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Literary criticism & biography

Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to critical writings about literature, including biographies and autobiographies of literary figures and printed collections of their correspondence.

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  1. Hommage à Isadora Duncan.
    (DUNCAN, Isadora.) YORSKA, Lottie. Hommage à Isadora Duncan.

    [Paris] : 1927

    Rare first and only edition of this pamphlet calling readers for funds to save Isadora Duncan's house in Neuilly, France, from being sold to pay off her debts. The theatre director, Lottie Yorska, had taken it upon herself to make the news known outside of the US and had contacted the magazine Comœdia to raise funds for the purchase of the house. Duncan's... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 140856

  2. 140770
    (GAUDIER-BRZESKA, Henri.) EDE, H. S. A Life of Gaudier-Brzeska.

    London : 1930

    First edition, first impression, number 147 of 350 copies, of this illustrated biography of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, "designed to be a worthy memorial of his work", as pointed out in the loosely inserted publisher's promotional leaflet. Of the edition of 350 copies, ten were issued signed and bound in leather. The regular issue is uncommon in the dust... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 140770

  3. "Year Without Spring."
    BRIGGS, Ernest. "Year Without Spring."

    1942

    The typescript gives an epistolary account of the army service of Ernest Briggs (1905-1967), the Australian poet, broadcaster and music critic, in Papua New Guinea during the Second World War, the letters being addressed to the pianist Harriet Cohen.
    The first letter dates from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 26 June 1942; the last is dated 22... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 93902

  4. Shakspeare's Heroines.
    JAMESON, Anna. Shakspeare's Heroines.

    London : 1891

    Large paper edition, one of 175 numbered copies of which this is number 127. Jameson's work was originally published in 1832 under the title Characteristics of Women, Moral, Poetical and Historical. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 140646

  5. The Annual Necrology for 1797-8.
    (WOLLSTONECRAFT, Mary.) HAYS, Mary, and others. The Annual Necrology for 1797-8.

    London : 1800

    First edition, and sole volume, of this ambitious project to record obituaries of notable persons on an annual basis. The most significant memoir recorded here is the 49 page obituary of Mary Wollstonecraft by the feminist biographer Mary Hays (1759-1843). Hays received a copy of Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman upon its publication... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 123651

  6. The Life of Samuel Johnson.
    BOSWELL, James. The Life of Samuel Johnson.

    London : 1835

    An attractive set of Boswell's great biography, first published in 1791. "This version contains both the original texts, augmented by the additional writings of the biographer and his subject, and the very valuable new and related material which Croker introduced in his 1831 edition" (Pottle). "Boswell's Life of Johnson remains the most famous biography... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140500

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    SITWELL, Osbert. Left Hand, Right Hand! An Autobiography. [Together with a first edition of Passage to India.]

    London : 1945-1950

    First editions, presentation copies, each volume inscribed and signed by Sitwell to E. M. Forster on the half-title, each beginning "For Morgan" and dated, vol. I with the additional epithet "With affection and admiration" and vol. III "whose only fault is his invisibility". Each volume bears Forster's booklabel to the front pastedown. In a 1954 letter... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 112546

  8. Edmund Campion.
    WAUGH, Evelyn. Edmund Campion.

    London : 1935

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 45 of 50 copies signed by Waugh "for private distribution". Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 112493

  9. Autograph letters to Professor Donald Robertson.
    HOUSMAN, A. E. Autograph letters to Professor Donald Robertson.

    Cambridge : 1920-36

    An exceptional collection of autograph letters signed from poet and classicist A. E. Housman (1859-1936) to Donald Struan Robertson (1885-1961 - a stellar Greek scholar attached to Trinity College, Cambridge, from his undergraduate days until his death) and his wife. He was particularly respected for his work on Apuleius, and was Regius Professor of... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 119798

  10. The complete poems and fragments.
    OWEN, Wilfred, & Jon Stallworthy (ed.) The complete poems and fragments.

    London & Oxford : 1983

    First edition, review copy, with the loosely inserted publishers' review and press release sheets, of wartime poet Wilfred Owen's works. The first collection of Owen's poems was published two years after his death, in 1920, with an introduction by Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967), and was followed by another in 1931, edited by the poet Edmund Blunden (1896-1974).... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 140499

  11. A King's Story.
    WINDSOR, Edward, Duke of. A King's Story.

    New York : 1951

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 105 of 385 copies signed by the Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII.
    A King's Story, dedicated to Wallis Simpson, is a highly personal account of Edward's life and the abdication crisis. Other than Queen Victoria's journals, it was the first book by a British monarch since 1688. It proved... Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 140282

  12. The Memorial Service.
    (WILDER, Thornton Niven). The Memorial Service.

    Battell Chapel : 1976

    First edition, sole impression, inscribed by Wilder's sister Isabel on the front panel "For Peter & Kenneth, remembering Thornton's affection & admiration for Bart & the many memories we share with affection Isabel Feb - 24, 1977", and with a manuscript note also from Isabel laid-in loose "and ALWAYS greetings & affection to Jan from Isabel Wilder".... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 140296

  13. 140179
    ROWSE, A. L. Extempore Memorial.

    St. Austell, : (1940)

    First edition, sole impression, of a memorial poem by A. L. Rowse for Charles Henderson, historian and antiquarian of Cornwall, with whom he had edited Essays in Cornish History (1935). Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140179

  14. Anton Chekhov and the Lady with the Dog.
    (CHEKHOV, Anton.) SMITH, Virginia Llewellyn. Anton Chekhov and the Lady with the Dog.

    London : 1973

    First edition, first impression of this study of "Chekhov's relationships with women and the portrayal of them in his work" (p.xv). In a fine full morocco binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140506

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    GARNETT, Edward. Friday Nights.

    London : 1922

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Violet Scott James from Edward Garnett". Violet Eleanor Scott-James née Brooks (1885-1942) was a journalist and literary critic, as well as a close friend of Edward Garnett. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 140475

  16. English as She is Spoke:
    [FONSECA, Jose de., i.e. Pedro Carolino.] English as She is Spoke:

    London : [1883]

    First UK edition, second printing, (stated second edition). The present work is an edited version of a mid-19th-century Portuguese-English phrase book, which unintentionally became a classic of humorous literature, commonly known as English as She is Spoke. Mark Twain wrote the introduction of the first US edition, also published in 1883, of... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140384

  17. The Originality of Japanese Civilization.
    WALEY, Arthur. The Originality of Japanese Civilization.

    Oxford : 1929

    First edition, sole printing, one of 250 copies. Waley wrote this essay for the British group attending the third conference of the Institute of Pacific Relations, held in Kyoto in 1929. The work was reprinted in Tokyo in 1941 by the Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai The Society for International Cultural Relations to commemorate the 2600th anniversary of the... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 140348

  18. Autograph letter signed to T. S. Eliot.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Autograph letter signed to T. S. Eliot.

    Hogarth House, Paradise Road, Richmond, Surrey : Sunday [?12 November 1922]

    An exceptional letter connecting two of the key figures of the English modernist movement, here in their capacity as publisher/editors in the annus mirabilis of modernist publishing. Virginia Woolf writes to T. S. Eliot, addressing him familiarly as "Tom", on Hogarth House stationery towards the end of 1922, the year in which the Woolfs began to run... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 126655

  19. A Tribute to Kevin Sullivan.
    HEANEY, Seamus, and others. A Tribute to Kevin Sullivan.

    New York : 1991

    First edition, number 3 of 25 copies signed to the title page by all five contributors (Seamus Heaney, Thomas Flanagan, Benedict Kiely, Sean White, and June K. Davison). An unsigned issue was also released in an unrecorded run. The tribute reproduces the speeches given at the memorial reading for Sullivan at Queen's College, New York, on 2 May 1988.... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 140158

  20. Going Solo.
    DAHL, Roald. Going Solo.

    London : 1986

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Jenny with love, Roald Dahl, 1988". Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 112116

  21. 139627
    RENAN, Ernest. Poetry of the Celtic Races, and Other Essays.

    London : [1897]

    First edition in English, this book was first published in France in 1854 as "La poésie des races celtiques". Ernest Renan (1823-1892) is best known for his 1863 Vie de Jésus, which was an immediate success, but " it is Renan's approach to the subject and his beautiful prose that gave it lasting eminence" (PMM 352).
    This copy belonged... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 139627

  22. Dramatic Miscellanies:
    DAVIES, Thomas. Dramatic Miscellanies:

    London : 1783-4

    First editions, volumes I and III 1784, volume II 1783. Davies had a successful career as an actor before setting up as a bookseller in Covent Garden, his shop becoming a meeting place for the theatrical and literary world, it was in the back parlour of this shop that Boswell first encountered Johnson. In the 1770s Davies turned to writing, particularly... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 139635

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    ISHERWOOD, Christopher. My Guru and His Disciple.

    New York : 1980

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author "for Burton & Elliot, Christopher Isherwood" on the front free endpaper. The book is an account of Isherwood's time as a student to the Hindu priest Swami Prabhavananda, who guided Isherwood for over 30 years. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140102

  24. Medieval History and the Romantic Imagination.
    RUNCIMAN, Steven. Medieval History and the Romantic Imagination.

    Oxford : [1963]

    Scarce original offprint inscribed by the author "with best wishes SR" to the front free endpaper. This copy is from the library of John Julius Cooper, 2nd viscount Norwich (1929-2018) a hugely prolific popular historian and television presenter. Runciman and Norwich led very similar careers: both educated at Eton, both dabbling in the Foreign Service,... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 139947

  25. Focus One [together with] Focus Two.
    PEARSE, Andrew, & Balachandra Rajan. Focus One [together with] Focus Two.

    London : 1945 & 1946

    First editions, first impressions. Focus was a serial miscellany concerned with contemporary writing: Focus One presents a wide selection of poems and essays, while Focus Two is primarily concerned with the realist novel in the 1930s. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140057

  26. As it Was.
    (THOMAS, Edward.) THOMAS, Helen. As it Was.

    London : 1926

    First edition, first impression, of Thomas's tender yet frank memoir of her life with poet Edward Thomas, in a remarkable example of the scarce jacket. A follow-up volume, World without End, was published in 1931, the two memoirs published as one volume in 1935. Thomas began writing these memoirs in an attempt to lift herself from her depression... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 139953

  27. Essays in Biography.
    KEYNES, John Maynard. Essays in Biography.

    London : 1951

    Expanded edition, with three new essays, on Isaac Newton, William Stanley Jevons, and Mary Paley Marshall. First published in March 1933, with a second impression in May 1933, this marked the third printing overall. Keynes's collection gives biographical sketches of various economists and politicians, including Winston Churchill, Alfred Marshall, and... Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 140126

  28. 139957
    GREENE, Graham. Getting to Know the General.

    London : 1984

    First edition, first impression. The story of Greene's five-year involvement with General Omar Torrijos, who ruled Panama from 1968 to his death in a plane crash in 1981. Learn More
    £35.00

    Stock Code: 139957

  29. 139958
    GREENE, Graham. Yours etc.

    London : 1989

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £35.00

    Stock Code: 139958

  30. 139934
    MURDOCH, Iris. The Fire and the Sun: Why Plato Banished the Artists.

    London : 1977

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £30.00

    Stock Code: 139934

  31. Sidney H. Sime, Master of Fantasy.
    (BRADBURY, Ray, intro.) SKEETERS, Paul W. Sidney H. Sime, Master of Fantasy.

    Pasadena, CA : 1978

    First edition, number 73 of 200 copies signed by Bradbury and Skeeters, additionally number 16 of 50 copies with a copy of Arthur Machen's drawing for Sime's "The Hill of Dreams" loosely inserted, and a dust jacket reproducing "A Beast" by Sime, both numbered in manuscript. This is the definitive work on the artist noted for illustrating the stories... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 139783

  32. The Prelude,
    WORDSWORTH, William. The Prelude,

    Hammersmith : 1915

    First Doves Press edition, one of 155 copies on handmade paper; a further 10 copies were issued on vellum. The Doves Press was run by T. J. Cobden-Sanderson alongside his wife Anne. Cobden-Sanderson left his career as a lawyer in 1884 in order to open the Doves Bindery, establishing the Doves Press in 1900. He was interested in all aspects of book design,... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 139556

  33. The Queen.
    (WILSON, Harold.) MORROW, Ann. The Queen.

    London : 1984

    Harold Wilson's copy of this biography of his sovereign, inscribed to him on the front wrapper verso: "To Rt Hon Lord Wilson of Riveaulx, & Lady Wilson, House of Lords, S.W.1. 12/3/86" (the presenter unclear; the hand not matching that of the author). Wilson has intensely annotated eleven pages of the book (the rest unannotated), especially in the chapter... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 138078

  34. Shakespeare.
    BROWN, Ivor. Shakespeare.

    London : 1963

    First edition, fourth impression, finely bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 136667

  35. Auteurs Deguisez,
    [BAILLET, Adrien.] Auteurs Deguisez,

    Paris : 1690

    First edition of the first work in French devoted to pseudonyms. "Unlike Latin works on pseudonyms of the period, Baillet does not simply unmask authors who have written under assumed names; instead he offers a history of the practices, civil and ecclesiastical, of naming and re-naming, as well as a reflection on and a limited justification for the... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 128678

  36. Letters and Reminiscences.
    DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor. Letters and Reminiscences.

    London : 1923

    First edition in English, first impression. The material includes a letter from Dostoevsky to his brother, letters to Maikov, to his wife, and to Pobiedonoszev, and reminiscences of Dostoevsky by his wife. S. S. Koteliansky translated a number of Russian works into English, often working with Virgiana Woolf, publishing their translations at the Hogarth... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 121093

  37. Poetry and Poets.
    LOWELL, Amy. Poetry and Poets.

    Boston : 1930

    First edition, first printing. A collection of essays on contemporary and historical poets published posthumously, selected from an extensive portfolio of unpublished work found upon her death in 1925. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 117242

  38. John Keats.
    (KEATS, John.) LOWELL, Amy. John Keats.

    Boston and New York : 1925

    A handsome set of this biography of John Keats. The poet and critic Amy Lowell (1874-1925), began this "momentous" (ANB) biography following a lecture she delivered at Yale celebrating the 100th anniversary of Keats's birth. "The lecture stimulated her to write the book, which minutely examines Keats's life and corrects some long-standing misconceptions... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 139474

  39. Remarkable Biography;
    PINDAR, Paul. Remarkable Biography;

    London : 1821

    First and only edition of this pseudonymously authored series of curious biographical sketches, including chapters on "Charles Mc. Ghie or Mackey", the Milanese Frances Scanagatti known as "the Female Soldier", and the freemason John Coustos. Though some catalogues have identified the author as the antiquary and numismatist John Yonge Akerman (1806-1873)... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 133534

  40. John Ruskin, Social Reformer.
    HOBSON, John Atkinson. John Ruskin, Social Reformer.

    London : 1898

    Second edition, following the first of 1895. John Ruskin's work and thought were a major influence on Hobson's own beliefs regarding social reform. In the present work, a highly favourable account of Ruskin's sociological ideas, Hobson argues that these beliefs are as important as Ruskin's artistic theories, and are deserving of wider appreciation. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 124616

  41. Paul Verlaine.
    NICOLSON, Harold. Paul Verlaine.

    London : 1921

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy of the author's first book, inscribed by the author on the front pastedown, "For William Rothenstein, with all thanks from Harold Nicolson. See p. 213"; with Rothenstein's bookplate to the front free endpaper. On p. 213 is an account of how Rothenstein "saddened by the plight of Paul Verlaine... had... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 139526

  42. Edward Marsh's Little Book.
    MARSH, Edward. Edward Marsh's Little Book.

    Eton : 1990

    First edition, limited issue, number 417 of 626 copies (26 were deluxe signed copies). This is the first printing, reproducing the original in facsimile, of the notebook presented in 1911 by Lady Diana Cooper to Sir Edward Marsh (1872-1953), who was Winston Churchill's secretary and a great literary impresario in his own right. Marsh determined "to... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 139388

  43. An Autobiography.
    TROLLOPE, Anthony. An Autobiography.

    Edinburgh : 1883

    First edition of Trollope's autobiography, written in the late 1870s but published by his son, after the author's death in 1882.
    This copy with W. H. Smith & Son's Subscription Library purple paper label to front pastedowns; and the armorial bookplates of oil and colour merchant Francis Frederick Fox (1833-1915) to front free endpapers. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 128316

  44. The Life of Samuel Johnson,
    BOSWELL, James. The Life of Samuel Johnson,

    London : 1835

    An attractive set of Boswell's great biography, first published in 1791. "This version contains both the original texts, augmented by the additional writings of the biographer and his subject, and the very valuable new and related material which Croker introduced in his 1831 edition" (Pottle). "Boswell's Life of Johnson remains the most famous biography... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 139422

  45. Up From Slavery.
    WASHINGTON, Booker T. Up From Slavery.

    New York : 1901

    First edition in book form, first printing, signed by the author on the verso of the contents page "Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee, Alabama, Aug. 11. 1906". This autobiography was first published chapter by chapter over 17 issues in The Outlook between 1900 and 1901 and became "his most critically acclaimed autobiography, translated into some... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 139033

  46. Marlborough.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. Marlborough.

    London : 1933-1938

    First editions, first impressions, in a handsome binding. "Marlborough: his Life and Times took its place at once among the classics of historical writing. As the story of his ancestor's leadership of a grand alliance to prevent the domination of the continent by a single power, it was also a source of inspiration to Churchill in his campaign against... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 139225

  47. Plutarch's Lives.
    (PLUTARCH.) CLOUGH, A. H. (ed.) Plutarch's Lives.

    London : 1893

    An attractive library set of Plutarch's biographical works recounting the lives of notable Greek and Roman figures including Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 139091

  48. Boswell's Life of Johnson.
    (JOHNSON, Samuel.) BOSWELL, James, & George Birkbeck Hill (ed.) Boswell's Life of Johnson.

    Oxford : 1887

    First Hill edition. By 1887 Hill was an established commentator of both Johnson and Boswell's works, having published Dr Johnson, his Friends and his Critics (1878) and an edition of Boswell's correspondence (1879). The Clarendon Press accepted Hill's proposal for a new edition of Boswell's Life in 1881, and the six volume text - the... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 139100

  49. Highlanders of Scotland:
    MACLEAY, Kenneth. Highlanders of Scotland:

    London : [c. 1874]

    Archibald Fraser MacDonald's copy in the presentation binding. It was first published in 1870, featuring the watercolour portraits commissioned by Queen Victoria from Kenneth Macleay. This copy was specially bound and personalised for Archibald Fraser Macdonald (1842-1890), who was The Prince of Wales's Jäger (or gillie). His biographical notes start... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 137270

  50. Agnes Strickland. Biographer of the Queens of England 1796-1874.
    (STRICKLAND, Agnes.) POPE-HENNESSY, Una. Agnes Strickland. Biographer of the Queens of England 1796-1874.

    London : 1940

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication to Georgiana Fanny Julia Foster, "To Miss Foster in gratitude from Una Pope-Hennessy April 1940". Foster's ownership inscription, "F. Foster Park Lane Cottage Southwold", appears on the front pastedown.
    Foster (1891-1975)... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 138334

  51. The Life of Charlotte Brontë.
    (BRONTË, Charlotte.) GASKELL, Elizabeth. The Life of Charlotte Brontë.

    London : 1857

    First edition of Elizabeth Gaskell's pioneering, landmark biography of her close friend, "creating a new, feminine form which linked emotional and domestic life and suffering to creativity" (ODNB). The biography was hugely controversial at the time, and remains so today, for different reasons. Gaskell was asked to write it by Patrick Brontë in June... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 138990

  52. A Vicarage Family; Away from the Vicarage; Beyond the Vicarage.
    STREATFEILD, Noel. A Vicarage Family; Away from the Vicarage; Beyond the Vicarage.

    London : 1963, 1965, 1971

    First editions, first impressions, presentation copies to Streatfield's amanuensis and proof-reader June Allen, inscribed by the author in each work: A Vicarage Family, "For June with love Noel 1963"; Away from the Vicarage, "For June, Thank you for your hard work, love, Noel 1965"; Beyond the Vicarage, "To June with love Noel 1971". It is very unusual... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 111041

  53. The Memoirs.
    CASANOVA DI SEINGALT, Jacques. The Memoirs.

    London and New York : 1928

    A 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

  54. Lord Randolph Churchill.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. Lord Randolph Churchill.

    London : 1906

    First 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

  55. Autograph draft for Men and Women of the Time: A Dictionary of Contemporaries.
    FAITHFULL, Lilian. Autograph draft for Men and Women of the Time: A Dictionary of Contemporaries.

    13 Kensington Square, W., : [1899]

    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

  56. Leaves from the Journal of Our Life in the Highlands, From 1848 to 1861.
    VICTORIA, Queen. Leaves from the Journal of Our Life in the Highlands, From 1848 to 1861.

    London : 1868 and 1883

    First 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

  57. The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book.
    TOKLAS, Alice B. The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book.

    New York : 1954

    First 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

  58. Elogio storico di Da. Maria Gaetana Agnesi
    (AGNESI, Maria Gaetana.) FRISI, Antonio Francesco. Elogio storico di Da. Maria Gaetana Agnesi

    Milan : 1799

    First 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

  59. Lives of the Queens of Scotland and English Princesses
    STRICKLAND, Agnes [& Elizabeth]. Lives of the Queens of Scotland and English Princesses

    Edinburgh & London : 1852-59

    An 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

  60. The Illustrated Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography.
    MANDELA, Nelson. The Illustrated Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography.

    Boston : 1996

    First 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

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