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Daily Mail Film Award Annual 1948

By: ,

Price: £14.50

Publisher: London, Winchester Publications: 1948

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3565


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,... View more info

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My Father and Myself

By: Ackerley, J.R.

Price: £8.50

Publisher: London, The Bodley Head: 1969

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 569


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 r... View more info

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Du Val Tonight! The Story of a Showman

By: Allen, Vivien

Price: £6.00

Publisher: Worcester, Square One: 1990

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3673


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 View more info

Footlight Memories- Recollections of Music Hall and Stage Life

By: Alltree, G.W.

Price: £18.00

Publisher: London, Sampson Low, Marston:

Seller ID: 3464


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 Biogr... View more info

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An Ambassador Speaks Out - Speeches and Writings

By: Argov, Shlomo ; Kollek, Teddy

Price: £6.50

Publisher: London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson: 1983

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 5107


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 View more info

Queen Elizabeth - Her Intimate & Authentic Life

By: Asquith, Lady Cynthia

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Hutchinson: 1937

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3535


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


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

Victoria & Disraeli - The making of a romantic partnership

By: Avonson, Theo

Price: £5.50

Publisher: London, Cassell: 1977

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 5096


Hardback, 8vo red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xii prelims, 222pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Very Good/Good +++. Tight and solid with no markings. Top of block a little dusty. Dustwrapper has been handled occasionally. Just a little shelfwear along top. The remarkble story of the relationhip between a widowed Queen and her Prime Minister - both formal and informal. Catalogue: Political Biography. Keywords: Victoria, Disraeli, Empress View more info

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Stevie - A biography of Stevie Smith

By: Barbera, Jack ; McBrien, William

Price: £8.50

Publisher: New York, Oxford University Press: 1987

Edition: first thus

Inscription: Gift Inscription

Seller ID: 3053


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: S... View more info

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Look Back Look Forward

By: Beddington-Behrens (C.M.G., M.C. and Bar, Ph.D), Edward

Price: £8.50

Publisher: London, Macmillan: 1963

Edition: first edition

Inscription: Inscribed by author

Seller ID: 2444


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. ... View more info

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What Manner of Man - A biography of Martin Luther King

By: Bennett, Lerone

Price: £8.00

Publisher: London, Allen & Unwin: 1966

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 2437


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. ... View more info

Akbar

By: Binyon, Laurence

Price: £7.50

Publisher: Edinburgh, Peter Davies: 1932

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 6030


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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Gentleman Rider - a biography of Joyce Cary

By: Bishop, Alan

Price: £9.50

Publisher: London, Michael Joseph: 1988

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 2879


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 Mo... View more info

Leslie Heward - A memorial

By: Blom, Eric (ed)

Price: £5.00

Publisher: Birmingham, Cornish Brothers: 1946

Edition: second edition

Inscription: Gift Inscription

Seller ID: 3889


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 View more info

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A Short Walk From Harrods

By: Bogarde, Dirk

Price: £7.00

Publisher: London, Viking: 1993

Edition: first edition

Inscription: Gift Inscription

Seller ID: 3561


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 View more info

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Victoria Wood - the Biography

By: Brandwood, Neil

Price: £8.00

Publisher: London, Ted Smart: 2002

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3569


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 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


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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F W de Klerk - The Man in his Time

By: de Klerk, Willem

Price: £6.50

Publisher: Johannesburg, Jonathan Ball: 1991

Edition: first edition

Inscription: Owners inscription

Seller ID: 5499


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 View more info

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The Great Dutch Admirals

By: de Liefde, Jacob

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, W. Swan Sonnenschein: 1884

Edition: fifth edition

Seller ID: 9391


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 famo... View more info

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Seven Ages

By: Dean, Basil

Price: £9.50

Publisher: London, Hutchinson: 1973

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3650


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.... View more info

The Founder of Modern Egypt - A Study of Muhammad Ali

By: Dodwell, Henry

Price: £30.00

Publisher: Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: 1931

Edition: first edition

Inscription: Previous owner's name

Seller ID: 5492


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 View more info

Freddy Lonsdale

By: Donaldson, Frances

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Heinemann: 1957

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3642


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 View more info

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Once Upon Another Time - Ventures Behind the Iron Curtain

By: Douglas-Home, Jessica

Price: £8.50

Publisher: London, Michael Russell: 2000

Edition: first edition

Inscription: Gift Inscription

Seller ID: 5488


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. Key... View more info

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The Memoir of John Durang, American Actor, 1785-1816

By: Downer, Alan S. (ed)

Price: £7.75

Publisher: Pittsburgh, Historical Society of York County: 1966

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3467


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. Cat... View more info

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The Railway Game

By: Dyment, Clifford

Price: £10.00

Publisher: London, J.M. Dent: 1962

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 568


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, E... View more info

Richard Cobden - Independent Radical

By: Edsall, Nicholas C.

Price: £18.00

Publisher: Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press: 1986

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 1310


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, radic... View more info

Good-Bye Dollie - A Theatrical Autobiography, slightly edited

By: Ellis, Vivian

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Frederick Muller: 1970

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3667


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 View more info

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Thackeray - A Personality

By: Elwin, Malcolm

Price: £8.50

Publisher: London, Academy Books - Jonathan Cape:

Edition: first thus

Inscription: Owners inscription

Seller ID: 1218


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 E... View more info

The Strange Case of Robert Louis Stevenson

By: Elwin, Malcolm

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Macdonald: 1950

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3522


Hardback, 8vo brown cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xv prelims, 256pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good/NoWrapper. Shield-shaped Boots sticker on front board. Block and boards aged, with bumping of boards and spine, spine also faded and creased. Biography of the author of Treasure Island and other enduring yarns. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Stevenson, Skerryvore, Treasure View more info

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Sarah Bernhardt

By: Emboden, William ; Gielgud, Sir John

Price: £6.50

Publisher: London, Studio Vista: 1974

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3566


Hardback, 250mm x 195mm light brown cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 176pp. Colour illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Very Good/Very Good. Some foxing to top of block. Dustwrapper has spine faded, top front right bumped. Lavishly illustrated biography of legendary actress. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Bernhardt, Hamlet, Paris, Zola View more info