Literary criticism & biography
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CASANOVA DI SEINGALT, Jacques. The Memoirs.
London and New York : 1928A very handsome set of the memoirs of the great libertine, one of a stated edition of 330 unnumbered sets (other sets are known with an edition limitation of 660). The text uses the translation of the Welsh mystic and author Arthur Machen, first published in 1894, with an introductory essay by the pioneering sexologist Havelock Ellis, taken from his... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 138632
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Lord Randolph Churchill.
London : 1906First edition, first impression. Churchill had it in mind to write a biography of his father soon after Lord Randolph's death in January 1895, and was appointed by the late statesman's literary executors to do so in autumn 1902. Churchill worked on the biography, his most substantial literary project so far, for the next two and a half years. The book... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 138958
FAITHFULL, Lilian. Autograph draft for Men and Women of the Time: A Dictionary of Contemporaries.
13 Kensington Square, W., : Two page autograph draft with annotations and corrections in ink and pencil by Lilian Faithfull, an early reformer of women's higher education and one of Virginia Woolf's lecturers, for her autobiographical entry in Men and Women of the Time: A Dictionary of Contemporaries (1899). Written in the third person, it culminates with her appointment as Head... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 132800
VICTORIA, Queen. Leaves from the Journal of Our Life in the Highlands, From 1848 to 1861.
London : 1868 and 1883First editions, superbly provenanced presentation copies from Victoria, inscribed on a preliminary blank in each volume, respectively, "For dear Elizabeth Argyll, in recollection of our visit to Inverary in 1847 from Victoria R, Jun: 10. 1868" and "To the Duke of Argyll from his affectionate Victoria RI, Dec: 28, 1883". More Leaves is of the rare privately... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 134754
TOKLAS, Alice B. The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book.
New York : 1954First US edition, first printing, of one of the best-selling cookbooks of all time. Weaving together traditional French recipes and entertaining anecdotes of Toklas's life with Gertrude Stein in Paris, The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book is considered the counterpart to Stein's Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933) which had catapulted Toklas to fame.
Harper,... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 133986
(AGNESI, Maria Gaetana.) FRISI, Antonio Francesco. Elogio storico di Da. Maria Gaetana Agnesi
Milan : 1799First edition of "the most valuable source of information" (Mazzotti, p. 658) on the life of the Italian mathematician Maria Gaetana Agnesi, the first woman to publish a mathematical work. Written by her friend Antonio Frisi and published the year of her death, it is the earliest biographical work about her. Though relatively well represented institutionally... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 138353
STRICKLAND, Agnes [& Elizabeth]. Lives of the Queens of Scotland and English Princesses
Edinburgh & London : 1852-59An excellent association set with copious autograph revisions by the authors, preparing the text of volumes one, two, seven, and eight of their monumental historical survey for subsequent editions; in all a clear demonstration of the Strickland sisters' tireless dedication to factual accuracy which made them the most prominent and influential historians... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 138343
MANDELA, Nelson. The Illustrated Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography.
Boston : 1996First US edition, signed limited issue. This is copy number 3 from an edition of 425 copies quarter bound by hand in Wassa Goatskin from South Africa. It includes a specially commissioned portrait of Nelson Mandela, taken by Benny Gool, and is signed and dated by Mandela. This illustrated and abridged edition of Mandela's biography was first published... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 138910
(BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.) Eccentric Biography;
London : 1801First edition of this collection of biographies of historical and contemporary eccentrics, here an issue with the stipple engraved plates printed in colour, not known in other copies. Eccentrics vary from Bamfylde Moore Carew, king of the beggars, to various historical figures including Alexander the Great, Aristotle, Joan of Arc, Catherine the Great,... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 138864
(APOLLINAIRE.) ROUVEYRE, André. Apollinaire filmé en 1914.
Lanzac : 1944First and only edition, number 93 of 115 copies on papier Vélin Madagascar. The short film, or succession of photographs, were taken on 2 August 1914 as Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918) on the left, and his friend the artist André Rouveyre (1879-1962), had just returned to Paris and were on their way to the Comœdia's offices to deliver... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 138667
GRAVES, Robert. Good-Bye To All That.
London : 1929First edition, first impression, first issue with the infamous Sassoon poem intact on pp. 341-43. The story of the suppression of this issue is well recorded. The work printed a poem Sassoon had written to Graves in letter form. Sassoon was horrified and demanded the recall of the edition and the excision of the offending pages. This request was done... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 138767
BEACH, Sylvia. Shakespeare and Company.
London : 1960First UK edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author three months after publication, "With many good wishes for Louis Davis and Mark Davis affectionately their friend Sylvia. Paris. September 1960", with her bookplate on the front pastedown, annotated by her: "Please excuse this creased corner couldn't find another copy. S.B."... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 136528
STRICKLAND, Agnes [& Elizabeth]. Lives of the Queens of England,
London : 1840-48First edition of the Strickland sisters' best-known work, an important landmark in the development of the biographical genre.
By the early 1830s Agnes (1796-1874) and Elizabeth Strickland (1794-1875), each in their own right enjoying successful literary careers, chose to move towards "a new field of authorship, popular history: they had decided to... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 138341
SOKOLOFF, Boris. Napoleon.
New York : 1937First edition, first printing. Sokoloff was a Russian doctor, author, and cancer researcher who was instrumental in drafting the All-Russian Constitution of the Russian Constituent Assembly, the governing body that would later be overthrown by Lenin. After escaping a death sentence, he moved to Paris before relocating to America at the invitation of... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 138223
(SYMONDS, John Addington, ed.) CELLINI, Benvenuto. The Life of Benvenuto Cellini.
New York : 1906A handsome two volume set of Cellini's autobiography translated by John Addington Symonds. The first English edition of the text was translated by Thomas Nugent and published in 1771, with the first edition of the Symonds translation published in 1888. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 137625
(EDEWORTH, Maria.) ZIMMERN, Helen. Maria Edgeworth.
London : 1883First edition of the first substantial published biography of Edgeworth, the first volume of the "Eminent Women Series", a series of 22 biographies of British and French women published between 1883 and 1895. Helen Zimmern (1846-1934) was a writer and translator who had a considerable role in introducing continental writings to Britain, most notably... Learn More£25.00
Stock Code: 127422
READ, Herbert. André Breton, Hugh Sykes Davies, Paul Éluard, Georges Hugnet. Surrealism.
London : 1936First edition, first impression. The author's scarce monograph on the Surrealist exhibition of June 1936, with essays by André Breton, Hugh Sykes Davies, Paul Éluard, Georges Hugnet. Uncommon in the dust jacket, designed by Roland Penrose, with his now classic photo-montage design with a surreal shell and key over a typographic background. Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 91486
(BERG, Alban.) ADORNO, Theodor W. Berg. Der Meister des Kleinsten Übergangs.
Wien : 1968First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page to the poet Stephen Spender, "Für Stephen Spender, aller herz lichst von seinem Th. W. Adorno" and re-signed "Th. W. Adorno Frankfurt, 30. V. 69." Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 75441
[SCOTT, Sir Walter.] The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte, Emperor of the French,
Edinburgh : 1827Second edition of this crucial biographical work, released in the same year as the first. In the aftermath of his financial crash Scott travelled to France to begin research on his life of Napoleon. He was remarkably thorough in his research, interviewing Napoleon's colleagues; receiving assistance from the Duke of Wellington in the interpretation of... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 135315
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Marlborough: His Life and Times.
New York : 1933-38First American editions, first printings. The UK editions were issued in the same years, with volume 1 published on 6th October by Harrap. The first American edition began publication one month later, ultimately producing six volumes, instead of the UK edition's four, by splitting the first two volumes into two books each. "Marlborough: his Life... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 137634
MIKI, Teicki [Teiichi]; TAKAHASHI, Goro; KONISHI, Toyonosuke (ed.). (Nihon Kokon Meika Zukai.) Short Biographies of Emineni [sic] Japanese in Ancient and Modern Times.
Tokyo : Meiji 20 First edition, volume 1, of the biographical instalment of a trilingual publication project celebrating the beautiful land and remarkable people of Japan. The present edition is in English, with a colophon in Japanese.
The editor planned on publishing two works of ten volumes each, in a style similar to each other, each containing ten illustrations.... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 136267
SUETONIUS. The History of the Twelve Caesars, Emperors of Rome.
London : 1672First edition of this translation, the second edition in English overall, following the first of 1606 translated by Philêmon Holland. The translator has never been firmly identified. It was published by John Starkey, a well-known Whig and Dissenting bookseller, and some have perceived an anti-royalist tone in the translation, although the book does... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 136176
(FLEMING, Ian.) GILBERT, Jon. Ian Fleming: The Bibliography.
London : 2017Second edition, first printing, one of 500 copies. Gilbert's bibliography was first published in 2012, and serves as a comprehensive guide to the work of Ian Fleming, covering everything from the first draft of Casino Royale in 1952 to editions still in print today. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 122758
(FLEMING, Ian.) PLOMER, William. Address Given at the Memorial Service for Ian Fleming. St Bartholomew the Great.
1964First edition, hardback issue, one of only about 50 copies issued thus. The South African poet and novelist William Plomer had been publisher's reader for Jonathan Cape from 1937 he was instrumental in the publication of Fleming's work and the dedicatee of Goldfinger. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 100373
(NAPOLEON.) IRELAND, William Henry, & George Cruikshank. Life of Napoleon Bonaparte,
London : 1823-8First edition, first issue with all required points where visible. Originally issued in 64 parts, the first 48 being issued by Fairburn, "the publication was then taken over by Cumberland, who issued 16 more parts" (Tooley). Abbey remarks that the "Fairburn venture must have been unsuccessful, for sets carrying his imprints are very unusual, and examples... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 128967
(WOLLSTONECRAFT, Mary.) GODWIN, William. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
London : 1798First edition. Godwin's touching and frank account of his wife Mary Wollstonecraft's life marks an important step in the development of the art of biography. The details of her sexual liaison with Imlay, the birth of her illegitimate daughter, and her suicide attempts, all scandalized contemporary readers for whom biographies were expected to be glowing... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 125420
(CHURCHILL, Winston S.) CHURCHILL, Randolph S., & Martin Gilbert. Winston S. Churchill.
London : 1966-88First editions, first impressions, in handsome Bayntun-Riviere bindings, of the complete biography, containing the full eight volumes of the Life, plus 13 supplementary volumes. In scope and thoroughness easily among the finest biographies ever written, the project was begun by Winston Churchill's son Randolph, who published the first two volumes before... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 137897
FRASER, G. S. Lawrence Durrell: A Study.
London : 1968First edition, first impression. This is an appealing association copy, inscribed by Alan G. Thomas, who contributed the bibliography at the rear, to Margaret McCall, Lawrence Durrell's lover, "For Margaret McCall Recalling many hilarious hours in good company and in gratitude for pages 245-9 With Best Wishes Alan G. Thomas. Chelsea 1968" on the half-title.... Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 136655
(NAPOLEON.) [SCOTT, Sir Walter.] The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte, Emperor of the French.
Edinburgh : 1827First edition. In the aftermath of his financial crash, Scott travelled to France to begin research on his life of Napoleon. He was remarkably thorough in his research, interviewing Napoleon's colleagues, receiving assistance from the Duke of Wellington in the interpretation of the Russian Campaign, and being the first to consult Sir Hudson Lowe's papers... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 137795
LEWIS, Wyndham. Blasting and Bombarding.
London : 1937First edition, first impression, second issue in the slightly limp boards. The first of two mainly autobiographical works, followed by Rude Assignment (1950). Blasting and Bombarding covers the period from 1914 to 1926. Learn More£65.00
Stock Code: 91698
BEERBOHM, Max. Cartoons:
London : First and only edition. "The series of fifteen cartoons called 'The Second Childhood of John Bull' was exhibited in 1901 as part of Max's first one-man show, at the Carfax Gallery, operated by friend Robert Ross. In 1911 Stephen Swift & Co. published the drawings... While allegorical subjects are not considered Max's forte, the John Bull drawings have... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 81571
HAMILTON, Ian. Jean.
London : 1941First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Major William Robarts Napier Madocks, Hamilton's military secretary. With a loosely inserted newspaper cutting, reporting that the wife of Winston Churchill offered to give Lady Hamilton her one of her children. A memoir of the life of Lady Hamilton Jean, the wife... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 92051
(DICKENS, Charles.) SMITH, F. Hopkinson. In Dickens's London.
New York : 1914First edition. One of a limited edition of 150 numbered sets, each signed on the limitation leaf by the artist and the publisher. Additionally signed by Smith on the print "Coffee-Room, George Inn". Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 75760
BEVERIDGE, Albert J. Abraham Lincoln.
London : 1928First UK edition, first impression. Highly uncommon in this condition. Beveridge retired from politics in 1922 having unsuccessfully attempted to regain a seat in the Senate and dedicated his last few years to writing. "His great Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1858 (posthumously published in 1928) was so thorough and professionalized a biography that he might... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 106658
[TWAIN, Mark.] Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc.
New York : 1906Inscribed by the author on the second blank, "Truly yours, Mark Twain, Dec /08". Uncommon inscribed, with five other copies traced at auction. Clemens often signed works under both his pseudonym and as Clemens; this novel is the only work to be published under the alternate pseudonym of Louis de Conte. Originally published as a serial in Harper's Magazine... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 119977
MACLEAN, Norman. A River Runs Through It,
Chicago : 1976First edition, first printing, with the first printing issue points: a digit missing to the ISBN on the copyright page, "adways" for "always" on line 15, p. 27, and the ISBN complete on the dust jacket rear flap. A River Runs Through It is Maclean's autobiographical collection of short stories, collecting "A River Runs Through It", "Logging... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 137199
GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel. Vivir para contarla.
Mexico : October 2002First Mexican edition, first printing, a lovely presentation copy of García Márquez's first (and the only completed) volume of autobiography, inscribed to his close friend the writer and actress María Luisa Elío Bernal (1926-2009), who was the dedicatee of Cien Años de Soledad. The inscription, on the dedication page, reads, "Por María... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 128476
WISDOM, Norman. My Turn.
London : 2002First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "With love to Gloria - Sincerely Sir Norman Wisdom. O.B.E." Once referred to by Charlie Chaplin as his "favourite clown", Sir Norman Wisdom was a veteran British comedian, best known for his portrayal of loveable buffoon, Norman Pitkin, in a series of films released in the 1950s... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 137048
MARLOWE, Christopher. The Complete Plays.
New York : 1963First edition thus, an attractively printed work, handsomely bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. The editor of this edition, Irving Ribner, was an American scholar whose works included The English History Play in the Age of Shakespeare (1957), Patterns in Shakespearean Tragedy (1960) and Jacobean Tragedy (1962). Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 136658
KEROUAC, Jack. Visions of Cody.
New York : 1972 First collected edition, first printing, of Kerouac's novel written between 1951 and 1952, and first published (albeit incompletely) in 1960 as Excerpts from Visions of Cody. This edition was issued on 8 JAnuray 1973, the first UK edition was published later the same year. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 136577
LENNOX, Charlotte. Memoirs of Maximilian de Bethune,
London : 1777The eighth edition, first published in 1755 in 3 volumes and subsequently expanded to 5, of this much republished account of one of Henry the Great's main advisers.
Charlotte Lennox (c.17301804), was a Scottish novelist and writer, best known today for her second novel The Female Quixote, or, The Adventures of Arabella (1752), an imitation... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 134471
BLYTH, R. H. Zen in English Literature and Oriental Classics.
Tokyo : 1942First edition, first printing, presentation copy from Henry Miller to his lifelong friend Robert Carlock, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Bob Carlock - to read in moments of despair or desperation. From his ever grateful friend, Henry Miller, 10/8/56". Miller had a particular interest in Zen and Buddhism, and his Tropic of Cancer... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 136184
BOSWELL, James. The Life of Samuel Johnson.
London : 1793First octavo edition, the second overall, of "the most famous biography in any language, one of Western literature's most germinal achievements: unprecedented in its time in its depth of research and its extensive use of private correspondence and recorded conversation" (ODNB). Boswell set about compiling his many thousands of notes after Johnson's... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 136108
(HASTINGS, Elizabeth.) BARNARD, Thomas. An Historical Character relating to The holy and exemplary Life of the Right Honourable the Lady Elisabeth Hastings:
Leeds : 1742First edition of the principal biography of the celebrated Lady Elizabeth Hastings, known as "Lady Betty" (1682-1739). Extremely well known in her lifetime, Hastings "became notable for her intelligence, her pious character, and her support of charitable causes. She was commemorated in no. 42 of The Tatler (16 July 1709) as 'Aspasia', a 'female philosopher',... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 135086
(CHURCHILL, Winston S.) CHURCHILL, Randolph S., & Martin Gilbert. Winston S. Churchill.
London : 1966-94First editions, first impressions. A complete set comprising eight volumes of the Life, plus 13 supplementary volumes, which form a unique and extensive source of previously unpublished Churchill material. Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 103055
(BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY.) A New and General Biographical Dictionary;
London : 1798First edition thus, published under the editorship of writer and translator William Tooke (c.1744-1820). The General Biographical Dictionary was originally published in 1761 in 11 volumes, with a supplement released in 1767, "though the work is apparently extended only by the addition of three volumes, the actual augmentation is much greater" (preface).... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 120440
[HAMILTON, Anthony, count.] (BOYER, Mr. [Abel], trans.) Memoirs of the Life of Count de Grammont:
London : 1714First edition in English of this account of Anthony Hamilton's brother-in-law, French nobleman Philibert, Count de Gramont (1621-1707), and the intrigues of the Restoration court. This first edition is commercially uncommon, particularly in such an attractive binding.
"The book was greeted with considerable critical acclaim on account of its brilliance... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 133350
MASSON, Fredéric. Napoléon et Son Fils.
Paris : 1904First edition, first impression, number 783 of 800 copies. Frederic Masson (1847-1923) was a French historian who specialised in Napoleonic history and produced a series of biographical works about Napoleon and his family, including the present title. Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 125547
(WASHINGTON, George.) MARSHALL, John. The Life of George Washington,
London : 1804-7First English and the best edition overall, in the preferred quarto format, originally published in Philadelphia in the same years (5 volumes, octavo). "Apart from freeing his slaves after Martha Washington's death, Washington's long and detailed will left his public and private papers to his favourite nephew, Associate Justice Bushrod Washington. Bushrod,... Learn More£7,250.00
Stock Code: 122506
(VICTORIA, Queen.) MARTIN, Theodore. The Life of His Royal Highness the Prince Consort.
Lonodn : 1875-80This set inscribed in the first volume by Queen Victoria: "To Lord Methuen In recollection of former happy days and of the marriage of our grandson William of Prussia, from Victoria R.I. Windsor Castle Feb: 27. 1881".
Pasted to the verso of the front free endpaper is a folding manuscript letter embossed with the arms of Windsor Castle, addressed... Learn More£3,950.00
Stock Code: 135188
(FLEMING, Ian.) PLOMER, William. Address Given at the Memorial Service for Ian Fleming. St Bartholomew the Great.
Westerham : 1964First edition, wrappered issue. The South African poet and novelist William Plomer had been publisher's reader for Jonathan Cape from 1937. He was instrumental in the publication of Fleming's work and the dedicatee of Goldfinger. A limited hardcover issue was also produced. Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 118708
BORGES, Jorge Luis. Evaristo Carriego.
Buenos Aires : 1930First edition, first printing, of the publication that ensured longevity to Carriego's fame. This is a collection of essays on the life and times of Evaristo Carriego (1883-1912), a poet, friend and neighbour of the Borges family. Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 135475