BIOGRAPHY AND MEMOIRS

Biographies of famous and interesting people as well as collections of letters, diaries and memoirs.

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ARDIZZONE Edward   Indian Diary 1952-53 introduciton by Malcolm Muggeridge
G+ G+ unclipped DW sunned, book has minor library stamps, paper label remains to rear endpapers $9 C/C Bodley Head 1984 first edition hard cover, 159pp. Illustrated in line throughout. Diary of six months spent in India for UNESCO. ISBN 0370305256 [#2052 biography]
ARNOLD Matthew edited Mrs Wodehouse
Matthew Arnold's Notebooks

G browned spine, inscriptions to fep dated 1903 & 1905, Frontis of the author removed, some ink notation in text. Light water stain to endpapers.

$15 C/B [BIO 16]

Smith Elder & Co 1902 first edition cloth, 12mo, viii 137pp + adverts. Includes some facsimiles of the notebook pages.


BACH Richard  The Bridge Across Forever a lovestory
VG VG light wear to DW, $5 C/B Morrow 1984 book club edition, quarter cloth, 275pp. Autobiographical novel by author of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull. [# 664 biog]
BAKER Carlos
Ernest Hemingway, a life story.

VG+ VG name to fep, faint tape stain to endpapers.

$20 D/D [BIO 6]

Charles Scribners 1969 cloth, 697pp + plates. Large heavy book. Edition= A-3,69[C]


BARKE James
The Story of Robert Burns in six parts, viz; The Wind that Shakes the Barley The Song in the Green Thorn Tree The Wonder of all the Gay World parts 1 & 2 The Crest of the Broken Wave The Well of the Silent Harp

G+ ageing paper stock, light soiling, The Crest of the Broken Wave has some minor watermarking at top edge to front pages.

$24 for the set C/D [BIO 15]

Fontana paperbacks. Historical fiction based on the life of Robert Burns the poet of Scotland.



BECKWITH Lillian  The Sea for Breakfast illustrated by Douglas Hall
VG G DW has strip of surface lifted from front panel, otherwise tidy $5 C/B Hutchinson 1965 reprint hardcover, 192pp A memoir of life in the Hebrides, with attractive line illustrations. [# 1097 biography]

BENNETT Daphne  King Without a Crown Albert, Prince Consort of England 1819-1861
VG VG $15 C/C Heinemann 1977 first edition cloth, xvii 430pp. ISBN 0434061158 [# 1341 biography]

BURG & FEIFER  Solzhenitsyn
VG - $8 C/C Abacus 1973 soft cover 445pp+ plates. ISBN 0349104433 [# 1651 biography]

DEVAS Nicolette  Susannah's Nightingales a companion to Two Flamboyant Fathers
VG VG $5 B/B Readers Union 1979 hard cover, 184pp + plates. Author investigates her French Quaker ancestors. [# 1023 biography]

DU MAURIER Daphne  The Young George Du Maurier a selection of his letters 1860-67
G+ light handling soiling and minor handling wear to boards, lacks DW $9 C/C Peter Davies 1951 first edition cloth, xxi 307pp + col. port. frontis. [# 1342 biography]

FITZGIBBON Constantine   The Life of Dylan Thomas book club edition
VG VG DW lightly faded or soiled $10 C/C Readers Union 1966 hard cover, ix 422pp + plates. [#2012 biography]

GRUBER Frank   Zane Grey A Biography
G+ foxed edges, some wear, stamps to first page $5 A/A Belmont Tower 1970 first pb edition ISBN 055512815195 [PB# 1137 biography]

HARRIS Frank   My Life and Loves Five volumes in one complete and unexpurgated
VG old price label top corner, book seller stamp to title page. $8 C/C Corgi 1970 paperback 1070pp. Memoirs, at times erotic of famous literary promoter and bohemian, Harris associated with many early Twentieth Century literary giants ( Ruskin, Matthew Arnold, Oscar Wilde, Maeterlinck, Kipling ). Also a good insight into the general international state of culture at the time. [PB# 64 biog (2 copies)]

HOPE Bob  Have Tux, Will Travel Cardinal C-205
VG small split tail of lower joint, faint corner crease to upper wrapper $7 A/B Pocket Books 1955 first edition paperback, 305pp + adverts. Illustrated in line. Bob Hope's autobiography [PB# 747 biography performing arts humour vintage paperback]

HOUGH Richard   Captain James Cook A Biography
VG sunned spine $8 A/B Coronet 1995 pb, xx 492pp+ plates ISBN 0340617233 [PB#1145 biography]
JENNINGS Al
Through the Shadows with O. Henry

G rubbed edges, rear hinge cracked and loosened, minor foxing, one plate loose, minor pencil notation, one page messy tear repaired with archival tape.

$10 C/C [BIO 10]

H K Fly 1921 first edition decorated cloth, 320pp. Biography of O.Henry by one of his prison cell mates from before he made his mark as an author.


LOTTMAN Herbert  Colette a life
VG name and address to first page $10 C/C Minerva 1991 paperback, 344pp + plates. ISBN 0749398035 [# 1032 biography]

MARTIN Ralph G.  Lady Randolph Churchill, a biography 2 volumes
vol 1 VG vol 2 G with creased and rubbed wrappers, and waterstained edges $14 C/C Cardinal 1974 first thus soft cover, 368 + 427pp. ISBN 0351173269 , 0351173277 [# 1645 biography ]

MASEFIELD John  Grace Before Ploughing Fragments of Autobiography
VG VG DW has thin line scored across front $8 C/B Reader's Union 1967, hard cover, 90pp[# 1545 biography ]

MORTON Frederic  The Rothschilds a family portrait
VG VG- sunned DW $8 C/B Readers Union 1963 first thus hard cover, 264pp. history of the Jewish banking family. [#1490 biography ]

MURRAY Nicholas  World Enough and Time the life of Andrew Marvell
Fine in Fine DW $25 C/C Little Brown 1999 first edition hard cover, 294pp + plates. ISBN 0316648639 [# 1440 biography]

NICOLE Christopher  The Secret Memoirs of Lord Byron
VG- VG- sunend spine of DW $10 C/C Michael Joseph 1978 first edition hard cover, 416pp. Claims to be from a discovered manuscript in Lord Byron's own hand. ISBN 071811731X [# 1022 biography]

O'CONNOR Richard  Jack London A Biography
VG- 20cm split gouged from head of upper joint, lacks DW otherwise tidy $10 C/C Victor Gollancz 1965 first edition hard cover, 430pp. [# 1359 biography]

ORIGO Iris   War in Val D'Orcia, a diary
A diary of civilian life in wartime Italy during the 1940s.

VG- minor age browning to covers and closed edges
$10 A/A
Penguin 1956 first edition paperback, 221pp. Penguin 1145. [PB1420 biography ]




PEARSON Hesketh
G B S A Postscript (George Bernard Shaw)

VG VG DW flaps trimmed to extreme vertical edges, shelf mark to spine and small square cut from top right corner of rear panel.

$20 C/C [BIO 2]

Collins 1951 second impression cloth, 192pp + plates. The DW is from a first edition ex-library copy but the book is not a cancel. A follow up to Pearson's earlier biography.


POWELL Dilys  The Villa Ariadne Crete
VG VG $8 C/C reader's Union 1974 first thus hardcover, 252pp Printed on newsprint.[# 1374 biography]

SAVA George  A Surgeon in New Zealand
VG VG light wear to DW and pen inscription to fep $5 C/C Faber 1964 first edition cloth, 221pp [#1867 biography]

SHERRY Norman  The Life of Graham Greene Volume One 1904-1939
G+ G+ ex-library, stamps including to closed edges, DW under plastic sleeve taped down to boards and flap edges, call number and label to DW spine, due to book size spine leans $10 C/D Jonathan Cape 1989 first edition hard cover 8vo, xxi 783pp + plates. ISBN 0224026542 [# 785 biography]

SPENDER Stephen  World Within World Stephen Spender's autobiography
VG G+ DW edge chipped with some foxing $10 C/C Hamilton 1951 first edition cloth, ix 349pp + frontis port. [# 1353 biography]

THOMPSON Hunter S.   Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Gonzo Film cover art
FINE $10 C/B Vintage 1998 paperback, 205pp. With illustrtions by Ralph Steadman. ISBN 0679785892 [#2159 biography]

UNDERHILL Evelyn edited by Charles Williams  The Letters of Evelyn Underhill
G+ light edge rubbing, old price and name to fep $10 C/B Longmans 1945 reprint, cloth, 343pp. Includes some of her correspondence with C S Lewis. [# 1254 biography]
WADE E K
The Piper of Pax The life story of Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell

G+ sunned spine, small split lower joint, light foxing.

$15 C/B [BIOG 17]

Pearson 1931 cloth, 190pp +plates +2pp adverts. Biography of the founder of the Boy Scout movement.


WHEELER Sir Mortimer  Still Digging Interleaves From an Antiquary's Notebook
VG VG $5 C/B Reader's Union 1965 reprint hard cover, 240pp + plates. Biography and Archeology includes England, France and India/ Pakistan as well as his service during the war in North Africa. [# 1538 biography ]

WOODHAM-SMITH Cecil  Florence Nightingale Penguin first
VG- minor soiling to wrappers $6 A/B Penguin 1955 first thus paperback, sewn sheets, 445pp. [PB# 502 biography]


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