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BALLANTYNE, R.M. (Robert Michael), 1825-1894 : AN AUTHOR’S ADVENTURES OR PERSONAL REMINISCENCES IN BOOK-MAKING.

BALLANTYNE, R.M. (Robert Michael), 1825-1894 : AN AUTHOR’S ADVENTURES OR PERSONAL REMINISCENCES IN BOOK-MAKING.

London : James Nisbet & Co., [ca.1905]. A reprint of the 1893 "Personal Reminiscences in Book-Making" under a slightly livelier title, and with a galleon in full sail on the cover rather than the the original small boat.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],238 + 32pp. Portrait frontispiece. Plates. Original pictorial cloth; some minor wear; a few slight marks; endpapers slightly strained; some spotting of edges and endpapers, but a good copy. Prize label of St. Matthias Sunday School, Stoke Newington, made out to Arthur Moore and dated 1906 – this presumably the thirteen-year old son of Charles and Alice Moore, his father shown as a porter on the 1901 Census.

£20

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BAMFORD, Samuel, 1788-1872 : PASSAGES IN THE LIFE OF A RADICAL.

BAMFORD, Samuel, 1788-1872 : PASSAGES IN THE LIFE OF A RADICAL.

London : MacGibbon & Kee, (1967). Originally published serially in Manchester in the early 1840s and here in a slightly shortened modern edition – one of the most important documents of nineteenth-century radicalism, covering the turbulent years either side of the Peterloo massacre, in the aftermath of which the highly articulate Bamford, both weaver and poet, was charged with treason and wrongly convicted of inciting a riot – “it is a voice that England cannot afford even now to shut its ears to”. With a preface by Tim Hilton.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 368pp. Original boards; top edge red; very good in a just lightly used and slightly creased dust-jacket.

£20

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BENKOVITZ, Miriam J. (Miriam Jeanette), 1911-1986 : RONALD FIRBANK : A BIOGRAPHY.

BENKOVITZ, Miriam J. (Miriam Jeanette), 1911-1986 : RONALD FIRBANK : A BIOGRAPHY.

London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (1970). First British edition. The first full-scale biography of the author of those “gossamer novels of scintillating nonsense”.
Demy 8vo (23cm). xviii,300,x pp. Plates. Portraits. Original pinkish-grey boards, lettered in black; mild spotting of edges, but a very good copy in a lightly used dust-jacket with a couple of short tears.

£20

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BURKE, Thomas (Sidney Thomas), 1886-1945 : SON OF LONDON.

BURKE, Thomas (Sidney Thomas), 1886-1945 : SON OF LONDON.

London : Herbert Jenkins, [1946]. First edition. A wonderful evocation of growing up in South London in the 1890s and Burke’s early days trying to make a living as a writer in the early 1900s, with much on reading, theatre, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (224)pp. Original cloth; a few minor marks and signs of age and use, but a very good and sound copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket lightly worn and slightly creased, with a repaired tear at the head of the front panel.

£20

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CHALMERS, Patrick R. (Patrick Reginald), 1872-1942 : KENNETH GRAHAME : LIFE, LETTERS AND UNPUBLISHED WORK.

CHALMERS, Patrick R. (Patrick Reginald), 1872-1942 : KENNETH GRAHAME : LIFE, LETTERS AND UNPUBLISHED WORK.

London : Methuen & Co., 1933. First edition. A full-scale life of Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932), including a number of previously unpublished essays and poems, material on the genesis of Wind in the Willows, the Bank of England years, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xviii),(322)pp. Plates. Portraits. Facsimiles. Folding genealogical table. Original cloth; a touch dulled and darkened; occasional slight spotting, but a very good and sound copy.

£25

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CHAMBERS, William, 1800-1883 : STORY OF A LONG AND BUSY LIFE.

CHAMBERS, William, 1800-1883 : STORY OF A LONG AND BUSY LIFE.

Edinburgh & London : W. & R. Chambers, 1882. First edition. The autobiography of the distinguished Scottish publisher William Chambers, partner with his brother Robert in “W. & R. Chambers”, founder of “Chambers’s Journal”, “Chambers’s Encyopaedia”, etc. Contains material on many of the leading writers and public figures of the day.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (118)pp. Portrait frontispiece. Original armorial cloth gilt; slightly rubbed and a little sunned; rear endpaper slightly strained; a few creases, but a good copy.

£20

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CLARE, John, 1793-1864 : JOHN CLARE’S AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL WRITINGS.

CLARE, John, 1793-1864 : JOHN CLARE’S AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL WRITINGS.

Oxford / New York : Oxford University Press, 1983. First edition. Extensive selections from Clare’s scattered autobiographical writings. Edited by Eric Robinson. Illustrated with wood engravings by John Lawrence.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xxii),(186)pp. Illustrations. Maps. Original boards; mild spotting of edges, but a very good copy in a just faintly rubbed dust-jacket.

£20

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CLIFFORD, James L. (James Lowry), 1901-1978 : DICTIONARY JOHNSON : SAMUEL JOHNSON’S MIDDLE YEARS.

CLIFFORD, James L. (James Lowry), 1901-1978 : DICTIONARY JOHNSON : SAMUEL JOHNSON’S MIDDLE YEARS.

London : William Heinemann, (1980). First British edition. Dr. Johnson in the years of the Dictionary, The Idler, Rasselas, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). (xii),372pp. Illustrations. Facsimiles. Portraits. Original cloth; tiny nick at head; mild crease to front free endpaper and half-title, but otherwise a very good copy in the dust-jacket, a touch sunned, and similarly slightly nicked at head.

£15

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COCHRANE, J.A. (James Aikman), 1919-2015 : DR. JOHNSON’S PRINTER : THE LIFE OF WILLIAM STRAHAN.

COCHRANE, J.A. (James Aikman), 1919-2015 : DR. JOHNSON’S PRINTER : THE LIFE OF WILLIAM STRAHAN.

London : Routledge & Kegan Paul, (1964). First edition. A life of the celebrated eighteenth-century printer, William Strahan (1715-1785), compiled by the war-hero and publisher J. A. “Peter” Cochrane.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xiv),(226)pp. Portrait. Table. Facsimiles. Original boards; very good in a lightly used, rubbed and creased dust-jacket.

£15

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COOKE, George Wingrove, 1814-1865 : MEMOIRS OF LORD BOLINGBROKE.

COOKE, George Wingrove, 1814-1865 : MEMOIRS OF LORD BOLINGBROKE.

London : Richard Bentley, 1835. First edition. The first full-scale biography of the “Man of Mercury” – Henry St. John, Viscount Bolingbroke (1678-1751) – politician, exile, writer, historian, philosopher, libertine and wit – a figure, in the author’s phrase, too long “sedulously erased” from the history books. Included as appendices are Bolingbroke’s poems, the articles of impeachment, his will, etc.
Two volumes. Demy 8vo. xx,416; viii,472pp. Portrait frontispiece to each volume. Bound in a later (early twentieth century) half crimson calf, banded and gilt, by Bayntun; top edges gilt; marbled endpapers; some minor wear and rubbing; spines a little dulled; some sunning to lower covers; preface and contents leaves to vol. i misbound in vol. ii; text a little marked and fingered in places; one leaf slightly damaged, without loss of text; but overall a good set. With the bookplate of William John Robertson in each volume.

£100

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“COOPER, William” – [HOFF, Harry Summerfield, 1910-2002] : FROM EARLY LIFE.

“COOPER, William” – [HOFF, Harry Summerfield, 1910-2002] : FROM EARLY LIFE.

London : Macmillan London, (1990). First edition. “Written in the rinsed-pebble prose of an outstanding man of letters” – the early reminiscences of the author of “Scenes from Provincial Life”.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [iv],(170),[ii]pp. Original maroon boards, lettered on spine in gilt; very good in the Paul Collicut dust-jacket – also very good.

£20

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CROFT-COOKE, Rupert, 1903-1979 : THE LAST OF SPRING.

CROFT-COOKE, Rupert, 1903-1979 : THE LAST OF SPRING.

London : Putnam & Co., 1964. First edition. An autobiographical account of Croft-Cooke in his twenties, with interesting material on his time dealing in rare books and first editions with a shop in Rochester, the publication of his earliest novels, journeys abroad, and incidental material on other writers, including Lord Alfred Douglas, Dorothy Richardson, Louis Golding, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (206),[ii]pp. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt; top edge red; a few slight marks and spots, but a very good copy in the delightful Val Biro dust-jacket – a bookshop interior – a little worn, lightly sunned and slightly tanned. Bookplate of Meroë Fleming.

£20

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CZERNIAWSKI, Adam, 1934- : SCENES FROM A DISTURBED CHILDHOOD.

CZERNIAWSKI, Adam, 1934- : SCENES FROM A DISTURBED CHILDHOOD.

London : Serpent’s Tail, (1991). First edition. Inscribed, signed and dated (1991) by Adam Czerniawski. Memoirs of an extraordinary childhood – Poland, escape to the Middle East, and then to England.
Post 8vo (20cm). xx,(168),[ii],[2]pp. Plates. Portraits. Original pictorial wrappers; very slightly bruised, but still a very good copy.

£20

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DARK, Sidney, 1874-1947 & GREY, Rowland : W. S. GILBERT : HIS LIFE AND LETTERS.

DARK, Sidney, 1874-1947 & GREY, Rowland : W. S. GILBERT : HIS LIFE AND LETTERS.

London : Methuen & Co., (1923). First edition. A thorough and handsome biography of Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836-1911).
Demy 8vo (23cm). (x),(270),8pp. Eight plates. Illustrations in the text. Original green cloth, ruled and lettered in blind on upper cover, and in gilt on spine; a touch sunned; mild spotting of endpapers; a little strained, but a very good copy.

£25

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DAVIES, W.H. (William Henry), 1871-1940 : NATURE.

DAVIES, W.H. (William Henry), 1871-1940 : NATURE.

London : B. T. Batsford, (1914). First edition. An autobiographical essay, interspersed with some poems. In the Fellowship Books series.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). [ii],(56),[ii]pp. Original blue cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in gilt; top edge gilt; lightly sunned; a few spots, but otherwise a very good copy. Contemporary (1918) ownership inscription.

£20

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DAY LEWIS, C. (Cecil), 1904-1972 : THE BURIED DAY.

DAY LEWIS, C. (Cecil), 1904-1972 : THE BURIED DAY.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1960. First edition. Autobiography of the poet and (as Nicholas Blake) crime-writer.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (244)pp. Plates. Portraits. Original tan buckram, blocked and lettered in black and gilt; a few minor signs of age and use, but overall a very good copy in the Reynolds Stone dust-jacket – just lightly tanned and slightly spotted, with a chip to rear panel. Contemporary (1961) ownership inscription of Mary Mitchell.

£20

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DEVONSHIRE, Deborah Vivien Cavendish, Duchess of, 1920-2014 : HOME TO ROOST AND OTHER PECKINGS.

DEVONSHIRE, Deborah Vivien Cavendish, Duchess of, 1920-2014 : HOME TO ROOST AND OTHER PECKINGS.

London : John Murray, (2009). First edition. Signed by Debo Devonshire, the last of the Mitford Sisters, on the title-page. Vignettes and reminiscences, funny, shrewd and moving – both at J. F. Kennedy’s inauguration and at his funeral, at the local post office, the 1938 London season, the Farmers’ Club dinner, book signings, tiaras, auction catalogues, motorways, deportment, Christmas at Chatsworth, shopping as your eyesight begins to fade, and much more. Edited by Charlotte Mosley and with an amusing and affectionate introduction by Alan Bennett, who has also signed the title-page.
Post 8vo (21cm). viii,168pp. Full-page illustrations by Will Topley. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt; pictorial endpapers; very good indeed in the equally very good dust-jacket. Ownership blind stamp of John Connolly in two places.

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[DISRAELI, Benjamin, First Earl of Beaconsfield, 1804-1881] : THE LETTERS OF DISRAELI TO LADY BRADFORD AND LADY CHESTERFIELD.

[DISRAELI, Benjamin, First Earl of Beaconsfield, 1804-1881] : THE LETTERS OF DISRAELI TO LADY BRADFORD AND LADY CHESTERFIELD.

London : Ernest Benn, 1929. First edition. The extraordinary correspondence of the Prime Minister in the years of his widowerhood – letters to the two sisters – letters personal, letters political, letters perplexing. Edited by the Marquis of Zetland. An astonishing sidelight on the private career of a public man – “I wish Dr. Freud would read the two volumes of ‘The Letters of Disraeli to Lady Bradford and Lady Chesterfield’ and then give the world his impressions. What an essay that would be!” (Arnold Palmer, writing in “The Sphere”, 19th October 1929).
Two volumes. Demy 8vo (210 x 146mm). (314); 324pp. Plates. Portraits. Facsimiles. Bound in an elegant contemporary half green morocco, banded and gilt; top edges gilt; marbled sides and endleaves; just a touch tanned; just a handful of spots but a very good and sound set. Times Book Club stamps on endleaves.

£150

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DOBRÉE, Bonamy, 1891-1974 – editor : FROM ANNE TO VICTORIA : ESSAYS BY VARIOUS HANDS.

DOBRÉE, Bonamy, 1891-1974 – editor : FROM ANNE TO VICTORIA : ESSAYS BY VARIOUS HANDS.

London : Cassell & Co., (1937). First edition. Essays literary, artistic and historical – the contributors including W. H. Auden (on Alexander Pope), T. S. Eliot (on Lord Byron), Graham Greene (on Henry Fielding and Laurence Sterne), Edwin Muir (on Walter Scott), Herbert Read (on William Hogarth), George Santayana (on Bishop Berkeley), John Sparrow (on Lord Mansfield), Rebecca West (on Elizabeth Montagu), Leonard Woolf (on Tom Paine), etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). x,630pp. Original cloth gilt; slight dimple on spine; small mark on upper cover; a few faint marks and spots; faint discolouration to rear endpaper, but still overall a very good copy.

£25

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EDWARDS, Ruth Dudley, 1944- : VICTOR GOLLANCZ : A BIOGRAPHY.

EDWARDS, Ruth Dudley, 1944- : VICTOR GOLLANCZ : A BIOGRAPHY.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1987. First edition. A weighty biography of one of the most influential publishers and public campaigners of the twentieth century, Victor Gollancz (1893-1967) – “I hate everything that is pro and anti (different peoples). I am only one thing: I am pro-humanity”. With much passing reference to Clement Attlee, Violet Bonham Carter, Winston Churchill, Communism, Daphne du Maurier, Adolf Hitler, the Labour Party, Harold Laski, the Left Book Club, Stanley Morison, George Orwell, Frank Pakenham, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). [ii],782pp. Plates, portraits, etc. Original boards; top edge faintly spotted, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket, just slightly nicked and lightly spotted.

£25

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FRAYN, Michael, 1933- : MY FATHER’S FORTUNE : A LIFE.

FRAYN, Michael, 1933- : MY FATHER’S FORTUNE : A LIFE.

London : Faber & Faber, (2010). First edition. Frayn’s poignant, haunting, funny and deeply moving quest for the truth about his father, his mother, and his own suburban childhood.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [vi],(256),[x]pp. Original boards; tiny stain to fore-edge, but otherwise a very good copy in a very good dust-jacket.

£15

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GRAVES, Charles L. (Charles Larcom), 1856-1944 : THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF ALEXANDER MACMILLAN.

GRAVES, Charles L. (Charles Larcom), 1856-1944 : THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF ALEXANDER MACMILLAN.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1910. First edition. A life of Alexander Macmillan (1818-1896) of the famed publishing house, with passing reference to Thomas Carlyle, Mrs Craik, W. E. Gladstone, Thomas Hughes, Charles Kingsley, Daniel Macmillan, Lord Tennyson, and many of the great and good, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). (viii),)418),[ii]pp. Plates. Portraits. Original cloth; some very mild tanning, but a very good copy.

£25

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HALES, H.K. (Sir Harold Keates), 1868-1942 : THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF “THE CARD”.

HALES, H.K. (Sir Harold Keates), 1868-1942 : THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF “THE CARD”.

London : Sampson Low, Marston & Co., [1936]. First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed “To my friend Cyril Cripwell with best wishes from the Author” and dated 21st May 1936 – the author being the remarkable Harold Keates Hales, eccentric shipping magnate and Member of Parliament for Hanley, who had owned a car since 1897, once flew an airship around St. Paul’s, and – most memorably – was the basis of Arnold Bennett’s character Denry Machin in “The Card” (1911). Hales had known Bennett since schooldays and more or less begins his autobiography with reminiscences of “Nocker” Bennett as a boy. Cyril Cripwell (1893-1976) was a Nottingham printer.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xii),308pp. Plates. Portraits. Original black cloth, lettered in gilt; a few slight marks and spots; mild tanning of outer leaves, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket with one short tear, but also very good.

£100

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HALL, Duncan : THE PRIEST OF THE LEGION.

HALL, Duncan : THE PRIEST OF THE LEGION.

London : Peter Lunn, 1947. First edition. A study of Charles de Foucauld (1858-1916) – among the Tuaregs, etc. Illustrated by William Stobbs.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 180pp. Illustrations. Maps. Original cloth; a very good and bright copy in the Stobbs dust-jacket – just faintly tanned.

£20

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HAMILTON, Mark : RARE SPIRIT : A LIFE OF WILLIAM DE MORGAN 1839-1911 [i.e. 1839-1917].

HAMILTON, Mark : RARE SPIRIT : A LIFE OF WILLIAM DE MORGAN 1839-1911 [i.e. 1839-1917].

London : Constable & Co., (1997). First edition. A life of William Frend de Morgan, his ceramic work at Chelsea, Merton Abbey and Sands End, the novels, friendship with William Morris and Burne-Jones, etc. The dust-jacket corrects the erroneous biographical dates of the title-page.
Medium 8vo (25cm). xiv,236,[vi]pp. Plates, some coloured. Portraits. Original boards; slightly bruised, a few faint marks, but very good in a similarly lightly bruised dust-jacket, with a short repaired tear.

£20

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HAMMOND, J. L. (John Lawrence), 1872-1949 : C. P. SCOTT OF THE MANCHESTER GUARDIAN.

HAMMOND, J. L. (John Lawrence), 1872-1949 : C. P. SCOTT OF THE MANCHESTER GUARDIAN.

London : G. Bell & Sons, 1934. First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed to Samuel Telley, signed and dated (1934) by John Hammond. A full-scale biography of the legendary journalist Charles Prestwich Scott (1846-1932), with specific chapters on women’s suffrage, Ireland, the Great War, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xvi),(366),[ii]pp. Plates. Portraits. Original cloth; a little dulled; a few small spots, but a very good and sound copy.

£25

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HARDWICK, Michael, 1925-1991 : A LITERARY ATLAS & GAZETTEER OF THE BRITISH ISLES.

HARDWICK, Michael, 1925-1991 : A LITERARY ATLAS & GAZETTEER OF THE BRITISH ISLES.

Newton Abbot : David & Charles, (1973). First edition. An absorbing guide, arranged by county and town, tabulating who lived and died where.
Crown 4to (26cm). 216pp. Maps by Alan G. Hodgkiss. Original boards; a few faint marks, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket.

£20

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HOLROYD, Michael (Sir Michael de Courcy Fraser), 1935- : BERNARD SHAW.

HOLROYD, Michael (Sir Michael de Courcy Fraser), 1935- : BERNARD SHAW.

London : Chatto & Windus, (1988-1992). A complete first edition set of this magisterial biography of George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) – the individual volumes sub-titled “The Search for Love : 1856-1898”, “The Pursuit of Power : 1898-1918”, “The Lure of Fantasy : 1918-1950” and “The Shaw Companion” – the last comprising “The Last Laugh : 1950-1992”, as well as the appendices, complete notes, a cumulative index, etc.
Five volumes, bound in four. Medium 8vo (25cm). viii,486,[ii]; (x),422; (x),544,[ii]; viii,490,[vi]pp. Plates. Portraits. Original boards; a very good set in the dust-jackets – the jackets just faintly creased in one or two places.

£100

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HORWITZ, Sylvia L. (Sylvia Laibman), 1912-1995 : THE FIND OF A LIFETIME : SIR ARTHUR EVANS AND THE DISCOVERY OF KNOSSOS.

HORWITZ, Sylvia L. (Sylvia Laibman), 1912-1995 : THE FIND OF A LIFETIME : SIR ARTHUR EVANS AND THE DISCOVERY OF KNOSSOS.

London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (1981). First British edition. A biography of the extraordinary and "very odd" archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans (1851-1941).
Medium 8vo (24cm). x,278pp. Plates. Portraits. Original boards; a very good copy in the dust-jacket.

£20

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HUGHES, Spike (Patrick Cairns), 1908-1987 : OPENING BARS : BEGINNING AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY.

HUGHES, Spike (Patrick Cairns), 1908-1987 : OPENING BARS : BEGINNING AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY.

London : Pilot Press, 1946. First edition. An engaging autobiography from the “Crazy Feet” jazz musician – with much on music, but on much else besides : Eric Gill, W. B. Yeats, cricket, pubs, and grey suede shoes.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 382,[ii]pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt; a touch sunned, but a nice copy in a lightly used, slightly chipped and price-clipped dust-jacket. With the decorative 1946 bookplate of the writer Paul Tabori (1908-1974), designed by his fellow Hungarian Val Biro (1921-2014).

£20

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HYDE, H. Montgomery (Harford Montgomery), 1907-1989 – editor : THE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE : REGINA (WILDE) v. QUEENSBERRY : REGINA v. WILDE AND TAYLOR.

HYDE, H. Montgomery (Harford Montgomery), 1907-1989 – editor : THE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE : REGINA (WILDE) v. QUEENSBERRY : REGINA v. WILDE AND TAYLOR.

London : William Hodge & Co., (1948). First edition. The most authoritative account, with most of the evidence given in transcript. The historian, barrister and politician Montgomery Hyde, who was deselected from his Belfast North seat in 1959 partly as a result of his vociferous campaigning for homosexual law reform, contributes a lengthy and comprehensive introduction, as well as half a dozen interesting appendices, while Sir Travers Humphreys (who was Wilde’s junior counsel) adds his own personal recollections. In the much-admired Notable British Trials series.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [xiv],384pp. Portrait frontispiece (the Toulouse Lautrec portrait of Wilde) and fifteen further plates and portraits. Original red cloth, ruled, lettered and blocked in gilt and blind; endpapers a little spotted, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket a little tanned and slightly spotted, with a few small nicks and chips.

£75

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JERROLD, Walter (Walter Copeland), 1865-1929 : DOUGLAS JERROLD AND ‘PUNCH’.

JERROLD, Walter (Walter Copeland), 1865-1929 : DOUGLAS JERROLD AND ‘PUNCH’.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1910. First edition. A full-length account of the writer, playwright and wit Douglas Jerrold (1803-1857) and his distinctive voice in the emergence of “Punch” as a national institution. Also includes four of Jerrold’s longer pieces for “Punch” – “Capsicum House for Young Ladies”, “The Life and Adventures of Miss Robinson Crusoe”, “Our Honeymoon” and “Exhibition of the English in China”, as well as a full listing of all his anonymous or pseudonymous contributions to the magazine.
Demy 8vo (24cm). (xii),(448)pp. Plates. Illustrations. Original decorative cloth gilt; small puncture to upper board; endpapers tanned; rear endpaper cracked; some leaves a little roughly opened, but a good and still bright copy. Ownership inscriptions of the solicitor William Vaughan Best (1867-1942) and A. W. Best.

£25

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JOHNSON, Diane, 1934- : THE LIFE OF DASHIELL HAMMETT.

JOHNSON, Diane, 1934- : THE LIFE OF DASHIELL HAMMETT.

London : Chatto & Windus / Hogarth Press, (1984). First British edition. A full-length and definitive life and study of Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961).
Medium 8vo (25cm). (xxii),344pp. Illustrations. Portraits. Original orange boards, lettered in gilt; very good in the dust-jacket – also very good.

£20

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KEYNES, Florence Ada, 1861-1958 : GATHERING UP THE THREADS : A STUDY IN FAMILY BIOGRAPHY.

KEYNES, Florence Ada, 1861-1958 : GATHERING UP THE THREADS : A STUDY IN FAMILY BIOGRAPHY.

Cambridge : W. Heffer & Sons, 1950. First edition. A history of the distinguished Keynes family, with much personal reminiscence – on Cambridge, on her husband John Neville Keynes, and on her sons, Geoffrey Langdon, and John Maynard.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (viii),120pp. Plates. Portraits. Original blue-black cloth, lettered in gilt; mild spotting of edges and endpapers, but a very good copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket (unsigned, but attributed to Gwen Raverat) – the jacket just faintly creased and lightly tanned, but also very good.

£20

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KNIGHT, Charles, 1791-1873 : PASSAGES OF A WORKING LIFE DURING HALF A CENTURY : WITH A PRELUDE OF EARLY REMINISCENCES.

KNIGHT, Charles, 1791-1873 : PASSAGES OF A WORKING LIFE DURING HALF A CENTURY : WITH A PRELUDE OF EARLY REMINISCENCES.

London : Bradbury & Evans, 1864-1865. First edition. The absorbing memoirs of the redoubtable Charles Knight, author, pioneer of popular and populist publishing, and social reformer. With particular passing reference to Thomas Arnold of Rugby, Lord Brougham, Thomas de Quincey, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hood, Leigh Hunt, Lord Macaulay, Harriet Martineau, etc.
Three volumes. Post 8vo (21cm). 346; [iv],336; [iv],344pp. Original cloth; just lightly rubbed; a little string-marked; lower cover of vol.i a little spotted; some endpapers strained at joints; a few slight marks and small flaws, but overall a nice and clean set.

£100

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McINTYRE, Ian, 1931-2014 : HESTER : THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF DR. JOHNSON’S ‘DEAR MISTRESS’.

McINTYRE, Ian, 1931-2014 : HESTER : THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF DR. JOHNSON’S ‘DEAR MISTRESS’.

London : Constable, (2008). First edition. Hester Thrale (1741-1821) of Streatham Park, Johnson’s favourite, but to Boswell “a little artful impudent malignant devil” – “I have read Ian McIntyre’s ‘Hester’ with sustained pleasure at its calm narrative nicely spiced with the hot stuff of Mrs Thrale’s ups and downs ... the clever accumulation of detail; the spirit of adventure in Georgian life, and its breadth of cultured reading, suggests an England at once more rugged and more cultured than today’s” (Frederic Raphael).
Medium 8vo (25cm). (xiv),450pp. Plates. Portraits. Table. Original boards; very good in a just faintly used dust-jacket.

£20

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MASSINGHAM, H.J. (Harold John), 1888-1952 & MASSINGHAM, Hugh, 1905-1971 – editors : THE GREAT VICTORIANS.

MASSINGHAM, H.J. (Harold John), 1888-1952 & MASSINGHAM, Hugh, 1905-1971 – editors : THE GREAT VICTORIANS.

London : Ivor Nicholson & Watson, [1932]. First edition. Essays by various well-chosen hands on forty Victorians – including Edmund Blunden on Matthew Arnold, Rebecca West on Charlotte Bronte, G. K. Chesterton on Charles Dickens, Neville Cardus on W. G. Grace, Laurence Housman on Florence Nightingale, Hugh Walpole on Anthony Trollope, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). xx,556pp. Original orange cloth; just a touch sunned and faintly bruised; a few slight marks, but othrwise a very good copy. Ex-libris label inscribed J. Hornby and dated 1932.

£20

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MILNE, James, 1865-1951 : THE MEMOIRS OF A BOOKMAN.

MILNE, James, 1865-1951 : THE MEMOIRS OF A BOOKMAN.

London : John Murray, (1934). First edition. Inscribed, signed and dated (1934) by James Milne. Reminiscences of the journalist and novelist, literary editor of the “News Chronicle” and founder in 1903 of “Book Monthly”. Includes mention of Edward Clodd, Thomas Hardy, George Meredith, R. L. Stevenson, Alfred Tennyson, H. G. Wells, etc.
Post 8vo (22cm). (xiv),316,[iv]pp. Plates. Portraits. Original cloth; a few very minor signs of age and use, but a very good copy.

£20

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MONTGOMERIE, H.S. (Hastings Seton), 1872-1949 :  WILLIAM BLIGH OF THE “BOUNTY” IN FACT AND IN FABLE.

MONTGOMERIE, H.S. (Hastings Seton), 1872-1949 : WILLIAM BLIGH OF THE “BOUNTY” IN FACT AND IN FABLE.

London : Williams & Norgate, (1937). First edition. A full-length life and an important reappraisal of this still controversial figure, with Montgomerie’s zealous research revealing Bligh as “a precisian rather than a martinet”, as well as an outstanding navigator and seaman – “one of the mysteries of history, but when lions die the jackals gather” (The Era, 15th April 1937).
Demy 8vo (23cm). [2],xiv,(310),[ii]pp. Plates. Folding diagram and folding chart. Original cloth; just a touch dulled; endpapers tanned; some edge-spots, but a very good and sound copy. Ownership inscription reading Sparks, Deal.

£25

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MORRIS, Sally & HALLWOOD, Jan : LIVING WITH EAGLES : MARCUS MORRIS, PRIEST AND PUBLISHER.

MORRIS, Sally & HALLWOOD, Jan : LIVING WITH EAGLES : MARCUS MORRIS, PRIEST AND PUBLISHER.

Cambridge : Lutterworth Press, (1998). First edition. A biography (by two of his daughters) of the colourful Marcus Morris (1915-1989), founder of the “Eagle” and its sister papers, “Girl”, “Swift” and “Robin”, with much on the artists and writers and on the publishing conditions of the mid twentieth century. With a foreword by Sir Tim Rice.
Medium 8vo (25cm). (312)pp. Colour plates. Illustrations. Original boards; very good in the dust-jacket – also very good.

£20

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NICOLSON, Alexander, 1827-1893 – editor : MEMOIRS OF ADAM BLACK.

NICOLSON, Alexander, 1827-1893 – editor : MEMOIRS OF ADAM BLACK.

Edinburgh : Adam & Charles Black, 1885. First edition. A life of the famous Edinburgh publisher Adam Black (1784-1874), worked up by Nicolson from autobiographical material left by Black himself. The present copy was presented to the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution by Black’s son, Charles Bertram Black, in the year of publication.
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,260pp. Portrait frontispiece. Original cloth; just a touch of wear; a few faint marks, but a very good copy. With the presentation inscription of C. B. Black and the Institution label.

£25

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OLIPHANT, Mrs (Margaret Oliphant Wilson), 1828-1897 : AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND LETTERS OF MRS MARGARET OLIPHANT.

OLIPHANT, Mrs (Margaret Oliphant Wilson), 1828-1897 : AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND LETTERS OF MRS MARGARET OLIPHANT.

Leicester : Leicester University Press, 1974. A photographic reprint of the original 1899 edition, here edited by Mrs Harry Coghill for the Victorian Library series, and furnished with an introduction, notes on persons mentioned, and an index by Q. D. Leavis, who sums up Mrs Oliphant thus – “a massive contributor to the novel of several kinds, the short story, the biography, to the reviewing and critical essays in many Victorian periodicals, as well as a maker of solid books of non-fiction ... in sum important as a case-history of the woman of letters in the nineteenth century”.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (36),(xvi),464pp. Two portraits. Original rexine; just faintly bruised, but a very good copy in a very slightly rubbed dust-jacket.

£25

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POWELL, Violet (Violet Georgiana, Lady), 1912-2002 : THE LIFE OF A PROVINCIAL LADY : A STUDY OF E. M. DELAFIELD AND HER WORKS.

POWELL, Violet (Violet Georgiana, Lady), 1912-2002 : THE LIFE OF A PROVINCIAL LADY : A STUDY OF E. M. DELAFIELD AND HER WORKS.

London : William Heinemann, (1988). First edition. A full-length study of the life and works of E. M. Delafield (1890-1943) – “a novelist of a distinctive and remarkable talent” as well as the author of the abidingly entertaining “Diary of a Provincial Lady”.
Medium 8vo (25cm). xiv,190,[iv]pp. Plates. Portraits. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in silver; just a touch bruised, but a very good copy in The dust-jacket – just lightly used and a touch sunned, but also very good.

£20

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PUGH, John : REMARKABLE OCCURRENCES IN THE LIFE OF JONAS HANWAY, ESQ. COMPREHENDING AN ABSTRACT OF SUCH PARTS OF HIS TRAVELS IN RUSSIA, AND PERSIA, AS ARE THE MOST INTERESTING; A SHORT HISTORY OF THE RISE AND PROGRESS OF THE CHARITABLE AND POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS FOUNDED OR SUPPORTED BY HIM ...

PUGH, John : REMARKABLE OCCURRENCES IN THE LIFE OF JONAS HANWAY, ESQ. COMPREHENDING AN ABSTRACT OF SUCH PARTS OF HIS TRAVELS IN RUSSIA, AND PERSIA, AS ARE THE MOST INTERESTING; A SHORT HISTORY OF THE RISE AND PROGRESS OF THE CHARITABLE AND POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS FOUNDED OR SUPPORTED BY HIM ...

London : for the Author, by J. Davis, 1787. First edition. The essential source for the life of the remarkable Jonas Hanway (1712-1786), merchant and philanthropist. Actively engaged in the Russia trade, and here, there, and everywhere in the pursuit of good causes, his 1767 Act of Parliament (Hanway’s Act) is regarded as “the only piece of eighteenth-century legislation dealing with the poor which was an unqualified success”. John Pugh had been Hanway’s secretary for a number of years.
Demy 8vo (208 x 130mm). [2],x,262pp. Folding plan of the Caspian, engraved by Samuel John Neele (1758-1824). Bound in a stylish, near contemporary, early nineteenth-century, half black calf, prettily gilt (a pencilled note on the verso of the title suggests that the binding was executed by or for a W. Cheney); marbled sides and edges; binding a touch rubbed at upper joint; map lightly creased; some offsetting to title-page; the occasional mark or spot, but overall a very good copy.

£400

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QUAYLE, Eric (Eric Stanley), 1921-2001 : BALLANTYNE THE BRAVE : A VICTORIAN WRITER AND HIS FAMILY.

QUAYLE, Eric (Eric Stanley), 1921-2001 : BALLANTYNE THE BRAVE : A VICTORIAN WRITER AND HIS FAMILY.

London : Rupert Hart-Davis, 1967. First edition. The biography of Robert Michael Ballantyne (1825-1894), the author of "Coral Island", etc. – a complex man who went to extraordinary lengths to establish the verisimilitude of his novels.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [xiv],316,[ii]pp. Plates. Portraits. Facsimiles. Original boards; mild spotting of edges, but otherwise a very good copy in a very faintly rubbed and lightly used dust-jacket.

£15

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ROTHSCHILD, Lord (Nathaniel Mayer Victor, 3rd Baron Rothschild), 1910-1990 : THE SHADOW OF A GREAT MAN.

ROTHSCHILD, Lord (Nathaniel Mayer Victor, 3rd Baron Rothschild), 1910-1990 : THE SHADOW OF A GREAT MAN.

London : [N. M. Rothschild & Sons], 1982. First edition. A monograph on the first London Rothschild – Nathan Meyer Rothschild (1777-1836) – textile-dealer, broker, banker, and financier of nations. Printed at the Stellar Press.
Imperial 8vo (28cm). [iv],62,[ii]pp. Frontispiece, tables, etc. Original wrappers; a touch bruised and slightly sunned; a few minor marks, but a good copy.

£20

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SCHOENBAUM, S. (Samuel), 1927-1996 : WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE : A DOCUMENTARY LIFE.

SCHOENBAUM, S. (Samuel), 1927-1996 : WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE : A DOCUMENTARY LIFE.

London : Oxford University Press / Scolar Press, 1975. First edition. A splendid life of Shakespeare, rooted in the documentary evidence, and reproducing in full-size facsimile over 200 of the key documents.
Crown folio (37cm). (xx),(274),[ii]pp. Over 200 facsimiles, some folding. Original cloth; mild spotting of top edge, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket – price-clipped and a little creased and rumpled under the laminate on the upper panel.

£75

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SELDEN, John, 1584-1654 : THE TABLE-TALK OF JOHN SELDEN ESQ.

SELDEN, John, 1584-1654 : THE TABLE-TALK OF JOHN SELDEN ESQ.

London : William Pickering, 1847. First Pickering edition. “The not distinguishing where things should be distinguished, and the not confounding, where things should be confounded, is the cause of all the mistakes in the world” and other majestic thinking from the “glory of the English nation”, the jurist and scholar John Selden. Collections of Selden’s table-talk had appeared since the seventeenth century, but are here introduced by a long “biographical preface” from Samuel Weller Singer (1783-1858) – “There are few volumes of its size so pregnant with sense, combined with the most profound learning; it is impossible to open it without finding some important fact ... something practically useful and applicable to the business of life”. Printed by Charles Whittingham at Chiswick.
Foolscap 8vo (164 x 100mm). cxxxiv,[2],(258)pp. Portrait frontispiece. Bound in an elegant later (mid twentieth-century) half tan crushed morocco; all edges gilt; marbled sides and endpapers; just a hint of sunning, a few faint spots to binder’s blanks, but overall a very good, sound and clean copy. Dated 1957 ownership inscription of David Fyfe Anderson (1904-1988), the Scottish obstetrician.

£125

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SHELLEY, Lady (Jane St. John Gibson), 1820-1899 – editor : SHELLEY MEMORIALS : FROM AUTHENTIC SOURCES.

SHELLEY, Lady (Jane St. John Gibson), 1820-1899 – editor : SHELLEY MEMORIALS : FROM AUTHENTIC SOURCES.

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1859. First edition. Appalled by the biographies produced by Thomas Medwin (1847) and Thomas Jefferson Hogg (1858), it fell to Shelley’s daughter-in-law to provide a response from the family, based on the surviving original documents – “we were anxious that the numerous misstatements which had gone forth should be corrected”. The poet’s early life; Oxford; first marriage; Godwin; literary correspondence; poetical labours and domestic sorrows; Switzerland; Italy; Byron; the death and obsequies; Mary Shelley, etc. – all sourced from original material, private journals, letters, etc. Shelley’s fragmentary “Essay on Christianity” and a number of letters here appear for the first time. Lady Shelley’s preface is also interesting on the number of forged Shelley letters already in circulation.
Post 8vo (195 x 123mm). (viii),290pp. Frontispiece of Shelley’s tomb. Bound, without the advertisements sometimes found, in a slightly later nineteenth-century half brown morocco, banded and gilt, by George Winstanley (1824-1897) of Manchester; top edge gilt; marbled sides and endleaves; some mild scuffing to upper cover; binder’s blanks somewhat spotted, but otherwise a very good and attractive copy.

£200

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SPEAIGHT, Robert, 1904-1976 : THE LIFE OF ERIC GILL.

SPEAIGHT, Robert, 1904-1976 : THE LIFE OF ERIC GILL.

London : Methuen & Co., (1966). First edition. The first full-scale biography of Eric Gill (1882-1940).
Medium 8vo (25cm). (xviii),(324),[ii]pp. Plates. Portraits. Facsimiles. Original cloth; decorative endpapers; a touch sunned; a very good copy in the dust-jacket – sunned and just slightly nicked, but otherwise very good. Occasional pencilled marginalia.

£25

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SPURLING, Hilary, 1940- : IVY WHEN YOUNG : THE EARLY LIFE OF I. COMPTON-BURNETT, 1884-1919.

SPURLING, Hilary, 1940- : IVY WHEN YOUNG : THE EARLY LIFE OF I. COMPTON-BURNETT, 1884-1919.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1974. First edition. “A story as eventful and often as startling as any of Dame Ivy’s own plots”.
Medium 8vo (24cm). (320)pp. Plates. Portraits. Table. Original tan cloth, lettered in gilt; very good in the D. H. Smith dust-jacket – just faintly sunned, but very lightly used and also very good.

£20

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SPURLING, Hilary, 1940- : SECRETS OF A WOMAN’S HEART : THE LATER LIFE OF IVY COMPTON-BURNETT, 1920-1969.

SPURLING, Hilary, 1940- : SECRETS OF A WOMAN’S HEART : THE LATER LIFE OF IVY COMPTON-BURNETT, 1920-1969.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1984). First edition. The reassessment and rediscovery of a major novelist.
Medium 8vo (25cm). 336pp. Plates. Portraits. Original tan cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt; very good in the D. H. Smith dust-jacket – just faintly tanned, but also very good.

£20

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SREBRNIK, Patricia Thomas, 1950- :  ALEXANDER STRAHAN : VICTORIAN PUBLISHER.

SREBRNIK, Patricia Thomas, 1950- : ALEXANDER STRAHAN : VICTORIAN PUBLISHER.

Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 1986. First edition. A life of Alexander Stuart Strahan (1833-1918), with interesting material on George Macdonald, Alfred Tennyson, Anthony Trollope and other Strahan authors, as well as the other publishers of the day.
Crown 4to (24cm). (x),(270),[ii}pp. Portraits, etc. Original cloth; a very good copy in a spotted dust-jacket.

£20

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STANFORD, Derek, 1918-2008 : INSIDE THE FORTIES : LITERARY MEMOIRS 1937-1957.

STANFORD, Derek, 1918-2008 : INSIDE THE FORTIES : LITERARY MEMOIRS 1937-1957.

London : Sidgwick & Jackson, (1977). First edition. Absorbing reminiscences of John Bayliss, Roy Campbell, Ian Hamilton Finlay, G. S. Fraser, Wrey Gardiner, Robert Greacen, John Heath-Stubbs, J. F. Hendry, Nicholas Moore, Herbert Read, Julian Maclaren-Ross, Muriel Spark, Dylan Thomas, etc., with much on the London literary haunts of the period.
Demy 8vo (23cm). viii,242pp. Plates. Original boards; top edge lightly spotted, but a very good copy in the original John Sewell dust-jacket – lightly tanned and somewhat sunned at spine, with one short nick, but otherwise good.

£15

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STREATFEILD, Noel (Mary Noel), 1895-1986 : BEYOND THE VICARAGE.

STREATFEILD, Noel (Mary Noel), 1895-1986 : BEYOND THE VICARAGE.

London : William Collins Sons & Co., 1971. First edition. The third of the author’s lightly fictionalised autobiographies – covering her career as a writer, her wartime WVS work in Deptford, etc.
Demy 8vo. [viii],214,[ii]pp. Original green cloth, enamelled in red and lettered in gilt across spine; a very good copy in the dust-jacket – a pictorial Charles Mozley in khaki, green, black and red – just very slightly nicked.

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TAYLOR, Judy (Julia Marie), 1932- : BEATRIX POTTER : ARTIST, STORYTELLER AND COUNTRYWOMAN.

TAYLOR, Judy (Julia Marie), 1932- : BEATRIX POTTER : ARTIST, STORYTELLER AND COUNTRYWOMAN.

London : Frederick Warne, (1986). First edition. A richly illustrated biography of Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), with much new material, including previously unpublished photographs and illustrations.
Crown 4to (26cm). 224pp. Illustrations throughout. Colour plates. Original boards; a very good copy in a price-clipped and just faintly rubbed dust-jacket. Pictorial bookplate of A.W. & P. M. Best.

£20

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TRELOAR, Sir William Purdie, 1843-1923 : WILKES AND THE CITY.

TRELOAR, Sir William Purdie, 1843-1923 : WILKES AND THE CITY.

London : John Murray, 1917. First edition. An engaging and well-researched life of one Lord Mayor of London – the turbulent and magnificent John Wilkes (1725-1797) – by one of his successors in that office. Duels, the “North Briton”, general warrants, habeas corpus, expulsions from the Commons, the Middlesex elections, the mayoralty and all the rest.
Demy 8vo (23cm). xxxvi,(300)pp. Sixteen plates. Original armorial cloth gilt; some minor wear; a touch dulled; some internal browning and spotting, but a good and sound copy. A 1918 gift inscription is signed by the author’s wife.

£25

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TROLLOPE, T. Adolphus (Thomas Adolphus), 1810-1892 :  A DECADE OF ITALIAN WOMEN.

TROLLOPE, T. Adolphus (Thomas Adolphus), 1810-1892 : A DECADE OF ITALIAN WOMEN.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1859. First edition. “The degree in which any social system has succeeded in ascertaining woman’s proper position, and in putting her into it, will be a very accurate test of the progress it has made in civilisation”. Trollope ponders ten notable Italian women – St. Catherine of Siena, Caterina Sforza, Vittoria Colonna, Tullia d’Aragona, Olympia Morata, Isabella Andreini, Bianca Cappello, Olympia Pamfili, Elisabetta Sirani, and La Corilla (Maria Maddalena Morelli).
Two volumes. Crown 8vo (195 x 123mm). (xvi),410;viii,(452)pp. Portrait frontispieces. Bound in a slightly later half crimson morocco, banded and gilt, by Riviere & Son; top edges gilt; marbled endpapers; bindings a little rubbed and scuffed; some occasional internal spotting, but a good set of an absorbing and interesting study. Bookplates and ownership inscriptions of the collector Roy McWilliams.

£100

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TUTE, Warren, 1914-1989 : COCHRANE : A LIFE OF ADMIRAL THE EARL OF DUNDONALD.

TUTE, Warren, 1914-1989 : COCHRANE : A LIFE OF ADMIRAL THE EARL OF DUNDONALD.

London : Cassell & Co., (1965). First edition. A life of the mercurial Thomas Cochrane (1775-1860) – Nelson’s “Loup de Mer” – brilliant sailor, inventor, politician, naval strategist, radical reformer, rebel, scourge of bureaucrats and liberator of nations – more honoured from Greece to Brazil than in his own country. “His sweeping indictments of injustice and corruption, his impetuous high courage which had stood him so well as a seaman, earned him only a reputation as a troublemaker”.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xvi),(276)pp. Plates. Portraits. Map. Original boards; a few faint marks, but a very good copy in a just lightly used and slightly tanned dust-jacket, but also very good.

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UPDIKE, John (John Hoyer), 1932-2009 : SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS : MEMOIRS.

UPDIKE, John (John Hoyer), 1932-2009 : SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS : MEMOIRS.

London : André Deutsch, (1989). First British edition. Updike on his home town, his psoriasis and stuttering, Vietnam, his ancestors, his faith and sense of self.
Royal 8vo (24cm). x,(246)pp. Original boards; just lightly bruised, but otherwise very good in a slightly creased dust-jacket. From the collection of the well-known bookseller and crime-writer, George Sims (1923-1999), with his attractive book-label.

£20

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VAN DOREN, Carl (Carl Clinton), 1885-1950 : THE LIFE OF THOMAS LOVE PEACOCK.

VAN DOREN, Carl (Carl Clinton), 1885-1950 : THE LIFE OF THOMAS LOVE PEACOCK.

London : J. M. Dent & Sons, 1911. First edition. The first full-length life of the novelist, poet and administrator of the East India Company, Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), with incidental reference to Jeremy Bentham, John Cam Hobhouse, Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Leigh Hunt, George Meredith, Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Wordsworth, etc.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (xii),(300)pp. Three plates. Original cloth; top edge gilt; lightly rubbed and slightly scuffed; lower corner bruised; a few spots, but a good and sound copy. With the pictorial bookplate of H. S. W. Edwardes.

£20

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VIZETELLY, Ernest Alfred, 1853-1922 : WITH ZOLA IN ENGLAND : A STORY OF EXILE.

VIZETELLY, Ernest Alfred, 1853-1922 : WITH ZOLA IN ENGLAND : A STORY OF EXILE.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1899. First edition. A powerful account of Emile Zola’s exile in England in the wake of the celebrated “J’Accuse ...” letter and headline concerning the Dreyfus furore. Compiled by Ernest Vizetelly, son of the English publisher who went to prison for publishing Zola, and himself the translator of many of Zola’s novels.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [2],(xviii),218,[ii] + 32pp advertisements dated March 1899. Four portraits. Original decorative cloth, blocked in red and black; endpapers a little tanned; occasional mild browning and spotting, but a very good copy. Ownership inscription (1954) of Kenneth Wilkinson.

£50

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WEIL, Joseph, 1875-1976 : “YELLOW KID” WEIL : THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AMERICA’S MASTER SWINDLER.

WEIL, Joseph, 1875-1976 : “YELLOW KID” WEIL : THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AMERICA’S MASTER SWINDLER.

Chicago : Ziff-Davis Publishing Co., (1948). First edition. “You can fleece a lamb many times, but only take his hide once” – the life, thoughts and reminiscences of the legendary con-man and grifter, as told to the crime-writer William T. Brannon (1906-1981). Some of the most elaborate and successful real-life stings and hustles ever pulled off and the ultimate inspiration behind countless books, films and television series.
Post 8vo (22cm). [vi],(298)pp. Plates. Original cloth gilt; rear endpaper slightly discoloured, but otherwise a very good copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket price-clipped and with a few short nicks, but also very good.

£50

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WOOD, Charles W. (Charles William), 1841-1919 : MEMORIALS OF MRS. HENRY WOOD.

WOOD, Charles W. (Charles William), 1841-1919 : MEMORIALS OF MRS. HENRY WOOD.

London : Richard Bentley & Son, 1895. Third edition. An extensive memoir of Ellen Price Wood (1814-1887), best-selling author of “East Lynne”, etc., compiled by her son and successor as the editor of “Argosy”. Originally published in 1894.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (xxii),346,[ii]pp. Plates. Portraits. Illustrations. Facsimiles. Original cloth gilt; a touch sunned; a few slight marks and spots; endpapers a little tanned; repairs to folding facsimile, but a very good copy.

£20

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