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Biography / Autobiography

Gray Alasdair - A Life in Pictures

Hardback. 4to. A fine copy in blue cloth lettered and decorated in silver. In a fine dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. Pp.[viii],304. Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white. "This autopictography shows [Gray's] portrait, mural and graphic work and tells how these were made and how friends helped to make them."
Published : Canongate, Edinburgh 2010, First Edition

Green Roger Lancelyn (editor) - Mrs Molesworth

A very good copy of this Bodley Head monograph on the 19th century children's author. 80pp. Frontispiece. Includes a booklist of Mrs. Molesworth's writings and writings about her.
Published : The Bodley Head, London 1961, First Edition

Grimble Ian - The Sea Wolf : The Life of Admiral Cochrane

A good plus copy. In a good, price-clipped, dustwrapper which shows some edge wear and tear. Gift inscription on front free end-paper. 399 pages. Plates. A biography of a daring naval commander.
Published : Blond & Briggs, London 1978, First Edition

Grimble Ian - The Sea Wolf: The Life of Admiral Cochrane

A near very good copy in a good plus dustwrapper which has minor edge tears. Gift and ownership inscriptions on front end-paper. 399 pages. Illustrated. Described as "a fascinating biography of a great man" who "was, next only to Nelson, the most brilliant and daring naval commander Britain has ever known."
Published : Blond & Briggs, London 1978, First Edition

Guinness Jonathan - The House of Mitford

A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper. 604pp. Illustrated. The story of Nancy, Diana, Unity and the other members of the family.
Published : Hutchinson, London 1984, First Edition

Gunn Neil M. - The Atom of Delight

A fine copy in a very good dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and which is now protected in a clear, removabnle sleeve. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 304 pages. A volume of autobiography by one of the finest Scottish writers of fiction of the 20th century.
Published : Faber and Faber, London 1956, First Edition

Guthrie Lord - Robert Louis Stevenson: Some Personal Recollections

Hardback. A near very good copy in publisher's cream cloth with title in gilt on spine and upper board. Top edge gilt. Small signature of previous owner dated 1920 on front free endpaper. 17 black and white illustrations. This is number 207 of an Edition limited to 500 copies which is signed by the Chairwoman of the Publishers. 72 pages. Protected in a removable cover. Lord Guthrie was a judge of the Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary in Edinburgh.
Published : W. Green & Son Ltd., Edinburgh 1920, First Edition

Haime John W. - The Haimes a Dorset Family

Hardback. A very good copy in a dustwrapper which is also very good but for the word "Dorset" having been written in ink on the spine. No ownership inscription and very little foxing. Pp.xiv,100. 4 illustrations. Described as "a moving picture of human activity over more than 700 years" and as a "window on Dorset's past".
Published : Published By the Author 1970, First Edition

Hall Donald - Henry Moore The Life and Work of a Great Sculptor

A very good copy in a rather edge-worn, marked and slightly chipped dustwrapper. A little foxing to end-papers and page-ends. 181pp. Many illus. The first full and detailed biography of Henry Moore.
Published : Victor Gollancz, London 1966, First Edition

Hall Sophy - Dr Duncan of Ruthwell Founder of Savings Banks

Hardback. A very good copy in the original cloth. No ownership inscription and little foxing. 157 pages. Frontispiece and 8 illustrations. This is a tribute to the founder of savings banks by his great grand-daughter.
Published : Oliphant Anderson & Ferrier, Edinburgh 1910, First Edition

Hamilton Mary Agnes - J. Ramsay MacDonald

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt in a good dustwrapper. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 305 pages. Frontispiece portrait. A biography of Britain's first Labour Prime Minister.
Published : Jonathan Cape, London 1929,

Hamilton Nigel - The Full Monty Volume 1: Montgomery of Alamein 1887-1942

A fine copy in a fine price-clipped dustwrapper. Pp.xxvii,902. 46 illustrations. 11 maps.
Published : Allen Lane the Penguin Press, London 2001, First Edition

Hanna, Rev. William - Memoirs of Thomas Chalmers, D.D LL.D

A good two volume set in matching half-leather bindings with five raised bands on spines and lettered in gilt on red title-pieces. Marbled boards and edges. Boards show some wear and front board of second volume starting to come away at join with spine. Ownership inscription in both volumes. Not foxed. Vol. I,pp.viii,723. Vol.II,pp.viii,780. A biography of the 19th century Scottish minister and theologian who became first Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland
Published : Thomas Constable & Co, Edinburgh 1854, First Edition

Hanson R.P.C. - Saint Patrick His Origins and Career

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which has minor edge tears/chips. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. A little ink side-lining. 248 pages. A scholarly study of the patron saint of Ireland.
Published : Oxford University Press 1968, First Edition

Hare, Augustus J. C. - The Gurneys of Earlham

Hardbacks. A good two volume set in black cloth lined in red and lettered in gilt. No ownership inscription. A fair amount of foxing. Vol. I,pp.x,343. Frontispiece and 30 illustrations. Ink underlining on one page. Vol. II,pp.viii,352. Frontispiece and 20 illustrations. Unopened. The story of a Quaker family.
Published : George Allen, Londonj 1897,

Harper Malcolm McL. - Crockett and Grey Galloway the Novelist and His Works

Illustrated by John Copland.
A very good copy in grey cloth with pictorial upper cover. Gift inscription. Pp.x,184. 39 illustrations. A biography of Samuel Rutherford Crockett, the Galloway novelist.
Published : Hodder & Stoughton, London 1907, First Edition

Harrison Michael - Rosa

Hardback. A very good copy in a good, slightly, chipped, dustwrapper. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. 289 pages. The story of Rosa Lewis of the Cavendish Hotel.
Published : Peter Davies, London 1962, First Edition

Harvey William - Robert Burns as a Freemason

12mo. A very good copy in grey paper-coverd boards with a brown cloth spine. Bevelled edges. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 92 pages (including publisher's catalogue of masonic publications). Frontispiece and six illustrations.
Published : T.M. Sparks, Dundee 1921, First Edition

Hastie Rev. John (Introduced, Annotated and Indexed By Ronald Morrison) - Full of Egotism Being the Diary of the Rev. John Hastie Minister of Edrom Parish Berwickshire 1797 to 1822

Softback. A fine copy. Signed by Ronald Morrison. Pp.viii,116. Illustrated. Described as giving "a fascinating insight into the life of a minister in a Scottish Borders Parish at the turn of the nineteenth century". It also contains "an unpublished wealth of genealogical information".
Published : Borders Family History Society 2004, First Edition

Haynes Dorothy K. - Haste Ye Back

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's black cloth with title in gilt on spine. Gift inscription on front free endpaper. Many black and white photographs. Not foxed. 191 pages. Near very good dustwrapper showing a little edge wear and tear and with a couple of internal repairs. The wrapper is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover. "This refreshingly unsentimental story of the author's life as a child in Aberlour Orphanage, Banffshire, is unusual because it shows that an orphanage can also be a home - and a happy one at that."
Published : Jarrolds, London 1973, First Edition

Hearl Trevor W. - William Barnes 1801-1886 a Study of Education in the Life and Work of the Dorset Poet

A very good copy without dustwrapper. 355pp. 24 plates. Map endpapers. The story of Barnes' forty years career as a schoolmaster.
Published : Longmans (Dorchester) Ltd 1966, First Edition

Heckmair, Anderl - My Life as a Mountaineer

A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt. In a good dustwrapper which has minor edge chips and tears. Gift inscription on half-title. 224 pages. 23 illustrations. The autobiography of the mid-20th century Bavarian mountaineer.
Published : Victor Gollancz, London 1975, First Edition

Hewitt David (Editor) - Scott on Himself a Selection of the Autobiographical Writings of Sir Walter Scott

A fine copy in a very good, complete dustwrapper.,298. Includes letters,essays, a verse epistle, memoirs and extracts from the Journal.
Published : Scottish Academic Press, Edinburgh 1981, First Edition

Higgins Rev. J.C. - Life of Robert Burns

A very good copy in flecked green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and upper board. 260 pages. 34 illustrations. Notes, Appendices and illustrations have been added to this edition. The author was minister of Tarbolton for 44 years.
Published : "Standard" Press, Kilmarnock 1928,

Hill George Birkbeck - Footsteps of Dr. Johnson (Scotland)

Illustrated by Lancelot Speed.
Hardback. [1972]. Large 4to. A fine copy in a quarter brown leather binding with a complete and untorn glassine dustwrapper. Limited edition of 500 copies. Pp.xviii,318. Frontispiece and numerous illustrations. Facsimile letter. Coloured map at rear. Reprint of a work first published in 1890. This is an account of the journey round Scotland made by Johnson and Boswell in 1773.
Published : E. J. Morten, Manchester 1972,

Hitchcock Jimmie - Master Golfer

A very good copy in a very good, price-clipped, dustwrapper which has one small nick at foot of spine. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 192pp. Illustrated. Hitchcock's autobiography.
Published : Stanley Paul, London 1967, First Edition

Hogg, Rev. David - Life of Allan Cunningham with Selections from His Works and Correspondence

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt. Bevelled edges. Pp.xii,373. Frontispiece. Decorated title page. A biography of the Galloway poet and author.
Published : John Anderson & Son, Dumfries 1875, First Edition

Holmes D.T. - A Scot in France and Switzerland

Hardback. A good plus copy in publisher's green cloth with title in gilt on front board and spine which is a bit dull. No inscriptions. Some foxing to endpapers. 398 pages.
Published : Alexander Gardner, Paisley 1910, First Edition

Honig Edwin - Garcia Lorca

A very good copy in a dustwrapper which is missing a piece at the top of the front panel. 203pp. This was the first full length account of Lorca's life and work to be published in the UK.
Published : Editions Poetry, London 1945, First Edition

Horne R.H. (Editor) - The History of Napoleon ---Illustrated with Many Engravings on Wood from Designs By Raffet and Horace Vernet [2 Vols. Complete]

Hardbacks. A very good two volume set in full dark gree calf with gilt dentelles, the spines decorated in gilt and lettered in gilt on maroon title-pieces. A little rubbing/wear to spine ends. Marbled end-papers. Each frontispiece and the title page of Vol. II are cropped with no loss. Two ownership inscriptions on the front end-paper of each volume. A little foxing mainly to early and late pages. Vol. I pp.x,ii,379. Vol.II pp.x,510 + "The Second Funeral of Napoleon Bonaparte" ---(28pp) and "Facsimiles of Napoleon's Various Signatures" (12pp). Numerous wood engravings, some full page. Photographs available on request. [Please note these two volumes weigh more than 2kg and will require extra postage].
Published : Robert Tyas, London 1841, First Edition

Howie James - Portraits from Memory

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Inscribed presentation copy from the author. 161pp. Colour frontis. and other illus. The author was president of the British Medical Association. These are portraits of memorable personalities he knew in microbiology and in military, hospital and academic medicine.
Published : British Medical Journal 1988, First Edition

Howlett Hamilton - Highland Constable the Life and Times of Rob Roy MacGregor

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which has a chip at the top of the spine. Gift inscription. Fairly light edge foxing. Pp.xii,292. Frontispiece and six illustrations including a folding family tree. Map end-papers.
Published : William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh 1950, First Edition

Hulme Harold - The Life of Sir John Eliot 1592 to 1632 Struggle for Parliamentary Freedom

A very good copy in a good, complete, dustwrapper somewhat darkened on the spine. 423pp. 4 illustrations. Eliot was a great parliamentarian who constantly struggled to maintain the privileges of the House of Commons and who died for his belief in freedom of speech.
Published : George Allen & Unwin, London 1957, First Edition

Humphreys A.R. - William Shenstone an Eighteenth Century Portrait

A very good copy in a slightly worn but near very good dustwrapper. 136 pages. One illustration. A little pencilled marking in the text.
Published : Cambridge University Press 1937, First Edition

Hutcheon Robin - Chinnery the Man and the Legend

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a good plus dustwrapper which shows a little edge wear and tear. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.xii,180. Many illustrations including 16 colour plates. Full-page map. A biography of the British artist who spent much of his life in China and India. Includes a chapter on Chinnery's shorthand by Geoffrey W. Bonsall.
Published : Soth China Morning Post, Hongkong 1975, First Edition

Hutchinson Mrs. L - Memoirs of the Life of Colonel Hutchinson, Governor of Nottingham Castle and Town

A very good copy in original olive green cloth with gilt lettering. Bookplate. 523pp. Frontis (loose). The volume also includes the life of Mrs. Hutchinson written by herself and an account of the siege of Latham House defended by the Countess of Derby against Sir Thomas Fairfax.
Published : Henry G. Bohn, London 1863,

Hutchinson Roger - Aleister Crowley the Beast Demystified

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 216pp. A biography of the mountaineer and mystic.
Published : Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh 1998, First Edition

Ingleby, Leonard Cresswell - Oscar Wilde

Hardback. Nd but may be first edition of 1907. A good plus copy in brown cloth lettered and decorated in black. Not very obvious mark to lower board. Neat ownership inscription on front fixed end-paper. Pp.viii,400 + 8pp publisher's catalogue. Portrait frontispiece. The first part of the book (about 90 pages) deals with Oscar Wilde the Man, and this is followed by criticism of his works.
Published : T. Werner Laurie, London,

James Henry - The Middle Years

Apart from the spine having a slightly wrinkled appearance this is a very good copy. Previous owner's name and date on front end-paper. 118pp. Frontispiece. These are uncompleted autobiographical reminiscences.
Published : Collins, London 1917, First Edition

Jameson John and Jameson Margaret - Andrew Jameson 1916 - 1934

Hardback. A very good copy in light green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and upper board. Gift inscription from authors on front free end-paper:"For Graham Wilson from J.G.J. and M.J. July 1935." Pp.[xii],153,[iii]. Photographic frontispiece + 37 photographs. Title page woodcut vignette with tissue guard. Andrew Jameson was the only son of Major John Gordon Jameson (who was a member of Parliament) and Margaret Jameson and was the grandson of the Court of Session judge, Lord Ardwall and of A.L. Smith, Master of Balliol. He died on his 18th birthday. This is an affectionate and moving recollection of him by his parents.
Published : Printed for Private Circulation By Douglas & Foulis, Edinburgh 1935, First Edition

Jaxa-Ronikier B. - The Red Executioner Dzierjinski (The Good Heart)

Hardback. A good copy in black cloth lettered in gilt. Small piece of cloth in spine missing. Single stamp (of a church) on title page. 316 pages + 20pp adverts. Frontispiece and 22 illustrations. A biography of Felix Dzierjinski, an early Communist functionary and executioner.
Published : Denis Archer, London 1935, First Edition

Jebb Bertha (Introduction By H. Rider Haggard) - Life and Adventures of John Gladwyn Jebb

A very good copy in the original light blue decorated cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and upper board. No ownership inscription and very little foxing. Ppxxv,335 + 32 page publisher's catalogue dated 10/93. Frontispiece. Introduction by H. Rider Haggard. The story of a life of adventure mainly in the American west, Mexico and South America.
Published : William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh 1894, First Edition

Jeyes S.H. - The Life and Times of the Right Honourable the Marquis of Salisbury K.G. a History of the Conservative Party During the Last Fifty Years

Nd. c. 1905. 4to. A very good four volume set in blue cloth lettered and decorated in black and gilt. Bevelled edges. All edges gilt. Illustrated. Some foxing mainly to endpapers. Nearly 1000pp.
Published : Virtue & Co, London, First Edition

Johnson Joseph - Brave Women and Their Deeds of Heroism

Nd.c.1920? A good copy in brown cloth with decorated upper board. Two Sunday School prize labels on end-papers. 240 pages. Frontispiece. Deals with historical heroines e.g. Joan of Arc, Flora MacDonald, Grace Darling etc.
Published : Gall & Inglis, London,

Johnson Samuel - An Account of the Life of Mr. Richard Savage

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. A little edge foxing. Pp.[viii],180. This is a Scolar Press facsimile of the 1748 second edition. Savage was a poet and friend of Johnson.
Published : Scolar Press 1971,

Johnson Walter - Gilbert White Pioneer, Poet and Stylist

A good copy in original decorated olive-green cloth lettered in gilt on spine. Some foxing to page-ends. 340pp. 8 illustrations.
Published : John Murray, London 1928, First Edition

Johnson, R. Brimley (Editor) - Fanny Burney and the Burneys

A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. In a very good dustwrapper. Previous owner's small ex libris plate on front fixed end-paper. 407 pages. Frontispiece and 18 illustrations. "Containing substantial additions to the famous diary, from Fanny Burney's unpublished "Journals in france" and many illustrations now published for the first time."
Published : Stanley Paul & Co. Ltd., London 1926, First Edition