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Charles Dickens - 1812-1870 - a Biography, with examples of the work of his finest illustrators, ,
1 Charles Dickens - 1812-1870 - a Biography, with examples of the work of his finest illustrators
,. Tullis Russell, Markinch, Fife, 1962. first edition, Hardback, 256mm x 191mm light blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 26pp. Colour illustrations. Illustrations by Sam Kyd. Very Good/Good +. Printed on high-quality paper, this book is in very good condition, with no obvious signs of wear. Dustwrapper (now protected) has some wear to edges, light grubbiness from handling. Limited edition volume produced for the sesquicentenary of Dickens' birth, giving a short biography of the novelist with reproductions of colour illustrations by Kyd of Dickens' most famous characters. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Dickens, biography, novel, Fagin. 7275

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My Father and Myself, Ackerley, J.R.
2 My Father and Myself
Ackerley, J.R.. The Bodley Head, London, 1969. first edition, Hardback, 220mm x 145mm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 2nd impression, , 219+pp. Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good. Base of spine bumped, some light foxing to block edges, pages otherwise clean and unmarked. Dustwrapper (now protected) has chipping and wear to edges, some grubbiness and circular stain to rear but still presentable, with protection. Posthumously published Autobiography of the one-time Editor of the Listener, including revelatory reference to the author's homosexuality. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Literary, Listener, gay. 569

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Peter Pan and Cricket, Allen, David Rayvvern
3 Peter Pan and Cricket
Allen, David Rayvvern. Constable, London, 1988. first edition, Hardback, 24cm x 16cm maroon cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, 188+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Boards bumped at bottom corners. No other obvious imperfections. Tight and unmarked. Dustwraper (now protected) is clean with minimal wear. Front flap clipped. Rather lovely account of J M Barrie's lifelong obsession with cricket, including reproductions of long-forgotten Barrie articles about the game. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: cricket, Barrie, Broadway, Kirriemuir. 10982

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Memoirs, Amis, Kingsley
4 Memoirs
Amis, Kingsley. Hutchinson, London, 1991. first edition, Hardback, 24cm x 16cm black cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xvi prelims, 346+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +/Good +. Gift Inscription. Book has been well read but still clean with light wear to block edges. Dustwrapper has small tear at bottom front corner, light wear and evidence of handling. Marvellously readable anecdotal memoirs of a significant man of leters. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Jim, Thatcher, Larkin, literary. 13320

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Brief Lives, Aubrey, John ;   Barber, Richard
5 Brief Lives
Aubrey, John ; Barber, Richard. Folio Society, London, 1983. first thus, Hardback, 25cm x 16cm decorated boards, 324pp. Photographic illustrations. Very Good/NoWrapper. Book has been read but still in very good condition in slipcase which is good only, due to staining to top of front. Barber-edited FS edition of Aubrey's classic collection of descriptions of famous 17th century Englishmen (and some non-Englishmen) of his acquaintance, with images of contemporary portraits of his subjects. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Aubrey, lives, Milton, Descartes. 7523

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Enid Bagnold's Autobiography (from 1889), Bagnold, Enid
6 Enid Bagnold's Autobiography (from 1889)
Bagnold, Enid. Heinemann, London, 1969. first edition, Hardback, 220mm x 142mm black cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 293+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Spine and boards nice and clean, front has advanced 8mm ahead of rear. Block edges just a little grubby from handling, pages otherwise clean. Dustwrapper (now protected) has some wear and grubbiness along top edges. Memoirs of a significant figure in London literary society in the early 20th century. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Chelsea, literary, Sicksert, Reuters. 10513

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7 The Life of Robert Louis Stevenson
Balfour, Graham. Methuen, London, 1913. twelfth edition, Hardback, 174mm x 105mm light blue cloth boards, gilt titles, twelfth edition, 300pp. plus index, plus advertisments,Fair/NoWrapper. Previous owner's name. Book is generally worn and grubby with some staining and foxing, but still tight and pages basicaly unmarked. Handy-sized biography of the creator of "Treasure Island" from the Methuen Shilling Library series. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Kidnapped, Treasure, Pacific. 10616

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Stevie - A biography of Stevie Smith, Barbera, Jack ;   McBrien, William
8 Stevie - A biography of Stevie Smith
Barbera, Jack ; McBrien, William. Oxford University Press, New York, 1987. first thus, Hardback, 8vo violet cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 378pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Gift Inscription. Boards and spine slightly bumped. Block edges have isolated small faint stains. Dustwrapper has bumped top of spine, slight shelfwear along top, general signs of handling and slight fading to rear. First US edition of the biography of an enigmatic literary figure of the 20th century. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Smith, Yellow, Manning. 3053

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The Man of Principle - A View of John Galsworthy, Barker, Dudley
9 The Man of Principle - A View of John Galsworthy
Barker, Dudley. Allen & Unwin, London, 1967. first edition, Hardback, 222mm x 140mm black cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 2nd impression, , 240pp. plus index, Good +/Good. Previous owner's name. Book has been read, spine bumped, block edges dusty with smudging to right edge. Else clean and tight. Dustwrapper (now protected) has chipping along top edge and some grubbiness to rear but still presentable, with protection. Excellent biography of the creator of the Forsyte Saga, amongst other fine literary works, drawing heavily on the letters and diaries of Galsworthy and his wife. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Forsyte, Ada, novel. 10498

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George Sand in her Own Words, Barry, Joseph ;   Moers, Ellen         (ed)
10 George Sand in her Own Words
Barry, Joseph ; Moers, Ellen (ed). Quartet Books, London, 1979. first thus, Hardback, 224mm x 142mm brown cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, xliii prelims, 475pp. Good/Good. Some small stains to opening pages, block otherwise clean save for a little dusting on top edge. Spine and boards also clean. Dustwrapper (now protected) is nice and clean with minimal wear, but spine colour has faded dramatically. Translated and edited by Barry, with an Introduction by Moers, this is a selection of the best of Sand's works, some presented in English for the first time. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Sand, Indiana, extracts, novels. 7333

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11 Edward Fitzgerald
Benson, A.C.. Macmillan, London, 1905. Hardback, 190mm x 124mm maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, , vi prelims, 297pp. plus index, plus advertisments,Fair/NoWrapper. Previous owner's name. Spine worn and partially detached, also bumped and a little darkened, like boards. Block edges show evidence of handling and age. From the "English Men of Letters" series, this is a literary biography of an eminent Victorian poet. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Fitzgerald, poetry, England. 7408

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12 The Indomitable Mrs Trollope
Bigland, Eileen. James Barrie, London, 1953. first edition, Hardback, 220mm x 143mm buff cloth boards, black titles, first edition, 219pp. plus index, Good +/NoWrapper. Owners inscription. Book is generally a little darkened by age, with a little grubbiness to spine and boards, else clean and tight. Biography of Frances "Fanny" Trollope - the wife of a famous 19th century novelist who became a high literary achiever in her own right. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Trollope, America, slavery. 10583

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Gentleman Rider - a biography of Joyce Cary, Bishop, Alan
13 Gentleman Rider - a biography of Joyce Cary
Bishop, Alan. Michael Joseph, London, 1988. first edition, Hardback, 24cm x 16cm black cloth boards, yellow titles, first edition, 408pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Block edges dusted. Front endpaper and following 6-7 pages are creased. Dustwrapper has some shelfwear along top, with 3mm tear to top of rear adjoining spine, and evidence of handling. A biography of one of the most independent and elusive figures of 20th century literature. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Cary, Horse's Mouth, Nigeria. 2879

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Six Studies in Quarreling, Broome, Vincent
14 Six Studies in Quarreling
Broome, Vincent. Cresset Press, London, 1958. first edition, Hardback, 22cm x 14cm red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, ix prelims, 198pp. Good +/Good. Book is a little worn from handling, with edges dusty and some foxing also to right edge. Else clean and tight. Dustwrapper has some darkening of rear. Spine colour faded, spine also worn and frayed at ednds with tearing at top. Readable account of six literary disputes of the late Victorian and early 20th century eras, involving such figures as Wells, Shaw, Belloc and Chesterton. And Winston Churchill. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: literary, invective, quarrel, intellectual. 10978

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A Portrait of Jane Austen, Cecil, David
15 A Portrait of Jane Austen
Cecil, David. Penguin, London, 1980. first thus, Paperback, 235mm x 164mm , 208pp. plus index, Colour illustrations. Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Good +++/NoWrapper. Papeerback has minimal wear, with just a single faint crease to spine. Includes ephemeral booklet "The Story of Jane Austen's Chawton Home" by T. Edward Carpenter. First paperback edition of Lord David Cecil's readable biography of a giant of English literature, fully illustrated throughout. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Austen, Steventon, Chawron, Bath. 10488

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Fanny Burney - her Life, Chisholm, Kate
16 Fanny Burney - her Life
Chisholm, Kate. Chatto & Windus, London, 1998. first edition, Hardback, 8vo green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition3rd state, xvii prelims, 347+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Very Good/Very Good. Spine and boards a little bumped, block edge maybe just a little tanned at edges. Dustwrapper spine is a little bumped, has been handled only occasionally. Biography of Fanny Burney (1752-1840) - inimitable diarist of London life and author of the novel "Evelina." Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Burney, London, Evelina, Queen. 7273

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17 Ben Jonson of Westminster
Chute, Marchette. Robert Hale, London, 1954. first edition, Hardback, 221mm x 138mm maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 380pp. plus index, Good +/NoWrapper. Book is a little worn by age, with library stamps and an owner's sticker. Spine also scuffed with titles faded, but binding tight and pages unmarked. Excellent biography of the dramatist who was a contemporary (and literary rival) of Shakespeare. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Shakespeare, theatre, stage, Bartholomew. 10604

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Two Gentle Men - The Lives of George Herbert and Robert Herrick, Chute, Marchette
18 Two Gentle Men - The Lives of George Herbert and Robert Herrick
Chute, Marchette. Secker & Warburg, London, 1960. first edition, Hardback, 222mm x 143mm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 319pp. plus index, Good +/Fair. Owners sticker. Spine and boards just a little bumped but clean. Blockedges a little grubby from handling, differential fading to endpapers, else clean. Dustwrapper (now protected) is generally worn and chipped with some surface loss at corners. Still presentable, with protection. Rather lovely double biography of two eminent 17th century English men of letters. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Hesperides, Parliament, orator, Laud. 10543

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Crossing the Line - being the second volume of the autobiography, Cockburn, Claud
19 Crossing the Line - being the second volume of the autobiography
Cockburn, Claud. Macgibbon & Kee, London, 1959. first edition, Hardback, 222mm x 143mm black cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 2nd impression, , 210pp. Good +/Fair. Some foxing to block edges but pages otherwise clean, spine and boards also. Dustwrapper has foxing/tanning notable on inside, but from outside is still presentable, with little ot no shelfwear. Some grubbiness from handling on rear. Second volume of memoirs by a celebrated mid-20th century writer on politics and other matters. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Cockburn, Communism, journalism, war. 7701

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Mary Webb, Coles, Gladys Mary
20 Mary Webb
Coles, Gladys Mary. seren - Poetry Wales Press, Bridgend, 1996. first edition, Paperback, 215mm x 137mm , xi prelims, 160+pp. Photographic illustrations. Good +++/NoWrapper. Owners inscription. Paperback has been read and spine has light creasing, else clean and tight. Biography of an early 20th century novelist, poet - and mystic, whose work was inspired by her residence on the Welsh border county of Shropshire. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Shropshire, pantheism, Graves. 11011

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Conan Doyle, Coren, Michael
21 Conan Doyle
Coren, Michael. Bloomsbury, London, 1995. first edition, Hardback, 240mm x 157mm grey cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, vi prelims, 213+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Book has been read, top block edge a little grubby, spine bumped at ends, else tight and clean. Dustwrapper (now protected) has minimal wear to edges. A "lucid and sensitive" biography of the creator of Sherlock Holmes. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Holmes, Watson, theology, spiritual. 13334

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Damned shall be desire - The Passionate Life of Guy de Maupassant, Coulter, Stephen
22 Damned shall be desire - The Passionate Life of Guy de Maupassant
Coulter, Stephen. Jonathan Cape, London, 1958. first edition, Hardback, 209mm x 139mm red cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, 350pp. Good +++/Good +++. A little bumping to spine and boards, block notably clean and unmarked. Dustwrapper has minimal wear only, clean and unmarked. Rewarding biography of a celebrated French novelist. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Maupassant, paris, biography. 7260

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The Hidden Roads - A Memoir of Childhood, Crossley-Holland, Kevin
23 The Hidden Roads - A Memoir of Childhood
Crossley-Holland, Kevin. Quercus, London, 2009. first edition, Hardback, 224mm x 142mm black cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, vi prelims, 230pp. Very Good/Very Good. Book is tight and clean with little or no wear. Dustwrapper is clean with little or no wear. A poet and mythologist recalls a quintessentially English childhood in the Chiltern Hills and on the North Norfolk coast. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: postwar, Chiltern, Norfolk, cricket. 14099

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The Teller of Tales - In search of Robert Louis Stevenson, Davies, Hunter
24 The Teller of Tales - In search of Robert Louis Stevenson
Davies, Hunter. Sinclair - Stevenson, London, 1994. first edition, Hardback, 240mm x 158mm black cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, xi prelims, 290+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Book is not new and has been read but no obvious imperfections. Dustwrapper has light wear and evidence of handling. A traveller's guide to Stevenson as a travel writer, taking in the many distant outposts of the world which inspired the creator of "Treasure Island" and other memorable books. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Stevenson, Samoa, Cevennes, pacific. 7324

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Apostle to Burns - The Diaries of William Grierson, Davies, John             (ed)
25 Apostle to Burns - The Diaries of William Grierson
Davies, John (ed). William Blackwood, Edinburgh, 1981. first edition, Hardback, 221mm x 137mm green faux leather boards, gilt titles, first edition, xxi prelims, 327pp. plus index, Good +++/NoWrapper. Book iks tight and clean with no markings. "The private diaries of a young man who lived in the small provincial town of Dumfries during the exciting times of the Scottish renaissance" - and who was personally aquainted with Walter Scott as well as Robert Burns. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Dumfries, Scott, Burns. 10501

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The Life of Samuel Johnson - A Critical Biography, Demaria (Jr.), Robert
26 The Life of Samuel Johnson - A Critical Biography
Demaria (Jr.), Robert. Blackwell, Cambridge, MA & Oxford, 1994. first thus, Paperback, 228mm x 152mm , xviii prelims, 356pp. plus index, Good +/NoWrapper. Paperback has been handled, spine and front now creased and block edges grubby in places, else clean and unmarked. Paperback edition of excellent 1993 biography of the 18th century poet, scholar, satirist - and lexicographer. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Lichfield, dictionary, satire, Augustan. 13342

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Sir Samuel Morland - Diplomat and Inventor, 1625-1695, Dickinson, H.W.
27 Sir Samuel Morland - Diplomat and Inventor, 1625-1695
Dickinson, H.W.. Newcomen Society, London, 1970. first edition, Hardback, 235mm x 175mm green and grey cloth boards over cloth spine, gilt titles, first edition, xvi prelims, 131+pp. plus index, plus appendix/appendicies, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +. Some dusting to block edges and book has been read, but overall little worn with high-grade paper nice and clean. Dustwrapper has nick to top front edge, generally lightly grubby from handling. Rewarding biography of a 17trh century civil servant who played a part in the tumultous political events of his age as well as inventing numerous engineering and calculating devices. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Morland, inventor, Resoration, science. 7309

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28 Freddy Lonsdale
Donaldson, Frances. Heinemann, London, 1957. first edition, Hardback, 8vo red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xlv prelims, 257pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/NoWrapper. Black background of spine titles faded, Top of block dusty. P.217 has ragged edge. Biography of once-famous British playwright. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Lonsdale, drama, Cheyney. 3642

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P.G. Wodehouse - A Biography, Donaldson, Frances
29 P.G. Wodehouse - A Biography
Donaldson, Frances. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1982. first edition, Hardback, 240mm x 163mm orange-brown cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xviii prelims, 399+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Spine just a little bumped, light wear and faint smudging to block edges, else clean and tight. Dustwrapper is clean with minimal wear, spine just a little faded. Biography of a great English writer of the 20th century, famed for his witty creations such as Jeeves and Wooster, but whose reputation suffered after he made ill-advised broadcasts from Nazi Germany. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Berlin, Jeeves, Psmith, golf. 13376

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Rory & Ita, Doyle, Roddy
30 Rory & Ita
Doyle, Roddy. Jonathan Cape, London, 2002. first edition, Paperback, 215mm x 136mm , 338pp. Good +++/NoWrapper. Paperback is tight with no creasing, just a little foxing to top block edge only by spine. Roddy Doyle's first published work of non-fiction is a tender and compelling memoir of his parents. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Dublin, Wexford, Doyle, Kilbarrack. 10500

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