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1 ( DA VINCI ) TAYLOR, R. A.: Leonardo the Florentine. A Study in Personality. (Leonardo Da Vinci).
The Richards Press Ltd. 1927 (1st.). 
Tall 8vo. (18 cm x 24 cm). Blue cloth gt. 9 b&w plates. 580 pp. Binding trifle rubbed / slightly faded top edge. Else very good. 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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The Living Curve. Letters to W.J.Strachan 1929-1979., ( STRACHAN /  HEWETT, C.(ed):
2 ( STRACHAN / HEWETT, C.(ed): The Living Curve. Letters to W.J.Strachan 1929-1979.
Taranman/Carcanet 1984 (1st.). 
Green cloth gt. Fine in very good dustwrapper. Numerous photo. plates. 230 pp. INCLUDED IS A POSTCARD FROM THE AUTHOR to Claudius Beatty, dated 16 Aug. 1991. Hand-written, and signed: “Walter Strachan”.( 7 lines of text). Correspondents incl: Sylvia Townsend Warner/ Sydney Cockerell/ Stephen Gooden/ Joan Hassall/ Henry Moore/ etc.etc.; 
Price: 16.00 GBP
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Emma Hardy Diaries., (HARDY) TAYLOR, R.H.:
3 (HARDY) TAYLOR, R.H.: Emma Hardy Diaries.
Mid Northumb.Arts Group 1985 (1st.) 
4to. In light blue cloth covers with red to spine. With dustwrapper. 216pp. All diaries reproduced in photographic form. In very good condition with very good dustwrapper (dw; slightly rubbed at top edge. Small marks to back. Owner’s rubber stamp on front flyleaf). Not price clipped. Owner’s bookplate on front endpaper. Else a clean and tight copy. Emma Hardy’s surviving diaries, published in full facsimile, cover periods between 1874 and 1897. Emma’s vigorous writing is directed by a determined mind, sure in its views, and this quality consistently holds the reader’s interest. These diaries, enhanced by Emma Hardy’s sketches, are fascinating in themselves and for the glimpse they afford of the wife of one of England’s foremost writers. Richard Taylor has provided a full introduction, notes, and a transcription of the text. 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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An Anecdote to the Miseries of Human Life, In the History of the Widow Placid, and Her Daughter Rachel. The Seventh Edition., ANON;
4 ANON; An Anecdote to the Miseries of Human Life, In the History of the Widow Placid, and Her Daughter Rachel. The Seventh Edition.
Printed by J. Haddon for T. Williams, London. 1812 7th ed 
Size approx 4 x 7 inches. Half bound in maroon calf leather to spine and corners with marbled paper covered boards. Gilt decoration and lettering to spine with black leather spine label. Page edges marbled. In very good condition. Leather and boards are faded with some rubbing to edges and corners. Inside is immaculately clean and tight and pages remain bright. Owners booklabel and label “B.Hunt, Fancy Bookbinder & Stationer, Birmingham” to front endpaper. 134pp. 
Price: 25.00 GBP
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Winter in the Morning. A Young Girl’s Life in the Warsaw Ghetto and Beyond 1939-1945., BAUMAN, JANINA:
5 BAUMAN, JANINA: Winter in the Morning. A Young Girl’s Life in the Warsaw Ghetto and Beyond 1939-1945.
London. Virago. 1986 1st edition. 
In black cloth covers with gilt to spine. With illustrated dustwrapper. In very good condition with very good dustwrapper (dw; slightly rubbed along top edge with small chips. Not price clipped). A clean and tight copy. 195pp. Prof. ills. with b/w photographs. An extraordinary story of courage and survival. Following the fall of Warsaw the family if forced into the ghetto. Early in 1943 they escaped but had to remain in hiding until the war was over. 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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Five Generations of the Bignold Family 1761-1947. And their connection with the NORWICH UNION., BIGNOLD, SIR R:
6 BIGNOLD, SIR R: Five Generations of the Bignold Family 1761-1947. And their connection with the NORWICH UNION.
Batsford 1948 (1st.ed.) 
Tall 8vo; Orig. blue cloth gt. Nice decorative library label on front endpaper and plain label on back endpaper. Stamp on verso of title-page and one stamp on fore-edge. Sm. label lower spine. Else vg in vg dw (dw: sm. label lower spine). Profusely ill.; 320 pp.; 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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The Drummonds of Charing Cross. (Bankers)., BOLITHO, HECTOR / PEEL, DEREK:
7 BOLITHO, HECTOR / PEEL, DEREK: The Drummonds of Charing Cross. (Bankers).
G. Allen & Unwin 1967 (1st.). 
Tall 8vo. 2 col.& 32 b/w plates. 232 pp. Old price in ink on front enpaper. Very good in very good to good pict. dustwrapper 
Price: 6.00 GBP
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8 BOLITHO, HECTOR / PEEL,DEREK: The Drummonds of Charing Cross. (Bankers).
G.Allen & Unwin 1967 (1st.). 
Tall 8vo. 2 col.& 32 b/w plates. 232 pp. Old price in ink on front enpaper. Very good in very good to good pict. dustwrapper 
Price: 6.00 GBP
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Havelock Ellis. A biography., CALDER-MARSHALL, ARTHUR:
9 CALDER-MARSHALL, ARTHUR: Havelock Ellis. A biography.
Rupert Hart-Davis 1959 (1st.). 
Blue cloth gt. Very good in near very good pict. dustwrapper (dw: rubbed on extremities / trifle darkened on back wrapper). 11 photo. plates. 292 pp. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title-page: “Arthur Calder-Marshall”. Havelock Ellis, teacher, prophet, mystic, healer and sexologist. He became a world-wide authority on sex. 
Price: 15.00 GBP
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Blood and Roses. The Paston Family in the Fifteenth Century., CASTOR, HELEN:
10 CASTOR, HELEN: Blood and Roses. The Paston Family in the Fifteenth Century.
Faber and Faber. 2004 1st edition. 
Size 5.75 x 8.75 inches. In maroon cloth covers with gilt to spine. With illustrated dustwrapper. Maroon endpapers. 347pp. With colour photographs. In near fine condition with very good dustwrapper (dw; Not price clipped). A very clean and tight copy. The story of the Paston Family, and their lives during the Wars of the Roses, based on their many survivng letters. 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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11 COCHRANE, R.(compiled & selected by): The Treasury of Modern Biography. A Gallery of Literary Sketches of Eminent Men and Women of the Nineteenth Century.
Edinburgh. W. P. Nimmo 1885. 
Tall 8vo.Attractive blue full calf with elaborate gold decor. and 2 contrasting morocco labels on spine (prize-binding: The Leys School). Crest engraved in gold on fr. cover. Marbled endpapers & edges. Half-title vignette and frontispiece (showing portraits of W. Scott, D. Livingstone, T. Carlyle, Mary Somerville). 544 pp. Spine and extremities rubbed. Tiny bit of leather chipped off top side of spine. Inside vg. 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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Biographia Borealis; or the lives of distinguished northerners., COLERIDGE, HARTLEY:
12 COLERIDGE, HARTLEY: Biographia Borealis; or the lives of distinguished northerners.
Whittaker & Co. 1833. 1st edition. 
Size 5.25 x 8.75 inches. In dark brown half calf leather binding with elaborate gilt decor to spine.Raised bands. Light brown boards. marbled edges and endpapers. 3 engr. portraits. 732 pp.( incl. historical and chronological index). In very good condition. A couple of small scuffed areas to spine. Corners slightly rubbed at edges. front spine slightly cracked. Occasional small marks and foxing spots. Else a clean and tight copy. 13 biographies: Andrew Marvel, Dr. Richard Bentley, Lord Fairfax, The Earl of Derby, Anne Clifford, Roger Ascham, John Fisher, The Rev. William Mason, Sir Richard Arkwright, William Roscoe, Captain Cook, William Congreve and Dr. John Fothergill. 
Price: 50.00 GBP
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13 CROWSON, N.J. (ed): Fleet Street, Press Barons and Politics. The Journals of Collin Brooks, 1932-1940. Camden Fifth Series Volume 11.
Cambridge University Press. 1998 1st edition. 
Size 5.5 x 8.75 inches. In maroon cloth covers with gilt to spine. With illustrated dustwrapper. In near fine condition with very good dustwrapper (dw; Not price clipped). A very clean and tight copy. 311pp. A personal account of working as a journalist and editor during the 1930s. 
Price: 5.00 GBP
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WHO’S WHO 1977. An Annual Biographical Dictionary., DICTIONARY -
14 DICTIONARY - WHO’S WHO 1977. An Annual Biographical Dictionary.
A.& C.Black 1977. 
Tall 8vo. Red cloth gt. Last page torn (most of it missing). Else very good. 2688 pp. 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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William Barnes of Dorset. With 9 Half-Tone Plates, DUGDALE, GILES:
15 DUGDALE, GILES: William Barnes of Dorset. With 9 Half-Tone Plates
Cassell. 1953 1st edition 
Tall 8vo. In blue cloth covers with gilt to spine. With illustrated dustwrapper. 306pp. With 9 half-tone plates including b/w frontispiece. In near fine condition with very good dustwrapper (dw; handling marks. slightly rubbed around edges with small tears and chips. Not price clipped). A very clean and tight copy. Biography of William Barnes, the Dorset dialect poet, schoolmaster and clergyman. 
Price: 35.00 GBP
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William Barnes. of Dorset. With 9 Half-Tone Plates., DUGDALE, GILES:
16 DUGDALE, GILES: William Barnes. of Dorset. With 9 Half-Tone Plates.
Cassell. 1953 1st edition 
Size 5.5 x 8.75 inches. In blue cloth covers with gilt to spine. 306pp. With 9 half-tone plates including b/w frontispiece. In very good condition. Spine slightly faded and rubbed. Small marks to boards. Owner’s inscription to front endpaper. Publisher’s flyer loose in front. Else a clean and tight copy. Biography of William Barnes, the Dorset dialect poet, schoolmaster and clergyman. 
Price: 14.00 GBP
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The Life of Llewelyn Powys., ELWIN, MALCOLM:
17 ELWIN, MALCOLM: The Life of Llewelyn Powys.
John Lane. The Bodley Head 1946 1st edition. 
Size 5.75 x 8.75 inches. In orange cloth covers with gilt to spine. With dustwrapper. 299pp. Frontis portrait and 7 other photo plates. In very good condition with very good dustwrapper (dw; Mild foxing. Old repair to front with sticky tape. Top of spine reinforced inside. Price clipped). Mild foxing to edges. Else a clean and tight copy. The author believed that the attainment of personal hapiness was the true purpose of life. 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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The Autobiography of Kingsley Fairbridge. With a Preface by The Right Hon. L. S. Amery and an Epilogue by The Hon. Sir Arthur Lawley., FAIRBRIDGE -
18 FAIRBRIDGE - The Autobiography of Kingsley Fairbridge. With a Preface by The Right Hon. L. S. Amery and an Epilogue by The Hon. Sir Arthur Lawley.
Oxford. University Press 1927 (1st.). 
Black cloth with paper label on spine. Name on front endpaper. Mostly very clean inside, there are small spots of foxing on margin of a few pages.Very good. Photogravure frontis.portrait of K. Fairbridge. Fold-out map of Mashonaland. 10 pp. / 188 pp. Spare title label tipped in at the end. Founder of the Fairbridge Farm Schools for poor British immigrant children in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. This is “the simple story of a boy’s adventures in the early days of Rhodesia, ending with a few brief reminiscences of his years as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford”. 
Price: 30.00 GBP
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Harold Macmillan. Signed copy., FISHER, NIGEL:
19 FISHER, NIGEL: Harold Macmillan. Signed copy.
London, Weidenfield and Nicolson. 1982 1st Edition 
Bound in original black cloth with gilt to spine. With dustwrapper. In very good condition with very good dustwrapper (dw; small chip at top front corner. Slightly rubbed at top edge). Not price clipped. Presentation inscription on front endpaper. Signed by author on main title page. 404pp. With b/w photographs. Incisive and illuminating biography of Harold Macmillan. Covers his political and military life and his involvement in the family publishing firm. This authoritative account sheds new light on some of the questions left unanswered in Macmillan’s own memoirs. 
Price: 14.00 GBP
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The Fringes of History. The Life and Times of Edward Stuart Wortley., FRANKLIN, ROBERT:
20 FRANKLIN, ROBERT: The Fringes of History. The Life and Times of Edward Stuart Wortley.
Natula Publications. 2003 1st edition. 
Size 6.25 x 9.5 inches. In dark maroon cloth covers with gilt to spine. With illustrated dustwrapper. Family trees to endpapers. 176pp. With b/w photographs, illustrations and maps. In near fine condition with very good dustwrapper (dw; Slightly creased along top edge. Not price clipped). A very clean and tight copy. Edward Stuart Wortley was a general of the King's Royal Rifle Corps and served in the Army from 1877 to 1919. He saw extensive active service in many places including Afghanistan, South Africa, Egypt, Turkey, Malta, Sudan, France and Ireland. During the First World War he was controversially dismissed after the Battle of the Somme due to the failure of his division's diversionary attack. 
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