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Biography / Autobiography

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, First USA Edition

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

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

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,,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

Richards, Eric - Patrick Sellar and the Highland Clearances: Homicide, Eviction and the Price of Progress

Softback. A very good copy. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xi,440. 14 plates. 2 maps. A revisionist account of the infamous enforcer of the Highland Clearances in Sutherland. The author "provides a balanced assessment of the man, a vivid account of a terrible episode in Highland history, and a riveting narration of a tormented life."
Published : Polygon, Edinburgh 1999, 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

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

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

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

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

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

Ruete, Emily - Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is complete and untorn. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 210 pages. Illustrated. The author was born in 1840 as Sayyida Salme, Princess of Zanzibar and Oman. She was the daughter of Sultan Said the Great and a Circassian slave. This autobiography provides "countless absorbing insights into everyday life in the harem and palaces, at a time when Zanzibar was at the height of its influence--."
Published : Gallery Publications, Zanzibar 2000,

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

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

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, Reprint

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seeley J.R. - Life and Times of Stein or Germany and Prussia in the Napoleonic Age

A very good three volume set. Pages uncut. Approx. 1700 pages in total. Frontispiece to each volume. 5 maps. A definitive history of a great German statesman and his times.
Published : Cambridge University Press 1878, 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, Fourth Impression

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

Seton Marie - Paul Robeson

A very good copy in a rather worn and edge chipped dustwrapper. 254 pages. Illustrated. A biography of the great American singer.
Published : Dennis Dobson, London 1958, First Edition

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

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

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

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

Sibbald Susan (Edited By Francis Paget Hett) - The Memoirs of Susan Sibbald (1783-1812)

Hardback. A good copy in the original blue cloth which is a little faded at the foot of the spine. No ownership inscription. Pp.xxiii,339. 38 illustrations. Memoirs of the first 29 years of the author's life. She was the daughter of a naval doctor and spent her early years in Fowey, Cornwall and part of the later years included in the Memoirs at Eildon Hall near Melrose.
Published : John Lane The Bodley Head, London 1926, 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

Sikorsky Igor I. - The Story of the Winged-S the Autobiography of Igor I. Sikorsky

A very good copy in a fair dustwrapper which shows wear and tear especially at the edges, lacks a piece at the foot of the spine, is faded on the spine, and the edges of which have been internally strengthened. The dustwrapper is in a silver tinfoil type material which is unsuitable for the purpose and I would guess is now uncommon. The endpapers are foxed but otherwise the book is very good internally. 288pp. Frontispiece and 38 illustrations. The autobiography of a pioneer of aviation.
Published : Robert Hale, London 1939, 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, First Edition Thus

Sita Ram (Edited By Lieutenant-Colonel D.C. Phillott) - From Sepoy to Subadar : Being the Life and Adventures of a Native Officer of the Bengal Army Written and Related By Himself

Hardback. A near very good copy in dark green cloth lettered in gilt on spine and upper board. Black end-papers. Gift inscription from "D.C.P." probably the editor. Some foxing/marking to title page and verso of front end-paper but generally a clean copy internally.,[iv],130. These Memoirs were originally written in Hindi and given to Lieutenant-Colonel Norgate, the translator, in 1861. They first appeared in book form in 1873. The translator believes "that this is one of the first attempts of any native soldier to give his thoughts and ideas to the world."
Published : Baptist Mission Press, Calcutta 1911, Third Edition

Skinner Robert T. - A Notable Family of Scots Printers

Hardback. A very good copy in maroon cloth lettered and decorated in gilt on the upper board. Inscribed presentation copy from the author and with his compliments slip pasted to the front end-paper. Pp.[ix],98. 12 plates including tissue-guarded frontispiece of Donaldson's Hospital. The book concerns the Donaldson family of Edinburgh. Donaldson's Hospital was founded by the generosity of a member of the family, James Donaldson, a printer and bookseller, who, in 1830 left his fortune to fund the construction and maintenance of the building.
Published : Printed Privately By T. & A. Constable Ltd., Edinburgh 1927, First Edition

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

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