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Destination Chungking, Suyin, Han
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The Great Dutch Admirals, de Liefde, Jacob
The Great Dutch Admirals

A Chance to Live, Tavistock, Marchioness  ;   Levin, Angela
A Chance to Live

The Widening Circle, van Druten, John
The Widening Circle

Howard Hughes - The Hidden Years, Phelan, James
Howard Hughes - The Hidden Years

F W de Klerk - The Man in his Time, de Klerk, Willem
F W de Klerk - The Man in his Time

A View from the Wings - West End, West Coast, Westminster, Millar, Ronald
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The Heart Must Break - The Fight for Democracy and Truth in Burma, Mawdsley, James
The Heart Must Break - The Fight for Democracy and Truth in Burma

 

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Daily Mail Film Award Annual 1948, ,
1 Daily Mail Film Award Annual 1948
,. Winchester Publications, London, 1948. first edition, Hardback, 235mm x 175mm blue cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, 192pp. plus advertisments, Photographic illustrations. Fair/NoWrapper. Book has been well read. Spine and boards bumped with some chipping. Block darkened with edges a little grubby. Illustrated review of British cinema in 1947, presented in a "popular magazine" style with lots of photographs and advertisements. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Daily Mail, cinema, Britain, 1947. 3565

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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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The New Spies - Exploring the Frontiers of Espionage, Adams, James
3 The New Spies - Exploring the Frontiers of Espionage
Adams, James. Hutchinson, London, 1994. first edition, Hardback, 8vo black cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xix prelims, 380pp. plus index, Very Good/Very Good. Book has been handled but no obvious imperfections. Dustwrapper has just a suspicion of shelfwear along top. A page-turning look inside the worlds of British, American and Russian intelligence in the aftermath of the Cold War. Catalogue: Political Biography. Keywords: Espionage, intelligence, spy, MI5. 5478

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Du Val Tonight! The Story of a Showman, Allen, Vivien
4 Du Val Tonight! The Story of a Showman
Allen, Vivien. Square One, Worcester, 1990. first edition, Hardback, 8vo brown cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 239pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Very Good/Very Good. Spine perhaps a little bumped. Top of block a little dusty. Dustwrapper has slight bumping of spine, but has been handled only very rarely and is bright and clean with no wear. A perceptive biography of an Irish actor and journalist of the Victorian age. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Du Val, Gazette, Dublin. 3673

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5 Footlight Memories- Recollections of Music Hall and Stage Life
Alltree, G.W.. Sampson Low, Marston, London, Hardback, 8vo blue cloth boards, gilt titles, , xiii prelims, 242pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Less than good/NoWrapper. Book is still intact, but has suffered badly with years. Block, boards and spine all worn,scuffed and discolured. Foxing to opening and closing pages. Front board stained. No date printed but c. 1932. Recollections of old music hall days, with b/w plate illustrations of some long-forgotten stars of the day. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Music Hall, Alltree, London, Tich. 3464

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6 The Life of James W Alsop
Alsop, Constance. University Press of Liverpool, Liverpool, 1926. Tall 8vo, 1st, H/B, no d/w, red cloth boards, bumped and rubbed, with gilt title, page top discoloured, xix, pp241, 3 b/w photos, VG. Contains inscr. By Constance to Emma and newspaper cutting of wills proven. Story of the founding of Liverpool University. 1003

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An Ambassador Speaks Out - Speeches and Writings, Argov, Shlomo ;   Kollek, Teddy
7 An Ambassador Speaks Out - Speeches and Writings
Argov, Shlomo ; Kollek, Teddy. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1983. first thus, Hardback, 8vo dark blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, viii prelims, 295pp. Very Good/Very Good. Some indentations to front board. Block clen and unmarked. Dustwrapper has bumped top of spine. Recollections and political arguments by the Israeli diplomat who survived an assassination attempt in London in June 1982. Catalogue: Political Biography. Keywords: Israel, Middle East, diplomacy. 5107

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8 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
9 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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Stevie - A biography of Stevie Smith, Barbera, Jack ;   McBrien, William
10 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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Look Back Look Forward, Beddington-Behrens (C.M.G., M.C. and Bar, Ph.D), Edward
11 Look Back Look Forward
Beddington-Behrens (C.M.G., M.C. and Bar, Ph.D), Edward. Macmillan, London, 1963. first edition, Hardback, 8vo green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 2nd impression, , viii prelims, 217pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good/NoWrapper. Inscribed by author. Spine faded, front board faded at right edge.Top of block dusted. Inner boards have old sticky tape, with front inner board having personal library sticker. The recollections of an well-connected Establishment man with interests in business and politics during a turbulent period of history. Catalogue: Political Biography. Keywords: War, City, Oxford, Europe. 2444

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What Manner of Man - A biography of Martin Luther King, Bennett, Lerone
12 What Manner of Man - A biography of Martin Luther King
Bennett, Lerone. Allen & Unwin, London, 1966. first edition, Hardback, 8vo grey cloth boards, black titles, first edition, 245pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good. Ends of spine bumped. Block edges dusted. Differential fading to endpapers, notably at rear, caused by presence of ephemeral newspaper cutting - headline of Dr King's assassination. Dustwrapper (now protected) has shelfwear, with fraying and discolouring along top. Corners chipped with 2mm loss along top of spine. General ageing and discolouring. First published in the US in 1964, this is a valuable single-volume account of Martin Luther King's career, written at the peak of his remarkable crusade for Civil Rights. Catalogue: Political Biography. Keywords: Negro, King, Civil Rights. 2437

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13 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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Gentleman Rider - a biography of Joyce Cary, Bishop, Alan
14 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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15 Leslie Heward - A memorial
Blom, Eric (ed). Cornish Brothers, Birmingham, 1946. second edition, Hardback, 8vo buff cloth boards, gilt titles, second edition, 94pp. Fair/NoWrapper. Gift Inscription. Book produced to Austerity standard. Boards bumped. Block a little darkened and dusty with fint foxing to endpapers. Top rear board slightly discoloured. Top of spine frayed. Tribute to a 20th century man of music. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Heward, BBC, music, RCM. 3889

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A Short Walk From Harrods, Bogarde, Dirk
16 A Short Walk From Harrods
Bogarde, Dirk. Viking, London, 1993. first edition, Hardback, 8vo blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 273pp. Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Very Good. Gift Inscription. Front board has slipped 3mm ahead of rear. Faint pinpooint foxing to bock edge. Dustwrapper has been handled occasionally. Volume of autobiography by Bogarde. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Bogarde, France, autobiography. 3561

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Victoria Wood - the Biography, Brandwood, Neil
17 Victoria Wood - the Biography
Brandwood, Neil. Ted Smart, London, 2002. first edition, Hardback, 8vo decorated boards, 246pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Near Fine/Near Fine. Book is near fine. Dustwrapper is near fine. Biography of comedienne and playwright. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Wood, New Faces, walters. 3569

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In Search of Columbus, Davies, Hunter
18 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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Chichester 10 - Portrait of a Decade, Davies, Stan Gebler
19 Chichester 10 - Portrait of a Decade
Davies, Stan Gebler. Davis-Poynter, London, 1975. first edition, Paperback, 26cm x 19cm black , 96pp. Black and white illustrations. Illustrations by Zsuzsi Roboz. Good +++/NoWrapper. Paperback basicallly sound, with some bumping of corners and crease to rear. Leading contemporary actors and actresses, as drawn by Roboz, and described by Davies. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Chichester, Redgrave, Olivier, Roboz. 3574

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F W de Klerk - The Man in his Time, de Klerk, Willem
20 F W de Klerk - The Man in his Time
de Klerk, Willem. Jonathan Ball, Johannesburg, 1991. first edition, Hardback, 8vo blue cloth boards, white titles, first edition, 185pp. Colour illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Good/Very Good. Owners inscription. Occasional ink highlights and notes. Book otherwise very good. Dustwrapper has been handled. Small price sticker on rear. A biography of the South African statesman who facilitated the end of apartheid, written by his brother. Catalogue: Political Biography. Keywords: de Klerk, apartheid, Mandela. 5499

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The Great Dutch Admirals, de Liefde, Jacob
21 The Great Dutch Admirals
de Liefde, Jacob. W. Swan Sonnenschein, London, 1884. fifth edition, Hardback, 186mm x 124mm green decorated boards, gilt titles, fifth edition, 351+pp. Black and white illustrations. Illustrations by Townley Green. et al. Good/NoWrapper. Book in good condition given age. Spine and boards bumped and scuffed, ends of spine frayed, block edges a little grubby, differntial fading to endpapers, Sunday School prize sticker (1889) on inner front board, also small retailer sticker. Block basically tight anhd clean. Biographies of seven famous Dutch naval commanders - from Jacob van Heemskerk to Corneilis Tromp. Catalogue: Biography. Keywords: Netherlands, sea, Hein, Evertsen. 9391

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Seven Ages, Dean, Basil
22 Seven Ages
Dean, Basil. Hutchinson, London, 1973. first edition, Hardback, 8vo blue, maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xx prelims, 339, 340pp. Photographic illustrations. Good/Good. Ex-private library, with stickers. Both volumes have ben extensively handled, with block edges now grubby. Spine and boards bumped and both volumes feel a little loose. Dustwrappers are both shelfworn with signs of regular handling. Two volumes - "Seven Ages" and "Mind's Eye" - of autobiography of eminent man of the theatre. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Dean, Gaiety. 3650

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23 The Founder of Modern Egypt - A Study of Muhammad Ali
Dodwell, Henry. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1931. first edition, Hardback, 22cm x 14cm red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, viii prelims, 276pp. plus index, Fair/NoWrapper. Previous owner's name. Spine scuffed, bumped and faded, block aged with general foxing. Boards still bright and all pages clean. Biography of a significant figure in the history of Egypt. Catalogue: Political Biography. Keywords: Egupt, Ali, Suez, Ottoman. 5492

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24 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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Once Upon Another Time - Ventures Behind the Iron Curtain, Douglas-Home, Jessica
25 Once Upon Another Time - Ventures Behind the Iron Curtain
Douglas-Home, Jessica. Michael Russell, London, 2000. first edition, Hardback, 220mm x 143mm maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 231pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Very Good/Very Good. Gift Inscription. Just a little wear and bumping to top of spine else near fine. Dustwrapper has been handled once or twice else near fine. A rewarding account of a well-connected English woman and her secret work assisting dissident artists in Eastern Europe during the rule of the Communists. Catalogue: Political Biography. Keywords: Poland, Czechoslovakia, dissident, Havel. 5488

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The Memoir of John Durang, American Actor, 1785-1816, Downer, Alan S.            (ed)
26 The Memoir of John Durang, American Actor, 1785-1816
Downer, Alan S. (ed). Historical Society of York County, Pittsburgh, 1966. first edition, Hardback, 8vo red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xix prelims, 176pp. plus index, Colour illustrations.Good +/Fair. Spine and boards very good. Block edges a little dusty with a suspicion of pinpoint foxing to base of edge oposite spine. Dustwrapper (now protected) is generally chipped, with some markings also to rear. Durang's own account of his years on stage in Eastern America and Canada, with colour prints of Durang's own watercolour images of himself. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Durang, Actor, clown, puppeteer. 3467

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The Railway Game, Dyment, Clifford
27 The Railway Game
Dyment, Clifford. J.M. Dent, London, 1962. first edition, Hardback, 224mm x 142mm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xi prelims, 218pp. Very Good/Very Good. Book is not new but still tight and clean. Dustwrapper (now protected) has an ink price on front flap but no other imperfections. Clean with minimal wear. An autobiography of a critic, broadcaster and poet that recreates the life of provincial England in the twenties and thirties seen through the eyes of a boy. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Poetry, England, Leicester. 568

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Richard Cobden - Independent Radical, Edsall, Nicholas C.
28 Richard Cobden - Independent Radical
Edsall, Nicholas C.. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1986. first edition, Hardback, 24cm x 16cm grey cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, xiv prelims, 465pp. plus index, Very Good/Good +++. Spine bumped, dusting to top block edge, book still in very good condition. Impressively tight and clean. Dustwrapper (now protected) has spine colour faded, just a little wear to flaps, still presentable. Biography of a controversial figure in mid-19th century British politics. Catalogue: Political Biography. Keywords: Manchester, Corn, radical, liberalism. 1310

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29 Good-Bye Dollie - A Theatrical Autobiography, slightly edited
Ellis, Vivian. Frederick Muller, London, 1970. first edition, Hardback, 8vo red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 214pp. Very Good/NoWrapper. Top of block a little dusty, Boards nice and clean, book maybe unread. Theatrical recollections. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Ellis, Dollie, Liverpool. 3667

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Thackeray - A Personality, Elwin, Malcolm
30 Thackeray - A Personality
Elwin, Malcolm. Academy Books - Jonathan Cape, London, first thus, Hardback, 227mm x 150mm brown cloth boards, yellow titles, first thus, 410+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Good/Less than good. Owners inscription. Spine bumped, block a little darkened, top edge grubby but pages basically clean. Overall a little flimsy as with most wartime Uk productions. Dustwrapper (now protected) is worn around edges with loss of lower half of spine, some loss also at top edge. The "vivid and exciting" portrait of a famous English novelist first published by Cape in 1932 and re-issued by Academy Books in 1935, as listed on copyright page. But this is - without any doubt - a wartime book whose inscription date of 1945 is also most likely for publication. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Thackeray, biography, Vanity. 1218

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