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Biography / Autobiography

Marshall J.D. (Editor) - The Autobiography of William Stout of Lancaster 1665-1752

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's dark blue cloth with title in gilt on spine. Previous owner's tipped-in bookplate (easily removable) on front free endpaper. Pp.viii,311 with folding pedigree at rear. Near very good complete dustwrapper which is faded on the spine (but leaving the lettering clear) and which has two internal sellotape repairs. The wrapper is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover.
Published : Manchester University Press, Manchester 1967, First Edition
£30.00

Marston E. - Thomas Ken and Isaac Walton a Sketch of Their Lives and Family Connection

A near vg copy a little darkened on spine with a little wear at spine ends. Partly unopened. Review slip laid in. Stamped "Presentation Copy" on title page. 220pp. 22 full page illustrations + many illustrations in text.
Published : Longmans Green & Co, London 1908, First Edition
£30.00

Maurice, Major-General Sir Frederick - The Adventures of Edward Wogan

Hardback. A very good copy in light blue cloth lettered in dark blue. No ownership inscription and little foxing. Pp.viii,168. 3 maps. The story of an Anglo-Irishman who fought first in the Parliamentary Army and later in the Royal Army during the English Civil War.
Published : George Routledge and Sons, London 1945, First Edition
£7.00

Maxwell W. H. - Life of Field-Marshall His Grace the Duke of Wellington Volume III

Hardback. A good copy in a red half-leather binding with marbled boards. Some scuffing to spine and boards. Gilt decorations to boards. Bookplate. Steel engravings and battle plans (including a double-page plan of the Battle of Waterloo). Wood-engraved tail-pieces.
Published : A. H. Baily & Co, London 1841, First Edition
£18.00

Maxwell, W.H. - Life of the Duke of Wellington

Hardback. A very good copy which has been rebound in full red leather by Allman & Son London, decorated in gilt and lettered in gilt on a black title-piece. Marbled edges and end-papers. No ownership inscription. Pp.vi,345. Illustrated. This edition is revised and abridged from the larger work with an additional chapter.
Published : W.P. Nimmo, Hay & Mitchell, Edinburgh 1887,
£12.00

Mayer Dorothy Moulton - Angelica Kauffmann, R.A. 1741-1807

Hardback. Lacks front end-paper but otherwise a very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is complete and untorn. Bookshop labels on inner front flap of wrapper and front fixed end-paper. Internally clean without foxing or ownership inscription. 192 pages. 14 colour illustrations. 64 black and white illustrations. A biography of the late 18th century neo-classical artist.
Published : Colin Smythe Ltd., Gerrards Cross 1972, First Edition
£7.00

McAllister Isabel - Alfred Gilbert

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy. Some fading to spine ends and some darkening at head of upper board. In a rather poor dustwrapper which is chipped to the spine ends and with chips and tears elsewhere. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. Some light end-paper foxing but no ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xii,236. 40 plates. A biography of the late 19th/early 20th century sculptor.
Published : A & C Black, London 1929, First Edition
£25.00

McDonell, Colonel John of Scottos - Spanish John Being a Narrative of the Early Life of Colonel John McDonell of Scottos Written By Himself

A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on upper board. Bookplate. Private edition. Some edge foxing. Pp.vii,74. Frontispiece. "Throws fresh light on the evil days that followed Culloden." The author lived from 1728 t o1810.
Published : William Blackwood & Sons for the Royal Celtic Society, Edinburgh and London 1931, First Edition
£15.00

McGregor Duncan - A Desert Rat in Holburn Street

Illustrated by Rhoda Howie.
Hardback. A near fine copy in black leatherette lettered and decorated in gilt. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 140 pages. Illustrated. The autobiography of a Buchan man with several chapters on his experiences with the 1st Royal Tank Regiment in the Second World War, followed by life owning a grocer's shop in Aberdeen.
Published : Ardo Publishing Company, Buchan 1994, First Edition
£15.00

McKerrow, Mary - The Faeds: A Biography

Hardback. A near fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and which is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. A clean copy without ownership inscription, foxing or other internal marking. Pp.xviii,158. Numerous illustrations. The story of a talented Scottish family of Victorian artists. Includes a bibliography, a catalogue of major Faed works and a list of Faed pictures in permanent collections.
Published : Canongate, Edinburgh 1982, First Edition
£34.00

McLaren John Nicol - It Taks a Lang Spin

A good copy. Paperback. Would be very good but for cup mark on upper cover. Signed by the author. 138 pages. Illustrated. Anecdotes from the life of a Fifer.
Published : Privately Published 1990, First Edition
£10.00

McLean, Ruari and Antonia - Benjamin Fawcett: Engraver and Colour Printer

Hardback. A fine copy in green cloth lettered in gilt. In a complete untorn dustwrapper which shows some fading to the spine. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. 196 pages. 9 colour plates and "upwards of 36 illustrations in black and white." "The book includes a checklist of all known publications containing plates by Fawcett, with every individual plate listed."
Published : Scolar Press, Aldershot 1988, First Edition
£25.00

Mcmenemey William H. - The Life and Times of Sir Charles Hastings Founder of the British Medical Association

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.xii,516. Frontispiece and 32 illustrations.
Published : E & S Livingstone, Edinburgh 1959, First Edition
£18.00

Meath, Reginald Brabazon, 12th Earl of (Editor) - The Diaries of Mary Countess of Meath

Hardback. Nd. c. 1919? A very good copy in brown cloth lettered in gilt. Now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. Upper board a little marked. Moderate fore-edge foxing but internally clean and with no ownership inscription. 286 pages. 28 illustrations. This is a record of the Countess's philanthropic undertakings and travels between the years 1874 and 1900. She is described as "one of the most remarkable and successful philanthropists of her age." Uncommon in first edition.
Published : Hutchinson & Co., London, First Edition
£70.00

Mellis Captain D.B.N. - Mostly from the Bridge

A very good copy. In a very good dustwrapper by Norman Wilkinson. Gift inscription on front end-paper. Pp.v,275. 14 plates. The memoirs of a naval officer, including the Second World War.
Published : CCC Design & Publications, Isle Of Mull 2003,
£16.00

Mellis Captain DBN - Mostly from the Bridge

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. No ownership inscription and not foxed. Pp.v,275. 14 plates. The autobiography of a naval officer. Includes his experiences at the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940.
Published : CCC Design & Publications, Ulva Ferry, Isle of Mull 2003,
£18.00

Metternich Prince - Memoirs of Prince Metternich 1773-1815

Hardback. A good two volume set in blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Vol.1 has a 2 inch tear in the cloth at the join of the spine and lower board. Lower board of Vol.11 a bit marked. Vol. 1,pp.xiii,430. Frontispiece. Vol.11,pp.vii,617. A little pencilling in both volumes. Two folding facsimiles at rear. The Memoirs of the great Austrian Statesman.
Published : Richard Bentley & Son, London 1880,
£40.00

Millais John Guille - The Life and Letters of John Everett Millais

Hardback. A near very good two volume set in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt. Gilt decoration to front board and spine. Top edge gilt. Bookplate in each volume. Some foxing to end-papers. Volume I is the second edirion of 1900. Volume II is the first edition of 1899. Volume I,pp.xvi,446. Volume II,pp.xi,511. Numerous illustrations. There is interesting ink writing on the front end-paper of Volume I including a reproduction of Millais' last note to Sir George Reid, under which is written in ink "This letter I saw pasted in the back of a photograph of Sir John Millais in Sir G. Reid's house. The hand writing was shaky, the writing of a man very ill".
Published : Methuen, London 1900,
£35.00

Millar D.A. (Editor) - George Buchanan: a Memorial 1506-1906

Hardback. A good copy in cream cloth. Spine darkened with lettering difficult to read. Top edge gilt. Bookplate. A little foxing. Pp.xix,490. 36 illustrations. Part I of the book consists of essays on Buchanan and Part II contains examples of his own writings in Latin with English translation.
Published : W.C. Henderson & Son, University Press, St. Andrews 1907, First Edition
£20.00

Milne James - The Memoirs of a Bookman

A very good copy in a fair dustwrapper which is scuffed on the spine. Pp.xi,316. 16 illustrations. "Intimate, diverting anecdotage about a host of celebrities" from the 1890's onwards.
Published : John Murray, London 1936,
£12.00

Montgomery Ina - John Hugh Allen of the Gallant Company - A Memoir By His Sister

A very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. In a good dustwrapper which has one small chip and fairly minor edge tears. Ownership inscription on front free end-paper. Pp.vi,[i],236. Tissue-guarded frontispiece. The biography of a soldier who was killed at Gallipoli.
Published : Edward Arnold, London 1919, First Edition
£22.00

Montgomery Ina - John Hugh Allen of the Gallant Company a Memoir By His Sister

Hardback. A very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt. In a good dustwrapper which shows moderate edge wear and tear. Gift inscription on front free end-paper. Some edge foxing but a clean copy internally. Pp.vi,[1],236. A memoir by his sister of a soldier who died at Gallipoli.
Published : Edward Arnold, London 1919, First Edition
£15.00

Moore Thomas - The Life and Death of Lord Edward Fitzgerald

Hardback. The two volume set in rather poor condition with the spines replaced with green tape. Stamp of a church on title page of each volume. Frontispiece to vol.I loose. Lacks front end-paper to Vol. II. Folding map present in vol.II. A reading or perhaps rebinding set.
Published : Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, London 1831,
£10.00

Moore, Doris Langley - The Late Lord Byron: Posthumous Dramas

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's red cloth with title in gilt on spine. No inscriptions. Many black and white illustrations. Pp.viii.542. Very good price-clipped dustwrapper which is protected in a removable cover.
Published : John Murray, London 1961, First Edition
£12.00

Moran James - Stanley Morison His Typographic Achievement

4to. A near-fine copy in a similar, price-clipped, dustwrapper. 184 pages. Many illustrations. A study of one of the major figures in the history of typography.
Published : Lund Humphries, London 1971, First Edition
£12.00

Morse Belinda - A Woman of Design, a Man of Passion the Pioneering McIans

4to. A very good copy. Paperback. Inscribed presentation copy from the author. Pp.xiv,306. Numerous illustrations including colour. A biography of the artists, Ronald and Fanny McIan, the former of whom became famous for his depictions of Highland dress.
Published : The Book Guild 2001, First Edition
£18.00

Mrs Gordon - "Christopher North": A Memoir of John Wilson Late Professor of Moral Philosophy in the University of Edinburgh [2 Vols. complete]

A very good two volume set in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt on spine and decorated in gilt on upper board. Spines darkened and showing a little wear at ends. A clean set without foxing, ownership inscription or other internal marking. Vol. I,pp.xii,[4],335. Frontispiece and 14 illustrations. Vol.II,pp.ix,399. "Christopher North" was a Scottish advocate, author and Professor of Moral Philosophy. This Memoir is compiled from family papers and other sources by his daughter.
Published : Edmonston & Douglas, Edinburgh 1863,
£35.00

Mrs Jameson - Memoirs of the Beauties of the Court of Charles the Second, with Their Portraits

Hardbacks. 4to. A very good two volume set in a modern half leather binding with marbled boards. Four raised bands on spines which are lettered in gilt on brown title-pieces. All edges gilt. No ownership inscription. Vol. I, pp.xxix,[3],183. Six portraits. Vol. II,pp.[vi],243. 15 portraits. Generally clean internally but with mild to heavy foxing on the portraits.
Published : Henry Colburn, London 1838,
£85.00

Mumby Frank Arthur - The Fall of Mary Stuart: A Narrative in Contemporary Letters

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. No ownership inscription. Some edge foxing but quite clean internally. Pp.xiv,[1],368. Frontispiece and 8 illustrations.
Published : Constable & Co., London 1921, First Edition
£12.00

Murison W. - Sir David Lyndsay Poet and Satirist of the Old Church in Scotland

A very good ex-library copy with the usual markings. Pp.xiii,227. A study of Lyndsay's poems and his charges against the pre-reformation clergy.
Published : Cambridge University Press 1938, First Edition
£8.00

Murray C. De B. - Duncan Forbes of Culloden

Hardback. A very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt. No ownership inscription. Pp.x,221. Frontispiece and one other illustration. Forbes was Lord President of the Court of Session and a Hanoverian who pleaded for leniency towards the Jacobites after the 1745 Rising. In the author's view "of all the men of his time in Scotland none did more to help his country".
Published : International Publishing Company, London 1936, First Edition
£20.00

Nansen Odd (translator Katherine John) - Day After Day

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's brown cloth with title in gilt on spine. No inscriptions. 17 black and white illustrations. 600 pages. In a good dustwrapper, not price-clipped but missing two pieces (at foot of spine and on rear panel) which is now protected in a removable cover. Odd Nansen is the son of Friidtjof Nansen, the Norwegian statesman and Arctic explorer. During the German occupation of his country, he was arrested as a hostage. He was first interned in Norway and later taken to the notorious concentration camp at Sachsenhausen.
Published : Putnam & Co. Ltd., London 1949,
£50.00

Napier James - Life of Robert Napier

A good copy in the original cloth which is lettered and decorated in gilt. Some edge foxing but internally clean. Pp.xiv,267. Illustrations. "The object of this volume is to relate in some detail the life of one who, by his energy and perseverance, caused the Clyde to become the most famous ship-building centre in the world---."
Published : William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh and London 1904, First Edition
£25.00

Nau Claude (Edited By the Rev. Joseph Stevenson) - The History of Mary Stewart from the Murder of Riccio Until Her Flight Into England. Now First Printed from the Original Manuscripts with Illustrative Papers from the Secret Archives of the Vatican and Other Collections in Rome

Hardback. A good copy in blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Some wear to spine ends and edges. Front hinges cracked. Pp.ccxiv,350. Two facsimiles (of part of a letter in the author's handwriting and of part of a page of his narrative.) Nau was secretary to Mary, Queen of Scots. Includes a lerngthy historical preface by the editor.
Published : William Paterson, Edinburgh 1883, First Edition
£34.00

Needham, Nicholas R. - Thomas Erskine of Linlathen: His Life and Theology 1788-1837

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.iii,543. Erskine was one of the most significant figures in early 19th century Scottish theological thought. This book traces his journey from being a moderate Calvinist to his final position as a Liberal Universalist, a decline of Calvinist orthodoxy which was soon to affect Scottish religion in general in the latter part of the 19th century.
Published : Rutherford House Books, Edinburgh 1990, First Edition
£25.00

Neill A. S. - A Dominie Dismissed

Hardback. A good copy in red cloth lettered and decorated in black. Some wear to spine ends. Inscribed presentation copy from the author with the date "Xmas 1916". Some browning/foxing perhaps because of cheap war-time paper. 226 pages + 6pp publisher's adverts.
Published : Herbert Jenkins, London 1917, First Edition
£20.00

Nelson Sir George H. (foreword) - A Collection of Letters to Sir Charles William Siemens 1823-1883

A very good copy. 251pp. Contains over 250 letters written to the celebrated engineer together with a short biography of him by W.H. Kennett.
Published : The English Electric Company Ltd., London 1953, First Edition
£8.00

Nepos Cornelius - Cornelii Nepotis Excellentium Imperatorum Vitae

Small 8vo. A good copy in a full leather binding which is a little worn on the spine. Not foxed and no ownership inscription. 114 pages + index. Text in Latin. Lives of the great commanders.
Published : J & F Rivington, T. Longman & E. Johnston, London 1774,
£25.00

Nesbitt Elizabeth - Howard Pyle

A very good copy. 72pp. Frontispiece. Includes a short bibliography of books written and/or illustrated by Pyle. A Bodley Head monograph.
Published : The Bodley Head, London 1966, First Edition
£7.00

Nevinson Henry W. - Last Changes Last Chances

Hardback. A good plus copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt. A little wrinkling to the spine. Internally very good. Pp.xv,[3],361. Frontispiece and 14 illustrations. Map. Deals with the author's journalistic experiences between 1914 and 1926. Includes First World War experiences in Belgium, France, the Dardanelles, Salonika and Egypt, and experiences in Ireland during the prolonged struggle that led to the Treaty of 1921, in the USA, Palestine etc.
Published : Nisbet & Co, London 1928, First Edition
£20.00

Niall Ian - Portrait of a Country Artist: CharlesTunnicliffe R. A. 1901-1979

4to. A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper which shows a little wear at spine ends. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. 160 pages. Numerous illustrations including many in colour.
Published : Victor Gollancz, London 1980, First Edition
£9.00

Niall Ian - The Forester the Story of James Lymburn Shaw Forester of Killearn, Tintern and Gwydyr

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Gift inscription on front end-paper. 146pp.
Published : Heinemann, London 1972, First Edition
£9.00

Nicolas Sir Harris - Memoirs of the Life and Times of Sir Christopher Hatton K. G., Vice-Chamberlain and Lord Chancellor to Queen Elizabeth. Including His Correspondence with the Queen and Other Distinguished Persons

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and with gilt coat of arms on upper board. Bookplate. Foxing to end-papers and frontispiece. Pp.xxvi,510. Errata slip. Hatton was a 16th century Lord Chancellor of England and a politician and favourite of Queen Elizabeth I.
Published : Richard Bentley, London 1847, First Edition
£30.00

Niechcial, Judith - A Particle of Clay: The Biography of Alec Skempton, Civil Engineer

A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.xiv,[i], 208. Colour frontispiece and black and white illustrations. The biography of a 20th century civil engineer who "was truly an influential figure in the discipline of soil mechanics."
Published : Whittles Publishing, Latheronwheel, Caithness 2002, First Edition
£25.00

Ogilvie, Will H. - My Lie in the Open

Hardback. A near very good copy in the original cloth which is lettered in gilt on the spine. A little wear to board tips and spine ends. Top edge gilt. Neat ownership inscription on front fixed end-paper. Pp.xii,303. Tissue-guarded frontispiece. Covers the author's life in various countries but the main sections are on the Australian bush and the Scottish Borders.
Published : T. Fisher Unwin, London 1908, First Edition
£60.00