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Biography / Autobiography

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
£12.00

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

Hardback. 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
£28.00

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

Hardbacks. 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, pp.vi,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
£95.00

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
£55.00

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
£10.00

Robinson Tim - William Roxburgh the Founding Father of Indian Botany

Hardback. 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
£35.00

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
£25.00

Rogerson, Robert W. K C. - Jack Coia : His Life and His Work

Softback. A very good copy. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.vii,127. Many illustrations. A study of a 20th century Glasgow architect. Quite a difficult book to find.
Published : Privately Published, Glasgow 1986, First Edition
£20.00

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
£10.00

Roscoe E.S. - Aspects of Doctor Johnson

Hardback. 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
£9.00

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, Private Edition
£200.00

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, Second Edition Corrected
£60.00

Rutherford or Cockburn, Mrs. Alison (Notes By T. Craig-Brown) - Letters and Memoir of Her Own Life By Mrs. Alison Rutherford of Cockburn Also "felix" a Biographical Sketch and Various Songs

Hardback. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and decorated in gilt on the upper board. Top edge gilt. Black end-papers. Ownership inscription on half-title. Not foxed. Pp.xxxii,281. 10 illustrations. The letters and memoir of an 18th century Scots lady who was a friend of many eminent Scots including David Hume, Rovert Burns and Sir Waler Scott, who said she "spoke both wittily and well; and maintained an extensive correpondence which, if it continues to exist, must contain many things highly curious and interesting."
Published : David Douglas, Edinburgh 1900, First Edition
£50.00

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
£35.00

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, Reprint
£8.00

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, Reprint
£10.00

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, Reprint
£7.00

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
£10.00

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

Hardback. 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, Limited Reprint
£10.00

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

Hardback. 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
£7.00

Seaver George - "Birdie" Bowers of the Antarctic

Hardback. 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, Reprint
£40.00

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
£55.00

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, Fourth Impression
£14.00

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
£225.00

Sewell, Brocard - In the Dorian Mode: A Life of John Gray, 1866-1934

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.xiv,240. 9 illustrations. A biography of the 1890s poet and friend of Oscar Wilde.
Published : Tabb House, Padstow, Cornwall 1983, First Edition
£14.00

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
£22.00

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
£70.00

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
£8.00

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
£28.00

Shipton Eric - That Untravelled World : An Autobiography

Hardback. A good copy but with some spotting to boards. In a slightly edge worn but near very good dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. Some edge foxing. Ownership inscription. 286 pages. Illustrations. Maps. The autobiography of one of the finest 20th century mountaineers who took part in five Mount Everest expeditions.
Published : Hodder and Stoughton, London 1969, First Edition
£10.00

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
£6.00

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, First Edition Thus
£45.00

Slaven Anthony and Checkland Sydney (Editors) - Dictionary of Scottish Business Biography: Volume I The Staple Industries

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper which has one half-inch tear in the rear panel. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xvi,496. Illustrated. Contains biographies of Scottish businessmen/industrialists in the main industries such as shipbuilding, metals, textiles, extractive industries etc.
Published : Aberdeen University Press 1986, First Edition
£30.00

Smiles Samuel - Industrial Biography : Iron Workers And Tool Makers

Hardback. 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, Fifteenth Thousand
£30.00

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, Popular Edition
£7.00

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
£25.00

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
£9.00

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

Hardback. 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
£15.00

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
£40.00

Snaffles - A Half Century of Memories

Illustrated by Snaffles.
Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in publisher's cream cloth with title in black on spine. 5 colour plates and many black and white illustrations. No inscriptions. 95 pages. Good dustwrapper which has an edge chip, minor edge tears, and has one long closed tear which is reinforced on both sides with invisible sellotape. The wrapper is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover. Internally a lovely clean copy. This is Snaffles' autobiography - in pictures. The characteristic humour of his drawings and captions speak volumes
Published : Collins, London 1949, First Edition
£65.00

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

Illustrated by Kenneth Hunter.
Hardback. 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
£20.00

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, Reprint
£5.00

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,
£10.00