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Biography / Autobiography

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
£15.00

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

Murray Colonel Hon. Arthur C. - The Five Sons of "Bare Betty"

Hardback. A good copy in grey boards which are a little marked on the spine. Inscribed presentation copy from the author who has also added (and signed) a few lines at the foot of page 126. Reviews of the book tipped-in to the front end-paper. Preface by John Buchan. 211 pages. Frontispiece and 10 illustrations. The story of five illustrious Murray brothers in the 18th century.
Published : John Murray, London 1938, Reprint
£18.00

Murray, Colonel Hon. Arthur C. - The Five Sons of "Bare Betty"

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. In a just about good dustwrapper which has small edge chips and tears and with some fading and marking to the spine. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. 211 pages. Frontispiece and ten illustrations. A biography of the five sons of the fourth Lord Elibank and his wife, known as "Bare Betty," being an 18th century family history of their branch of the Murray family. Preface by Lord Tweedsmuir (John Buchan).
Published : John Murray, London 1936, First Edition
£18.00

Murry John Middleton - Keats and Shakespeare: a Study of Keats' Poetic Life from 1816 to 1820

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in red on a white title-piece. Browned end-papers. Very small ownership label .Pp.xi,248. Frontispiece.
Published : Oxford University Press: Humphrey Milford 1925, First Edition
£15.00

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, First English Edition
£70.00

Napier James - Life of Robert Napier

Hardback. 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
£30.00

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 secretrary to Mary, Queen of Scots. Includes a lerngthy historical preface by the editor.
Published : William Paterson, Edinburgh 1883, First Edition
£44.00

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
£30.00

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
£25.00

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, Editio Nova Accuratissima
£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

Hardback. 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
£10.00

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
£40.00

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

Hardback. 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
£32.00

Nisbet, Mary, Countess of Elgin (Arranged By Lieut.-Colonel Nisbet Hamilton Grant ) - The Letters of Mary Nisbet of Dirleton Countess of Elgin

Hardback. A good copy in blue cloth. Spine lettering faded and a little wear at top and edge of the spine. A clean copy internally with no ownership inscription or other marking. Pp.xv,358 + 10pp publisher's adverts. 8 illustrations. The author of the letters was married to the Earl of Elgin who was responsible for the removal of the Elgin Marbles from Greece. The letters were written by the author mainly to her mother while she was on a mission with her husband to Turkey, Greece and elsewhere. Quite a scarce title.
Published : John Murray, London 1926, First Edition
£50.00

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

Osborne Charles - W.H. Auden the Life of a Poet

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 336pp. Illustrated. A study of one of England's greatest 20th century poets.
Published : Eyre Methuen, London 1980, First Edition
£6.00

Oswell, W. Edward - William Cotton Oswell Hunter and Explorer the Story of His Life with Certain Correspondence and Extracts from the Private Journal of David Livingstone, Hitherto Unpublished

Hardbacks. A very good two volume set which has been rebound in a bright, half-leather red binding lettered in gilt on the spines. (The original spines have been bound in at the back of each volume). No ownership inscription and only a little end-paper foxing to Vol. II. Pp.xxiv,267; xi,[i],289.Numerous illustrations. Maps. Errata slip tipped-in to each volume. Oswell's primary claim to fame is as an African explorer. He explored the Kalahari Desert, located lake Ngami and accompanied David Livingstone on expeditions to the Zambesi river. He also spent a number of years in India, travelled in North and South America and performed medical duties during the Crimean War. Photographs available on request.
Published : William Heinemann, London 1900, First Edition
£250.00

Owen, D.D.R. - William the Lion, 1143-1214: Kingship and Culture

Hardback. A fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper. Pp.xiv,218. 11 illustrations. 2 maps. Genealogical tree. "This is the first biography of independent Scotland's longest-reigning monarch."
Published : Tuckwell Press Ltd, East Linton 1997, First Edition
£15.00

Owens L.T. - J.H. Mason 1875-1951 Scholar- Printer

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Pp.xvi,192. Frontispiece and 12 illustrations. Traces the life and work of Mason who was one of the great scholar-printers of the 20th century.
Published : Frederick Muller, London 1976, First Edition
£7.00

Page Jesse - John Bright: The Man of the People

Hardback. N.d. c. 1888. A very good copy in publisher's light brown cloth lettered in gilt and black on front board and on spine. Front board also has a gilt illustration of John Bright. Corner bumped at foot of front board. No inscriptions. A religious Christmas card has been pasted to the front end-paper. Many black and white illustrations.. 160 pages with a 16 page catalogue at rear. The book is now protected in a removable cover.
Published : S.W. Partridge & Co., London,
£28.00

Paget Stephen (editor) - Memoirs and Letters of Sir James Paget

A good copy in black cloth lettered in gilt on spine. 461pp + 32pp adverts. 10 illustrations.
Published : Longmans Green & Co, London 1902, New Edition
£18.00

Parry His Honour Sir Edward - The Persecution of Mary Stewart the Queen's Cause: a Study in Criminology

Hardback. A very good copy in black cloth lettered in gilt on spine. Ownership inscription of George Scott Moncrieff. Pp.xvii,364. 8 plates. The story (and a vindication) of Mary Queen of Scots.
Published : Cassell, London 1931, First Edition
£10.00

Parry, E. Gambier - Reynell Taylor C.B. C.S.E A Biography

Hardback. A very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt. No ownership inscription. Generally clean internally but with some end-paper foxing. Pp.viii,[iv],365 + 32pp publisher's catalogue. Frontispiece portrait. Map. Taylor was a British military officer who served in India from 1840 to 1877, including the first and second Anglo-Sikh wars, the Indian Mutiny, the Ambela Campaign etc.
Published : Kegan Paul Trench & Co, London 1888, First Edition
£85.00

Pasternak Boris - Safe Conduct an Early Autobiography and Other Works

A very good copy in a good, complete, dustwrapper which is a bit darkened on spine. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. 304pp. Frontispiece and one other illustration.
Published : Elek Books, London 1959, First Edition Thus
£6.00

Paterson James - James the Fifth: The "Gudeman of Ballangeich:" His Poetry and Adventures

Hardback. A fair copy in mauve boards. Spine darkened with wear to ends and edges. New front end-paper. Lacks rear end-paper. Upper rear hinge cracked. Ink writing on rear fixed end-paper. Pp.viii,305. This is a biography of King James Fifth of Scotland who wrote poetry and went among the people as "the gudeman of Ballangeich". An uncommon title.
Published : William P. Nimmo, Edinburgh 1861, First Edition
£18.00

Patient, Joe - Pilot: A Tale of High Adventure

Hardback. A very good copy in a fine dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. Rear board a little marked. A nice clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.viii,248. 20 illustrations. The autobiography of an aviator (including his exploits during the Second World War) who piloted over 80 different types of aircraft.
Published : Leo Cooper, London 1997, First Edition
£10.00

Payne George A. - Mrs. Gaskell: A Brief Biography

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's grey marbled paper with blue cloth spine. Paper title label on front board. No inscriptions. 4 illustrations including frontispiece. 94 pages. A nice clean tight copy which is now protected in a clear removable sleeve..
Published : Sherratt & Hughes, Manchester 1929, First Edition
£15.00

Peddie Alexander - Recollections of Dr. John Brown Author of "Rab and His Friends" Etc. With a Selection from His Correspondence

Hardback. A very good copy. No ownership inscription. A little end-paper foxing. Pp.xii,197. Frontispiece and 12 illustrations. A biography.
Published : Oliphant Anderson and Ferrier, Edinburgh 1894, Second Thousand
£8.00

Peel Sir John - The Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 1929-1969

A very good copy in red cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. 390pp. Contains details of the more important activities of 318 Fellows.
Published : William Heinemann, London 1976, First Edition
£22.00

Pemberton Charles Reece - The Autobiography of Pel. Verjuice with an Introduction on His Life and Work

Hardback. A good copy in orange cloth which is marked towards the foot of the spine. There are two numbers on the spine, a school library label on the front fixed end-paper and a note of the person who presented the book to the library on the front free end-paper. Some end-paper and edge foxing. Pp.xxiv,313. The Introduction on Pemberton's life and work is by Eric Partridge. Pemberton was born in 1790 and ran away to Liverpool at the age of 17. He was seized by a press-gang and served on ships of war from 1806 to 1812. Much of the autobiography is concerned with this period. In later life he was an actor and lecturer. This edition is limited to 1000 copies.
Published : The Scholartis Press, London 1929, First Edition Thus
£42.00

Pepys Samuel - Memoirs of Samuel Pepys, Esq. F.R.S. Secretary to the Admiralty in the Reigns of Charles 11 and James 11

A very good five volume set which has been rebound in a quite attractive green quarter leather binding with marbled boards. The binding is let down by paper spine labels which could be replaced. Volume 1 has two bookplates including that of a college but there are no markings in the books. New end-papers. Some foxing especially to frontispiece of each volume but overall a reasonably clean set. Seven portrait plates and four folding plates all as called for. These Memoirs comprise Pepys' diary from 1659 to 1669 and a selection from his private correspondence edited by Richard Lord Braybrooke.
Published : Henry Colburn, London 1828, Second Edition
£165.00

Philby, H. St. John - Forty Years in the Wilderness

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. In a good dustwrapper which has a number of smallish chips and tears. The wrapper, which is not price-clipped, is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. Ownership inscription on front free end-paper. Not foxed. Pp.xvi,272. 37 illustrations including colour frontispiece. Double-page map. A volume of autobiography by the great Arabian explorer and friend of King Ibn Sa'ud. Photographs available on request.
Published : Robert Hale, London 1957, First Edition
£75.00

Philip James Randall - Gordon Philip Portrait of a Boy

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt. Many black and white photographic illustrations. 83 pages. A tribute by a father to his son who died after an accident playing rugby for his school, Edinburgh Academy.
Published : Privately Printed, Edinburgh 1943, First Edition
£10.00

Phillips David - Jimmy Shand

A very good copy in a price-clipped but otherwise very good dustwrapper. Ownership inscription. 166 pages. Illustrated. A biography of the Scottish accordionist and country dance band leader.
Published : D. Winter & Son Ltd., Dundee 1976, First Edition
£15.00

Pocock Roger - Chorus to Adventurers Being the Later Life of Roger Pocock ("A Frontiersman")

Hardback. A good copy in red cloth lettered in black. Some tearing to the cloth at the head of the spine. Some foxing. Pp.xiv,304. 47 illustrations. Foreword by Stephen Gwynn. Tells the story of thirty years in the life of an adventurer or "frontiersman" from about the end of the Boer War. Some First World War interest.
Published : John Lane The Bodley Head, London 1931, First Edition
£25.00

Pollard Sidney and Salt John (editors) - Robert Owen Prophet of the Poor Essays in Honour of the Two Hundredth Anniversary of His Birth

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 318pp. Introduction by Sidney Pollard.
Published : Macmillan, London 1971, First Edition
£12.00

Pollard William - The Stanleys of Knowsley a History of That Noble Family Including a Sketch of the Political and Public Lives of the Right Hon. The Earl of Derby K.G. And the Right Hon. Lord Stanley M.P.

Hardback. A good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. The cloth of the upper board is a little wrinkled and the spine shows wear at the foot. Pp.viii,239. Photographic frontispiece.
Published : Edward Howell, Liverpool 1868, First Edition
£42.00

Porter, Hugh - Champion on Two Wheels

Hardback. A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper which is complete and untorn. There is a damp stain at the foot of the spine of the wrapper but it is barely visible externally. A clean copy internally with no ownership inscription or other marking. 187 pages. Illustrated. The autobiography of a world champion cycle racer.
Published : Robert Hale, London 1975, First Edition
£15.00