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Biography / Autobiography

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, Reprint

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, Special Commemorative Edition

Hiscock W.G. - Henry Aldrich of Christ Church 1648-1710

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is a little chipped and torn on the front panel. No ownership inscription. A little edge foxing. Pp.xii,75. Frontispiece and 44 plates. Aldrich was Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. He was a theologian, philosopher and architect.
Published : Printed for Christ Church at the Holywell Press, Oxford 1960, First Edition

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

Hog, 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, Tenth Edition Revised

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 vg 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

Hardback. 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

Jones Kenyon - GPS a Tribute

Hardback. A very good copy in a dark blue leatherette binding. Previous owner's ex libris plate on front free end-paper. 168 pages. Two pages of colour illustrations. Numerous black and white illustrations. Family trees. This is a biography of George Philip Stewart MacPherson who played rugby for Scotland. It covers also his banking career, his military life, his charitable interests etc. A scarce item.
Published : Sutherland Press, Golspie 1993, First Edition

Jones Whitney R.D. - David Williams the Anvil and the Hammer

A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.xviii,266. 12 plates. This is the first full-length biography of Williams, a late 18th century London Welshman who was involved in most of the crucial debates of the time.
Published : University of Wales Press, Cardiff 1986, First Edition

Jones, D. W. Carmalt (Edited By Brian Barraclough) - A Physician in Spite of Himself

Hardback. A very good copy in laminated boards. Upper board tips a little bumped. A fine clean copy internally with no ownership inscription or other marking. Pp.xi,268. Frontispiece and 22 illustrations including colour. "A fascinating account of this early twentieth-century physician's life in England and New Zealand." Includes a vivid account of his experiences in medical service in the First World War in Flanders, Egypt and Palestine.
Published : The Royal Society of Medicine Press, London 2009, First Edition

Kelly, Kelso - Galloway Men of Mark

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. Some edge foxing but largely clean internally. No ownership inscription. 135 pages + one page index. Black and white illustrations. Brief studies of 21 Galloway men of distinction.
Published : John F. Brown, Newton Stewart 1919, First Edition

Keynes Geoffrey - The Life of William Harvey

Hardback. A very good copy in brown cloth lettered in gilt. In a good plus dustwrapper which is a little torn at the top of the spine. Bookplate. Pp.xviii,483. Coloured frontispiece and 32 illustrations. An attempt at a definitive biography of the famous physician.
Published : Oxford University Press 1966, First Edition

King Agnes Gardner - Kelvin the Man a Biographical Sketch By His Niece

Hardback. A good copy in a fair dustwrapper which has some fairly substantial chips. Some foxing. No ownership inscription. Pp.xv,142. 12 illustrations. Introduction by Sir Donald MacAlister. A narrative of the personal life of the great scientist.
Published : Hodder & Stoughton, London 1925, First Reprint

Kirk James - Her Majesty's Historiographer Gordon Donaldson 1913-1993

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Ownership inscription is hidden by inner flap of wrapper. Pp.viii,291. Frontispiece and 14 illustrations. A biography of an eminent Scots historian.
Published : Scottish Academic Press, Edinburgh 1996, First Edition

Knox Kevin C and Noakes Richard (Editors) - From Newton to Hawking: A History of Cambridge University's Lucasian Professors of Mathematics

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.xxiv,[2],486. 52 illustrations. "The story of these great natural philosophers and mathematical physicists is told here by some of the finest historians of science."
Published : Cambridge University Press 2003, First Edition

Knox, Rawle (Editor) - The Work of E.H. Shepard

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which shows fading to the spine but which is complete and untorn. A clean copy with no ownership inscription or other internal marking. 256 pages. Numerous illustrations throughout including colour. A biography and appreciation of E.H. Shepard with a short bibliography of books illustrated by him.
Published : Methuen, London 1979, First Edition

Laing Samuel (Edited By R. P. Fereday) - The Autobiography of Samuel Laing of Papdale 1780-1868

Hardback. A near fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper. Pp.xviii,308. Maps. Illustrations. Family tree. Samuel Laing was a Provost of Kirkwall "whose innovations in farming and fishing did much to lay the foundations for economic prosperity in nineteenth century Orkney. When kelp prices collapsed he ran into financial dificulties and, narrowly failing to enter parliament, he left Orkney to follow a quite separate career as traveller and writer." This copy comes with a compliments slip from the publisher addressed to Professor Alexander Fenton asking him for the favour of a review.
Published : Bellavista Publications, Kirkwall 2000, First Edition

Lang Andrew - George Mackenzie King's Advocate, of Rosehaugh His Life and Times (1636? - 1691)

A good copy in red cloth. Spine faded with some wear but lettering quite readable. Inscriptions and browning to end-papers. Pp.x,[2],347. 4 plates. Mackenzie was Lord Advocate during the turbulent times of late 17th century Scotland.
Published : Longmans Green & Co, London 1909, First Edition

Langmead Clive - A Passion for Plants from the Rainforests of Brazil to Kew Gardens the Life and Vision of Ghillean Prance Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

A fine copy in a fine price-clipped dustwrapper. 201pp + index. Illustrated.
Published : Lion Publishing, Oxford 1995, First Edition

Larkin Henry - Carlyle and the Open Secret of His Life

Hardback. A good plus copy in maroon cloth lettered in gilt on the slightly faded spine. Ownership inscription. Not foxed. Pp.ix,371. This is a study of Thomas Carlyle's works aimed at revealing his hidden hopes, aspirations and efforts to show what were his practical aims.
Published : Kegan Paul Trench & Co, London 1886, First Edition

Lawrence Ada and Gelder G. Stuart - Young Lorenzo Early Life of D. H. Lawrence Containing Hitherto Unpublished Letters, Articles and Reproductions of Pictures

Hardback. A very good copy in vellum boards. Front board a little bowed. In a rather soiled, fair, dustwrapper, internally repaired and missing a piece at foot of spine. This is no. 301 of 740 copies and no. 8 in the Lugarno Series. No ownership inscription. Pp.xii,[2],275. Frontispiece and 22 illustrations (including 9 early paintings).
Published : G. Orioli, Florence 1931, First Edition

Layman C. H. (Editor) - Man of Letters : The Early Life and Love Letters of Robert Chambers

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.viii,[2],196. 10 illustrations. Private letters and unpublished reminiscences of the 19th century Edinburgh author and publisher.
Published : Edinburgh University Press 1990, First Edition

Le Marchant, Denis - Memoirs of the Late Major General Le Marchant

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.xxi,ix,315. Maps. Genealogy. Coloured illustrations. "An intimate account of the life of one of the British Army's most talented and courageous leaders".
Published : Spellmount 1997,

Lees-Milne James - Another Self

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is price-clipped and with two edge tears. Pp.vii,157. The frontispiece is a wood engraving by Reynolds Stone. An autobiographical recollection of the author's other, earlier self.
Published : Hamish Hamilton, London 1970, First Edition

Lees-Milne, James - Another Self

Hardback. A very good copy in a fine dustwrapper. The book, too, would be fine were it not for an ownership inscription on the front end-paper. Pp.xii,179. An autobiography of the author's early life described as "a minor masterpiece" and "one of the funniest autobiographies ever written". This re-issue has an Introduction by Jeremy Lewis.
Published : John Murray, London 1998,

Lengyel Emil - Hitler

A good copy in red cloth a little faded on spine. 246pp. 6 illustrations. A prescient anti-Hitler and anti-Nazi biography.
Published : George Routledge & Sons, London 1932, First Edition

Lesley Susan I. - Recollections of My Mother

Hardback. A very good copy in brown cloth with gilt spine lettering on a red leather titlepiece. Patterned end-papers. A label on the front fixed end-paper states that the book was donated to the Carnegie Library, Clashmore (in the Scottish Highlands) by Mrs. Carnegie. There are no library markings in the book. There is a pencilled inscription by Mrs. Carnegie (I assume the wife of Andrew Carnegie) on the front end-paper. 496 pages. This is a memoir of Mrs. Anne Jean Lyman who lived with her husband, Judge Lyman, in the New England town of Northampton. It is an interesting sketch of the social life of New England in the first half of the 19th century.
Published : Press of Geo. H. Ellis, Boston 1886, First Unlimited Edition

Levyns Margaret R. - A Botanist's Memoirs: Sixty Years in the Botany Department of the University of Cape Town

A very good copy in card covers. 40 pages. Frontispiece. Errata slip. The author was the first woman President of the Royal Society of South Africa. She is described as "an inspired teacher and a dedicated research worker with a long list of major publications to her credit."
Published : Privately Published By Authority of the Department of Botany, University of Cape Town, Cape Town 1968, First Edition