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The Princess and the Politicians - Sex, Intrigue and Diplomacy in Regency England, Charmley, John
The Princess and the Politicians - Sex, Intrigue and Diplomacy in Regency England

History of My Life - Volumes I and II, Casanova, Giacomo
History of My Life - Volumes I and II

Life of Lord Lawrence, Smith, H. Bosworth
Life of Lord Lawrence

Drake, Bradford, Ernle
Drake

Imperial Adventurer - Emperor Maximilian of Mexico, Haslip, Joan
Imperial Adventurer - Emperor Maximilian of Mexico

Cnut - England's Viking King 1016-35, Lawson, M.K.
Cnut - England's Viking King 1016-35

Beloved Emma - The Life of Emma Lady Hamilton, Fraser, Flora
Beloved Emma - The Life of Emma Lady Hamilton

Mr & Mrs Disraeli - A Strange Romance, Hay, Daisy
Mr & Mrs Disraeli - A Strange Romance

 

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One Leg - The Life and letters of Henry William Paget, First Marquess of Anglesey, KG, 1768-1854, Anglesey (F.S.A.), Marquess
1 One Leg - The Life and letters of Henry William Paget, First Marquess of Anglesey, KG, 1768-1854
Anglesey (F.S.A.), Marquess. The Reprint Society, London, 1963. first thus, Hardback, 234mm x 157mm maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 428+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Good/Good. Book has been well read, spine bumped and faded, block a little darkened withe age, foxing to top edge. Dustwraper (now protected) has chipping to edges, notably on front, with a little loss at top of spine. The biography of a great commander of the Napoleonic Wars, by his great-great grandson. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Anglesey, Paget, Waterloo. 8988

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2 Queen Elizabeth - Her Intimate & Authentic Life
Asquith, Lady Cynthia. Hutchinson, London, 1937. first edition, Hardback, 8vo red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 235pp. plus index, plus advertisments, Photographic illustrations. Fair/. Boards and spine bumped and scuffed. Spine creased. Block darkened with age. Foxing to block edges. Published just months after the Abdication, this is an uncritical biography of the consort of the new George VI. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Elizabeth, Bowes-Lyon, Queen. 3535

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The Duchess of York, Asquith, Lady Cynthia
3 The Duchess of York
Asquith, Lady Cynthia. Hutchinson, London, Hardback, 8vo grey cloth boards, gilt titles, , 224pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +/NoWrapper. Previous owner's name. Spine bumped. Boards nice and clean. Block edges a little aged and dusty. Undated, but end of text dated September 1927. Early Biography of Duchess who became Queen Consort and then Queen Mother. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Bowes-Lyon, Elizabeth, Strathmore, Glamis. 3543

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4 Akbar
Binyon, Laurence. Peter Davies, Edinburgh, 1932. first edition, Hardback, 195mm x 131mm black cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 165pp. plus index, Good +/NoWrapper. Striking differential fading to endpapers. No d/w. Spine and boards bumped but basically clean, block also clean, if edges a little grubby. Historical biography of legendary Indian Emperor - famed for his scholarship and tolerance. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Akbar, India, Mughal. 6030

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Drake, Bradford, Ernle
5 Drake
Bradford, Ernle. Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1965. first edition, Hardback, 220mm x 147mm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 251+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Book has been read and has a little fading to exterior edges, block edges also worn, pages otherwise clean. Dustwrapper is bright and clean with some light wear to edges. Page-turning account of the remarkable life of the Tudor sailor, courtier and pirate who circumnavigated the world and fought the Spanish Armada amongst other amazing deeds. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Elizabeth, Tudor, armada, admiral. 13702

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Founding Father - Rediscovering George Washington, Brookhiser, Richard
6 Founding Father - Rediscovering George Washington
Brookhiser, Richard. The Free Press, New York, 1996. first edition, Hardback, 24cm x 16cm black and white card boards over cloth spine, black titles, first edition, ix prelims, 230pp. plus index, Good +/Good +. Spine and boards bumped, block edges dusty, exterior grubby along bottom edges. Dustwrapper has some shelfwear and grubbiness from handling. A post-revisionist take on the first President of the United States, which finds much in the traditional view of Washington as a genuine national hero. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: independence, Forge, Yorktown, colonies. 12588

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Napoleon & Josephine - An Improbable Marriage, Bruce, Evangeline
7 Napoleon & Josephine - An Improbable Marriage
Bruce, Evangeline. Phoenix, London, 1996. first thus, Paperback, 215mm X 137mm , xx prelims, 555+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Good +/NoWrapper. Paperback has been read, some creasing at front corners, none to spine, block edges have been handled, grubby at base edge, pages otherwise nice and clean. First paperback edition of rewarding 1995 biography of the legendary French Emperor and his Empress. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Napoleon, Josephine, empress. 8217

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8 The Life and Loyalties of Thomas Bruce
Cardigan, Earl. Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1951. first edition, Hardback, 221mm x 144mm dark blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, vii prelims, 306+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Good +/NoWrapper. Owners inscription. Book has been handled over years, light wear to extremities, pages basically clean, tiny sticker on inner front board. "A Biography of Thomas, Earl of Ailesbury and Elgin, Gentleman of the Bedchamber to King Charles II and to King James II, 1656-1741" Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Stuart, Revolution, Ampthill, courtier. 12610

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History of My Life - Volumes I and II, Casanova, Giacomo
9 History of My Life - Volumes I and II
Casanova, Giacomo. Harcourt, Brace, New York, 1966. first edition, Hardback, 207mm x 132mm maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, viii, vi prelims, 349, 330pp. Very Good/NoWrapper. Book is very good condition - clean with little or no wear - in a maroon slipcase with minimal wear. English translation by Willard R. Trask of the famous memoir of the 18th century Venetian adventurer - and lover. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Venice, amour, libertine, Bohemia. 14321

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The Princess and the Politicians - Sex, Intrigue and Diplomacy in Regency England, Charmley, John
10 The Princess and the Politicians - Sex, Intrigue and Diplomacy in Regency England
Charmley, John. Penguin, London, 2006. first thus, Paperback, 197mm x 130mm , xviii prelims, 350+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Very Good/NoWrapper. Paperback is tight and clean, no creasing or curling. Softcover edition of Charmley's superb 2005 account of a 19th century British woman who became a mistress and adviser to some of the most powerful men of her age. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Metternich, Wellington, Palmerston, Grey. 13958

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Marlborough - His Life and Times, Churchill (C.H., M.P.), Rt. Hon. Winston S.
11 Marlborough - His Life and Times
Churchill (C.H., M.P.), Rt. Hon. Winston S.. George G. Harrap, London, Hardback, 235mm x 157mm purple cloth boards, gilt titles, , 612+, 651+, 608+, 671+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Near Fine/NoWrapper. Striking four-volume hardback set is bright and clean without wear or markings, in slipcases also clean save for a little dusting and some light white speckling to base of rear vol.2. Plain purple re-binding and slipcases appear to have been privately commissioned (?) and executed by expert hands (albeit with slight "crinkling" on spine of Vol. 2), with bright gilt top block edges and just a whiff of binding adhesive (?) from each volume. Winston Churchill's 2,500-page biography of his eminent ancestor - John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough - complete in four illustrated volumes first published in 1933, 1934, 1936 and 1938. This identically-bound and slipcased set contains the 1939 revised edition (2nd printing) of volume 1 and the 1934 2nd printing of volume 2, with first prints of volumes 3-4, with index in each volume. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Churchill, Blenheim, Marlborough, Woodstock This book is unusually heavy or large and may attract a higher postage charge than automatically calculated on the website. If so we will make contact to agree any additional postal charges before completing any transaction. This book may attract a higher postage charge than automatically calculated on the website in order to ensure that it is fully covered for an appropriate amount of compensation in the event of loss in the post. If so we will make contact to agree any additional postal charges before completing any transaction.. 11050

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12 Life of Lady Georgiana Fullerton
Craven, Mrs. Augustus ; Coleridge, Henry James. Richard Bentley, London, 1888. first edition, Hardback, 196mm x 129mm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xix prelims, 467pp. plus index, plus appendix/appendicies, plus advertisments,Good/NoWrapper. Book in good condition given age. Spine and boards bumped, some light staining to front. Block edges darkened and grubby with age, some foxing and discolouring to opening/closing pages, block a little wobbly but otheriwse clean and unmarked. From the French of Mrs Craven, this is Coleridge's presentation o fthe biography of a remarkable 19th century noblewoman, novelist and Catholic convert. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Fullerton, Newman, Catholic. 8682

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The First Ninety Years - A Memoir, Darnborough (O.B.E., D.Sc.), Frank
13 The First Ninety Years - A Memoir
Darnborough (O.B.E., D.Sc.), Frank. 1992. first edition, Hardback, 224mm x 156mm dark blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 108pp. Near Fine/NoWrapper. Signed by author. Book is near fine. Privately-published memoirs of a 20th century seaman. Printed by Northern Whig, Belfast. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Darnborough, sea, war, maritime. 7219

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In Search of Columbus, Davies, Hunter
14 In Search of Columbus
Davies, Hunter. Sinclair - Stevenson, London, 1991. first edition, Hardback, 8vo black cloth boards, black on blue titles, first edition, xii prelims, 302pp. plus index, Colour illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Block has darkened, particularly around edges, and is a little ragged, seemingly as produced, on edge opposite spine. Dustwrapper has a little shelfwear and evidence of occasional handling. Investigation into the life of the great explorer, whose achievement is well-known, but whose life details are less familiar. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Columbus, America, Genoa, Ferdinand. 3481

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The Wolf that Never Sleeps, de Beaumont, Marguerite
15 The Wolf that Never Sleeps
de Beaumont, Marguerite. Girl Guides Association, London, 1951. first edition, Hardback, 189mm x 128mm grey cloth boards, brown titles, first edition, 5th impression, , 94+pp. Photographic illustrations. Good/NoWrapper. Spine and boards a little faded around edges, small stain to base of front. Block edges darkened with age. Hagiographical account of the founder of Scouting, published by the Scouts' sister organization. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Baden-Powell, scouts, guide. 7407

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Fire & Water - A Life of Peter the Great, de Jonge, Alex
16 Fire & Water - A Life of Peter the Great
de Jonge, Alex. Collins, London, 1979. first edition, Hardback, 223mm x 145mm light blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 279+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Book has been read but no obvious imperfections. Spine and boards clean, pages also clean and unmarked. Dustwrapper has some evidence of handling, sticker to front flap which is also clipped. Scholarly yet readable biography of the Russian Tsar who sought to drag his backward realm into the heart of Western civilization. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Peter, Russia, Tsar, Petersburg. 6925

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My Blue Notebooks, de Pougy, Liane ;   Rzewuski, R.P.
17 My Blue Notebooks
de Pougy, Liane ; Rzewuski, R.P.. Century, London, 1986. first thus, Paperback, 215mm x 132mm , 288pp. plus index, Good +/NoWrapper. Paperback has been read, some creasing to spine, block edges a little grubby from handling, pages otherwise clean. Oriiginally published in French ibn 1977, this is the Century paperback edition of the diaries of of Romanian princess Georges Ghika, in English translation by Diana Athill. Preface by Rzewuski. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Romania, princess, Paris, Lausanne. 8680

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The King Who Never Was - The Story of Frederick, Prince of Wales, De-la-Noy, Michael
18 The King Who Never Was - The Story of Frederick, Prince of Wales
De-la-Noy, Michael. Peter Owen, London & Chester Springs, PA, 1996. first edition, Hardback, 223mm x 142mm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 240+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Owners inscription. Book is tight and clean with minimal evidence of handling. Duswrapper is clean with minimal wear. Front flap clipped. Biography of the Hanoverian Prince who was son of King George II and father of George III, but who was fated never to accede to the British throne himself. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Hanover, Georgian, Walpole, Whig. 12022

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The Memoirs of Sir James Melville of Halhill, Donaldson, Gordon             (ed)
19 The Memoirs of Sir James Melville of Halhill
Donaldson, Gordon (ed). Folio Society, London, 1969. first thus, Hardback, 253mm x 153mm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 184+pp. plus index, Colour illustrations.Near Fine/NoWrapper. Book is near fine in very good light green slipcase. Full title - "The Memoirs of Sir James Melville of Halhill. Containing an impartial Account of the most remarkable Affairs of State during the Sixteenth Century, not mentioned by other Historians: more particularly relating to the Kingdoms of England and Scotland, under the Reigns of Queen Elizabeth, Mary, Queen of Scots, and King James. In most of which Transactions the Author was Personally and Publicly concerned." Edited with an Introduction by Donaldson. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Melville, Scotland, Reform. 7571

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To the Scaffold - The Life of Marie Antoinette, Erickson, Carrolly
20 To the Scaffold - The Life of Marie Antoinette
Erickson, Carrolly. Robson Books, London, 1992. first edition, Hardback, 8vo maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 384pp. plus index, Very Good/Good +++. Base of spine bumped, top of block a little dusty else near fine. Dustwrapper has a little shelfwear and bumping, with some evidence of occasional handling. A biography of Marie Antionette that does much to reveal a warm personality beneath the enduring contemptuous folk memory. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Marie Antoinette, revolution, Louis, cake. 3492

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Washington - The Indispensible Man, Flexner, James Thomas
21 Washington - The Indispensible Man
Flexner, James Thomas. Collins, London, 1976. first thus, Hardback, 24cm x 16cm brown cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, xvii prelims, 423pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Book is tight and clean. Just a little fading around edges of exterior. Dustwrapper (now protected) is clean with minimal wear. Spine colour has faded. UK abridged single-volume edition of Flexner's epic four-volume biography of the founding father of the United States. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Washington, Jefferson, Forge, Independence. 11300

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John Evelyn's Diary - A Selection, Francis, Philip             (ed)
22 John Evelyn's Diary - A Selection
Francis, Philip (ed). Folio Society, London, 1963. first thus, Hardback, 222mm x 137mm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, xiv prelims, 253+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Good +++/NoWrapper. Book is presented in grey slipcase now a little worn. Book itself has spine evenly faded, some foxing to block edges, otherwise very good. FS edition of John Evelyn's diaries from the 17th century, drawn from the text of the Clarendon Press edition edited by E S de Beer. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Evelyn, diaries, Restoration, Popish. 7556

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Beloved Emma - The Life of Emma Lady Hamilton, Fraser, Flora
23 Beloved Emma - The Life of Emma Lady Hamilton
Fraser, Flora. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1986. first edition, Hardback, 240mm x 165mm orange cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 410+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Good +/Good +. Hardback has been well read, some foxing and grubbiness to block edges, pages otherwise clean. Dustwrapper (now protected) is clean with some wear from handling. Excellent biography of Nelson's celebrated mistress, drawing on original letters and other primary sources to create a compelling portrait of the woman said to be the most beautiful in Europe. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Nelson, Naples, Merton, affair. 13285

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24 George the Faithful - The Life and Times of George V "The People's King" 1885-1936
Gibbs, Philip (ed). Hutchinson, London, second edition, Hardback, 8vo purple cloth boards, gilt titles, second edition, 534pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Fair/NoWrapper. Spine and boards bumped and faded. Block darkened with age. Foxing to endpapers. Originally published for the King's Jubilee of 1935, this is a generously-illustrated edition revised to include reference to his death in January 1936, and presumably published very shortly afterwards. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: George V, Windsor. 3541

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I Introduce - Romantic Reminiscences of the most prolific authoress, Graham, Winifred
25 I Introduce - Romantic Reminiscences of the most prolific authoress
Graham, Winifred. Skeffington, London, Hardback, 8vo red cloth boards, gilt titles, , vii prelims, 232pp. Photographic illustrations. Good/Good. Owners inscription. Book is tight and solid, with pages unmarked apart from notable foxing to edges and opening/closing pages. Dustwrapper (now protected) has chipping to edges, some flattened tears to edges of rear. Third book of autobiographical memoirs from a prolific woman writer. No date or edition stated but likely c.1960 publication. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Winifred, authoress, Graham. 7066

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Brittany to Whitehall - Life of Louise Renee de Keroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, Grant, Mrs. Colquhoun
26 Brittany to Whitehall - Life of Louise Renee de Keroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth
Grant, Mrs. Colquhoun. John Long, London, 1909. first edition, Hardback, 225mm x 140mm maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xvi prelims, 283+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good/NoWrapper. Owners inscription. Book in good condition given age. Spine faded, boards a little grubby in places, foxing and dusting to block edges. Pages otherwise clean and binding tight. Biography of a 17th century Anglo-French noblewoman well connected to the keenest political events of her age. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Breton, Charles, Parliament, war. 10342

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Operation Shepherdess, Guerin, Andre ;   White, Jack Palmer
27 Operation Shepherdess
Guerin, Andre ; White, Jack Palmer. Heinemann, London, 1961. first edition, Hardback, 223mm x 136mm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xix prelims, 314+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Good/Fair. Book has been well read, block darkened by ages with edges grubby, stain on bottom block edge, pages otherwise clean. Dustwrapper (now protected) is generally worn and grubby from handling. A revisionist account of the life of Joan of Arc produces a story still compelling and remarkable even after plainly hagiographic elements have been debunked. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Orleans, Joan, Maid. 10489

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Imperial Adventurer - Emperor Maximilian of Mexico, Haslip, Joan
28 Imperial Adventurer - Emperor Maximilian of Mexico
Haslip, Joan. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1971. first edition, Hardback, 223mm x 145mm red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xii prelims, 531+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +/Good +. Book has been well read, exterior bumped, spine creased, block nedges dusty and worn from handling, pages otherwise clean. Dustwrapper (now protected) has some wear and darkening to edges, some small tears also. Biography of Hapsburg nobleman who bizarrely became ruler of Mexico in the 19th century. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Montezuma, Hapsburg, Napoleon, Empire. 13699

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Marie Antoinette, Haslip, Joan
29 Marie Antoinette
Haslip, Joan. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1987. first edition, Hardback, tall 8vo green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xiv prelims, 306pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Very Good/Very Good. Block is darkened. Small mark on p.100. Top of spine slightly bumped. Dustwrapper slightly bumped at top, but has hardly been handled. A fresh look at the ill-fated Queen of France. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Antoinette, Louis, Revolution, cake. 3476

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The Lonely Empress - A Biography of Elizabeth of Austria, Haslip, Joan
30 The Lonely Empress - A Biography of Elizabeth of Austria
Haslip, Joan. Phoenix Press, London, 2002. first thus, Paperback, 234mm x 153mm , 462+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Good +++/NoWrapper. Paperback has been well read, edges tanned, some creasing to spine, else clean and tight. Later paperback edition of Hislop's classic 1965 biography of the consort of 19th century Hapsburg Emperor Franz Joseph. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Hapsburg, Vienna, Empress, assassination. 13176

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