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Biography / Autobiography

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,

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

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

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,

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

Patient, Joe - Pilot: A Tale of High Adventure

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

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

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,

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

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,

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Porter, Hugh - Champion on Two Wheels

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

Press C. A. M. - Warwickshire Lives: Social and Political

Hardback. 4to. Nd. 1894? A good plus copy in dark blue pebbled cloth lettered in gilt. Boards a little marked. All edges gilt. Bookplate. Patterned end-papers. Pp.iv,186 + 8pp adverts. Brief accounts of 36 notable people of the county with a photograph of each.
Published : Gaskill, Jones & Co, London,

Raleigh Walter - Robert Louis Stevenson

A very good copy in decorated fawn cloth which is darkened on the spine. Top edge gilt. Two bookplates. Four page hand-written letter from the author tipped-in. 79 pages. An essay on Stevenson written shortly after his death and considering whether his fame will last.
Published : Edward Arnold, London 1895, First Edition

Rapp, General Jean - Memoires Du General Rapp, Aide-de-Camp De Napoleon Ecrits Par Lui-meme et Publies Par Sa Famille

A near good copy in a half-leather binding with marbled boards. Some wear to edges. 11/2 inch tear at join of spine and lower board and 3/4 inch tear at join of spine and upper board. Spine with five raised bands and decorated in gilt. The gilt has gone from the spine lettering. Marbled edges and end-papers. Two ex libris plates on front fixed end-paper. Pp.iv,368. Portrait frontispiece. Text in French.
Published : Chez Henri Colburn et Co et M. Bosange et Co., London 1823,

Rappoport Angelo S. - The Curse of the Romanovs: A Study of the Lives and the Reigns of Two Tsars Paul I and Alexander I of Russia: 1754-1825

Hardback. A very good copy in the original cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Top edge gilt. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xxiv,424. Numerous illustrations.
Published : Chatto & Windus, London 1907, First Edition

Reid, Rev. H. M. B. (Editor) - One of King William's Men: Being Leaves from the Diary of Col. William Maxwell of Cardoness: 1685 to 1697

Hardback. A good copy in the original black cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Some fading to spine but lettering clear. Top edge gilt. Gift inscription from Lady Maxwell. 224 pages. 10 illustrations. Maxwell was a Presbyterian and soldier who fought in the army of William of Orange. He later sat in the Scottish Parliament during its last days and voted against the Union with England. An uncommon title.
Published : John Menzies & Co/ Adam Rae, Edinburgh and Castle Douglas 1898, First Edition

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

Romanes Ethel - Charlotte Mary Yonge an Appreciation

A good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. Spine a little faded. Gift inscription. Some foxing. Pp.viii,200. 16 illustrations. Concentrates on Yonge's involvement with the Oxford Movement.
Published : A.R. Mowbray & Co, London 1908, 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