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Biography / Autobiography

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

Jones Kenyon - GPS a Tribute

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

. 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,

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

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

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

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,

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

Lindsay, Jean - Elizabeth B.Mitchell the Happy Town Planner

Softback. A fine copy. Pp.ix,98. 22 illustrations. The biography of a town planner, who "had an active and valuable part in the development of East Kilbride", and who was also a Liberal party Parliamentary candidate, Justice of the Peace etc and who died on her 100th birthday in 1980.
Published : The Pentland Press, Bishop Auckland 1993, First Edition

Linklater Eric - Mary Queen of Scots

Hardback. A good plus copy in black cloth lettered in gilt on the slightly faded spine. Small gift inscription on front end-paper. 160 pages + 7pp adverts. Frontispiece.
Published : Peter Davies Ltd. 1933, First Edition

Loch James - Memoir of George Granville, Late Duke of Sutherland

Hardback. Large 4to. A good copy in brown cloth which is a little marked and with some small indentations on the lower board. Maroon title piece lettered and decorated in gilt on upper board. Front hinges strengthened. Ownership inscription of Andrew Young, Invershin (who was manager of the Duke of Sutherland's salmon fishings and who wrote "The Natural History and Habits of the Salmon"). 83 pages. Frontispiece. Three other small illustrations of monuments raised to the Duke. Loch was factor on the Duke's Sutherland estate and was responsible for implementing the notorious Sutherland Clearances on behalf of the Duke. Lists all the subscribers to the monument in Sutherland to the Duke and the amount each contributed together with similar information regarding two other monuments. A scarce book.
Published : Not Published 1834, First Edition

Lonsdale Henry - The Life and Works of Musgrave Lewthwaite Watson, Sculptor

Hardback. A very good copy in the original reddish-brown boards which are lettered in gilt. Small book-plate. Not foxed. Pp.xi,[1],244. 12 photographic illustrations + tailpieces. A study of the life and work of an early 19th century English sculptor.
Published : George Routledge and Sons, London 1866, First Edition

Looker Samuel J. (Editor) - William Henry Hudson a Tribute By Various Writers

Hardback. A good plus copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt. There are creases on the surface of the front cover but these do not affect the book internally. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 169 pages. 31illustrations including colour frontispiece. A tribute to the late 19th/early 20th century naturalist.
Published : Aldridge Bros., Worthing 1947, First Edition

Lowe George - Because it is There

A good plus copy in a good, price-clipped, dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. Some spotting to front board. A little edge and end-paper foxing. Pp.viii,216. Illustrations. Maps and plans. The autobiography of a mountaineer and Antarctic photographer.
Published : Cassell, London 1959, First Edition

Lustig Arnost - Night and Hope

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is chipped and torn at the top of the spine. No ownership inscription. 206 pages. A collection of inter-related incidents which took place during the Second World War in the Teresin (Theresienstadt) concentration camp near Prague where the author was incarcerated.
Published : Hutchinson, London 1962, First Edition

Lynch Hannah - George Meredith a Study

Hardback. A very good copy in olive green cloth lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt. This is no. 29 of 75 in the large paper edition. Pp.x,[2],170. Frontispiece.
Published : Methuen, London 1891, First Edition

Macandrew Major-General Isaac Forsyth - Memoir of Isaac Forsyth Bookseller in Elgin 1768-1859

Hardback. A good copy in the original dark green cloth lettered in gilt. A little wear and tear at head of spine. Gift inscription to the Forsyth Association on the half-title. Not foxed. Pp.x,185 + 32pp publisher's catalogue. Frontispiece. Title page vignette. Partly unopened. The subject of this Memoir was a conspicuous promoter of public improvements in Elgin. Quite scarce in first edition.
Published : Kegan Paul Trench & Co, London 1889, First Edition

MacDonald Angus - A Family Memoir of the MacDonalds of Keppoch

A good copy. This is number 31 of 150 copies. Externally very good but internally there are traces of a damp stain affecting the top outer corner of the pages. Ownership inscription. Pp.xii,153. The book was written between 1800 and 1820 . It is edited by Clements R. Markham with some notes by the late Charles Edward Stuart, Comte D' Albanie. Scarce in first edition.
Published : A & C Black 1885, First Edition

MacDonald, Isobel - A Family in Skye 1908-1916

Softback. A very good copy. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 148 pages. Illustrated. The story of a family in Portree, Skye before and during the First World War.
Published : Acair Ltd., Stornoway 1980, First Edition

MacFall Haldane - Aubrey Beardsley the Man and His Work

4to. A good copy in green cloth. Boards a bit marked but a very good clean copy internally with no ownership inscription or foxing. Pp.xiv,109. Frontispiece and ten illustrations + title page and tail -piece illustrations.
Published : John Lane The Bodley Head, London 1928, First Edition

Macintyre Iain and MacLaren Iain (Editors) - Surgeons' Lives: Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh an Anthology of College Fellows Over 500 Years

Hardback. 4to. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Signed presentation copy from both editors. 328 pages. Numerous illustrations including colour. Illustrated biographies of surgeons who were associated with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh during its 500 years' history.
Published : Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Edinburgh 2005, First Edition

Macintyre Lorn - Sir David Russell: A Biography

A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.xi,259. Illustrated. A biography of a Fife papermaker who was also a cultured humanist, a pioneer of New Age thinking, an archaeologist and an instigator of the Iona Retreat.
Published : Canongate, Edinburgh 1994, First Edition

Mackenzie John - Memoirs of the Life and Writings of John Calvin

A very good copy internally but externally the plain grey covers lack the top inch of the spine. Fasque label on front end-paper (Fasque was the ancestral home of the Gladstone family). Pp.xii,407. Good reading or rebinding copy.
Published : Burton and Briggs, London 1818,

MacManus M.J - Eamon De Valera a Biography

Hardback. A very good copy in a fair dustwrapper which has some edge tears and minor chipping, some soiling and with a name written on the rear panel. A clean copy internally without foxing or ownership inscription. 192 pages. No frontispiece and no trace of there ever having been one.
Published : Victor Gollancz Ltd., London 1944, First Edition

MacManus Seumas - The Rocky Road to Dublin

Hardback. A very good copy in a good, price-clipped, dustwrapper which shows a smallish water-stain at the foot of the spine. Gift inscription on front end-paper. Pp.xii,324. The author's story of his boyhood and young manhood in the mountains of Donegal.
Published : The Talbot Press, Dublin 1947, First Edition