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Biography / Autobiography

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

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

Taunton Ethelred L. - Thomas Wolsey Legate and Reformer

A very good copy in red cloth which is a little dulled on spine. Gilt emblem of Times Book Club at foot of spine. Top edge gilt. Small ownership inscription. Pp.xx,254. Frontispiece and 20 illustrations.
Published : John Lane, London 1902, First Edition
£14.00

Taylor Rachel Annand - Dunbar the Poet and His Period

Hardback. A near very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine which shows some fading. Top edge gilt. This is no. 16 of 125 copies printed on hand-made paper at the Chiswick Press and is signed by the author. 87 pages. William Dunbar was a Scottish makar of the late 15th/early 16th century and closely associated with the court of King James IV. This volume is no.4 of "The Poets on the Poets" series.
Published : Faber & Faber, London 1931, First Edition
£32.00

The Countess of Minto - A Memoir of the Right Honourable Hugh Elliot

Hardback. A good copy in a green half-leather binding. The maroon title-piece, lettered in gilt, is chipped but all the lettering is present. Some superficial damp-staining to the boards has leached onto the edges of a few early and late pages without affecting the lettering. Ownership inscription of Mabel Elliot dated 1906. Marbled edges. Pp.xv,436 + errata page. Facsimile letter from the Queen of Spain. Elliot was a late 18th/early 19th century British diplomat.
Published : Edmonston and Douglas, Edinburgh 1868, First Edition
£25.00

Thomson D.P. - Eric H. Liddell Athlete and Missionary

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.i-xii,230,xiii-xxx. 23 illustrations.This is a revised edition of "Scotland's Greatest Athlete: The Eric Liddell Story". In addotion to corrections to the text and the addition of foot-notes this edition includes illustrations, indexes and a bibliography.
Published : The Research Unit, Crieff 1971, First Edition Thus
£20.00

Thornton Robert D. - William Maxwell to Robert Burns

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's brown cloth with title in gilt on spine. No inscriptions. 263 pages. Very good dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover. "As a first biography of Dr. William Maxwell of Kirkconnell, this book leads to careful consideration of the inextricable intertwining of the doctor's life with that of Scotland''s foremost poet."
Published : John Donald Publisherst Ltd., Edinburgh 1979, First Edition
£15.00

Thorpe James - Phil May Master-draughtsman and Humorist 1864-1903

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which has very minor chipping at the spine ends. No ownership inscription and only a little foxing. 211 pages. 130 illustrations of which 2 are in colour and 40 were previously unpublished. This was the first book on May's life and work. A nice copy.
Published : George G. Harrap, London 1932, First Edition
£50.00

Thorpe W.G. - The Still Life of the Middle Temple with Some of Its Table Talk Preceded By Fifty years' Reminiscences

Externally a fair copy in rather flecked and marked red cloth with a small area where the surface has been rubbed off on upper board. Internally very good. Pp.xvi,372. This is a mixture of autobiography, including chapters on Ceylon and India, and life in the Middle Temple.
Published : Richard Bentley & Son, London 1892, First Edition
£40.00

Thrale Hester (Edited By Richard Ingrams) - Dr. Johnson by Mrs. Thrale : The Anecdotes of Mrs. Piozzi in Their Original Form

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is faded on the spine but complete and untorn. Pp.xvii,137. Frontispiece and ten illustrations.
Published : Chatto & Windus, London 1984, First Edition
£12.00

Tinch, Dave - "The Shore" and Roond Aboot: Growing Up in Wartime Kirkwall

Hardback. 4to. A near fine copy in a very good dustwrapper. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xiii,130. Numerous illustrations with many in colour. Map end-papers. The story of the author's childhood in wartime Kirkwall.
Published : Orcadian Ltd, Kirkwall 2003, First Edition
£20.00

Todorov Kosta - Balkan Firebrand the Autobiography of a Rebel, Soldier and Statesman

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which shows some edge chipping and tears. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 340 pages. The story of an extraordinary Balkan life.
Published : Ziff-Davis, Chicago 1943, First Edition
£15.00

Tremlett Rex - Road to Ophir the Autobiography of a Prospector

A very good copy in a dustwrapper which is chipped and torn at the edges and shows signs of water damage to the spine. 190pp. Frontis and 4 illus. The autobiography of an African journalist, prospector and gold miner.
Published : Hutchinson, London 1956, First Edition
£6.00

Tritton, Paul - John Montagu of Beaulieu : Motoring Pioneer and Prophet

A near fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. A little bumped at foot of spine. Pp.vii,291. Many illustrations. The first full biography of the motoring pioneer.
Published : Golden Eagle/George Hart, London 1985, First Edition
£12.00

Turquan Joseph - The Love Affairs of Napoleon

Hardback. A good plus copy in salmon pink cloth. Some fading to spine but lettering clear. Top edge gilt. Small ownership label on front fixed end-paper. Some foxing. Pp.xii,378 + 16pp publisher's adverts. Frontispiece and 22 illustrations.
Published : John Lane The Bodley Head, London 1909, First Edition
£12.00

Turquan Joseph (Translated and Edited By W.R.H. Trowbridge) - The Sisters of Napoleon Elisa, Pauline and Caroline Bonaparte

A fair copy in blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Wear to cloth at foot of spine. Fairly heavy foxing throughout. Pp.xvi,320. Many illustrations, all of which are present although a few are loose.
Published : T. Fisher Unwin, London 1908, First Edition
£12.00

Twain Mark - Roughing it

Hardback. A good copy in black cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Moderate wear to boards. Gift and ownership inscriptions. 591 pages. 300 illustrations in text. Described as "a record of several years of variegated vagabondizing" but containing information about "the rise, growth and culmination of the silver-mining fever in Nevada."
Published : The American Publishing Company, Hartfoed, Conn. 1898,
£25.00

Valentine Alan - Lord George Germain

Hardback. A very good copy in black cloth lettered in gilt. In a good, price-clipped, dustwrapper with minor tears and chips and some spotting to the spine. Light edge foxing but a clean copy internally and with no ownership inscription. Pp.x,534. Frontispiece. "This is the first full biography of the man primarily responsible for Britain's defeat in the American revolution."
Published : Oxford University Press 1962, First Edition
£20.00

Van Der Meulen, D. - The Wells of Ibn Sa'ud

Hardback. A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper which has minor edge wear and tear. The wrapper, which is not price-clipped, is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. No ownership inscription and not foxed. Pp.ix,270. 19 illustrations. The story of Ibn Sa'ud and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Published : John Murray, London 1957, First Edition
£20.00

Verey, David - The Diary of a Cotswold Parson

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. 189 pages. Frontispiece and 22 illustrations. This is the diary, from 1820 to 1852, of the Reverend Francis Edward Witts, who was Rector of Upper Slaughter. It "throws new light on to a fascinating period of English social history."
Published : Alan Sutton 1978, First Edition
£12.00

Verney, Frances Parthenope and Verney Margaret M. - Memoirs of the Verney Family - Vols.I And II During the Civil War; Vol. III During the Commonwealth 1650 to 1660; Vol. IV from the Restoration to the Revolution 1660 to 1696; Compiled from the Letters and Illustrated By the Portraits at Claydon House

Hardbacks. A very good, complete, four volume set published between 1892 and 1899. In the original brown cloth, ruled in red and gilt, lettered in gilt and with arms in gilt on the upper boards. Top edges gilt. No ownership inscription. Some foxing to first two volumes. Vol. I, pp.xxv,362 + 24pp. publisher's adverts. Vol.II, pp.xv,454 + 2pp adverts. Vol.III,pp.xi[1],493 +24pp adverts. Vol. IV,pp.xiv,510. All illustrations present as called for.
Published : Longmans Green & Co, London, First Edition
£120.00

Vinaver Eugene - Malory

A very good copy in a good, complete, but rather edge-worn dustwrapper. 208pp. 8 illustrations. First published in 1929 this reprint has a new introduction by the author. Much on Arthurian tradition and legend.
Published : Clarendon Press, Oxford 1970, Reprint
£12.00

Waliszewski K. - The Romance of an Empress Catherine 11 of Russia

Hardback. A good copy in dark grey cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Bevelled edges. Pp.viii,460 + 16pp adverts. Frontispiece.
Published : William Heinemann, London 1894,
£15.00

Walker, Catherine - Catherine Walker : An Autobiography By the Private Couturier to Diana. Princess of Wales

Hardback. 4to. A fine copy in a very good plus dustwrapper which is complete and untorn although with a little creasing. The dustwrapper is now protected in a clear, removable, cover. INSCRIBED on the half-title "To Barbara with best wishes from Catherine. Aug 07". Pp.vi,154. Numerous illustrations with many in colour. Walker was a top couturier who was responsible for the signature look of Diana, Princess of Wales. "This book is a chronicle of two remarkable women who remained true to themselves, even amidst the pressures of the glamorous worlds of fashion and royalty."
Published : HarperCollins, London 1998, First Edition
£45.00

Ward Wilfrid - Aubrey De Vere a Memoir Based on His Unpublished Diaries and Correspondence

Hardback. A near very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt. A little wear at spine ends. Single stamp of a church on title page. Pp.x,[4],428 + 40pp publisher's catalogue. 4 illustrations. A biography of a 19th century member of the Anglo-Irish ascendancy. Includes a chapter on the Irish famine of the 1840's.
Published : Longmans Green & Co, London 1904, First Edition
£25.00

Wavell Field-Marshal Viscount - Allenby in Egypt Being Volume 11 of Allenby: a Study in Greatness

Hardback. A very good copy in a fair to good dustwrapper which is faded on the spine and which has edge chips and tears. 154 pages. 16 illustrations. Covers the period 1919-1925 when Allenby was Special High Commossioner for Egypt.
Published : George G. Harrap, London 1943, First Edition
£12.00

Weems John Edward - Peary the Explorer and the Man

A near very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Foxing to page ends. Small ownership inscription to front end-paper. 362pp. Illustrated. A biography of the first man to reach the North Pole.
Published : Eyre & Spottiswoode, London 1967, First Edition
£9.00

Wells H. G. - The Story of a Great Schoolmaster : Being a Plain Account of the Life and Ideas of Sanderson of Oundle

Hardback. A very good copy in the original green cloth which is a little faded at foot of boards. In a good dustwrapper which has a narrow one inch long tear in front panel and other minor chips/tears. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. A little edge foxing. 151 pages. Frontispiece and two other illustrations. A memorial of the life, work, thought and teaching of a great headmaster.
Published : Chatto & Windus, London 1924, First Edition
£95.00

Westwood Peter J. - Jean Armour Mrs Robert Burns an Illustrated Biography Including Sketches on the Lives of Sarah Burns and Jessy Lewars

Illustrated by James Drysdale.
Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. No. 145 of 1000 hardback copies. Signed by the author. 180 pages. Numerous black and white illustrations. A biography of the wife of the famous poet.
Published : Creedon Publications, Dumfries 1996, First Edition
£30.00

Willcock John - A Scots Earl in Covenanting Times: Being Life and Times of Archibald 9th Earl of Argyll (1629-1685)

Hardback. A very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Small ownerahip inscription. Moderate edge foxing. Pp.xix,[ii],448. Frontispiece and 14 illustrations.
Published : Andrew Elliot, Edinburgh 1907, First Edition
£25.00

Williams H. Noel - Queen Margot Wife of Henry of Navarre

Hardback. 4to. A good plus copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and lettered and decorated in gilt on the upper board. Some fading to spine but lettering clearly readable. Top edge gilt. Bookplate on front fixed end-paper. Pp.xviii,409. 16 portraits. Some edge foxing especially to plates. A biography of Marguerite de Valois, Queen of France and Navarre. [Please note this is a heavy book which will incur extra overseas postage].
Published : Harper & Brothers, London & New York 1907, First Edition
£30.00

Williamson George - Memorials of the Lineage, Early Life, Education and Development of the Genius of James Watt

A very good copy in a half-leather binding. Five raised bands. Moderate wear to the spine. 262 pages. 16 illustrations including folding map of the River Clyde, double page view of Greenock and folding plan of the steamship "Atrato". (Loosely inserted is a folding plate of the same ship which does not appear to come from the book).
Published : Printed for the Watt Club By Thomas Constable Printer to Her Majexty 1856, First Edition
£55.00

Wilson Joseph - Joseph Wilson His Life and Work

Nd. c. 1925. Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and upper board. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.xii,89. Many illustrations. The autobiography of a Bradford mill owner with chapters on his business, temperance, vegetarianism etc.
Published : Lund Humphries, London, First Edition
£40.00

Wright Thomas - The Life of William Cowper

A very good copy in light blue cloth lettered in gilt and decorated in black. Patterned end-papers. Top edge gilt. Pps 247-250 loose. 681 pages. Frontispiece and 22 illustrations. A very detailed and thorough biography of the English poet.
Published : T. Fisher Unwin, London 1892, First Edition
£28.00