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Biography / Autobiography

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

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 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

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

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

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 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, 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, 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

Glendinning, Miles - Modern Architect : The Life and Times of Robert Matthew

Hardback. 4to. A near fine copy. A little paper adhesion to the rear board. A clean copy with no ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xiii,622. Numerous illustrations including 51 in colour. This authoritative biography of one of the dominant figures in 20th century British architecture is described as "a monumental achievement of historical scholarship." [Please note this very heavy book weighing more than 2kg will require an additional postage charge].
Published : RIBA Publishing, London 2008, First Edition
£58.00

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, First English Edition
£80.00

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
£45.00

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, Reprint
£20.00

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
£280.00

Gould, Cecil - The Paintings of Correggio

Hardback. 4to. A near fine copy in a similar price-clipped dustwrapper. 307 pages + more than 200 monochrome plates at the end. 12 colour plates. Figures in text. A detailed study of the artist's life and paintings. Includes a catalogue of all Correggio's surviving paintings together with a list of lost works and notes on paintings attributed to him.
Published : Faber & Faber, London 1976, First Edition
£48.00

Grace Dick - Squadron of Death

A fair copy only the red boards being faded and worn. Internally, however, the book is very good. Small ownership inscription on front fixed end-paper. 264pp. 8 illustrations. The adventures of an early stunt pilot.
Published : Constable, London 1930, Reprint
£15.00

Graham Stephen - A Life of Alexander 11 Tsar of Russia

Hardback. A very good copy in black cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. No ownership inscription and little foxing. Pp.xx,317. 12 illustrations.
Published : Ivor Nicholson and Watson, London 1935, First Edition
£40.00

Grant Elizabeth of Rothiemurchus (Edited By Patricia Pelly and Andrew Todd) - A Highland Lady in France 1843-1845

Softback. A near very good copy with illustrated cover. Large corner has been cut from half title. No inscriptions. 252 pages.Covering the years from August 1843 to July 1845 the book depicts vividly the day-to-day life of the author amongst British emigre society, while keeping up a running commentary on French society and manners and commenting on political events at Westminster and Dublin, especially relating to civil unrest in Ireland
Published : Tuckwell Press, East Linton 1996,
£6.00

Grant James - Memoirs and Adventures of Sir William Kirkaldy of Grange, Knight, Commander of French Horse, Lord of the Secret Council, and Governor of the Castle of Edinburgh for Mary Queen of Scots

Hardback. A fair copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. There is an extensive but superficial damp stain to the upper board and the boards have been covered in a clear, adhesive, material. The hinges have been sellotaped. Ownership stamp on title page and one other page and ownership inscription on front fixed end-paper. Some spine lean. Pp.x,383. A biography of a Scottish notable of the time of Mary Queen of Scots. A good reading copy.
Published : William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh 1849, First Edition
£35.00

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
£50.00

Gray W. Forbes - East Lothian Biographies

Softback. A very good copy in red covers lettered in black. Some foxing to page edges and first few pages. 136 pages. "More than 300 short biographies of eminent men and women from earliest times to the present day who were either natives of East Lothian, or, though born elsewhere, were prominently identified with its public work". Limited to 250 copies.
Published : Printed By D&J Croal for East Lothian Antiquarian and Field Naturalists' Society, Haddington 1941, First Edition
£20.00

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
£10.00

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

Hardback. 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
£12.00

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

Hardback. 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
£12.00

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
£11.00

Gunn Neil M. - The Atom of Delight

Hardback. 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
£30.00

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
£18.00

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
£10.00

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
£6.00

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
£15.00

Hamilton General Sir Ian - When I Was a Boy

A very good copy without dustwrapper. Top edge gilt. Small ownership inscription. A little foxing. Pp.xii,316. 18 illustrations. Childhood recollections of a famous general.
Published : Faber & Faber, London 1939, First Edition
£11.00