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Queen Elizabeth - Her Intimate & Authentic Life

By: Asquith, Lady Cynthia

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Hutchinson: 1937

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3535

Condition: Fair


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 View more info

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The Duchess of York

By: Asquith, Lady Cynthia

Price: £6.00

Publisher: London, Hutchinson:

Inscription: Previous owner's name

Seller ID: 3543

Condition: Good +


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 View more info

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Henry Plantagenet - A Biography of Henry II of England

By: Barber, Richard

Price: £8.50

Publisher: London, Purnell Book Services: 1973

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 15513

Condition: Good +


Hardback, 223mm x 140mm brown hard card boards, black titles, first thus, 278+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Good +/Good. Exterior nice and clean, spine creased, some foxing to block edges, endpapers also tanned at edges. Dustwrapper has wear to edges, grubbiness from handling, spine colour faded. Book club edition of 1964 biography of a great 12th century ruler of England - and much of Continental Europe beyond. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywor... View more info

Akbar

By: Binyon, Laurence

Price: £7.50

Publisher: Edinburgh, Peter Davies: 1932

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 6030

Condition: Good +


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 View more info

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Drake

By: Bradford, Ernle

Price: £8.50

Publisher: London, Hodder & Stoughton: 1965

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 13702

Condition: Good +++


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 am... View more info

Founding Father - Rediscovering George Washington

By: Brookhiser, Richard

Price: £7.50

Publisher: New York, The Free Press: 1996

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 12588

Condition: Good +


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. Keyw... View more info

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Napoleon & Josephine - An Improbable Marriage

By: Bruce, Evangeline

Price: £6.00

Publisher: London, Phoenix: 1996

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 8217

Condition: Good +


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 View more info

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William Blake in This World

By: Bruce, Harold

Price: £15.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace: 1925

Edition: first edition

Inscription: Previous owner's name

Seller ID: 15663

Condition: Fair


Hardback, 209mm x 144mm brown and buff card boards over cloth spine, v prelims, 234+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Fair/Fair. Previous owner's name. Book has been well read, spine and boards scuffed at edges, grubby in places, block edges also grubby and ragged as cut, pages clean overall, retailer sticker on rear inner board. Dustwrapper (now protected) is worn and grubby with loss at both ends of spine. Excellent account of the earthly life and work... View more info

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Heloise and Abelard - A twelfth-century love story

By: Burge, James

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, Profile Books: 2003

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 16762

Condition: Good +++


Hardback, 24cm x 16cm red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 2nd impression, , xv prelims, 299+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Book is clean with minimal wear, block just a little wobbly, likely as produced. Dustwrapper is clean with minimal wear. Excellent account of the coming-together of two remarkable hearts and minds in the scholarly world of 12th century Europe, drawing heavily on Heloise and Abelard's letters to each othe... View more info

The Life and Loyalties of Thomas Bruce

By: Cardigan, Earl

Price: £7.00

Publisher: London, Routledge & Kegan Paul: 1951

Edition: first edition

Inscription: Owners inscription

Seller ID: 12610

Condition: Good +


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.... View more info

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The Great Marlborough and his Duchess

By: Cowles, Virginia

Price: £9.00

Publisher: London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson: 1983

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 16525

Condition: Good +++


Hardback, 240mm x 163mm brown cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xiv prelims, 456+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Book is clean with minimal wear, top block edge now dusty. Dustwrapper (now protected) is clean with minimal wear. Excellent biography of great British soldier John Churchill and his no less formidable wife Sarah. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Blenheim, Churchill, Anne, Rami... View more info

Life of Lady Georgiana Fullerton

By: Craven, Mrs. Augustus ; Coleridge, Henry James

Price: £35.00

Publisher: London, Richard Bentley: 1888

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 8682

Condition: Good


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 presentatio... View more info

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The First Ninety Years - A Memoir

By: Darnborough (O.B.E., D.Sc.), Frank

Price: £15.00

Publisher: 1992

Edition: first edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 7219

Condition: Near Fine


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 View more info

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In Search of Columbus

By: Davies, Hunter

Price: £6.00

Publisher: London, Sinclair - Stevenson: 1991

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3481

Condition: Good +++


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 l... View more info

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The Wolf that Never Sleeps

By: de Beaumont, Marguerite

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Girl Guides Association: 1951

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 7407

Condition: Good


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 View more info

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Fire & Water - A Life of Peter the Great

By: de Jonge, Alex

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, Collins: 1979

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 6925

Condition: Good +++


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. Catalo... View more info

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The Life and Times of Grigorii Rasputin

By: de Jonge, Alex

Price: £6.50

Publisher: London, Collins: 1982

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 15501

Condition: Good +++


Hardback, 234mm x 158mm black card boards over cloth spine, gilt titles, first edition, 368+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +. Spine creased, book otherwise clean with minimal wear. Dustwrapper has some wear from handling, spine colour faded. Thorough biography of the mysterious "monk" who became a key player at the court of the last Tsar (and Tsarina) of Russia. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Romanov, Russia, court, Tsari... View more info

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My Blue Notebooks

By: de Pougy, Liane ; Rzewuski, R.P.

Price: £4.75

Publisher: London, Century: 1986

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 8680

Condition: Good +


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 View more info

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Lucia in the Age of Napoleon

By: di Robilant, Andrea

Price: £8.50

Publisher: London, Faber & Faber: 2007

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 15590

Condition: Good +++


Hardback, 240mm x 157mm maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xxi prelims, 336+pp. plus index, Colour illustrations.Good +++/Good +++. Book is clean and tight with minimal wear from handling. Dustwrapper is clean with minimal edgewear. Biography of Lucia Mocenigo, a well-connected Venetian woman who became involved with amazing events and amazing people of an amazing age in Europe. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Napoleon, Byron, Hapsburg, Eugene View more info

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The Memoirs of Sir James Melville of Halhill

By: Donaldson, Gordon (ed)

Price: £15.00

Publisher: London, Folio Society: 1969

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 7571

Condition: Near Fine


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... View more info

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William Dugdale, Historian, 1606-1686 - His Life, His Writings and His Country

By: Dyer, Christopher ; Richardson, Catherine (eds)

Price: £60.00

Publisher: Woodbridge, The Boydell Press: 2009

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 15730

Condition: Near Fine


Hardback, 24cm x 16cm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xvi prelims, 248pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Near Fine/Very Good. Book is near fine with original publisher slip. Dustwrapper is clean with little or no wear. A scholarly yet readable account of the life and work of one of the most celebrated antiquarians of the seventeenth century, best known for his 1656 "Antiquities of Warwickshire. Catalogue: His... View more info

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To the Scaffold - The Life of Marie Antoinette

By: Erickson, Carrolly

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, Robson Books: 1992

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3492

Condition: Very Good


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 View more info

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Washington - The Indispensible Man

By: Flexner, James Thomas

Price: £8.50

Publisher: London, Collins: 1976

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 11300

Condition: Good +++


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: Washingt... View more info

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John Evelyn's Diary - A Selection

By: Francis, Philip (ed)

Price: £15.00

Publisher: London, Folio Society: 1963

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 7556

Condition: Good +++


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: Eve... View more info

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Marie Antoinette - The Journey

By: Fraser, Antonia

Price: £8.50

Publisher: London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson: 2001

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 16524

Condition: Good +++


Hardback, 240mm x 162mm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 488+ prelims, xviiipp. plus index, Colour illustrations. Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Book is clean and tight with minimal wear. Dustwrapper is clean with minimal wear, faint indentation to front. Excellent biography of the ill-fated Queen of France who fell victim to the revolutionary guillotine. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: guillotine... View more info

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Beloved Emma - The Life of Emma Lady Hamilton

By: Fraser, Flora

Price: £8.00

Publisher: London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson: 1986

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 13285

Condition: Good +


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 t... View more info

English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century

By: Froude, James Anthony

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, Longmans, Green: 1919

Inscription: Previous owner's name

Seller ID: 15622

Condition: Good


Hardback, 190mm x 126mm maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, , 309pp. Good/NoWrapper. Previous owner's name. Book has been well read, spine and boards bumped with some faint stains, block edges worn with a hint of foxing, diffferential fading to endpapers, pages clean overall. Silver Library edition of Froude's lectures on English seamen in Tudor times, given at Oxford in 1893-94. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Drake, Hawkins, Armada, navy View more info

George the Faithful - The Life and Times of George V "The People's King" 1885-1936

By: Gibbs, Philip (ed)

Price: £8.50

Publisher: London, Hutchinson:

Edition: second edition

Seller ID: 3541

Condition: Fair


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, Windso... View more info

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I Introduce - Romantic Reminiscences of the most prolific authoress

By: Graham, Winifred

Price: £6.50

Publisher: London, Skeffington:

Inscription: Owners inscription

Seller ID: 7066

Condition: Good


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 Bi... View more info

Sarah Duchess of Marlborough

By: Green, David

Price: £6.00

Publisher: London, Collins: 1967

Edition: first edition

Inscription: Owners inscription

Seller ID: 16526

Condition: Good +


Hardback, 234mm x 150mm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 351+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +/NoWrapper. Owners inscription. Book has light wear from handling, block edges a litle grubby. Excellent biography of the wife of John Churchill. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Churchill, Blandford, Blenheim, Anne View more info