edge foxing. 277pp + 8pp adverts. 4 illustrations.
Published : Methuen, London 1935, First Edition
£15.00

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
£20.00

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, The People's Edition
£30.00

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, The People's Edition
£30.00

Gleig, Rev. G.R. - The Life of Major-General Sir Thomas Munro.Bart. And K.C.B. Late Governor of Madras. With Exracts from His Correspondence and Private Papers - Two Vol. Set

Hardbacks. A near very good two volume set in a black half-leather binding with marbled boards. Five raised bands on spines which are decorated in gilt and with maroon title-pieces. Vol. I is a little torn at top of spine and with wear to board tips. Bookplate in each volume. Vol. I,pp.xxvi,520. Frontispiece (foxed). Folding map. Vol. II,pp.iv,454. Folding map. The biography of a statesman and soldier of British India.
Published : Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, London 1830, First Edition
£50.00