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And there my trouble began - Uncollected Writings 1945-85

By: Fyvel, T.R.

Price: £8.00

Publisher: London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson: 1986

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 573

Condition: Good +++


Hardback, 24cm x 16cm dark blue cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, xii prelims, 240pp. Good +++/Good +++. Book has been read, but overall tight and clean, block edges just a little grubby from handling with light stain to right block edge. Dustwrapper has been handled and has some colour fading but still presentable with minimal wear. Collection of writings on matters political and personal by an well-connected writer and broadcaster whose Jewish identity w... 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

The Keeleys on the Stage and at Home

By: Goodman, Walter

Price: £60.00

Publisher: London, Richard Bentley: 1895

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3237

Condition: Good +++


Hardback, tall 8vo green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xiv prelims, 354pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Good +++/NoWrapper. Bumping to boards but smart copy. Both ffep and frep have "ghost" sellotape marks from an earlier protective covering. A more recent clear protective wrapping is now in place. Previous owner's bookplate ("May Rose Bird, Bradfield, Norfolk"). Gilt dec of Smike on front board.... View more info

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My Apprenticeship

By: Gorky, M.

Price: £7.50

Publisher: Moscow, Foreign Languages Publishing House: 1952

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3528

Condition: Good +++


Hardback, 167mm x 113mm maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 683pp. Good +++/NoWrapper. Leather-like boards clean and attractive. Some dusting to block edge, spine slightly bumped. Translated from the Russian by Margaret Wettlin, this is Gorky's account of his "apprenticeship". Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Gorky, Moscow View more info

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Less than a Treason: Hemingway in Paris

By: Griffin, Peter

Price: £7.50

Publisher: New York / Oxford, Oxford University Press: 1990

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3211

Condition: Very Good+


Hardback, 8vo blue cloth boards, black titles, first edition, viii prelims, 197pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Very Good+/Very Good+. Apart from a publishers stamp saying "damaged" and very slight bumping to top/bottom of spine I cannot find any damage to this book. Dustwrapper now protected. The second volume of Griffin's biography covers Hemingway's early Paris years, when he published "In Our Time" and "The Sun Also Rises". Griff... View more info

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Along with Youth: Hemingway, The Early Years

By: Griffin, Peter

Price: £8.50

Publisher: New York / Oxford, Oxford University Press: 1985

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3212

Condition: Very Good


Hardback, 8vo Yellow/Black cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 1st impression, , x prelims, 258pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Very Good/Very Good. Very slight signs of ageing to free endpapers and top of page block slightly dusty. Dustwrapper now protected. Volume one of Griffin's biography examines Hemingway's midwestern childhood, his journalisitic apprenticeship and his experiences as a Red Cross Volunteer in Italy during WW1. Catalogue: Literary ... View more info

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Madame Ambassador - The Life of Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

By: Guthrie, Anne

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Macmillan: 1963

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 5476

Condition: Good


Hardback, 22cm x 14cm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, x prelims, 182pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good/Good. Ex-lib with stickers and stamps. Spine and boards bumped, edges dusty, text and plates nice and clean. Dustwrapper has general light shelfwear and evidence of handling. Memoirs of Jawaharlal Nehru's sister - a woman who became a significant political figure in her own right. Catalogue: Political Biography. Keywords: Pandit, Nehru, Uni... View more info

Emigrant in Motley - The Journey of Charles and Ellen Kean in search of a theatrical fortune in Australia and America, as tld in their hitherto unpublished letters

By: Hardwick, J.M.D. ; Quayle, Anthony

Price: £8.50

Publisher: London, Rockliff: 1954

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3465

Condition: Good +++


Hardback, 8vo maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xx prelims, 260pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/. Boards and spine bumped. Block edges a little aged, but intact, clean and presentable. Remarkable story told in own words of theatrical couple of Victorian age Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Theatre, Kean, America, Australia View more info

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Good and Faithful Servant - The Unauthorized Biography of Bernard Ingham

By: Harris, Robert

Price: £8.00

Publisher: London, Faber & Faber: 1990

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 2432

Condition: Fine


Hardback, 8vo black cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, xi prelims, 202pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Fine/Fine. Dustwrapper fine. A biography of Bernard Ingham, a Yorkshireman journalist who became one of the most powerful men in Britain as Press Secretary to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Catalogue: Political Biography. Keywords: Politics, Thatcher, Press View more info

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Marie Antoinette

By: Haslip, Joan

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson: 1987

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3476

Condition: Very Good


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 View more info

Clarissa Eden

By: Haste, Cate (ed)

Price: £12.00

Publisher: London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson: 2007

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 2167

Condition: Near Fine


Hardback, tall 8vo green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xvi prelims, 271pp. plus index, plus appendix/appendicies, Photographic illustrations. Near Fine/Near Fine. A Memoir from Churchill to Eden. Catalogue: Biography. View more info

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Sailing

By: Heath, Edward

Price: £8.50

Publisher: London, Sidgwick & Jackson: 1975

Edition: first edition

Inscription: Inscribed by author

Seller ID: 5480

Condition: Good +++


Hardback, 255mm x 192mm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 185pp. plus index, Colour illustrations. Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Very Good. Inscribed by author. Inscribed by Heath on 28/05/76. Book feels nice and sturdy, base of spine a little bumped, block just a little aged. Dustwrapper (now protected) has just a little shelfwear but overall bright, clean and presentable. The erstwhile UK premier reviews his career ... View more info

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More Please - An Autobiography

By: Humphries, Barry

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, Viking: 1992

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3559

Condition: Very Good


Hardback, 8vo black cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xii prelims, 336pp. Photographic illustrations. Very Good/Good +. Block edges faintly dusty else near fine. Dustwrapper is shelfworn along top, with chipping. Rear flap creased. Autobiography of legendary Australian comedy performer - the man behind Dame Edna Everage. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Humphries, Evearge, Patterson View more info

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A Captive of Time: My Years with Pasternak

By: Ivinskaya, Olga

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, Collins: 1978

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3214

Condition: Very Good


Hardback, 8vo maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xl prelims, 488pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Very Good/Very Good. Translated from Russian with an introduction and notes by Max Hayward. Dustwrapper now protected. Catalogue: Literary Biography. 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 c... View more info

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Twelve Cities - a memoir

By: Jenkins, Roy

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Macmillan: 2002

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 5475

Condition: Very Good


Hardback, 8vo dark blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xvii prelims, 249pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Very Good/Good +++. Book is not new but no obvious imperfections. Dustwrapper has some light shelfwear and has been handled occasionally. A significant figure of 20th century British politics offers a highly cultured take on his favourite world cities. Catalogue: Political Biography. Keywords: Jenkins, Paris, Berlin, London View more info

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Records of Later Life

By: Kemble, Frances Ann

Price: £18.00

Publisher: New York, Henry Holt: 1882

Inscription: Previous owner's name

Seller ID: 3461

Condition: Fair


Hardback, 8vo gret decorated boards, gilt titles, , 676pp. plus index, Fair/NoWrapper. Previous owner's name. Ex-private library (Harry W Kinney) with sticker and stamp. Boards and spine now protected. Letters and journal entries of a 19th century English actress. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Kemble, Actress, Tennyson, Harriet View more info

Image for Sir Larry - the Life of Laurence Olivier

Sir Larry - the Life of Laurence Olivier

By: Kiernan, Thomas

Price: £6.50

Publisher: New York, Times Books: 1981

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3557

Condition: Good +++


Hardback, 8vo grey and red cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, x prelims, 302pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. A little faint foxing to endpapers, perhaps also to block edges which are a little dusty. Top of spine faded. Dustwrapper (now protected) has some light shelfwear, with bumped top of spine resulting in 3mm tear. An explosive, revealing biography of a legtend of stage and screen. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywor... View more info

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The Cecil King Diary 1965-1970

By: King, Cecil

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Jonathan Cape: 1972

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 5479

Condition: Good +++


Hardback, 22cm x 14cm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 2nd impression, , 353pp. plus index, Good +++/Good +++. Block darkened and dusty on top. Book feels nice and solid. Dustwrapper has some very light shelfwear and a barely visible stain to base of front, otherwise very good. Front flap clipped. The diaries of a senior figure in British public life offer a unique insider's view of a period of optimism and turmoil for Britain. Catalogue: Political Biograp... View more info

Image for Royal - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Royal - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

By: Lacey, Robert

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, Little, Brown: 2002

Edition: first edition

Inscription: Inscribed by author

Seller ID: 3542

Condition: Near Fine


Hardback, tall 8vo black cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xii prelims, 481pp. plus index, Colour illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Near Fine/Very Good. Inscribed by author. Book is near fine. Dustwrapper has crease to top of front flap else near fine. Produced for the Golden Jubilee, and taking previous such celebrations into account, this is a rewarding review of fifty years of duty, dignity and majesty. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Qu... View more info

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I Gate-Crashed - a lively autobiography in three acts

By: Landstone, Charles

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, Stainer & Bell: 1976

Edition: fifth edition

Seller ID: 3677

Condition: Very Good


Hardback, 8vo black cloth boards, gilt titles, fifth edition, x prelims, 253pp. plus appendix/appendicies, Very Good/Good +++. Owner's name stamped on front inner board. Top of block a little dusty but little evidence of handling or wear. Dustwrapper has some slight shelfwear along top, spine slightly faded. Recollections of a man who came late to the world of theatre, but whose subsequent contribution as manager and director was immense. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography... View more info

Edgar Wallace - A Biography

By: Lane, Margaret

Price: £6.50

Publisher: London, The Book Club: 1939

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 3525

Condition: Less than good


Hardback, 8vo pink cloth boards, red titles, first thus, viii prelims, 423pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Less than good/Less than good. Boards discoloured along top, differential fading to endpapers, block edges grubby with foxing. Dustwrapper is badly damaged, with general chipping and fraying, and loss in a number of places. Biography of a remarkable newspaper reporter, at whose death in 1932, the bells of Fleet Street tolled. Catalogue: Literary Biograp... View more info

Image for Manuel Puig and the Spider Woman - His Life and Fictions

Manuel Puig and the Spider Woman - His Life and Fictions

By: Levine, Suzanne Jill

Price: £8.50

Publisher: London, Faber & Faber: 2000

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3159

Condition: Very Good


Hardback, 8vo maroon cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, xvi prelims, 448pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Very Good/Good +++. Block edges slightly aged. Dustwrapper has some slight shelfwear along top and has evidence of handling. Biography of the legendary Argentinean author who created "Kiss of the Spider Woman." Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Puig, Spider, Argentina, Peron View more info

I Wouldn't Have Missed It

By: Longhurst, Henry

Price: £6.00

Publisher: London, The Right Book Club: 1946

Edition: first thus

Inscription: Owners inscription

Seller ID: 5104

Condition: Good


Hardback, 8vo dark blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, viii prelims, 207pp. Good/NoWrapper. Owners inscription. Spine and boards bumped with small mark to front board. Postwar austerity production. Wartime memoir of eminent journalist and sports commentator. Catalogue: Political Biography. Keywords: Longhurst, war, BBC View more info

Image for Rage of Joy - The Divine Sarah Bernhardt - A biographical novel

Rage of Joy - The Divine Sarah Bernhardt - A biographical novel

By: Lothar, Minda

Price: £5.50

Publisher: London, Leslie Frewin: 1968

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3682

Condition: Very Good


Hardback, 8vo red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 303pp. Very Good/Very Good. Top corners of boards a little bumped. Top of block a little dusty. Dustwrapper laminate has lifted a little by spine in 2 places, but is barely visible, and d/w seems to have been handled very rarely, if at all. A book of "faction" inspired by the life and legend of Sarah Bernhardt. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Bernhardt, Paris, actress View more info

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English Theatrical Literature 1559 - 1900

By: Lowe, Robert W; Arnott, James Fullerton; Robinson John William

Price: £15.00

Publisher: London, Society for Theatre Research: 1970

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 2118

Condition: Near Fine


Hardback, 4to orange cloth boards, black titles, first thus, xxii prelims, 486pp. plus index, Near Fine/Near Fine. There are four slight blisters (manufacturing fault?) on the front board. Dustwrapper now protected. Entries arranged in chronological order, under classified headings, with Indexes to authors, Titles and Places of Publication. Catalogue: Literary Criticism. Keywords: Theatre, theatrical literature View more info

The Windsor Tapestry Being a Study of the Life, Heritage and Abdication of HRH The Duke of Windsor, K.G.

By: Mackenzie, Compton

Price: £6.50

Publisher: London, The Book Club: 1939

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 3547

Condition: Fair


Hardback, 8vo pink cloth boards, red titles, first thus, 2nd impression, , 584pp. plus appendix/appendicies, Fair/NoWrapper. Private Library sticker to front endpaper. Book is aged, with bumped and grubby spine and boars. Block also grubby, and a little wobbly. Reflections on recently-abdicated British monarch. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Edward VIII, Windsor, abdication, Wallis View more info

Edward VIII - Duke of Windsor

By: Maine, Basil

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Hutchinson:

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3534

Condition: Good


Hardback, 8vo light blue cloth boards, black titles, first edition, 6th impression, , 288pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good/NoWrapper. Front endpaper missing. Block darkened with age. Spine faded and bumped, boards occasional light marking. Undated, but written after start of WW2, this is a sympathetic biography of Edward VIII from birth to Abdication. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Edward VIII, Wales, Abdication, Simpson View more info

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The Prince of Tennessee - The Rise of Al Gore

By: Maraniss, David ; Nakashima, Ellen

Price: £5.00

Publisher: New York, Simon & Schuster: 2000

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 5471

Condition: Near Fine


Hardback, 8vo brown card boards over cloth spine, gilt titles, first edition, 323pp. plus index, Near Fine/Very Good. Book is near fine, possibly unread. Dustwrapper has some scarring to rear otherwise near fine.. Biography of one-time Presidential candidate and full-time global warming alarmist. Catalogue: Political Biography. Keywords: Gore, politics, global warming View more info

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Katharine Hepburn

By: Marill, Alvin H.

Price: £8.00

Publisher: New York, Galahad Books: 1973

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3550

Condition: Very Good


Hardback, 8vo red cloth boards, black titles, first edition, 160pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Very Good/Good +. Price sticker gum residue on front endpaper. No obvious signs of ageing or wear. Dustwrapper is shelfworn along top, with general scuffing. Part of the Pictorial Treasury of Film Stars series, this is a handy and fully illustrated guide to the remarkable career of Hepburn, K. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Hepburn, Katharine, Hollyw... View more info

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The Heart Must Break - The Fight for Democracy and Truth in Burma

By: Mawdsley, James

Price: £6.50

Publisher: London, Century: 2001

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 5489

Condition: Very Good


Hardback, 8vo black cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xii prelims, 396pp. Photographic illustrations. Very Good/Very Good. Book is not new but no obvious imperfections. Dustwrapper has been handled once or twice otherwise near fine. The compelling account of a British democracy campaigner jailed by the Burmese regime. Catalogue: Political Biography. Keywords: Burma, prison, democracy View more info