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Biography / Autobiography

Reid, W. Stanford - Skipper from Leith : The History of Robert Barton of Over Barnton

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which has a few edge tears. There are a few neat ink side-lined comments generally pointing to/correcting errors in the book. 334 pages. Map end-papers. Folding map at rear. Barton was a leading Scottish 16th century merchant, financier,seaman, part-time privateer and later Comptroller of the Scottish Royal Household and Royal Treasurer. This is a significant history of a member of the 16th century Scottish middle class.
Published : University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia 1962,

Reiss Edmund - William Dunbar

A fine copy without dustwrapper (as issued?). 183pp. A study of the greatest of the Scottish makars.
Published : Twayne Publishers, Boston 1979, First Edition

Reith John - The Life and Writings Of Rev. Alexander Murray Minister of Urr, Professor of Oriental Languages in the University of Edinburgh, and Founder of the Science of Language in Europe

A good copy in the original cloth. Rear board marked. Spine and front board bright. Remains of original glassine wrapper present. Browning to end-papers but generally a clean copy internally with no ownership inscription or other marking. Pp.xiv,227 + one page corrigenda. Frontispiece. Includes chapters on languages and philology. Murray was a minister, philologist, linguist and Professor of Hebrew and Semitic languages at Edinburgh University.
Published : J. Maxwell & Son, Dumfries 1903, First Edition

Reynolds Frederick - The Life and Times of Frederick Reynolds Written By Himself Vols. I and II

A near very good two volume set in a full leather binding. Spines lettered and decorated in gilt with five raised bands. Join of spine and upper board to Vol. I starting to come loose. Hinges sound. No ownership inscription. Frontispiece to Vol. I foxed and with some foxing to title pages.and end-papers otherwise generally quite clean. Vol. I, Pp.xxiv,373 + errata page and two page publisher's catalogue. Vol. II,,422 (including errata on final page) + 2pp publisher's catalogue. Reynolds was a British dramatist who wrote nearly 100 tragedies and comedies. He was also a noted amateur cricketer. In his Advertisement to the book he states that the work is not solely confined to the drama but comprises "numerous anecdotes relative to fashionable, legal and political character."
Published : Henry Colburn, London 1826, First Edition

Reynolds, Osborne - Memoir of James Prescott Joule

Hardback. A very good copy in a full leather binding. The spine has five raised bands, is lettered in gilt on a maroon title piece and is attractively decorated in gilt. Glasgow University gilt logo on front board and prize label from the University on front fixed end-paper. Marbled edges and end-papers. Some spotting to end-papers but otherwise a clean copy internally. Pp.viii,196. Tissue guarded frontispiece. Joule was a physicist who studied the nature of heat and discoverd the law of conservation of energy which led to the first law of thermodynamics.
Published : Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society 1892, First Edition

Ridpath George (Edited with Notes and Introduction By Sir James Balfour Paul) - Diary of George Ridpath Minister of Stitchel 1755-1761

Hardback. A good copy in green cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. A little wear at spine ends and board tips. Pp.xxii,410.
Published : Printed at the University Press By T & A Constable for the Scottish History Society, Edinburgh 1922, First Edition

Robinson Tim - William Roxburgh the Founding Father of Indian Botany

4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is price-clipped but otherwise complete and untorn. Card of previous owner (a University Professor) pasted to front end-paper. Pp.xviii,286. Frontispiece and 129 figures, mostly in colour. 26 tables + 7 further tables in Appendices. The first full biography of the founding father of Indian botany.
Published : Phillimore in Association with Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 2008, First Edition

Roddis Louis H. - James Lind Founder of Nautical Medicine

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.xi,177. 8 illustrations. A biography of "the father of naval hygiene" who discovered the cure for scurvy.
Published : William Heinemann Medical Books, London 1951, First Edition

Roscoe E.S. - Aspects of Doctor Johnson

A very good copy with dark blue cloth spine and paper-covered boards. Gift inscription on front fixed end-paper. 148 pages. Spare title-piece. Covers aspects of Johnson's character, makes comparisons with other authors (e.g. Johnson and Wordsworth in the Highlands) and considers Johnson's attitude to the countryside.
Published : Cambridge University Press 1928, First Edition

Ruffini, Pietro - A Mio Figlio Walter

Hardback. A very good copy. Just a little rubbing to the spine. No. 113 of a limited edition of 200 copies,on mould-made Montval paper. Inscribed presentation copy from the author as follows: "To our dear Mrs. Gunning Irene (so called Miss Irene} who did so much for Walter. P.N. Ruffini." Pp.107,8,[i]. Title-page vignette and two portraits in heliogravure. Text in Italian. The author's autobiography, dedicated to his son.
Published : Privately Piblished, Verona 1943,

Russell Lady Rachel - Letters of Lady Rachel Russell from the Manuscript in the Library at Woburn Abbey. To Which is Prefixed an Introduction Vindicating the Character of Lord Russell Against Sir John Dalrymple Etc.

Hardback. 4to. A near very good copy in a full leather binding with five raised bands on spine. Some wear at head of spine and board tips. Some marking to end-papers but otherwise a clean copy with no inscriptions and little foxing. Pp.lxxii,216.
Published : Edward and Charles Dilly, London 1773,

Sackville-West V - Pepita

A very good copy in a rather poor dustwrapper which has a number of largeish chips affecting much of the spine lettering. One or two spots of foxing. 282pp + 4pp adverts. 16 illustrations. A biography of the author's grandmother and mother.
Published : Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, London 1937, First Edition

Salkeld Audrey - A Portrait of Leni Riefenstahl

A very good copy. Paperback. 312pp. Illustrated. A biography of the German film-maker.
Published : Pimlico, London 1997,

Samson Julia - Nefertiti and Cleopatra Queen- Monarchs of Ancient Egypt

Small 4to. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.xvi,150. Frontispiece and 12 plates. 37 figures. Map. An account of the lives of the two great Queens of Ancient Egypt.
Published : The Rubicon Press, London 1987,

Sanderson, Margaret H.B. - Robert Adam and Scotland : Portrait of an Architect

A very good copy. Softcover. 134 pages. Many illustrations including colour. An all-round picture of Adam's career which focusses on his relationship with his native Scotland.
Published : HMSO, Edinburgh 1993,

Scott Walter S. - White of Selborne and His Times

4to. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper. 166pp. Frontispiece and 12 illustrations. Gives a rounded picture of White rather than concentrating on his abilities as a naturalist.
Published : John Westhouse, London 1946, First Edition

Scott, Alex R - Ours the Harvest: A Life of Charles Murray

A near fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper. A clean copy without ownership inscription, foxing, or other marking. Pp.xii,227. Illustrations. Map. A life of the Alford-born Scots poet.
Published : Charles Murray Memorial Fund, Aberdeen 2004,

Scott, Sir S.H. - Sir James William Scott, A Short Memoir

A very good copy in publisher's light tan cloth with title in gilt on front board and on spine. Top edge gilt. Previous owner's ex libris plate on front free endpaper. Frontispiece of Sir James Williuam Scott. 54 pages. At pages 15 and 16 the spelling of a surname has been corrected in ink on each of the six occasions on which it appears. But overall a nice copy.
Published : Horace Hart, Privately Printed at University Press, Oxford, Oxford 1914, First Edition

Seaver George - "Birdie" Bowers of the Antarctic

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which shows a little edge wear and closed edge tears. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. No ownership inscription. Pp.xxiii,270. Illustrations. Maps. This is the first biography of one of Scott's companions on the epic journey to the South Pole.
Published : John Murray, London 1938,

Seaver, George - "Birdie" Bowers of the Antarctic

Hardback. A very good copy. In a good dustwrapper which has a chip at the foot of the front panel and some fairly minor edge wear and tear. The wrapper, which is not price-clipped, is now protected in a clear, removeable sleeve. Inscription on front free end-paper. Pp.xxiii,270 + 2pp publisher's adverts. Frontispiece and 12 illustrations. 2 maps (one folding). Introduction by Apsley Cherry-Garrard. This is the first biography of Bowers who died with Scott, Wilson and Oates after their successful expedition to the South Pole.
Published : John Murray, London 1938, First Edition

Sellar, E.M. - Recollections and Impressions

Hardback. Externally a very good copy in the original blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and upper board. Some internal and edge foxing. No ownership inscription. Pp.xii,[1],335 + 32pp publisher's catalogue. Frontispiece and eight illustrations. These are the recollections of a grandmother originally written for her grand-children. She was married to William Young Sellar, a professor at Edinburgh University for much of the second half of the 19th century, and she speaks of her contact with many well-known people of the time.
Published : William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh and London 1907,

Senac De Meilhan, Gabriel - Memoires D'Anne De Gonzagues, Princesse Palatine

Hardback. A very good copy in a dark green half-leather binding with marbled boards. Lettered in gilt on spine on a red title-piece and with attractive gilt decoration to spine. Moderate wear to board tips and edges. Marbled end-papers and edges. Ownership inscription at head of title page. Some foxing to early and late pages but generally clean. Anne de Gonzagues (1616-1684) was an Italian French noblewoman and salonist who became Princess Palatine as wife of Edward, Count Palatine of Simmern. She is said to have held one of the most brilliant salons during the early years of the reign of Louis XIV and she became something of a heroine during the French civil war of 1648-53. These memoirs are not thought to have been written by her but by Gabriel Senac de Meilhan. Photograph available on request.
Published : A Londres et Se Trouve a Paris, Chez Les Marchands De Nouveautes 1786, First Edition

Seymour Beatrice Kean - Jane Austen: Study for a Portrait

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's brown cloth with title in black on spine. No inscriptions and not foxed. 255 pages + 1 page bibliography at rear. Near very good dustwrapper which has 2 tiny closed tears which are hardly noticeable and remains of a (price?) sticker at foot of spine. The wrapper is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover.
Published : Michael Joseph Ltd,., London 1937, First Edition

Shaw R. Cunliffe - The Records of a Lancashire Family from the XIIth to the XXth Century

A very good copy in a near very good, complete, dustwrapper. Light fore-edge foxing. Pp.xv,304. Frontispiece and 30 illustrations. Two folding family pedigrees at end. Errata slip.This is a history of the Shaw family of Lancashire. A nice copy and uncommon in dustwrapper.
Published : The Guardian Press, Preston 1940, First Edition

Shears F.S. - Froissart Chronicler and Poet

A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. No ownership inscription and little foxing. Pp.xiii,244. 12 illustrations.
Published : George Routledge & Sons, London 1930, First Edition

Shennan Francis - Flesh and bones: The life, passions and legacies of John Napier

Softback. A near fine copy in a near fine slip-case. Pp.xix,156. 8 plates. The life, work and legacy of John Napier, Baron of Merchiston, who invented logarithms.
Published : Napier Polytechnic of Edinburgh 1989, First Edition

Sherry, Norman - The Life of Graham Greene Vols. I and II

Hardback. Very good copies in publisher's black cloth with title in gilt on spine. No inscriptions. Vol. I (1904-1939) Many black and white photographs. 781 pages. The very good dustwrapper is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover. Vol. II (1939-1955) was published in 1994. Again many black and white photographs. 562 pages. The very good dustwrapper is price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover.
Published : Jonathan Cape, London 1989, First Edition

Sichel Walter - Sterne a Study to Which is Added the Journal to Eliza

A good, sound, copy in original red cloth with black lettering. Previous owner's name on front end-paper. Some foxing. 360pp. Frontis and 10 illus.
Published : Williams & Norgate, London 1910, First Edition

Sime John (Editor) - James, First Marquess of Montrose 1612-1650

Hardback. A very good copy in a fine leather binding profusely and attractively decorated in gilt and incorporating the Royal Coat of Arms. Some fading to spine and a little wear to spine ends. Still in the original box which is now in rather poor condition. Top edge gilt. Red end-papers. This is no. 47 of 320 copies. Pp.lx,[4], 157. Frontispiece. The preliminaries include a "Note on the Binding" by Cyril Davenport and a biographical sketch by the editor of Montrose and Bishop Wishart. This book is an abridged translation of Bishop Wishart's "History of the Kings Majesties Affairs in Scotland" under Montrose.
Published : F. E. Robinson & Co, London 1903,

Smiles Samuel - Industrial Biography : Iron Workers And Tool Makers

A very good copy in a half-leather binding with marbled boards. Five raised bands to spine which is attractively decorated in gilt.Some rubbing to board tips. Marbled edges and end-papers. No ownership inscription. A little end-paper foxing but generally clean internally. Pp.xiv,342. Memoirs of iron workers and tool makers, a follow-on from the author's "Lives of the Engineers."
Published : John Murray, London 1863,

Smiles Samuel - The Life of a Scotch Naturalist Thomas Edward Associate of the Linnean Society

A good copy in red cloth lettered and decorated in gilt on spine. Gift inscription. Pp.xxxv,392. Illustrated.
Published : John Murray, London 1905,

Smillie, Robert - My Life for Labour

Softback. A good copy in blue card covers lettered in black and with a portrait of the author on the front cover. Corners a little creased. No ownership inscription. 310pp + 10pp publisher's adverts. Frontispiece and four illustrations. Smillie was an early trade unionist and became President of the Scottish Miners' Federation in 1894. He was a founder member of the Scottish Labour Party in 1888 and eventually became a Labour Member of Parliament in 1923.
Published : Mills & Boon, London 1924, First Edition

Smith, Alexander - Forty Years in Buchan and Banff: 1951-1991

Softback. A very good copy. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 309pp + two page glossary. Illustrated. A continuation of the author's autobiography written in the local dialect.
Published : Caledonian Books, Ellon 1991, First Edition

Smith, W. Gordon - Philipson: A Biography of Sir Robin Philipson

4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is complete and untorn. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 119 pages. Numerous colour illustrations. Black and white frontispiece. A biographical assessment of the 20th century Scottish artist and his work.
Published : Atelier Books, Edinburgh 1995, First Edition

Smythe A. Egerton - The Balance of Life:a Biographical Sketch of the Life and Work of the Poet and Literary Critic Henry Thomas Mackenzie Bell

Hardback. Nd [1954]. A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper which shows just a little edge wear and tear. Inscribed presentation copy from the author. 116 pages. 4 illustrations including tipped-in frontispiece portrait of Bell. Loosely inserted are two typed letters from the author to two nieces of Bell, one of which discusses an illustration of Bell's family group in the book.
Published : Curlew Press, London, First Edition

Snagg (or Snagge) Thomas - Recollections of Occurrences : The Memoirs of Thomas Snagg (or Snagge)

Illustrated by Kenneth Hunter.
A very good copy in green buckram in a very good dustwrapper which is a little darkened on the spine. This is no. 99 of 300 copies "set in 10 point Monotype Plantin and printed on cream wove paper hand made by Millbourn of Totnes in Devonshire." Previous owner's small ex libris label on front fixed end-paper. Pp.xxii,110. Wood engravings by Kenneth Hunter. Snagge, who was born in 1746, was an actor who played with Garrick at Drury Lane and later in Dublin. This narrative of his experiences throws light on the theatre of his time.
Published : The Dropmore Press, London 1951, First Edition

Soloveytchik George - Potemkin a Picture of Catherine's Russia

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which shows a little wear and tear at the edges. 349 pages. Frontispiece and 12 illustrations. Folding map. A study of Prince Potemkin, the outstanding Russian statesman of the time of Catherine the Great.
Published : Thornton Butterworth, London 1939,

Somerville, Mary (Edited By Dorothy MacMillan) - Queen of Science : Personal Recollections of Mary Somerville

Softback. A very good copy. Pp.xlv,434. "The memoirs of a remarkable woman who became one of the most gifted mathematicians and scientists of the nineteenth century. Oxford's Somerville College was named after her". First published in 1873 this reprint is a volume in the Canongate Classics series.
Published : Canongate, Edinburgh 2001,

Southey Robert - The Life of Nelson

Hardback. A very good copy in bright green bevelled cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. All edges gilt. Ownership inscription on front end-paper but otherwise a lovely clean copy internally with little foxing. Pp.xiv,[1],351,[1] + 16pp publisher's catalogue. 12 plates by Westall printed in Woodburytype. Folding plan of the Battle of the Nile. Illustration showing Nelson's signature at various dates. A handsome book.
Published : Bickers & Son, London 1883,

Spens, Susan - George Stepney : Diplomat and Poet, 1663-1707

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Inscribed presentation copy from the author.,[2],403. 16 illustrations. Map end-papers. Stepney was one of the most remarkable men of the late 17th century, a British professional diplomat who understood the affairs of Germany better than any other Englishman and "who was considered one of the eight poets worthy of emulation".
Published : James Clarke Company, Limited, Cambridge, United Kingdom 1997, First Edition

Spielmann M.H. & Jerrold Walter - Hugh Thomson His Art His Letters His Humour and His Charm

A good copy in red cloth with some fading to spine although the gilt lettering is clearly readable. Gift and ownership inscriptions on half-title. Pp.xx,269. 12 full-page colour plates. 16 black and white plates. Numerous illustrations in the text. The standard biography of the well-known Irish book illustrator.
Published : A & C Black, London 1931, First Edition

Stallworthy Jon - Wilfred Owen

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Gift inscription. Pp.xiv,333. Illustrated. A biography of the First World War poet.
Published : Oxford University Press and Chatto and Windus, London 1974, First Edition

Steen Merguerite - A Pride of Terrys Family Saga

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Inscribed presentation copy from the author to Compton Mackenzie "who has given me so much delight that I hope he will get some pleasure from this." Loosely enclosed is a hand-written letter from the author to Compton Mackenzie. Pp.xvi,412. Illustrated. The story of the Terry family and its involvement with English theatre.
Published : Longmans, London 1962, First Edition

Steven William - Memoir of George Heriot; with the History of the Hospital Founded By Him in Edinburgh; and an Account of the Heriot Foundation Schools

Hardback. 12mo. A very good copy in a full leather binding decorated in gilt on spine and lettered in gilt on a red title-piece. Five raised bands on spine. School motto and coat of arms of George Heriot embossed on upper and lower boards. Marbled edges and end-papers. Not foxed and no ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xxii,256. Frontispiece, title page vignette, one other illustration and folding plan. A nice, clean copy.
Published : Bell & Bradfute, Edinburgh 1845, First Edition