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Image for Charles Dickens - 1812-1870 - a Biography, with examples of the work of his finest illustrators

Charles Dickens - 1812-1870 - a Biography, with examples of the work of his finest illustrators

By: ,

Price: £12.00

Publisher: Markinch, Fife, Tullis Russell: 1962

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 7275


Hardback, 256mm x 191mm light blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 26pp. Colour illustrations. Illustrations by Sam Kyd. Very Good/Good +. Printed on high-quality paper, this book is in very good condition, with no obvious signs of wear. Dustwrapper (now protected) has some wear to edges, light grubbiness from handling. Limited edition volume produced for the sesquicentenary of Dickens' birth, giving a short biography of the novelist with reproductions of colo... View more info

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Brief Lives

By: Aubrey, John ; Barber, Richard

Price: £15.00

Publisher: London, Folio Society: 1983

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 7523


Hardback, 25cm x 16cm decorated boards, 324pp. Photographic illustrations. Very Good/NoWrapper. Book has been read but still in very good condition in slipcase which is good only, due to staining to top of front. Barber-edited FS edition of Aubrey's classic collection of descriptions of famous 17th century Englishmen (and some non-Englishmen) of his acquaintance, with images of contemporary portraits of his subjects. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Aubrey,... View more info

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Enid Bagnold's Autobiography (from 1889)

By: Bagnold, Enid

Price: £9.00

Publisher: London, Heinemann: 1969

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 10513


Hardback, 220mm x 142mm black cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 293+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Spine and boards nice and clean, front has advanced 8mm ahead of rear. Block edges just a little grubby from handling, pages otherwise clean. Dustwrapper (now protected) has some wear and grubbiness along top edges. Memoirs of a significant figure in London literary society in the early 20th century. Catalogue: Literary Biography. ... View more info

The Life of Robert Louis Stevenson

By: Balfour, Graham

Price: £4.75

Publisher: London, Methuen: 1913

Edition: twelfth edition

Inscription: Previous owner's name

Seller ID: 10616


Hardback, 174mm x 105mm light blue cloth boards, gilt titles, twelfth edition, 300pp. plus index, plus advertisments,Fair/NoWrapper. Previous owner's name. Book is generally worn and grubby with some staining and foxing, but still tight and pages basicaly unmarked. Handy-sized biography of the creator of "Treasure Island" from the Methuen Shilling Library series. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Kidnapped, Treasure, Pacific 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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George Sand in her Own Words

By: Barry, Joseph ; Moers, Ellen (ed)

Price: £6.50

Publisher: London, Quartet Books: 1979

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 7333


Hardback, 224mm x 142mm brown cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, xliii prelims, 475pp. Good/Good. Some small stains to opening pages, block otherwise clean save for a little dusting on top edge. Spine and boards also clean. Dustwrapper (now protected) is nice and clean with minimal wear, but spine colour has faded dramatically. Translated and edited by Barry, with an Introduction by Moers, this is a selection of the best of Sand's works, some presented in English for... View more info

Edward Fitzgerald

By: Benson, A.C.

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Macmillan: 1905

Inscription: Previous owner's name

Seller ID: 7408


Hardback, 190mm x 124mm maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, , vi prelims, 297pp. plus index, plus advertisments,Fair/NoWrapper. Previous owner's name. Spine worn and partially detached, also bumped and a little darkened, like boards. Block edges show evidence of handling and age. From the "English Men of Letters" series, this is a literary biography of an eminent Victorian poet. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Fitzgerald, poetry, England View more info

The Indomitable Mrs Trollope

By: Bigland, Eileen

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, James Barrie: 1953

Edition: first edition

Inscription: Owners inscription

Seller ID: 10583


Hardback, 220mm x 143mm buff cloth boards, black titles, first edition, 219pp. plus index, Good +/NoWrapper. Owners inscription. Book is generally a little darkened by age, with a little grubbiness to spine and boards, else clean and tight. Biography of Frances "Fanny" Trollope - the wife of a famous 19th century novelist who became a high literary achiever in her own right. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Trollope, America, slavery View more info

Sheridan - The Track of a Comet

By: Bingham, Madeleine

Price: £8.50

Publisher: London, George Allen & Unwin: 1972

Edition: first edition

Inscription: Inscribed by author

Seller ID: 10568


Hardback, 221mm x 140mm purple cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, 383+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Good +++/Good +. Inscribed by author. Book is tight and clean with just a little bumping and colour fading to bottom edge of spone. Two ephemeral 1972 newspaper cuttings, including a review by Sheridan Morley. Dustwrapper is clean with light edgewear. Excellent biography of a famous 18th century English man of letters, as famed for his col... 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

John Webster - Citizen and Dramatist

By: Bradbrook, M.C.

Price: £8.50

Publisher: London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson: 1980

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 16717


Hardback, 225mm x 142mm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xiii prelims, 218pp. plus index, Very Good/Good +++. Book is clean with little or no wear. Dustwrapper is clean with minimal wear. Ground-breaking account of the life and work of the greatest English tragic playwright - with the exception of Webster's contemporary, Shakespeare. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: drama, tragedy, Malfi, Devil View more info

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Solzhenitsyn - A Biography

By: Burg, David ; Feifer, George

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, Hodder & Stoughton: 1972

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 15744


Hardback, 240mm x 163mm black cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, vii prelims, 371+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +/Good +. Exterior bright and clean, pages also clean but with foxing to block edges and to opening/closing pages. Dustwrapper is bright and clean but with creasing and foxing to flaps. 1972 biography of extraordinary Russian writer then at the height of his powers despite the oppressions of the Soviet regime under which he lived. Ca... View more info

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Fanny Burney - her Life

By: Chisholm, Kate

Price: £8.50

Publisher: London, Chatto & Windus: 1998

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 7273


Hardback, 8vo green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition3rd state, xvii prelims, 347+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Very Good/Very Good. Spine and boards a little bumped, block edge maybe just a little tanned at edges. Dustwrapper spine is a little bumped, has been handled only occasionally. Biography of Fanny Burney (1752-1840) - inimitable diarist of London life and author of the novel "Evelina." Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Bur... View more info

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Two Gentle Men - The Lives of George Herbert and Robert Herrick

By: Chute, Marchette

Price: £8.50

Publisher: London, Secker & Warburg: 1960

Edition: first edition

Inscription: Owners sticker

Seller ID: 10543


Hardback, 222mm x 143mm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 319pp. plus index, Good +/Fair. Owners sticker. Spine and boards just a little bumped but clean. Blockedges a little grubby from handling, differential fading to endpapers, else clean. Dustwrapper (now protected) is generally worn and chipped with some surface loss at corners. Still presentable, with protection. Rather lovely double biography of two eminent 17th century English men of letters. Catal... View more info

Ben Jonson of Westminster

By: Chute, Marchette

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, Robert Hale: 1954

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 10604


Hardback, 221mm x 138mm maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 380pp. plus index, Good +/NoWrapper. Book is a little worn by age, with library stamps and an owner's sticker. Spine also scuffed with titles faded, but binding tight and pages unmarked. Excellent biography of the dramatist who was a contemporary (and literary rival) of Shakespeare. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Shakespeare, theatre, stage, Bartholomew View more info

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Crossing the Line - being the second volume of the autobiography

By: Cockburn, Claud

Price: £4.50

Publisher: London, Macgibbon & Kee: 1959

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 7701


Hardback, 222mm x 143mm black cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 2nd impression, , 210pp. Good +/Fair. Some foxing to block edges but pages otherwise clean, spine and boards also. Dustwrapper has foxing/tanning notable on inside, but from outside is still presentable, with little ot no shelfwear. Some grubbiness from handling on rear. Second volume of memoirs by a celebrated mid-20th century writer on politics and other matters. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Key... View more info

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Mary Webb

By: Coles, Gladys Mary

Price: £4.50

Publisher: Bridgend, seren - Poetry Wales Press: 1996

Edition: first edition

Inscription: Owners inscription

Seller ID: 11011


Paperback, 215mm x 137mm , xi prelims, 160+pp. Photographic illustrations. Good +++/NoWrapper. Owners inscription. Paperback has been read and spine has light creasing, else clean and tight. Biography of an early 20th century novelist, poet - and mystic, whose work was inspired by her residence on the Welsh border county of Shropshire. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Shropshire, pantheism, Graves View more info

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Damned shall be desire - The Passionate Life of Guy de Maupassant

By: Coulter, Stephen

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Jonathan Cape: 1958

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 7260


Hardback, 209mm x 139mm red cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, 350pp. Good +++/Good +++. A little bumping to spine and boards, block notably clean and unmarked. Dustwrapper has minimal wear only, clean and unmarked. Rewarding biography of a celebrated French novelist. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Maupassant, paris, biography View more info

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The Hidden Roads - A Memoir of Childhood

By: Crossley-Holland, Kevin

Price: £8.50

Publisher: London, Quercus: 2009

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 14099


Hardback, 224mm x 142mm black cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, vi prelims, 230pp. Very Good/Very Good. Book is tight and clean with little or no wear. Dustwrapper is clean with little or no wear. A poet and mythologist recalls a quintessentially English childhood in the Chiltern Hills and on the North Norfolk coast. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: postwar, Chiltern, Norfolk, cricket View more info

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Apostle to Burns - The Diaries of William Grierson

By: Davies, John (ed)

Price: £8.50

Publisher: Edinburgh, William Blackwood: 1981

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 10501


Hardback, 221mm x 137mm green faux leather boards, gilt titles, first edition, xxi prelims, 327pp. plus index, Good +++/NoWrapper. Book iks tight and clean with no markings. "The private diaries of a young man who lived in the small provincial town of Dumfries during the exciting times of the Scottish renaissance" - and who was personally aquainted with Walter Scott as well as Robert Burns. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Dumfries, Scott, Burns View more info

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Sir Samuel Morland - Diplomat and Inventor, 1625-1695

By: Dickinson, H.W.

Price: £6.50

Publisher: London, Newcomen Society: 1970

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 7309


Hardback, 235mm x 175mm green and grey cloth boards over cloth spine, gilt titles, first edition, xvi prelims, 131+pp. plus index, plus appendix/appendicies, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +. Some dusting to block edges and book has been read, but overall little worn with high-grade paper nice and clean. Dustwrapper has nick to top front edge, generally lightly grubby from handling. Rewarding biography of a 17trh century civil servant who played a part in t... 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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Rory & Ita

By: Doyle, Roddy

Price: £6.50

Publisher: London, Jonathan Cape: 2002

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 10500


Paperback, 215mm x 136mm , 338pp. Good +++/NoWrapper. Paperback is tight with no creasing, just a little foxing to top block edge only by spine. Roddy Doyle's first published work of non-fiction is a tender and compelling memoir of his parents. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Dublin, Wexford, Doyle, Kilbarrack View more info

The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte

By: du Maurier, Daphne

Price: £6.00

Publisher: London, Victor Gollancz: 1960

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 7394


Hardback, 221mm x 139mm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 260pp. plus index, Good/NoWrapper. No d/w. Spine and boards clean, spine a little faded. Block edges a little darkened from age. By the author's own admission, not the still-to-be-written definitive biography of the Bronte's sisters' ill-fated brother, but a most readable introduction to Branwell Bronte nonetheless. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Branwell, haworth, bronte View more info

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Graham Greene - Friend and Brother

By: Duran, Leopoldo

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Fount: 1995

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 7416


Paperback, 196mm x 30mm , xiv prelims, 352+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +/NoWrapper. Paperback has been read, spine creased, some wear to edges, block clean. A Spanish priest and Professor of English describes his deep friendship with the older Graham Greene. First paperback edition. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Greene, Catholic, Quixote 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

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The Diary of Alice James

By: Edel, Leon (ed)

Price: £15.00

Publisher: London, Rupert Hart-Davis: 1965

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 7310


Hardback, 222mm x 144mm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, x prelims, 241pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +/Good. Bottom edge of spine and boards faded. Block edges show signs of occasional handling, some foxing to top edge. Dustwrapper (now protected) has some chipping, general light wear and grubbiness from handling. Front flap roughly clipped. The diary of the sister of Henry and William James, covering the last four years of her short life,... 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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The Life of Dylan Thomas

By: Fitzgibbon, Constantine

Price: £8.50

Publisher: London, Readers Union / J.M. Dent: 1966

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 3523


Hardback, 8vo blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, ix prelims, 422pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good/Good. Spine bumped. Block edges a little grubby. Dustwrapper is a little scuffed with a little light chipping in places, spine faded. Book written by author "to portray truthfully the whole complex man" that was Dylan Thomas - by general consent, successfully. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Dylan Thomas, Soho, Swansea, alcoholism View more info