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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
£16.00

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
£18.00

Lady St. Helier (Mary Jeune) - Memories of Fifty Years

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt. Small gift inscription on front fixed end-paper. Pp.viii,358 + 16pp publisher's adverts. Illustrated. Lady St. Helier ws born into the Seaforth family and brought up in the North of Scotland. She later became a well-known London hostess who was a friend of many of the celebrities of her day.
Published : Edward Arnold, London 1909, First Edition
£20.00

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
£15.00

Laing, Samuel; Fereday, R.P. - The Autobiography of Samuel Laing of Papdale, 1780-1868

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.xviii,308. Illustrations. Maps. Laing was a Provost of Kirkwall, and later a traveller and writer who made the first English translation of Heimskringla, the saga of the Norwegian kings.
Published : Bellavista Publications, Kirkwall 2000, First Edition
£12.00

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
£35.00

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
£7.00

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
£16.00

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
£45.00

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
£10.00

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,
£9.00

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
£20.00

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,
£20.00

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
£25.00

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
£25.00

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
£8.00

Lindsay Donald - Forgotten General: A Life of Andrew Thorne

Hardback. A very good copy in a near fine dustwrapper. Gift inscription on front free end-paper from Thorne's grandson. Pp.viii,223. Illustrated. The biography of a soldier who fought in both World War and who took charge of the liberation of Norway in 1945.
Published : Michael Russell Publishing Ltd, Salisbury 1987, First Edition
£20.00

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
£10.00

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
£280.00

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
£50.00

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
£16.00

Lord Hope of Craighead - Lord Hope's Diaries : Senior Counsel 1978-1986

Hardback. A near fine copy in laminated boards. No ownership inscription or other marking. Pp.vii,348. This is one of a series of books covering the legal career of Lord Hope, one of Scotland's most eminent lawyers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
Published : Avizandum Publishing, Edinburgh 2017, First Edition
£20.00

Lowe George - Because it is There

Hardback. 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
£18.00

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
£8.00

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
£35.00

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
£125.00

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
£95.00

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 fa,mily in Portree, Skye before and during the First World War.
Published : Acair Ltd., Stornoway 1980, First Edition
£8.00

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
£22.00

MacGregor Lewis R. - British Imperialism; Memories and Reflections

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 968pp. Illustrated. This is the autobiography of a Scotsman who served for many years and in different parts of the world with the Australian civil or diplomatic service. Foreword by Sir Robert Menzies.
Published : Dymer Communications, Millbrook, N.Y. USA 1968, First Edition
£20.00

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
£20.00

Macintyre Lorn - Sir David Russell: A Biography

Hardback. 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
£9.00

Mackenzie Compton - Mr Roosevelt

Hardback. A very good copy in black cloth lettered in gilt. This is an inscribed presentation copy dated 2nd December 1943 to Mrs. Compton Mackenzie but unfortunately the writing is difficult to read and the signature is illegible although it does not appear to be that of the author. 256 pages + 4 double-page "synchronistic charts" at the end. 24 colour plates. 82 black and white illustrations. A biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Published : George G. Harrap, London 1943, First Edition
£15.00

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, Second Edition with Additions
£20.00

Mackenzie W. Douglas - John Mackenzie South African Missionary and Statesman

A good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. Damp staining to foot of rear board. Pp.xii,564. Frontispiece.
Published : Hodder & Stoughton, London 1902, First Edition
£14.00

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
£10.00

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
£25.00

Macmillan, Duncan - Elizabeth Blackadder

Hardback. A near fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper which is complete and untorn. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 128 pages. 71 colour illustrations. A study of one of the best known and most respected modern Britsh artists and the first woman to be elected to both the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy.
Published : Scolar Press, Aldershot 1999, First Edition
£17.00

MacNalty Sir Arthur S. - Mary Queen of Scots the Daughter of Debate

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper. 247pp. A straightforward biography.
Published : Johnson Publications Ltd., London 1971, Second Impression
£8.00

MacPherson Angus - A Highlander Looks Back

Hardback. Nd. c.1955? A good plus copy in the original cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Lacks dustwrapper. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. Boards slightly splayed. Pp.[x],[ii],84. 6 illustrations. Forword by Seton Gordon. The autobiography of a Highland "piper, angler, seannachaidh and sheep farmer."
Published : Oban Ti Mes, Oban, First Edition
£45.00

MacPherson Hector - The Cameronian Philosopher : Alexander Shields

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and upper board. No ownership inscription. Pp.viii,[iv],244. Four illustrations. A biography of one of the greatest of the Covenanting leaders who was at various times a prisoner on the Bass rock, a field-preacher, chaplain to the Cameronian regiment and minister to the Scots colony in Darien.. Quite scarce.
Published : William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh & London 1932, First Edition
£45.00

Macready, General the Right Hon. Sir Nevil - Annals of an Active Life

Hardbacks. A very good two volume set in blue cloth lettered in gilt. No ownership inscription or other marking. Moderate edge foxing. 694 pages (continuously paginated). 32 illustrations. Macready was a senior British Army officer who saw active service in the Second Boer War and who held senior staff appointments in the First World War. The book's principal interest, however, lies in the fact that he was the last British military commander in Ireland prior to independence. He was sent to command British troops in Ireland in April 1920 to carry out a counter-insurgency role against the Irish Republican Army in the Irish War of Independence. He had already expressed his view of Ireland in writing as follows: "I loathe the country--and its people with a depth deeper than the sea and more violent than that which I feel against the Boche." He believed that Ireland could be suppressed in the Summer of 1921 but following instructions from his political masters negotiated a truce in July 1921 and withdrew his troops form Ireland the following year. Photograph available on request.
Published : Hutchinson & Co., London 1924, First Edition
£320.00

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
£35.00

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
£8.00