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USEFUL TOIL Autobiographies of Working People from the 1820'S to the 1920's

By: BURNETT , John [ Editor] Social History Professor

Price: £12.00

Publisher: London, ALLEN LANE PENGUIN BOOKS: 1976

Seller ID: 122230

ISBN: 0713906820

Condition: VG


" apart from a small handful of well-known autobiographies, historians have made little use of the writings of Working Men & Women, and it has been too readily assumed that such people , either because of lack of ability or opportunity, left few records for posterity.This book suggests that this is far from the truth." Set in 3 parts: Labouring Classes , Domestic Servants & Skilled workers.[ Coal miner/ navvy / farm / factory etc ] [Footman / butler / house-maid etc ] [ carpenter / builder / engineer etc].VG H/b [ internal Fine throughout] tight binding, no inscsp. [ Good - Dust Jacket... View more info

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ESSAYS ON NATURAL HISTORY EDITED WITH A LIFE OF THE AUTHOR

By: CHARLES WATERTON / NORMAN MOORE , B.A.

Price: £65.00

Publisher: London, FREDERICK WARNE AND CO: 1871

Seller ID: 123461

Condition: Very Good


FULL Red Morocco LEATHER a Fine Binding by Bickers and Son London with five raised bands, gilt compartments, gilt dec. framed upper and lower boards. 190 x 140 mm approx. Sewn two colour head and tail bands, gilt dentelles, marbled end papers. All edges of book block gilt. . iv + 632 pp. Portrait steel engraved frontis + 4 other unspecified full page steel engravings. Book consists of 136pp on the Life of the Author , Charles Waterton , by Norman Moore B.A., 62 essays , appendix 545- 617 being letters + index. VG (Colour rubbing / shelf wear to spine edges and extremities of boards. Ink prev... View more info

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SIR WALTER RALEGH : WITH COPIOUS EXTRACTS FROM HIS "HISTORY OF THE WORLD"

By: CHARLES WHITEHEAD

Price: £10.00

Publisher: LONDON, N.COOKE: 1854

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 121403

Condition: Good


Original Publisher's decorative cloth boards with gilt titles and decs. 195 x 140 mm approx. xii + 310 PP + Errata. Frontis Engraved plate + 35 of 36 other illustrations (ie lacks one illustration). National Illustrated Library edition. Good (Book - some general shelf wear and soiling to cloth but very respectable for year. Previous owners names to front free end paper. A little light foxing to pages of first few signatures. Binding generally sound with no cracks to original end papers but one or two signatures separating where glue has failed but sewing and mull holding). A good example of ea... View more info

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SWINBURNE

By: CHEW , SAMUEL C

Price: £6.00

Publisher: London, John Murray: 1931

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 6637

Condition: G+


Thick format H/b 335pp. Algernon Charles Swinburne includes verse from The Prelude. Biography by SL Chew. illustrated 9 b/w plates , 8 chpts , Biblio a great poet's genius & achievements.Frontis; - Portrait of A C Swinburne [faded cloth clear gilt titles to book , minor edgewear top-tail spine cloth rub/fade. , ink inscsp to fep , personal "The Swinburne Library stamp" , from previous Swinburne collector, to rear. Please see our actual image of the book offered for sale. View more info

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GEORGE IV REGENT AND KING 1811-1830

By: CHRISTOPHER HIBBERT

Price: £10.00

Publisher: LONDON, ALLEN LANE: 1973

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 123249

ISBN: 0713904879

Condition: Very Good


Navy Blue Boards with gilt titles to spine, 240 x 160 mm approx. xiv + 430 pp. 34 b/w illustrations on 16 glossy plates + Fold out family tree to rear ( Descendants of George I). First published in 1973 the copy offered is the 1st reprint of 1974. The second volume in Hibbert's highly praised biography of George IV. VG+ /Good (Book- a couple of light scratch marks to boards, no other notable defects and previous owner name or insc. Dust Jacket- light shelf rubbing to extremities. Significant sun fade to spine, price clipped. No other notable defects). Please see our images of the actual book o... View more info

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HOW DID I GET HERE FROM THERE?

By: CLAIRE RAYNER

Price: £15.00

Publisher: LONDON, VIRAGO: 2003

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author(s)

Seller ID: 121492

ISBN: 1860499996

Condition: Near Fine


SIGNED Copy.Maroon Boards with white titles to spine, 240 x 160 mm approx. (vi) + 434pp Illustrated with 16pp of b/w photo. plates. First Edition 1st Printing signed by the author in ink to the title page with no other inscription or previous owner name. Autobiography of the writer, broadcaster social campaigner and Matriarch Claire Rayner. Near Fine/Near Fine (Book- paper of book block a little tanned. No other notable defects. No previous owner name or insc. Dust Jacket- non price clipped. Now in a removable proprietary protective sleeve). Please see our images of the actual book offered for... View more info

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A YOUNG MAN'S PASSAGE

By: CLARY , Julian ,

Price: £10.00

Publisher: London, EBURY Press: 2005

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 123399

ISBN: 009189784X

Condition: Fine


FINE H/b.FINE D/j 1st print13579108642.A uniquely candid insight into the emotional life of a celebrity - bringing a voice to his private life - with elegance, economy, integrity & charm that have always marked his comedy -& possibly the odd cheap gag.Illus. b/w photo-plates plus 40 colour photo-plates. No inscsp.Dust Jacket nor price clipped. book as new. Please See our images of the actual book offered for sale. View more info

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COCK-A-DOODLE-DO

By: COCHRAN , Charles B

Price: £35.00

Publisher: London, J M DENT & Sons Ltd: 1941

Seller ID: 120362

Condition: VG


H/B+ D/J VG/Poor+.A Showman " who made Piccadilly Circus" "a delightful book , very different from ,conventional memoirs . lavish illustrations . most engaging " Profusely illustrated 40 Sepia photographic plates of productions & stars, 20th Century Theatre - Stage - famous Actors.22 chpts .His wide experience from Ibsen to Russian ballet - to cabaret & his young ladies .opera . famous friends . [ blue cloth with bright Gilt motif to front, navy title blocks bright Gilt titles to spine. small neat ink name to ffep [initial blank page] paper creamed, sound copy] in UNCOMMON Dust... View more info

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SALEM TO MOSCOW An Actor's Odyssey

By: COX , Brian

Price: £8.00

Publisher: London, METHUEN London: 1991

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 119735

ISBN: 0413628205

Condition: VG


H/b Dust Jacket VG/VG.1st ed.Famed Actor & a powerful character Brian Cox [ Stage/theatre & Film]- Manhunter / Hidden Agenda etc] autobiography covering 30 years from the 1980's.Titus , Lear , Nelson , Royal national Theatre , travelling here & abroad The Crucible at Moscow Art Theatre school.Prologue , ackns; 21 chpts.illustrated 22 b/w plates." powerful young Russians had pushed me into rediscovering the nexus of art in my life" [ black cloth gilt titles to book No inscsp, tight binding , paper has tanned to foredge] B/W photo illus D/j not price clipped, slight edgewear.no tears/cre... View more info

MOI BOY , Souvenirs D'enfance [ French Text ]

By: DAHL, ROALD

Price: £6.00

Publisher: Francaise / France, Gallimard: 1985

Seller ID: 11064

ISBN: 2070333930

Condition: Near Fine


Near FINE P/b.1985.French Text Childrens Folio Junior393.205pp+18pp publishers adverts. b/w Illustrations. The Story of a boy's childhood - the author's, Roald Dahl.[ Autobiography / Autobiographie] No notable defects, no inscsp, tight binding, clean throughout. Please see our image of the actual book offered for sale. View more info

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THE LOST BOY

By: DAVE PELZER

Price: £8.50

Publisher: LONDON, ORION MEDIA: 2000

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 121895

ISBN: 0752838709

Condition: Fine


Blue Boards with silver titles to spine, 205 x 140 mm approx. xii + 272 pp. First Edition 1st printing of the sequel to the international bestseller "A Child Called It" in which the author describes his life in foster care searching for the love of a family. A story of the triumph of human spirit over cruelty. Fine/Fine (Book- no previous owner name or insc. Dust Jacket- non price clipped In a removable proprietary protective sleeve. No defects to book or jacket). Please see our image of the actual book offered for sale. View more info

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GOETHE: CONVERSATIONS AND ENCOUNTERS

By: DAVID LUKE & ROBERT PICK (EDITORS AND TRANSLATORS)

Price: £12.00

Publisher: LONDON, OSWALD WOLFF: 1966

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 124264

Condition: Very Good


Blue Boards with gilt titles to spine, 220 x 140 mm approx. 264 pp. Portrait Frontis + 5 other illustrations as called for. Newly translated and arranged chronologically this collection is drawn from various sources including Eckermann, Chancellor von Muller, Riemer and Soret to form a balanced picture of Goethe, German Literature and Culture during his long life (1749-1832) VG/G (Book- mild general shelf wear. No previous owner name, insc. or annotations. Dust Jacket- colour rubbed to extremities and to face of panels with 5 mm approx nick to head of spine at rear fold. Price clipped. No oth... View more info

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THE HOUSE OF MARWAR The Story of Jodhpur

By: DHANANAJAYA SINGH

Price: £25.00

Publisher: NEW DELHI, ROLI BOOKS: 1994

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 123512

ISBN: 8174360263

Condition: G+


Laminated illustrated card covers, 222pp. 16 b/w photos. The first intimate history of the royal house of Jodhpur, a stirring chronicle of the ruling Rathores of Marwar, whose colourful, extravagant, valorous and sometimes shameful deeds are vividly described "from the inside". (Quote from title page) . Written by the great great grandson of Jodhpur's celebrated HH Lt-Gen. Sir Pratap Singh. First published in 1994 the copy offered by us is a the first reprint of 1996. Good+ (Book- covers laminate rubbed with a little consequential colour loss mainly to fore edges + head and tail of spi... View more info

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A LEWES DIARY 1916-1944

By: DUDENEY, MRS HENRY CROOK DIANA (Ed)

Price: £65.00

Publisher: LEWES, TARTARUS PRESS: 1998

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: Signed Copy

Seller ID: 10128

ISBN: 1872621333

Condition: VG+


An Editor SIGNED Copy , Black boards with gilt lettering to spine, x + 254pp. Edited by Diana Crook these are the diaries of Alice Dudeney, a well known novelist of her day and husband of the celebrated mathematician and "Puzzle King" Henry Dudeney and which were banned from publication for nearly forty years because of their revelations about herself and her neighbours in her home town of Lewes Sussex. No 53 of a limited edition of 250 hardback copies signed by the editor Diana Crook. VG+/VG+ (Book- no previous owner name or inscription. Dust Jacket- non price clipped. In proprietary ... View more info

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SHAM TO ROCK Growing Up in Forties and Fifties Dublin a Memoir

By: DUFFY , GABRIEL

Price: £5.00

Publisher: Ireland, Aengus Books: 2003

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author(s)

Seller ID: 10117

ISBN: 0954486803

Condition: Fine-


SIGNED COPY FINE P/b.1st ed. A Memoir by Gabriel Duffy of 1940's - 50's Dublin , Ireland. Great observation of people & places - an account of the 1st 17 yrs of the author' life - breaking free from the gloom & doom of many Irish autobiographies:- humour , seering honesty & unabashed; with meticulous researched chapters[ from birth Dublin 1942 - to - delinquency & 1st job ] - radio , films , powerful external influences. Signed & inscribed by author on title page. Please see our images of the actual book offered for sale. View more info

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I'M STILL HERE

By: EARTHA KITT

Price: £85.00

Publisher: LONDON, SIDGWICK & JACKSON: 1989

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author(s)

Seller ID: 123787

ISBN: 0283997729

Condition: Very Good


Blue Boards with gilt titles to spine, 240 x 160 mm approx. viii +280 pp. 50 b/w photos on 24 glossy plates. First Edition 1st printing of the autobiography of the versatile actress singer and dancer Eartha Mae Kitt who rose to stardom from her humble background of abject poverty and racial abuse in South Carolina. She describes her life in six words "Rejected, Ejected, Dejected, Used, Accused, Abused but adds she has not lived a life of regret. The copy offered by us is signed by her in blue ink to the title page. VG/VG (Book- Boards - tide mark to top margin of boards from a liquid spill... View more info

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LAURENCE HOUSMAN The Artist & The Critic Series Vol 1

By: ENGEN , Rodney

Price: £14.00

Publisher: Stroud, CATALPA Press Ltd: 1983

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 119870

ISBN: 0904995046

Condition: Fine


R Engen has published 8 books on 19th c. British illustration.The intention of this Artist-Biographies series is to reprint key critical articles, reviews & assesments alongside a biographical essay.Profusely illustrated in b/w with 8 Full-page in Colour. 5 Appendices include Wood Engravings by Clemence Houseman.[ dark green cloth gilt titles to book in Fine condition, no inscsp] illus Dust Jacket not clipped with small colour rubbed/loss to top rear approx 10x2mm. now in clear proprietary removable protective cover. PLease see our image View more info

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DANCE OF DEATH

By: ERICH KERN , A German Soldier in Russia, WW2 , (TRANSLATOR - PAUL FINDLAY)

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, COLLINS: 1951

Edition: 1st Edition Thus

Seller ID: 123005

Condition: Very Good


Green cloth boards with gilt titles to spine, 205 x 145 mm approx. 256pp. Maps to end papers. First published in Switzerland in German by Thomas Verlag, Zurich, under the title Der Grosse Rausch: this was the first account written by a soldier, in the German Army, who served throughout the Russian campaign on the Eastern front from 1941-1945. At the time of the invasion the author was an N.C.O in the Adolf Hitler Division of the the Waffen S.S. The book records the victorious advance from the Ukraine to Rostov and beyond, almost to the shores of the Caspian Sea and then the retreat over the sc... View more info

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OSCAR WILDE A PRESENT TIME APPRAISAL

By: ERVINE , ST JOHN

Price: £7.00

Publisher: LONDON, ALLEN & UNWIN: 1951

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 654

Condition: VG


Green cloth with black lettering to spine.336pp + 6 of publisher's adverts. An absorbing biography in which Ervine set out to judge Wilde not as a subject for pity or reproach, but as a Writer and especially as a Dramatist. Book clean - no insc. It has the usual brown band on the feps between the d/j flap and the spine associated with books of this age and very slight foxing to fore edges of pages. Attractive book plate to pasted down fep. The Dust Jacket is in exceptional condition - not price clipped 5mm closed tear to rear bottom spine fold and very slight foxing to rear flap at fore edge o... View more info

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A LITTLE LEARNING THE FIRST VOLUME OF AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

By: EVELYN WAUGH

Price: £12.00

Publisher: LONDON, CHAPMAN & HALL: 1964

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 123961

Condition: Near Fine


Grey Cloth Boards with silver titles to spine, 225 x 150 mm approx. [vi] + 234 pp. Frontis + 11 other illustrations all as called for. First Edition 1st printing of Waugh's first volume of his autobiography which covers:- Family, childhood, education at Lancing Sussex, Oxford and ends with an account of his experiences as a schoolmaster at a private school in North Wales. Near Fine/Near Fine ( No shelf wear or soiling to boards, Previous owner name, place and year to front free end paper. Foyles bookseller label to front paste down. No notable defects. Dust jacket - no notable defects and non ... View more info