Our current selection of Autobiographies and Biographies.

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"QUEEN VICTORIA'S HIGHLAND JOURNALS"  by David Duff.  1980.

Hardcover First Edition (thus) in green hardcovers with original dustcover (price clipped), published by Webb & Bower, Exeter in 1980. Dimensions: 25.5cm x 19.5cm approx.

A fascinating compilation of excerpts from the extremely comprehensive diaries kep by Queen Victoria. The book focuses on the diaries from the Queen's frequent visits to Balmoral in the Scottish Highlands and is well illustrated with both colour and black and white illustrations.

240 pages.

Condition:  Good. Some wear/rubbing/fading/marking to dustcover and hardcovers. Internal pages. Binding tight.

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"THOMAS HARDY'S LIFE IN PICTURES"  Edited by J. Stevens Cox and G. Stevens Cox.  1978.

Softcover First Edition in printed covers, published by Toucan Press, Guernsey in 1978. Dimensions: 25.5cm x 18.5cm approx.

An interesting and fairly scarce little booklet that gives a fascinating insight into Hardy's life via contemporary photographs and illustrations of his homes, family and more.

36 pages with 92 illustrations.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Internal pages good with just a slight ripple to outside edge. Binding tight.

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"SARAH BERNHARDT" by G. G. Geller. 1935

Hardcover First UK Edition in burgundy hardcover, published by Duckworth, London in 1935.

A fairly detailed biography of one of the best known French actresses of all time. Translated from the French by E. S. G. Potter.

272 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Has been rebound for library use. Some marking/rubbing/wear to hardcovers. Internal pages good. Binding quite tight.

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"MARGARET FULLER OSSOLI"  by Thomas Wentworth Higginson.  1884.

Hardcover First Edition in burgundy cloth cover, published by Houghton, Mifflin and Company, Boston in 1884.  Dimensions: 18cm x 13cm approx.

An interesting biography of this well known American author.

323 pages with black and white frontispiece portrait of Ossoli.

Condition:  Good. Ex-library copy with normal library markings. Some wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Corners bumped. Spine cracked at front hinge. Internal pages good.   Binding tight.

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"THE KENDALS"  by T. Edgar Pemberton.  1900.

Hardcover First Edition in brown cloth covers with leather spine, published by C. Arthur Pearson, Ltd, London in 1900. Dimensions: 22cm x 14.5cm approx.

Interesting and scarce biography of Mr and Mrs Kendal, the late nineteenth century theatre partnership.

340 pages with a number of black and white plates.

Condition:  A bit tatty.  Ex-library copy with normal library markings that has been re-bound for library use. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers.  Spine skewed and strengthened in numerous places internally.  Internal pages reasonably good with some yellowing, minor marks and thumbing.  Binding tight.  A good reading copy.

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"MEGGIE ALBANESI"  by Her Mother.  c.1930.

Hardcover First Edition in purple cloth covers with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Hodder & Stoughton, London. The volume is undated but we believe it to be c.1930.  Dimensions: 23cm x 15cm approx.

A fascinating biography of Meggie Albanesi, the famous early 20th century actress who died, tragically, at the age of just 24.

A fairly scarce volume - particularly in the original dustcover.

211 pages with a number of black and white plates.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to dustcover and covers. Dustcover has been protected with plastic but has a few creases and small closed tears. Spine slightly skewed. Internal pages good with just light yellowing and some light foxing throughout. Binding tight.

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"THE BOOK OF MARTIN HARVEY - With the True Sory of 'The Only Way' and Other Matters"  c.1930.

Hardcover First Edition in green cloth covers, published by Henry Walker, London. The volume is undated but we believe it to be c.1930.  Dimensions: 26cm x 20cm approx.

An extremely interesting autobiography of Harvey, the famous stage actor with a foreword by R. B. Cunninghame Graham.

176 untrimmed pages with numerous black and white plates.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Spine slightly cracked to front hinge. Internal pages good with just light yellowing. Binding tight.

Postage:  UK First: £3.60, US Airmail: £11.10, Europe Airmail: £6.10, US Surface Mail: £5.50

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"THE FAYS OF THE ABBEY THEATRE"  by W. G. Fay and Catherine Carswell.  1935.

Hardcover First Edition in orange cloth covers, published by Rich and Cowan, Ltd, London in 1935.  Dimensions: 21.5cm x 14.5cm approx.

314 pages with a number of black and white plates.

Condition:  Good. Ex-library copy with normal library markings that has been re-bound for library use. Some wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Internal pages good with slight yellowing. Binding tight.

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"CHARLES MACKLIN"  by Edward Abbott Parry.  1891.

Hardcover First Edition in plain board covers with grey cloth spine, published by Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co, Ltd, London in 1891. Dimensions: 20cm x 13.5cm approx.

An extremely interesting biography of Charles Macklin, the famous 18th cenury Irish acor and comedian.

208 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Spine cracked to front and rear hinges and becoming a bit brittle. Internal pages good with just light yellowing and a slight ripple.  Binding tight.

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"THE TRUTH AT LAST"  by Charles Hawtrey.  1924.

Hardcover First Edition (Second Impression) in red cloth covers, published by Thornton Butterworth, Ltd, London in 1924. Dimensions: 22cm x 15cm approx.

An extremely interesting autobiography of Charles Hawtrey, the famous stage actor, edited with an introduction by W. Somerset Maugham.

352 pages with a number of black and white plates.

Condition:  Good. Ex-library copy with normal library markings that has been rebound for library use. Some wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. A small dent runs from the front free endpaper to page 15. Internal pages good with just light yellowing and a couple of pages with a slight binding/trimming fault. Binding tight.

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"A DOCTOR IN MANY COUNTRIES"  by Claud F. Fothergill.  1946.

Hardcover First Edition (second impression) in red cloth cover, published by Pickering & Inglis, London in 1946.  Dimensions: 21.5cm x 14.5cm approx.

An interesting autobiography of Dr. Fothergill who travelled widely including to Switzerland, Corsica, and Palestine.

168 pages with a number of colour and black and white plates and illustrations.

Condition:  Good. Ex-library copy with normal library matkings that has been re-bound for library use. Some wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Internal pages good with just very light yellowing. Binding tight.

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"AN ACTOR'S NOTEBOOK - Being Some Memories, Friendships, Criticisms, and Experiences of Frank Archer"  by Frank Archer.  c.1910.

Hardcover First Edition in black cloth cover, published by Stanley Paul & Co, London.  The volume is undated but we believe it to be c.1910.  Dimensions: 22.5cm x 15cm approx.

An interesting autobiography by this well known mid to late nineteenth century actor.

345 pages with a number of black and white plates.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. A fair bit of  wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Spine cracked at front and rear hinges. Internal pages good with just some yellowing and minor foxing. Binding tight.

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"THE ROYAL LETTER BOOK - Being a Collection of Royal Letters from the Reign of William I to George V" Edited by Herbert Van Thal.  1937.

Hardcover First Edition in gold cloth hardcover, published by The Cresset Press, Ltd, London in 1937. Dimensions: 25cm x 16cm approx. 

A facinating and illuminating collection of Royal letters that includes a number of letters from Henry VIII.

313 pages with a number of black and white plates.

Condition:  Good. Some wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Spine cracked at rear hinge. Internal pages good with some yellowing and very minor foxing. Binding tight.

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"SIGNIFICANT OTHERS - Creativity and Intimate Partnership"  Edited by Whitney Chadwick & Isabelle De Courtivron.  1993.

Hardcover First Edition in red hardcover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Thames & Hudson, London in 1993.  Dimensions: 24cm x 16.5cm approx.

"...thirteen of today's leading critics and historians challenge and redifine conventional assumptions in a highly original and revealing series of essays that focus on artist and writer couples who have shared both sexual and artistic bonds, combining biography with evaluation of each partner's work in the context of their relationship. Features such celebrated duos as Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin, Sonia and Robert Delaunay, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and numerous others." 

256 pages with 76 illustrations.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Dustcover has some wear/rubbing/marking. Hard covers good. Internal pages good with just a few minor marks. Binding tight.

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"WHEEL-TRACKS"  by E. OE. Somerville and Martin Ross. 1923.

Hardcover First Edition in brown board cover with brown cloth spine, published by Longmans, Green & Co, London in 1923.  Dimensions: 22.5cm x 15cm approx.

An interesting volume for anyone interested in Irish history. Written by the authors of "Some Experiences of an Irish R.M.", "Irish Memories", "Mount Music" and other books, this volume is part autobiography and part topography. It describes childhood memories of Ireland in an attempt to capture the spirit of the country before a time of enormous change.

283 pages with 31 illustrations by Somerville and a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Spine cracked at front hinge. Internal pages good with just very light yellowing and some light foxing. Binding tight.

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"OLIVER CROMWELL AND HIS TIMES - Social, Religious, and Political Life in the Seventeenth Century" by G. Holden Pike.  1907.

Hardcover Edition in embossed green cloth covers, published by T. Fisher Unwin, London in 1907.  Dimensions: 2cm x 13.5cm approx. 

An interesting look at England in the Seventeenth Century, during the reign of Oliver Cromwell. 

286 pages with black and white frontispiece portrait of Cromwell.

Condition:   Reasonable. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Spine cracked at front hinge. Corners slightly bumped. Frontispiece loose. Internal pages good with some yellowing and foxing. Binding tight.

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"MONTGOMERY OF ALAMEIN"  3 Vols by Nigel Hamilton.  1984.

3 x Softcover Editions, published by Sceptre, London in 1984.  Dimensions: 20cm x 13cm approx.

A three volume set making up the authorised biography of "Monty". The three volumes are: "Monty - The Making of a General 1887-1942", "Master of the Battlefield 1942-1944" and "The Field-Marshall 1944-1976".

Described as "flawless in its scholarship, brilliant in its presentation and above all in its understanding of a difficult personality."

2,696 pages in total with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Good for paperbacks. Some wear/rubbing/fading/marking covers. Internal pages good with slight yellowing. Bindings tight.

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"THE LIFE OF LORD STRATHCONA & MOUNT ROYAL (1820-1914)"  by Beckles Wilson.  1915.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth cover, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd, London in 1915.  Dimensions: 25.5cm x 18cm approx.

A comprehensive and fascinating biography of this extremely important figure in the history of Canada: "To him, more than to any other man, is due Canada's material prosperity and much of her political temper."

617 pages with 16 full-page photogravures and fold-out map to the rear.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Heavy wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Slight split to top of front spine covering. Internal pages good with just very light yellowing and slight foxing to extreme page edges. Binding tight.

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"RUDYARD KIPLING - His Life and Work" by Charles Carrington. 1955.

Hardcover First Edition in red cloth covers, published by Macmillan & Co, Ltd, London in 1955.  Dimensions: 22.5cm x 16cm approx. 

A comprehensive and interesting biography of Rudyard Kipling.  "Delves far beneath the facade of Kipling's strident 'Englishness' to produce a thorough, well-balanced portrait of a man whose genius is sometimes overshadowed by his controversial reputation". 

549 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Heavy wear/rubbing/fading/marking to cloth covers. Internal pages good with some yellowing and a slight ripple. Binding tight.

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"JABEZ - THE RISE AND FALL OF A VICTORIAN ROGUE" by David McKie.  2004.

Hardcover First Edition in red cloth covers with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Atlantic Books, London in 2004.  Dimensions: 19.5cm x 14.5cm approx. 

The incredible story of Jabez Spencer Balfour - "business man, philanthropist, politician, temperance campaigner and charmer. He was also an astonishing scoundrel - a liar, adulterer and cheat - who perpetrated the most destructive fraud of the nineteenth century.

A fascinating story and a great read.

284 pages with a number of black and white illustrations.

Condition:  Good. Slight wear/rubbing to dustcover and hardcover. Internal pages good.  Binding tight.

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"IN MEMORY LONG" by Amy Stewart Fraser. 1977.

Hardcover First Edition printed covers with original dustcover (price clipped), published by Routledge and Kegan Paul, London in 1977.  Dimensions: 22cm x 14.5cm approx.

A fascinating sequel to "The Hills of Home" which was about Fraser's upbringing in the Scottish Highlands.  This volume is an account of the many and varies activities that filled Fraser's life between 1885 and 1966.  Describes a Scotland long disappeared.

305 pages with a number of black and white illustrations.

Condition: Very Good. Slight wear and some fading to dustcover. Slight wear to cloth covers. Internal pages very good. Binding tight.

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"SIR JOHN MANDEVILLE - The Man and His Book"  by Malcolm Letts.  1949.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth cover, published by The Blatchworth Press, London in 1949.  Dimensions: 22cm x 14.5cm approx.

An extremely interesting volume which looks at both Sir John Mandeville, the famous 14th Century traveller and his superb book "Travels". 

192 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Some wear/rubbing/marking and fading to cloth covers.   Corners bumped. Internal pages good with just some very light damp marking to outer edges of the first 30% (does not affect text or detract). Binding tight.

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"COME HELL OR HIGH WATER" by Clare Francis. 1977.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Pelham Books, London in 1977. Dimensions: 21.5cm x 14.5cm approx. 

The amazing story of Francis' record-breaking voyage during the Royal Western Singlehanded Transatlantic Race during the 1970's.  At that time, the smallest person ever to have sailed the Atlantic alone, she encountered violent gales, storms, icebergs and huge storms along the way.  A dramatic story of courage. 

198 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Very Good. Dustcover has some light wear and a few small marks.  Internal pages good. Binding tight.

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"THE FARINGTON DIARY - Vol V, January 1808, to December 1809"  by Joseph Farington.  1925.

Hardcover First Edition in dark blue cloth cover, published by Hutchinson and Co, London in 1925.  Dimensions: 23.5cm x 16cm approx.  Volume V only - We believe the first editions were published in VIII volumes.

A hugely interesting volume from a number of perspectives.  The book is part of the diaries of Joseph Farington, English landscape painter and topographical artist and a member of the Royal Academy.  His writings give a fascinating insight into life at the turn of the 19th century.  This particular volume highlights the Napoleonic wars, the unrest in the North of England and other social concerns but, also discusses contemporary art and artists.  The final chapters narrate an interesting tour of the West Country of England conducted by Farington in 1809.

335 pages with a number of black and white plates.

Condition:  Good. Some wear/rubbing/fading/marking to the covers. Spine cracked at front hinge. Internal pages good with some minor yellowing and foxing. Binding tight.

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"ALDOUS HUXLEY - A Biography"  Vol I 1894-1939 by Sybille Bedford.  1973.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth cover with original dustcover (price clipped), published by Chatto & Windus, London in 1973.  Dimensions: 24cm x 16cm approx.

An interesting biography by Bedford, who was a friend of Huxley's for over 30 years.  This is Volume I only of  two volume set.

212 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Some wear/rubbing/fading/marking to dustcover. Some wear/marking to cloth cover. Internal pages good with slight yellowing and a few minor marks. Binding tight.

Postage:  UK First: £3.50, US Airmail: £9.60, Europe Airmail: £5.30, US Surface Mail: £4.90

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"WORLD BLACKOUT" by Sarah Gertrude Millin. 1946.

Hardcover First Edition (third impression) in black cloth cover, published by Faber and Faber, Ltd, London in 1946.  Dimensions: 22.5cm x 14.5cm approx. 

An extremely interesting volume written in the form of a diary of events between September 1, 1939 and September 1, 1940. The author was living in South Africa and was obviously close to General Smuts as she includes reference to him and his opinions throughout. Millin also wrote a biography of Smuts. An unusual perspective on the first year of WWII.

256 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Some wear/rubbing/marking to cover. Corners slightly bumped. Boards slightly warped. Internal pages good if yellowed. Binding tight.

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"COVERING ALL FRONTS" by Ralph Ingersoll. 1942.

Hardcover First Edition in red cloth cover, published by John Lane, London in 1942.  Dimensions: 20.5cm x 13.5cm approx. 

A "personal account of the war on a 30,000 mile front." Told by the author who was a correspondent for the newspaper "PM".

304 pages with a number of black and white plates and maps.

Condition:   Reasonably Good.  Ex-Library copy with normal library markings.  Has been re-bound for library use.  Some wear/rubbing/marking to cover.  Corners slightly bumped.  Internal pages good with slight yellowing.  Binding tight.

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"THE LIFE AND ADMINISTRAION OF CARDINAL WOLSEY" by John Galt.  1812.

Hardcover First Edition in one third calf and marbled board cover, printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, London in 1812.  Dimensions: 29cm x 24cm approx. 

An interesting volume whose author is almost as famous as his subject.

232 pages with black and white frontispiece portrait of Wolsey.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Bookplate to the front paste-down in the name of William Stoneheusen Hanson and library plate to front free endpaper stating the book was presented to Exeter City Library in memory of R. W. Audry, Esq., C.B.E. of Witshire in 1949. Heavy wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers.  Corners bumped. Internal pages generally good however the first 16 and last 30 pages have quite a serious water stain and all pages have a slight ripple. Binding tight.

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"MEMOIRS FROM 1754 TO 1758" by James Earl Waldegrave K G.  1821.

Hardcover First Edition in full calf cover, published by John Murray, London in 1821.  Dimensions: 26cm x 20cm approx. 

An extremely interesting and historically important volume by James Earl Waldegrave - "One of his Majesty's Privy Council in the Reign of George II and Governor to the Prince of Wales, afterwards, George III". Describes in detail the political goings-on of the years 1754 to 1758.

176 pages with black and white frontispiece portrait of Waldegrave.

Condition:   Good.  Ex-Library copy with normal library markings.  Bookplate to the front paste-down stating the book was presented to Exeter City Library in memory of R. W. Audry, Esq., C.B.E. of Witshire in 1953.  Has been renovated (and possibly re-bound) at some stage with the addition of new paste-downs and free end papers.  A Fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers.  Corners bumped.  Internal pages good with slight foxing - mainly to preliminary pages and a slight ripple.  Binding tight.

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"GERMAIN DE STAEL - THE WOMAN OF AFFAIRS" by R. McNair Wilson. 1931.

Hardcover First Edition in patterned board cover with black cloth spine, published by Eyre & Spottiswoode, London in 1931.  Dimensions: 25cm x 17cm approx. 

A fascinating biography of Madame De Stael that describes in detail the effect that she and her father had on the French Revolution. By the author of "Josephine" and "Napoleon the Man". 

313 pages.

Condition:  Reasonable. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Corners bumped. Internal pages good with slight yellowing and some light foxing throughout (mainly to extreme page edges). Binding tight.

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"FROM THE HEART OF EUROPE" by F. O. Matthiessen. 1948.

Hardcover First Edition in turquoise cloth cover, published by Oxford University Press, New York in 1948.  Dimensions: 21cm x 14.5cm approx. 

A difficult to quanitify volume that is part travel writing, part autobiography and part philosophical. The book is quite scarce. Matthiessen himself was a Harvard professor and was gay and something of a radical. He was apparently close to the Communist Party in the United States and commited suicide in 1950 under pressure of the McCarthy "red scare".

194 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Some wear/rubbing/marking to cover. Corners slightly bumped. Boards slightly warped. Internal pages good with slight yellowing. Binding tight.

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"JOURNEY DOWN A BLIND ALLEY" by Mary Borden.  c.1950.

Hardcover First Edition in red cloth cover, published by Hutchinson & Co, London. The volume is undated but we believe it to be c.1950. Dimensions: 24cm x 16.5cm approx. 

An extremely interesting autobiography that tells the story of the author's service with a French Army Medical Unit during WWII. Borden travelled through France and also around North Africa with the unit.

296 pages.

Condition:   Reasonable.  Ex-Library copy with normal library markings.  A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to cloth covers. Spine slightly soft and starting to crack at front and rear hinges. Internal pages good with just slight yellowing and a bit of a ripple. Binding tight.

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"TO THE STARS" by George Tajei. Star Trek's Mr. Sulu.  1994.

Hardcover First Edition in blue hardcover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Pocket Books, London in 1994.  Dimensions: 22cm x 14.5cm approx. 

George Takei is universally known as "Mr. Sulu" from Star Trek. This interesting autobiography provides a unique first hand account of the creative experiences, personalities, and egos behind the thirty year Star Trek phenomenon.

406 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Dustcover has some damage to the top right corner of the front. Hardcover good. Internal pages good. Binding tight.

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"AFTER THE BALL" by Nobby Stiles. 2003.

Hardcover First Edition in red hardcover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Hodder and Stoughton, London in 2003.  Dimensions: 24cm x 16cm approx. 

An excellent autobiography by one of Manchester United and England's footballing legends. Stiles offers everything from the joy of being part of the squad that won the world cup in 1966 to the desperate lows of the Munich air tragedy.

307 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:   Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Dustcover very good and protected by plastic. Hardcover good. Internal pages good with just slight yellowing. Very slight lean to spine. Binding tight.

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"THE WAVELESS PLAIN - An Italian Autobiography" by Walter Starkie.  1938.

Hardcover First Edition in green cloth cover, published by John Murray, London in 1938.  Dimensions: 21.5cm x 14.5cm approx. 

A well written autobiography of the author's time spent in Italy from around 1915.

511 pages.

Condition:  Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Has been re-bound for library use. Some wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Internal pages good. Binding tight.

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"WHITE OF SELBORNE and His Times" by Walter S. Scott.  1946.

Hardcover First Edition in grey cloth hardcover, published by John Westhouse, London in 1946. Dimensions: 28cm x 21.5cm approx. 

An interesting and quite personal account of the life of Gilbert White with the emphasis on White's life as a "man, a friend, a clergyman, a University don, an agriculturalist, and a gardener, rather than as a naturalist." At the time Scott wrote this biography, he was living at Selborne. White was also the author of "The Natural History of Selborne."

166 pages with a number of black and white plates.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Heavy wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Internal pages good. Binding tight.

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"H.R.H. - A Character Study of the Prince of Wales" by Major F. E. Verney.  1928.

Hardcover "Popular" Edition in blue cloth hardcover, published by Hodder & Stoughton, London in 1928. Dimensions: 24cm x 16cm approx. 

A fascinating and quiet comprehensive look at the life of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales. The volume looks at both his life at "home" and "on tour", taking in his early life and influences, his military career and much more.

285 pages with colour frontispiece and a number of black and white plates.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Internal pages good with some yellowing and minor foxing. Binding tight.

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"VICTORIA - Her Life and Reign. 1819 - 1901" by Alfred E. Knight.  1901.

Hardcover Fifth Edition in illustrated red cloth cover, published by S. W. Partridge & Co, London in 1901.  Dimensions: 19cm x 13.5cm approx. 

A comprehensive and early biography of one of Britain's most famous sovereigns.

385 pages plus publishers advertisements with numerous black and white illustrations in the text.

Condition:   Reasonable.  A Fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers (spine in particular).  Spine rather brittle.  Internal pages good but very yellowed.  Binding fairly tight.

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"THE COCHRAN STORY - A Biography of Sir Charles Blake Cochran" by Charles Graves.  c.1951.

Hardcover First Edition in mustard-coloured hardcover, published by W. H. Allen, London. The volume is undated but we believe it to be c.1951. Dimensions: 21.5cm x 14cm approx. 

The story of what the dedication describes as "the century's greatest showman".

282 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Libris copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to cover. Internal pages good with slight yellowing and slight wear. Binding tight.

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"ELENI" by Nicholas Gage. 1983.

Hardcover First Edition in black hardcover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Collins, London in 1983.  Dimensions: 24cm x 16cm approx. 

The amazing true story of a Greek peasant woman, Eleni Gatzoyiannis, who was executed for the "crime" of organising the escape of her 5 children from the Communists during the Greek Civil War in 1948.

470 pages.

Condition:  Good. Some wear/rubbing/fading to dustcover. Internal pages slightly yellowed.  Binding tight.

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"NATHANAEL WEST - The Art of His Life" by Jay Martin. 1971.

Hardcover First Edition in burgundy cloth covers with original dustcover, published by Secker & Warburg, London in 1971.  Dimensions: 22.5cm x 14.5cm approx. 

An authoritative biography of Nathanael West based to a large degree on West's personal papers.

435 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Some wear/rubbing/marking and very minor damage to dustcover. Some wear/rubbing to cloth covers. Internal pages slightly yellowed. Binding tight.

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"THE PRIVATE LIFE OF HENRY MAITLAND - A Portrait of George Gissing" by Morley Roberts.  1958.

Hardcover Edition in red cloth covers with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by The Richards Press, London in 1958.  Dimensions: 22.5cm x 14.5cm approx. 

An extremely interesting biography of the novelist, George Gissing (1857-1903). Edited with an introduction by Morchard Bishop.

253 pages with black and white frontispiece.

Condition:  Good. Dustcover is a bit tatty around the edges with a fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading.  Some wear/rubbing/fading/marking to cloth covers. Internal pages good with just some minor foxing to extreme page edges. Binding tight.

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"NOT WITHOUT PREJUDICE"   by Sir David Napley.  1982.

Hardcover First Edition in green cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Harrap, London.  Dimensions: 24cm x 16cm approx. 

An extremely interesting account of the life and career of this top solicitor who had been practising since 1937. The book includes his experiences of defending Ian Ball (who tried to kidnap Princess Anne), his participation in the Lennon/Yoko affair and numerous other high profile cases. 

445 pages with a number of black and white photographs. 

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Some wear/rubbing to dustcover. Hardcovers good. Boards slightly warped. Internal pages good. Binding tight.

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"CAESAR" by Gerard Walter.  1953.

Hardcover First Edition in black cloth cover, published by Cassell and Company, Ltd, London in 1953.  Dimensions: 22cm x 15cm approx.  Please note that this is volume I only of a two volume set.

A detailed biography of the Roman Emporer, Julius Caesar, translated from the French by Emma Crauford.

365 pages with black and white frontispiece.

Condition:  Good. Some wear/rubbing/fading/marking to cloth covers. Internal pages good with just some yellowing and some minor foxing to extreme page edges. Binding tight.

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"MORE FROM THE PRIMEVAL FOREST"  by Albert Schweitzer. 1931.

Hardcover First Edition (ex-libris) in green cloth cover, published by A. C. Black, Ltd, London in 1931.  Dimensions: 19.5cm x 12.5cm approx.

The second part of Schweitzer's autobiography covering his work at Lambarene in Equatorial Africa.  Sequel to "On the Edge of the Primeval Forest".  The volume covers the period April 1924 to July 1927 and mainly covers his work in the forest hospital there.  A fascinating book.

173 pages with 16 black and white photographs.

Condition:  Reasonably good. Slight wear/rubbing to covers. Normal library markings.  Spine cracked at frontispiece. Internal pages good but slightly yellowed.  Binding tight.

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"GENGHIS KHAN - The Emporer of All Men" by Harold Lamb.  1952.

Hardcover Edition in black cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Doubleday and Company, New York in 1952.  Dimensions: 21.5cm x 14.5cm approx. 

An interesting biography of one of the most powerful conquerors of all time. Tells the story of Khan's life from his boyhood as a hunted outlaw to his incredible conquests and the development of his huge empire.

270 pages with a number of black and white illustrations.

Condition:   Reasonable.  Dustcover is quite tatty with some damage and loss to spine and top and bottom edges and some fading.   Corners bumped.  Cloth covers have some wear/fading.  Internal pages good with just some yellowing.  Binding tight.

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"THE NUN OF MONZA"  by Mario Mazzucchelli.  1963.

Hardcover First UK Edition in green cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Hamish Hamilton, London in 1963.  Dimensions: 22.5cm x 15cm approx.

The story of Sister Virginia Maria de Leyva, the Nun of Monza. The book caused a sensation when it was originally published in Italy. Sister Virginia became a nun at the turn of the Seventeenth Century but fell in love with Gian Paolo Osio, son of a rich family whose palace was next door to the convent. The book tells the story of the resulting scandal.

230 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Reasonable. Some wear/rubbing/fading/marking to dustcover which has some minor damage to the top edge of the spine. Some wear/marking to cloth cover. Internal pages good yellowed with some foxing throughout. Binding tight.

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"ARTHUR QUILLER-COUCH.  A Biographical study of Q."  by F. Brittain.  1947.

Hardcover First Edition in red cloth cover with original dustcover, published by The Cambridge University Press in 1947.  Dimensions: 21.5cm x 14.5cm approx.

An interesting and comprehensive biography of Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (also known by the pseudonym 'Q') - prolific writer and poet.  Quiller, amongst other writings, wrote the conclusioon of R. L. Stevenson's "St. Ives".

174 pages with colour frontispiece portrait of Quiller-Couch, full bibliography and two facsimile documents.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking and fading to dustcover and cloth covers. Internal pages good if a bit yellowed with some minor foxing to extreme page edges. Binding tight.

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"THE TRIALS OF RADCLYFFE HALL"  by Diana Souhami.  1998.

Hardcover First Edition in orange cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson, London in 1998.    Dimensions: 24cm x 16.5cm approx. 

Radclyffe Hall, one of England's great eccentrics, is most famous for her novel "The Wel of Loneliness". About "congenital inverts" - lesbian love - it caused a furore when she wrote it in 1928. A fascinating book about an equally fascinating personality.

418 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition: Very Good. Dustcover in very good condition (and protected by plastic). Front hardcover has a small dent (which we assume accounts for the fact that the publishers have added a stamp stating the book is damaged in transit). Internal pages very good. Binding tight. Looks unread.

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"THE FORTUNATE MISTRESS: or a HISTORY OF THE LIFE AND VAST VARIETY OF FORUNES of MADEMOISELLE DE BELEAU, afterwards called THE COUNTESS DE WINTSELSHEIM in GERMANY"  by Daniel Defoe. 1924.

Hardcover Limited Edition (of 775 copies) in burgundy cloth cover, published by Constable & Co, Ltd, London in 1935.  Dimensions: 23.5cm x 16cm approx.

A very nice copy of this classic by Defoe. The volume is printed from the original (published in 1724) including a facsimile of the title page and frontispiece.

413 untrimmed pages.

Condition:  Good. Some wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Top edge of rear board has slight damage. Spine cracked at front hinge. Internal pages good with some yellowing and some minor foxing to extreme page edges. Binding tight.

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"JAMES BOSWELL - THE EARLIER YEARS. 1740-1769" by Frederick A. Pottle.  1966.

Hardcover First Edition in black cloth cover with original dustcover (price clipped), published by Heinemann, London in 1966.  Dimensions: 24cm x 17cm approx. 

An interesting biography of James Boswell "renowned biographer and immortalizer of Samuel Johnson, and the greatest diarist our language has known."

606 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Dustcover is quite tatty with some damage to spine and top and bottom edges and some fading/rubbing/marking. Cloth covers have some wear/marking.  Internal pages good with just some very minor foxing and slight grubbiness to the extreme edges. Binding tight.

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"CONFLICT OF LOYALTY"  by Geoffrey Howe.  19946.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth covers with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Macmillan, London in 1994.    Dimensions: 24cm x 16.5cm approx. 

An extremely interesting autobiography by Geoffrey Howe - successively Chancellor of the Exchequer, Foreign Secretary, and Deputy Prime Minister during all but the last three of Margaret Thatcher's eleven years in power. 

736 pages with a number of black and white photographs. 

Condition:  Very Good. Slight wear/rubbing to dustcover and cloth covers. Internal pages very good with very slight yellowing to extreme page edges. Binding tight.

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"COCAINE TRAIN - Tracing My Bloodline Through Colombia"  by Stephen Smith.  1999.

Hardcover First Edition in black cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Little, Brown and Company, London in 1999.  Dimensions: 22.5cm x 14cm approx

An extraordinary book about the author's equally extraordinary journey through one of the most violent countries on earth in order to uncover the secret life of the grandfather he barely knew.

236 pages with numerous black and white photographs.

Condition:  Good. Some rubbing/wear to dust cover. Cloth cover good.  Internal pages good with slight yellowing. Binding tight.

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"GO AN EXTRA MILE - the adventures and reflections of a flying doctor" by Michael Wood. 1978.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth cover, published by Collins, London in 1978.  Dimensions: 23.5cm x 14.5cm approx.  Signed "with best wishes, Michael Wood" to first title page.

An interesting and entertaining autobiography which describe thirty years of Michael Wood's life as a flying doctor in Africa.  Foreword by Laurens van der Post.

160 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Good. Some wear/rubbing/marking to covers. Internal pages good with just a few small marks and some insignificant foxing to extreme page edges.  Personal library mark pasted to rear of front free endpaper. Binding tight.

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"THE YEAR OF THE GORILLA" by George B. Schaller. 1965.

Hardcover First Edition in red cloth cover, published by Collins, London in 1965.  Dimensions: 21.5cm x 14.5cm approx.  Ex-Libris copy from the Boots Library.

A fascinating account of an expedition which began in 1959 from New York and whose aim was to study the eastern or lowland gorilla that inhabits West Africa.   

288 pages with a number of black and white photographs plus illustrations by the author.

Condition:   Reasonably Good.  Some wear/rubbing/marking/fading to the cloth covers.  Spine slightly soft.   Internal pages good with slight water mark to top edge of the first and last couple of pages and some yellowing and minor foxing.  Binding tight.

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"THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BENVENUTO CELLINI"  1966.

Hardcover Edition in pictorially embossed brown cloth cover, published by The Folio Society, London in 1966.  Dimensions: 25cm x 16cm approx. 

A typically high quality publication of this interesting autobiography.  Translated by George Bull.  A vivid and convincing account of 16th Century Italian life.

351 pages with a number of black and white plates to the rear.

Condition:   Very Good.  Slight wear to cloth covers.  Internal pages very good.  Binding tight.

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"SINATRA - THE UNTOLD STORY" by Michael Munn.  2001.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Robson Books, London in 2001.  Dimensions: 24cm x 16.5cm approx. 

An interesting book for any lover of Frank Sinatra.  Exposes the full extent of his underworld ties including hios vendetta against the boss of the Chicago Mafia, Sam Giancana.  You've heard the rumours - now explore the facts!

226 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Slight wear/rubbing/fading to dustcover. Hard cover very good.  Internal pages very good with just some very light yellowing. Binding tight.

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"RUDYARD KIPLING" by Andrew Lycett. 1999.

Hardcover First Edition in black cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson, London in 1999.  Dimensions: 24cm x 16.5cm approx. 

An incredibly comprehensive volume which unravels the intricate story of the misunderstood genius who was Rudyard Kipling.  A truly fascinating book. 

659 pages with a number of black and white photographs and chapter illuminations.

Cost new was £25.00 - book looks unread.

Condition:  Mint.

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"TALKING AT THE GATES - A Life of James Baldwin" by James Campbell. 1991.

Hardcover First Edition in black cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Faber and Faber, London in 1991.  Dimensions: 24cm x 16cm approx.

A fascinating biography of James Baldwin - argueably one of the finest and most influential American writers ever.  Born in Harlem in 1924, Baldwin began writing at an early age and then went to live in Paris to escape racism in the States.  He wrote a number of modern classic including "The Fire Next Time", "Go Tell it on the Mountain" and "Giovanni's Room".

306 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition: Very Good. Dustcover has some wear. Internal pages very good with a fair bit of yellowing. Binding tight.

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"RICHARD DIMBLEBY - A Biography" by Jonathon Dimbleby. 1975.

Hardcover First Edition in red cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Hodder and Stoughton, London in 1975.  Dimensions: 24cm x 16.5cm approx.

For 20 years, Richard Dimbleby was Britain's foremost broadcaster - better known and more widely loved than anyone else in the country (probably !).  An insightful and fascinating biography by his son.

422 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Very Good. Some wear to dustcover (which is protected by plastic).  Internal pages very good. Binding tight.

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"THACKERAY" by D. J. Taylor.  1999.

Hardcover First Edition in burgundy cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Chatto & Windus, London in 1999.  Dimensions: 24cm x 16cm approx. 

The fascinating biography of William Makepeace Thackeray - made famous by his "Vanity Fair" but also author of such volumes as "Pendennis", "The History of Henry Esmond", and "The Newcomes".  Detailed and extremely informative.

494 pages with a number of black and white plates.

R.R.P. £25.00.

Condition:   Brand new.

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"BROWNING - A Private Life" by Iain Finlayson.  2005.

Softcover Edition in printed covers, published by Harper Perennial, London in 2005.  Dimensions: 20cm x 13cm approx. 

An extremely interesting biography of Robert Browning - the most modern of the Victorian poets.  "A writer of strange and unique vision whose influence on the course of British poetry cannot be underestimated."  "Finlayson is the first biographer to do justice to Browning's immense poetic and personal legacy."

758 pages with a number of black and white plates.

R.R.P. £15.00.

Condition:   Brand new.

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"A FINE PLACE TO DAYDREAM - Racehorses, Romance and the Irish" by Bill Barich.  2005.

Hardcover First Edition in black cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by CollinsWillow, London in 2005.  Dimensions: 22.5cm x 14.5cm approx. 

A lovely book which is quite difficult to classify.  It is part-romance, part-autobiography and part-topography.  Tells the story of how the author fell in love with a woman, with Ireland and with Irish horse-racing.  "...a story rich in characters, witty and philosophical, a paen to the real Ireland and a moving account of an unlikely romance." 

297 pages with a number of colour photographs.

R.R.P. £15.99.

Condition:   Brand new.

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"DAN SMITH - An Autobiography"  1970.

Hardcover First Edition in mauve cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Oriel Press, Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1970.  Dimensions: 22cm x 14.5cm approx. 

An extremely interesting autobiography of a very well known figure from Northern English politics.  Smith was leader of the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Labour Party and a tireless fighter for the Northern region.

151 pages.

Condition:  Good. Dustcover is has a fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading. Corners bumped. Cloth covers good. Internal pages good with just some yellowing and foxing to extreme page edges. Binding tight.

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"INDIA CALED THEM" by Lord Beveridge.  1947.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by George Allen and Unwin, London in 1947.  Dimensions: 22cm x 14.5cm approx. 

The biography of the author's parents - Henry and Annette Beveridge who were both remarkably strong people and excellent correspondents. Henry and Annette met in India and this book is an unusual look at the politics and society of the British Raj and the Victorian era in general

418 pages.

Condition:   Reasonably Good.  Dustcover is reasonable with some damage to spine and top and bottom edges and some fading/wear/rubbing.   Corners bumped.  Cloth covers have some wear.  Spine slightly soft.  Internal pages good with just some yellowing and minor foxing.  Binding quite tight.

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"ALBERT AND VICTORIA" by Francoise de Bernardy.  1953.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York in 1953.  Dimensions: 21cm x 14.5cm approx. 

An autobiography which concentrates on the marriage of Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort, Albert rather than just on Victoria's reign. Described as having a "living touch of warmth and happiness in the account of their life together, which comprised the most strenuous official acticities without impoverishing their domestic life".

341 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Dustcover is quite tatty with some damage to spine and top and bottom edges and some fading. Corners bumped. Cloth covers have some wear.  Internal pages good with just some yellowing. Binding tight.

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"MY LIFE"  by Richard Wagner. Vol I.  1911.

Hardcover First Edition in red cloth cover, published by Constable & Co, Ltd, London in 1911.  Dimensions: 23cm x 16cm approx.  Please note that this is volume I only of II volumes.

A fascinating autobiography by Wagner.  The book was dictated to one of his friends and this first volume looks at his childhood, school days, musical studies, his period in Paris (1839-42) and then at his composing between 1842 and 1850 (in Dresden).

544 pages with frontispiece portrait of Wagner.

Condition:  Reasonable. Heavy wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Corners bumped.  Spine cracked at front and rear hinges. Internal pages good with some yellowing throughout. Binding rather weak.

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"RHODES"  by Sarah Gertrude Millin. 1933.

Hardcover First Edition in black cloth cover, published by Chatto and Windus, London in 1933.  Dimensions: 22.5cm x 15.5cm approx.

An interesting and comprehensive biography of Cecil Rhodes.

389 pages with black and white frontispiece photograph of Rhodes' death mask.

Condition:  Reasonable. Heavy wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Corners bumped.  Internal pages good but quite yellowed with some minor foxing. Binding tight.

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"TRAGICALLY I WAS AN ONLY TWIN - THE COMPLETE PETER COOK" Edited by William Cook.  2002.

Hardcover First Edition in black cloth cover with original dustcover (price clipped), published by Century, London in 2002.  Dimensions: 24cm x 16cm approx. 

An extremely difficult book to categorise, this is part auto-biography and part humour.  The volume is a collection of the writings of Peter Cook (and he did an awful lot of writing!).  The writing spans his whole career from school and university to his surreal, satirical journalism for "Private Eye".  A must-have for any Peter Cook fan.

429 pages.

Condition: Very Good. Slight wear/rubbing/marking to dustcover. Cloth covers very good.  Internal pages very good. Binding tight. Looks unread.

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"SEEKING A SEE - A Journal of the Right Reverend Henry Lascelles Jenner D.D. of his visit to Dunedin, New Zealand in 1868-1869"  Edited by Rev. John Pearce.  1984.

Hardcover First Edition in mauve cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Dunedin, New Zealand in 1984.  Dimensions: 25cm x 16cm approx. 

A scarce and fascinating autobiography by one of the most famous Cornishmen of his time. Jenner was an Anglican Bishop and this volume is his journal recording his somewhat controversial travels through Otago and Southland.

228 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Very Good. Dustcover has slight wear/rubbing and fading. Cloth covers good.  Internal pages very good with just a few very minor pencil marks and underlinings.  Binding tight.

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"SEVEN HORIZONS"  by Charles J. Finger.  1930.

Hardcover First Edition in green cloth cover with pasted-on illustration, published by Doubleday, Doran & Co, Inc, New York in 1930.  Dimensions: 23.5cm x 16.5cm approx.

An eaxtremely interesting "literary adventure-biography" which tells the rather remarkable tale of Finger's life.  Born in mid-Victorian Mayfair, London, Fingerfirst joined Bernard Shaw, Cunningham Grahame and their group of young social philosophers and then sailed to Patagonia, beginning a new career as an author.

457 uncut pages with a number of black and white illustrations.

This book also comes with a letter typed and signed by the author to "Sody".  The letter is obviously to a friend and includes a paragraph on the virtues of a book called "The Cosmological Eye" by Miller.  The letter is dated Dec, 6th, 1949.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Corners bumped. Slight damage to top and bottom of spine covering. Spine covering beginning to come away from binding.  Internal pages good with just very slight yellowing.  Binding tight.

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"GEORGE VI"  by Hector Bolitho. 1937.

Hardcover First Edition in gold cloth cover, published by Eyre & Spottiswoode, London in 1937.  Dimensions: 22cm x 15cm approx. 

An interesting biography of King George VI which is just as interesting for the time period in which the King lived - the end of the Victorian era an the beginning of the "modern" world.

256 pages with numerous black and white photographs.

Condition:  Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers.  Spine cracked at front and rear hinges.  Internal pages good with slight yellowing and some very minor foxing.  Binding tight.

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"RUNAWAY"  by Lucy Irving.  1986.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Viking, London in 1986.  Dimensions: 22cm x 14cm approx.

An interesting "prequel" autobiography by Irving which describes in vivid detail her life prior to the fame that came with the publication of her bestseller "Castaway".

212 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Included are two copies of the review of the Book by "The Times".

Condition:  Very Good. Some wear/rubbing/fading to dustcover. Internal pages very good.  Binding tight.

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"AND THAT'S NOT ALL"  by Joan Plowright.  2001.

Hardcover First Edition in black cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson, London in 2001.  Dimensions: 24cm x 16cm approx.

A fascinating autobiography by Joan Plowright which looks at her successful career in the theatre and gives a candid insight into her marriage to Sir Laurence Olivier.

258 pages with a number of colour and black and white photographs.

Condition:  Mint. Very slight wear/rubbing to dustcover. Internal pages very good. Binding tight. Looks unread.

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"BLOOMSBURY - A House of Lions" by Leon Edel.  1979.

Hardcover Edition in brown cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Book Club Associates, London in 1979.  Dimensions: 24cm x 16cm approx. 

An extremely interesting series of biographical essays on the principal figures of the "Bloomsbury Group".  The Group was a collection of writers, artists, critics, economic and political activists who came together during the Edwardian period and flourished beyond the Second World War.  The book looks at Virginia Woolf, Leonard Woolf, Lytton Strachey, Maynard Keynes, Desmond MacCarthy, Roger Fry, Clive Bell, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.

288 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Very Good.  Dustcover has slight wear/marking. Cloth covers good.  Internal pages very good.  Binding tight.

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"PEPITA"  by V. Sackville-West. 1937.

Hardcover First Edition (Third impression) in orange cloth cover, published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf, The Hogarth Press, London in 1937.  Dimensions: 22cm x 14.5cm approx.

An extremely interesting account of a Spanish family between the years 1830 and 1936.  Reveals a Spain which has long since disappeared.

282 pages with a number of black and white plates.

Condition:  Reasonable. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Spine cracked at front hinge and spine covering beginning to come away from binding.  Internal pages slightly yellowed with some foxing (mainly to extreme edges) but otherwise good.   Binding tight.

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"ALDOUS HUXLEY - A Biography"  Vol I 1894-1939 & Vol II 1939-1963 by Sybille Bedford.  1973 & 1974.

2 x Hardcover First Editions in blue cloth covers with original dustcovers (price clipped), published by Chatto & Windus, London in 1973 and 1974 respectively.  Dimensions: 24cm x 16cm approx.

An interesting and very comprehensive biography by Bedford, who was a friend of Huxley's for over 30 years.  Complete in two these two volumes.

590 pages in total with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Some wear/rubbing/fading/marking to dustcovers.  Some wear/marking to cloth covers.  Binding of Vol II a bit brittle.  Internal pages good with slight yellowing and a few minor marks.  Bindings tight.

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"CAITLIN - LIFE WITH DYLAN THOMAS (or A Warring Absence)"  by Caitlin Thomas with George Tremlett.  1986.

Hardcover First Edition in red cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Secker & Warburg, London in 1986.  Dimensions: 24cm x 16cm approx.

An interesting autobiography by Caitlin Thomas which describes in vivid detail her life an relationship with Dylan.  "Makes all biographies of Dylan Thomas seem out of date."

212 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Included are two copies of the review of the Book by "The Times".

Condition:  Very Good. Some wear/rubbing to dustcover. Internal pages very good. Binding tight.

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"PETER SELLERS - The Authorized Biography" by Alexander Walker.  1981.

Hardcover First Edition in burgundy cloth cover with original dustcover (price clipped), published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson, London in 1981.  Dimensions: 24cm x 16.5cm approx. 

A fascinating biography of one of the world's most enduring comedians.  A discerning, compassionate and sometimes shocking study of Sellers.

240 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Dustcover is a bit tatty with some damage to spine and top and bottom edges and some fading. Spine slightly skewed. Cloth covers have some wear.  Internal pages good with just a few very minor marks. Binding tight. A good reading copy.

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"GIBBON'S JOURNAL to January 28th, 1763.  My Journal, I, II, & III and Ephemerides"  with introductory essays by D. M. Low.   1929.

Hardcover First Edition in brown cloth cover, published by Chatto & Windus, London in 1929.  Dimensions: 23cm x 15cm approx.  Ex-Libris copy from the Royal United Service Institution Library.

The fascinating journal of Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), the 18th century English historian.  Contains a good biography of the man plus all his main autobiographical writings.

260 pages with a number of black and white plates. 

Condition:   Reasonable. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers which also have a few bumps.  Spine covering splitting to front hinge.  Spine cracked at front and rear hinges.  Internal pages good with minor yellowing and a few minor marks as well as normal library markings.   Binding tight.

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"ELIZABETH CHUDLEIGH - Duchess of Kingston"  by Beatrice Curtis Brown.  1927.

Hardcover First Edition in burgundy cloth cover, published by Gerald Howe, Ltd, London in 1927.  Dimensions: 21cm x 14cm approx.

An interesting biography of Elizabeth Chudleigh (1726-1788).  A fascinating book.

91 untrimmed pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to cloth covers.   Corners bumped. Internal pages good. Binding tight.

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"TO TELL MY DAUGHTER" by Jean Curtis Brown. 1948.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth cover with original dustcover, published by Rodney Phillips and Green, Ltd, London in 194.  Dimensions: 18.5cm x 13cm approx.

An interesting volume which describes the author's childhood growing up in Edwardian England.  A nice copy with pencil inscription to front free endpaper "Jean Curtis Brown".  Also comes with a letter from the author dated August 1984 to a friend "Natalie" and signed simply "Jean".

116 pages with a number of black and white illustrations in the text by Eleanor Moynihan.

Condition:   Reasonably Good.  Dustcover is poor and in pieces (could be restored).  Some wear/marking/fading/rubbing to cloth covers.  Internal pages very good.  Binding tight.

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"THE YEARS THAT ARE PAST" by Frances Lloyd George.  1967.

Hardcover First Edition in grey cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Hutchinson, London in 1967.  Dimensions: 21.5cm x 14.5cm approx. 

A fascinating autobiography by the wife of Lloyd George.  "the autobiography of a woman who for over 30 years was the confidential secretary and intimate companion of one of Britain's greatest Prime Ministers cannot fail to be of compelling interest."  A significant historical document and a fascinating insight into the life of Lloyd George. 

296 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:   Reasonably Good.  Dustcover is rather tatty around the edges with some tears.  A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking to cloth covers.  Internal pages good with just slight yellowing and edge wear.  Binding tight.

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