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Biography / Autobiography

Merrick Julia - Sir Herbert Seddon and the Book He Nearly Didn't Write

Softback. A fine copy. Pp.xi,221. 38 illustrations + cover illustrations. Seddon was one of the greatest clinical scientists in British Medicine." Thi is his story and that of his magnum opus "Surgical Disorders of the Peripheral Nerves."
Published : Fugit 2010, First Edition
£40.00

Metcalfe G.E. - MacLean of the Gold Coast the Life and Times of George MacLean 1801-1847

A very good copy in a good plus dustwrapper which is a little worn at the edges and with some internal staining that is not obvious from the outside. Neat ownership inscription. Pp.xi,344. Illustrations. Maps.
Published : Oxford University Press 1962, First Edition
£28.00

Metternich Prince - Memoirs of Prince Metternich 1773-1815

Hardback. A good two volume set in blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Vol.1 has a 2 inch tear in the cloth at the join of the spine and lower board. Lower board of Vol.11 a bit marked. Vol. 1,pp.xiii,430. Frontispiece. Vol.11,pp.vii,617. A little pencilling in both volumes. Two folding facsimiles at rear. The Memoirs of the great Austrian Statesman.
Published : Richard Bentley & Son, London 1880, First English Edition
£40.00

Meynell Viola (Editor) - Friends of a Lifetime : Letters to Sydney Carlyle Cockerell

Hardback. A very good copy in light blue cloth. Fairly minor (damp?) marking at the foot of the front board. Very good dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. The wrapper states "Cheap edition 10s 6d net." Fairly light edge foxing but a clean copy internally. 384 pages. Frontispiece and 15 illustrations. Includes letters from many well-known people of the late 19th and early 20th centuries including Joseph Connrad, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, T.E. Lawrence, William Morris, Leo Tolstoy, W.B. Yeats etc. The letters "are concerned with a wide variety of topics, literary, artistic, political and that they are above all of human interest."
Published : Jonathan Cape, London 1940,
£58.00

Mill, Christine - Norman Collie: A Life in Two Worlds - Mountain Explorer and Scientist, 1859-1942

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. Pp.xiii,197. 59 illustrations. 4 maps. A biography of the early mountaineering pioneer and scientist.
Published : Aberdeen University Press 1987, First Edition
£28.00

Millais J. G. - Life of Frederick Courtenay Selous, D.S.O.

Hardback. A good plus copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt. Small part of fore-edge of upper board is rubbed. No ownership inscription. Edge foxing. Pp.xi,[1],387. 16 illustrations. A biography of the hunter, explorer and soldier whose exploits inspired Rider Haggard to create the fictional Allan Quatermain.
Published : Longmans Green & Co, London 1918, First Edition
£35.00

Millais John Guille - The Life and Letters of John Everett Millais

Hardback. A near very good two volume set in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt. Gilt decoration to front board and spine. Top edge gilt. Bookplate in each volume. Some foxing to end-papers. Volume I is the second edirion of 1900. Volume II is the first edition of 1899. Volume I,pp.xvi,446. Volume II,pp.xi,511. Numerous illustrations. There is interesting ink writing on the front end-paper of Volume I including a reproduction of Millais' last note to Sir George Reid, under which is written in ink "This letter I saw pasted in the back of a photograph of Sir John Millais in Sir G. Reid's house. The hand writing was shaky, the writing of a man very ill".
Published : Methuen, London 1900,
£45.00

Millar D.A. (Editor) - George Buchanan: a Memorial 1506-1906

Hardback. A good copy in cream cloth. Spine darkened with lettering difficult to read. Top edge gilt. Bookplate. A little foxing. Pp.xix,490. 36 illustrations. Part I of the book consists of essays on Buchanan and Part II contains examples of his own writings in Latin with English translation.
Published : W.C. Henderson & Son, University Press, St. Andrews 1907, First Edition
£20.00

Millar, A. A. - Alexander Duff of India

Hardback. A fine copy in a very good dustwrapper. Pp.viii,212. Duff was one of the great figures in the history of the Church of Scotland and was the church's first appointed missionary to India.
Published : Canongate, Edinburgh 1992, First Edition
£8.00

Milne E.A. - Sir James Jeans a Biography

A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper. Pp.xvi,176. 2 plates. A biography of the astronomer/physician.
Published : Cambridge University Press 1952, First Edition
£12.00

Milne James - The Memoirs of a Bookman

A very good copy in a fair dustwrapper which is scuffed on the spine. Pp.xi,316. 16 illustrations. "Intimate, diverting anecdotage about a host of celebrities" from the 1890's onwards.
Published : John Murray, London 1936, Cheap Edition
£12.00

Montgomery Ina - John Hugh Allen of the Gallant Company - A Memoir By His Sister

Hardback. A very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. In a good dustwrapper which has one small chip and fairly minor edge tears. Ownership inscription on front free end-paper. Pp.vi,[i],236. Tissue-guarded frontispiece. The biography of a soldier who was killed at Gallipoli.
Published : Edward Arnold, London 1919, First Edition
£22.00

Montgomery Ina - John Hugh Allen of the Gallant Company a Memoir By His Sister

Hardback. A very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt. In a good dustwrapper which shows moderate edge wear and tear. Gift inscription on front free end-paper. Some edge foxing but a clean copy internally. Pp.vi,[1],236. A memoir by his sister of a soldier who died at Gallipoli.
Published : Edward Arnold, London 1919, First Edition
£20.00

Moon Brenda - More Usefully Employed: Amelia B. Edwards, Writer, Traveller and Campaigner for Ancient Egypt

Hardback. A very good copy. Lower board tips a little bumped. Inscribed presentation copy from "Brenda," possibly the author. Pp.xv,319. 6 plates. 38 black and white illustrations. A biography of Amelia Edwards, the 19th century travel writer. This is Occasional Publication 15 of The Egypt Exploration Society.
Published : Egypt Exploration Society, London 2006, First Edition
£10.00

Moore Thomas - The Life and Death of Lord Edward Fitzgerald

Hardback. The two volume set in rather poor condition with the spines replaced with green tape. Stamp of a church on title page of each volume. Frontispiece to vol.I loose. Lacks front end-paper to Vol. II. Folding map present in vol.II. A reading or perhaps rebinding set.
Published : Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, London 1831, Second Edition
£20.00

Moore, Doris Langley - The Late Lord Byron: Posthumous Dramas

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's red cloth with title in gilt on spine. No inscriptions. Many black and white illustrations. Pp.viii.542. Very good price-clipped dustwrapper which is protected in a removable cover.
Published : John Murray, London 1961, First Edition
£16.00

Moran James - Stanley Morison His Typographic Achievement

4to. A near-fine copy in a similar, price-clipped, dustwrapper. 184 pages. Many illustrations. A study of one of the major figures in the history of typography.
Published : Lund Humphries, London 1971, First Edition
£12.00

Morse Belinda - A Woman of Design, a Man of Passion the Pioneering McIans

4to. A very good copy. Paperback. Inscribed presentation copy from the author. Pp.xiv,306. Numerous illustrations including colour. A biography of the artists, Ronald and Fanny McIan, the former of whom became famous for his depictions of Highland dress.
Published : The Book Guild 2001, First Edition
£18.00

Mrs Gordon - "Christopher North": A Memoir of John Wilson Late Professor of Moral Philosophy in the University of Edinburgh [2 Vols. complete]

Hardbhacks. A very good two volume set in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt on spine and decorated in gilt on upper board. Spines darkened and showing a little wear at ends. A clean set without foxing, ownership inscription or other internal marking. Vol. I,pp.xii,[4],335. Frontispiece and 14 illustrations. Vol.II,pp.ix,399. "Christopher North" was a Scottish advocate, author and Professor of Moral Philosophy. This Memoir is compiled from family papers and other sources by his daughter.
Published : Edmonston & Douglas, Edinburgh 1863, New Edition
£40.00

Mrs Jameson - Memoirs of the Beauties of the Court of Charles the Second, with Their Portraits

Hardbacks. 4to. A very good two volume set in a modern half leather binding with marbled boards. Four raised bands on spines which are lettered in gilt on brown title-pieces. All edges gilt. No ownership inscription. Vol. I, pp.xxix,[3],183. Six portraits. Vol. II,pp.[vi],243. 15 portraits. Generally clean internally but with mild to heavy foxing on the portraits.
Published : Henry Colburn, London 1838, Second Edition Enlarged
£100.00

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

Neilson George (Introduction) - George Buchanan: Glasgow Quatercentenary Studies 1906

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt. Rear board a little marked. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. Pp.xxxiii,556. 14 illustrations. A celebration of George Buchanan (the Scottish historian and humanist scholar) on the 400th anniversary of his birth.
Published : James Maclehose & Sons, Glasgow 1907, First Edition
£15.00

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

Neville Sylas (Edited By Basil Cozens-Hardy) - The Diary of Sylas Neville 1767-1788

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which has minor edge tears. No ownership inscription and not foxed. Pp.xvi,357. Frontispiece and four illustrations. Neville was a young man about town devoted to theatre and the arts, then a minor squire and subsequently graduated in Medicine from Edinburgh University.
Published : Oxford University Press, London 1950, First Edition
£10.00

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

Nicholas Donald - Mr. Secretary Nicholas 1593-1669 His Life and Letters

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Some edge foxing. 336 pages. Frontispiece and four illustrations. The first definitive biography of Sir Edward Nicholas, Secretary of State to Charles 1 and afterwards to Charles 11.
Published : The Bodley Head, London 1955, First Edition
£7.00

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

O'Leary, Patrick - Sir James Mackintosh : The Whig Cicero

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's red cloth with title in gilt on spine. 13 Black and white illustrations. No inscriptions. Pp.ix, 226. Very good dustwrapper which is protected in a removable cover. Judge, historian, politician, honoured in his lifetime by Oxford, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Harvard and Revolutionary France, James Mackintosh was one of the best loved and worst hated men of his time (1765-1832)
Published : Aberdeen University Press, Aberdeen 1989, First Edition
£18.00