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Biography / Autobiography

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
£70.00

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

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
£10.00

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

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. Pp.vi,[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
£65.00

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

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,
£50.00

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

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Inscribed presentation copy from the author. Pp.vi,[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
£15.00

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
£30.00

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
£12.00

Stannard, Martin - Evelyn Waugh: The Early Years 1903 - 1939

Hardback. A near fine copy in a fine dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear removable sleeve. Very small ownership label on front end-paper. Pp.xiv,537. Illustrated. Described as "the most detailed account ever published of Waugh and his work."
Published : J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd, London 1986, First Edition
£10.00

Steel, Donald - Par Excellence : The Biography of Sir Michael Bonallack OBE

Hardback. A near fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.vi,202. Numerous illustrations including many in colour. Foreword by Jack Nicklaus. Michael Bonallack was a very successful amateur golfer who became Secretary and later Captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. Loosely inserted is a letter from the Secretary of the Club from which it seems that each member of the Club was gifted a copy of the book (but with a request for a donation) and that "a number [unfortunately unspecified] of copies are also being made available for sale."
Published : The Royal And Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews 2018, First Edition
£25.00

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
£40.00

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
£45.00

Stewart Agnes M. - Life of Mary Queen of Scots

Small thick 8vo. A good copy in green cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. All edges gilt. Bevelled edges. Gift inscription. Pp.xxiii,572. Frontispiece and five illustrations. A rather uncommon biography of Scotland's most famous queen.
Published : Burns and Oates, London 1885, First Edition
£25.00

Stewart Desmond - T.E. Lawrence

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is complete, untorn and not price-clipped. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.xii,352. 12 illustrations. 5 maps.
Published : Hamish Hamilton, London 1977, First Edition
£8.00

Stoddart Anna M. - John Stuart Blackie: a Biography

Hardbacks. A very good two volume set in dark green cloth lettered in gilt. Vol.1,pp.xiii,333 + adverts. Frontispiece. Vol.II,pp.viii,368. Frontispiece and one other illustration.
Published : William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh 1895, Third Edition
£25.00

Stoddart Jane T. - The Girlhood of Mary Queen of Scots from Her Landing in France in August 1548 to Her Departure from France in August 1561

Hardback. Nd. 1908? A good copy in black cloth lettered in gilt on spine and decorated in gilt on upper board. Some wear to boards. Bookplate. Pp.xliv,471. 6 tissue-guarded plates.
Published : Hodder and Stoughton, London, First Edition
£22.00

Stokes Hugh - Madame De Brinvilliers and Her Times 1630 - 1676

Hardback. A good copy in blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Smal tear to cloth at top of spine. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. Pp.xiv,391. Frontispiece and 15 illustrations. The biography of a 17th century French aristocrat who was accused of three murders.
Published : John Lane The Bodley Head, London 1912, First Edition
£8.00

Stoney, Barbara - Enid Blyton : A Biography

Hardbak. A very good copy in publisher's faux leather with title in gilt on spine. No inscriptions. Many black and white photographs. 252 pages including Appendices and Index. Very good dustwrapper with very minor edgewear, which is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover. Enid Blyton who died in 1968 at the age of 71, is still considered by many to have wielded the greatest influence on children 's reading in post war years.
Published : Hodder & Stoughton, London 1974, First Edition
£18.00

Strachan Michael - The Life and Adventures of Thomas Coryate

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. In a good dustwrapper which is faded on the spine (but leaving the lettering clearly readable) and with a not very noticeable stain at the foot of the spine. Light edge foxing. Inscribed presentation copy from the author. Pp.x,317. Illustrations. Maps. Coryate, a contemporary of Shakespeare, "was one of the most tireless, inquisitive and courageous of English travellers."
Published : Oxford University Press, London 1962, First Edition
£28.00

Strickland Agnes - Life of Mary Queen of Scots [Two Volumes complete]

Hardbacks. A very good two volume set in blue cloth lettered in gilt. A little wear to boards of vol. I. One word ownership inscription on the front end-paper of volume I otherwise clean copies internally. Vol. I,pp.xi,462. Vol. II,pp.xii,508. Frontispiece to each volume. Publisher's adverts. at the end of each volume. Vol. II partly unopened. This is the Bohn's Library edition.
Published : George Bell & Sons, London 1907,
£25.00

Swan Elsie - Christopher North - John Wilson

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. In a near very good dustwrapper which has two smallish edge tears and which is itself protected by the original glassine wrapper which is a bit torn. A clean copy with no ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xi,255. Three portraits. A biography of John Wilson whose pseudonym was Christopher North under which name he wrote Noctes Ambosianae. He wrote much for Blackwood's Magazine and was for many years Professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh University.
Published : Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh 1934, First Edition
£20.00

Synge J.M. (edited By Alan Price) - The Autobiography of J.M. Synge

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's brown covers with title in gilt on cream spine. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 14 black and white photographs by Synge. 46 pages. This is number 387 in an edition of one thousand two hundred and fifty copies. Includes an essay on "Synge and the photography of his time" by P. J. Pocock. Very good slipcase.
Published : The Dolmen Press and Oxford University Press, Dublin and London 1965, First Edition
£45.00