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Biography / Autobiography

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

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

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

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

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 fa,mily 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maxwell, Right Hon. Sir Herbert - A History of the House of Douglas from the Earliest Times Down to the Legislative Union of England and Scotland - Vols. I and II

Hardbacks. Small 4to. A very good two volume set in full vellum lettered and decorated in gilt. Bevelled edges. Top edge gilt. Limited edition of 150 copies, this copy unnumbered. No ownership inscription. Some spotting to front board and fore-edge of Vol. II but a nice clean set internally. Both volumes largely unopened. Vol. I, pp.xxxi,293. 14 full-page tissue-guarded illustrations. 21 tissue-guarded coloured shields. 38 illustrations in the text. Vol. II,pp.xiii,319. 12 full-page tissue-guarded illustrations. 6 tissue-guarded coloured shields. 63 illustrations in rthe text. The first detailed history of an illustrious Scottish family.
Published : Freemantle & Co, London 1902, First Edition

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.,345. Illustrated. This edition is revised and abridged from the larger work with an additional chapter.
Published : W.P. Nimmo, Hay & Mitchell, Edinburgh 1887,

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

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

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

Hardback. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hardback. 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, Revised Edition

Mellis Captain DBN - Mostly from the Bridge

Hardback. 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, Revised Edition