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Image for DUET FOR A LIFETIME The Story of the Original Siamese Twins Born 1811.

DUET FOR A LIFETIME The Story of the Original Siamese Twins Born 1811.

By: HUNTER , Kay , Teacher

Price: £17.00

Publisher: London, Michael Joseph Ltd: 1964

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 120517

Condition: VG


H/b D/j VG/VG.1st ed.K Hunter - London University - Teacher & writer for BBC broadcasts. Biography.Twins Chang & Eng Bunker- born 1811- near Bangkok - New & hitherto unearthed material - family sources - descendants - & Captain Abel Coffin the villain who sought to rob them - sold to travelling Show - never to have time to be alone . illustrated 22 B/w plates.[black cloth gilt titles to book , small ink name only to fep, tight bindings , mild fox tan to foredge] light edewear to Dust Jacket not price clipped , 21s, sunned spine , shows a theatre billing to rear. Please see our actual images of... View more info

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AN ASTONISHING FELLOW The Life of General Sir Robert Wilson, K.M.T., M.P.

By: IAN SAMUEL , Former Diplomat

Price: £8.50

Publisher: BOURNE END BUCKS., THE KENSAL PRESS: 1985

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 123782

ISBN: 0946041350

Condition: Near Fine


Beige Boards with gilt titles to spine, 240 x 160 mm approx. [vi] + 252 pp. 2 b/w illustrations and 2 maps. Biography of the Soldier and Politician Sir Robert Wilson has widely been a reference for Napoleonic studies. Here the author focuses on his career and character. Using Wilson's unpublished writings and correspondence as a source- a portrait of the man emerges. Rich, Colourful, controversial, fast moving and irresistibly engaging. Near Fine/ Near Fine (Book- Previous owner book plate to front paste down and dust spotting to top edge of book block else fine. Dust Jacket- a little sunned t... View more info

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JOHN STEWART COLLIS A Memoir

By: INGRAMS , Richard , [ a close friend & Former Editor of Private Eye ]

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, CHATTO & WINDUS: 1986

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 3928

ISBN: 070112976X

Condition: Fine


FINE/FINE.1st ed. Biography of J Stewart Collis a remarkable country author in the vein of Richard Jefferies.by Richard Ingrams Editor / author. 157ppl illustrated 10 b/w plates. Mustard Boards with gilt lettering to spine.no inscsp, not price clipped.paper beginning to tan. PLS See our image View more info

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THE JOURNAL OF JOHN GABRIEL STEDMAN 1744-1797 SOLDIER AND AUTHOR Including an Authentic Account of His Expedition to Surinam in 1772

By: J.G.STEDMAN (EDITOR - STANBURY THOMPSON )

Price: £15.00

Publisher: LONDON, THE MITRE PRESS: 1962

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 124008

Condition: Near Fine


Red Cloth Boards with Gilt titles to spine, 220 x 145 mm approx. xxiv + 438pp. Frontis + 16 other half tone plates + other illustrations in text all as called for. Journal edited by Stanbury Thompson of the author of the "History of Surinam". It provides a true picture of social., military and diplomatic life in the middle of the 18th Century. In compliance with his singular dying wish he was buried at midnight in Bickleigh Churchyard. Near Fine / VG (Book- minimal shelf rubbing to bottom edges of boards- colour loss only. Else as new with no previous owner name or insc. Dust Jacket- M... View more info

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MARGARET OGILVY By her Son

By: J.M.BARRIE

Price: £4.00

Publisher: LONDON, HODDER & STOUGHTON: 1927

Seller ID: 121781

Condition: Very Good


Full navy blue calf LEATHER covers with Gilt titles and decorations to spine and author's initials in bright gilt roundel to front panel.180 x 120 mm approx. Decorative end papers ribbon marker. 164 pp. Pocket edition, Biographical tribute to the author's mother. Uniform edition of the works of J.M.Barrie. . VG (Book- Leather a little rubbed to extremities. No previous owner name or insc. Binding sound). Please see our image of the actual book offered for sale. A tactile and attractive book. View more info

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HINDOO HOLIDAY AN INDIAN JOURNAL

By: J.R.ACKERLEY

Price: £5.00

Publisher: HARMONDSWORTH, PENGUIN BOOKS: 1983

Edition: 1st Ediition Thus

Seller ID: 122727

ISBN: 0140095071

Condition: Near Fine


Mass Market Paperback 200x130 mm approx. 276pp . First Penguin printing in the Travel Library Series 1983. First published in Great Britain in 1932 the book is a journal of the author's experiences and observations whilst companion to the Maharajah of Chhokrapur, in the 1920's. Marvellously observed and extremely funny, it extracts the irony, absurdity and farce of life in India at the time whilst recording the dignity and richness of an ancient culture- per review David Garnet. Near Fine (Book- no notable faults, no previous owner name or insc). Please see our image of the actual book offered... View more info

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THE LANDLORD COMETH

By: JACK CUMMINS

Price: £5.00

Publisher: BRIGHTON, QUEENSPARK BOOKS: 1981

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 120983

Condition: Very Good


Illustrated stapled Paperback. 210 x 150 mm approx. 48pp. Illustrated with b/w photos and reproductions of Ephemera. No 10 in a series of books published by Queenspark to encourage local residents of the area to put "their story" in print. This is the story of Jack Cummins alias Jack Malcolm who lived in Brighton from 1959 until his death shortly prior to it's publication. He was active in the Fabian Society in Norwood and in the Labour party, spoke on Women's Suffrage sharing a platform with Sylvia Pankhurst, served in the London Rifle Brigade in WWI fighting in the Battle of Cambrai,... View more info

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THE LIFE AND TEACHING OF WILLIAM HONYMAN GILLESPIE OF TORBANEHILL

By: JAMES URQUHART, FSA [ Scot] , E LLOYD MORROW , MA

Price: £125.00

Publisher: EDINBURGH, T & T CLARK: 1915

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 123721

Condition: Very Good


Black Full calf LEATHER boards with gilt titles and decs.175 x 115 mm approx. Gilt dentells, original floral patterned end papers, all edges of book block gilt. 284pp 2 opposing photo portraits with tissue guard. Prepared on behalf of the Trustees of Mrs Honyman Gillespie of Torbanehill with a Bibliography of the Ontological Argument by E.Lloyd Morrow M.A. Printed on fine india paper. Contents include a sketch of the life of Mr Gilespie, Mrs Gillespie (His Widow) Mrs Gillespie's Trustees. Then follows a popular exposition of his book "The Argument, a Priori, for the being and the attribut... View more info

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THE LIFE OF GEORGE CRUIKSHANK IN TWO EPOCHS (2 Vols Complete)

By: JERROLD, BLANCHARD

Price: £65.00

Publisher: London, CHATTO & WINDUS: 1882

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 10376

Condition: VG


Full calf LEATHER, 6 raised bands with red leather title blocks in gilt and gilt decs. 2 Vols, xvi+ 284 & viii+280pp. All plates and illustrations as expected. VG (The volumes have recently been pulled, resewn on three tapes, new mull and back strips applied and re-bound in full calf. A few marginal tears/ loss to foredges and some pencil annotations. Occasional foxing spots to prelim and last few pages. New plain end papers) Please see our images of the actual books offered for sale. View more info

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40 YEARS ON

By: JOCK WATSON

Price: £20.00

Publisher: CRAWLEY, Privately Published: 1983

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author(s)

Seller ID: 121702

Condition: Very Good


Laminated card covers. 210 x 145 mm approx. Reminiscences (including wartime) of Big Jock Jamie Watson 20 Squadron R.A.F. who served in the Burma Campaign as a Hurricane Pilot. The copy offered by us is Signed by the author and two others of the Squadron including Wing Commander R.J.(Dick) Wharmby,Officer Commanding 20 Squadron, VG (A little light shelf rubbing to covers and some marginal soiling to a couple of pages. No other notable defects and now in a removable proprietary protective sleeve). Please see our images of the actual book offered for sale. View more info

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SIR WALTER SCOTT

By: JOHN BUCHAN

Price: £8.00

Publisher: LONDON, CASSELL: 1933

Edition: 5th or later Edition

Seller ID: 120570

Condition: Very Good


Green Cloth boards with red title block with gilt titles. 220x150mm approx. 288pp. Frontis portrait. Respected biography of Scott by a noted fellow Scottish author first published in 1932. The copy offered by us is the 5th edition (1st Cheap Edition) of 1933. VG/Good (Book- moderate shelf wear to tail of spine- No previous owner name or insc. Dust Jacket Rubbed with chips /loss to head and tail of spine and corners with moderate to heavy general shelf soiling. Now in a removable proprietary protective sleeve). Please see our image of the actual book offered for sale. View more info

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THE LIFE PILGRIMAGE OF MONCURE DANIEL CONWAY

By: JOHN M. ROBERTSON

Price: £8.50

Publisher: LONDON, WATTS & CO: 1914

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 122854

Condition: Very Good


Blue Cloth Boards with Gilt titles to spine and upper board. 170 x 110 mm approx. 76pp. The 5th Conway Memorial Lecture which was delivered on 27th March 1914 at South Place Institute by John M. Robertson M.P. with EDward Clodd in the Chair and being on the subject for whom the lectures were established. Dr Moncure Daniel Conway the social reformer and ethical preacher who was born in Stafford County Virginia, came to England in 1863 and preached at South Place Chapel London EC2 where he was appointed permanent minister. The Ethical Society then formed later to be known as the Conway Hall Ethi... View more info

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A SHORT HISTORY OF NAPOLEON THE FIRST

By: JOHN ROBERT SEELEY , Regius Professor of Modern History

Price: £15.00

Publisher: LONDON, SEELEY AND CO: 1890

Inscription: Inscribed by Author(s)

Seller ID: 121335

Condition: Very Good


JR Seeley Regius Professor of Modern History, University of Cambridge.Plum Cloth boards with gilt tiles to spine and Eagle to front board. Original Cream end papers, 195 x 135 mm approx. xvi + 336 pp. Portrait frontis with tissue guard. 1890 reprint Fourth Thousand. A respected biography of Napoleon Bonaparte which was reprinted numerous times. The author also comments on Napoleon's place in history and the extent to which he was shaped by circumstances. The copy offered by us is inscribed by the author, to G W Prothero in ink on the half title page. The book was then gifted to Adolphus Willia... View more info

Image for JOSIAH MASON A BIOGRAPHY WITH SKETCHES OF THE HISTORY OF THE STEEL-PEN AND ELECTRO-PLATING TRADES

JOSIAH MASON A BIOGRAPHY WITH SKETCHES OF THE HISTORY OF THE STEEL-PEN AND ELECTRO-PLATING TRADES

By: JOHN THACKRAY BUNCE , Journalist & Author [ 1828-1899 ]

Price: £50.00

Publisher: LONDON, W & R CHAMBERS: 1890

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 124041

Condition: Good


Grey Victorian Decorated cloth boards with gilt and black blocked titles. 190 x 135 mm approx. Publisher's grey End papers, xiv + 262 pp + 2 of publisher's adverts. Portrait frontice with guard + 4 other illustrations as called for. First written and published for private circulation at the behest of his executors in 1882 . It was revised, partly re-written and considerably expanded to include the histories of the trades with which the subject was associated and re- issued by Chambers in 1890. The copy offered by us is a first printing of the 1890 edition. Josiah Mason was a Birmingham industr... View more info

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NORMA JEAN A Hollywood Love Story of Marilyn Monroe

By: JORDAN ,TED, MONROE, MARILYN , JEAN, NORMA

Price: £4.00

Publisher: LONDON, SIDGWICK & JACKSON: 1989

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 3633

ISBN: 0283998792

Condition: Fine


H/b+jacket FINE/VG, 1st UK Edition.[blue boards+ gilt titles] blue d/j. 234pp.,illustrated 30 b/w photographic plates, author T Jordon - Hollywood stuntman and actor - was 19 when he met the then Norma Jean- now Marilyn Monroe. They married , seperated but always remained close up until the day she died. Marilyns' role model was Lili St Cyr the striptease queen [whom the author later married].An insightful , caring and superbly written account.[book Fine no incssp] Blue photo illus Dust jacket not price clipped, £13.95,minor light creasing to top edges . PLS See our image View more info

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THE STORY OF SIR MOSES MONTEFIORE Famous Jews Series , Factual

By: JOSEPHINE KAMM

Price: £5.00

Publisher: LONDON, VALLENTINE MITCHELL: 1960

Seller ID: 123996

Condition: Very Good


Maroon Rexine Book Cloth Boards with gilt titles to spine, 190 x 130 mm approx. 156 pp Line Drawing Portrait frontis. Undated copyright 1960. Short biography of the English devout Jew who was knighted by Queen Victoria for his work and devotion in the cause against persecution and oppression of his fellow Jews. A book in the publisher's "Famous Jews" series for the older child/young adult. VG/Good (Book- no notable shelf wear or soiling. Non previous owner name or insc. Light foxing spots to fore edge of book block. No other notable defects. Dust Jacket- A little general shelf soiling ... View more info

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HITLER 1936 - 1945 Nemesis

By: KERSHAW , IAN , Profesor & Leading Authority on Hitler

Price: £24.00

Publisher: London, ALLEN LANE The Penguin Press: 2002

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 123696

ISBN: 0713992298

Condition: VG+


VG+ H/b & VG+D/j 1st ed.1st print.Thick format 1115pp+ i -xxxv. illus.92 b/w photo- plates+ 8 Maps all Listed. Preface, Ackns;H 1936 Hitler Triumphant Epilogue. Gloss of abbreviations , Notes , List of works Cited , index..17 chpts. History Professor and Many Award[s] award wiining author Ian Kershaw is also one of the world's leading authorities on HItler - the definative work on Hitler. [ black cloth bold gilt ttiles, No inscsp., Tight binding , pages lightly tanning ] Dust Jacket not price clipped, minor edgewear.Oversea orders only may incur extra postage as heavy vol. now in clear easily ... View more info

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LOST NAMES Scenes from a Korean Boyhood FACTION

By: KIM , Richard E, Lecturer

Price: £7.00

Publisher: London, Andre Deutsch Ltd: 1971

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 120676

ISBN: 0233963049

Condition: Fine


FINE/VG.1st UK.ed.1st print.1971.The Japanese Occupation of Korea 1932-1945 the imprisoned Koreans , oppression forced to speak & take Japanese identity [man's inhumanity] The grim fact of subjugation and the appalling conditions as they struggle to survive.Each of the seven incidents recalled by the author explores aspects of oppression.Faction a Fiction novel based on factual accounts:author RE Kim - Born Korea 1932 - grew up during the Japanese occupation - Korean Army - University in USA - Masters in Far Eastern Lit. at Harvard - awarded Guggenheim Fellowship - Lecturer.[ book fine , No in... View more info

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WILLIAM BLAKE His life

By: KING , James , Professor & Award Winning Biographer

Price: £19.95

Publisher: London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson Ltd: 1991

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 123182

ISBN: 0297811606

Condition: Near Fine


Near FINE H/B.FINE D/J.Professor of English J King , biography author on the lives of Cowper, Nash & Read etc.The life of Award- wining writer William Blake, Poet & Artist ,is one of the most important controversial figures in English cultural history.[ young Antiquarian / Conservative revolutionary / rural pen / Albion / patronage / "Bob Screwmuch"& infamy of Patronage 1805-8] illus. 8 pages b/w plates+ 45 in line.264pp.240x165mm.[ dark brown cloth, gilt titles, A tidy b/w Blake bookplate to the blank back board of the cover,ffep.book itself as new, Fine] Dust Jacket also Fine as new, not pri... View more info

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FRIENDS and NEIGHBOURS [ A Country Child of Between the Wars ]

By: KINGSCOTE-DAVIES , Tom , Fellow Royal Society Chemistry

Price: £6.00

Publisher: LEWES , Sussex, The Book Guild Ltd: 2006

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 120974

ISBN: 1857769392

Condition: Fine


h/b+D/j.both FINE.184pp , illustrated 25 b/w phot-plates. The autobiography of Tom Kingscote-Davies who grew up on a Farm in Monmouthshire.- mucking out stables from the cart-horses before walking to school - life evolving around the seasons; harvest, annual pig killing etc.Pleasures were simple.- University - Welsh Choir - chartered Chemist - coal Board etc. [ green cloth gilt titles, No inscsp] Dust Jacket not price clipped.book as new. Please see our image of the actual book offered for sale. View more info