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Letters and Journals: Written by the Deceased Mr Robert Baillie, Principal of the University of Glasgow Carefully Transcribed by Robert Aiken by Robert Baillie (£406.00)Publisher: Edinburgh: Printed for W. Gray, Edinburgh; and J. Buckland and G. Keith, London — 1775Binding: Hardback [¼ Leather] Condition: Poor. Raised bands and spine ends worn. Marbled boards now faded and rubbed heavily. Dunnichen Library plates to both pastedowns. Previous owners' gift inscription to the first blank and title page. Pages lightly age-tanned. Slightly fragile with age now, with scattered spotting and some toning to the leaves. Description: Complete in II volumes. Containing an impartial account of public transactions, civil, ecclesiastical, and military, both in England and Scotland, from 1637 to 1662; a period, perhaps, the most remarkable that is to be met with in the British history. With an account of the author's life, prefixed; and a glossary, annexed. Baillie, Robert (1602–1662), was a Church of Scotland minister and author, son of James Baillie, merchant burgess of Glasgow, and Helen Gibson, and born in Saltmarket Street, Glasgow, on 30 April 1602. He attended Glasgow grammar school and between 1617 and 1620 the University of Glasgow, graduating MA.Notes: Size: 8¼" x 5¼". [VIII] 456/462 pages. Tags: baillie robert 1599-1662 correspondence family scotland history 17th century sources britain civil war 1642-1649
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Dear Liar: A Comedy of Letters Adapted by Jerome Kilty from the Correspondence of Bernard Shaw and Mrs. Patrick Campbell by Jerome Kilty (£66.00)Publisher: London: Max Reinhardt — 1960Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with slightly heavier tanning to the spine and a little staining to the lower panel. Leans. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Pages lightly age-tanned. Last blank removed. Description: Notes: Jacket designed by Charles Mozley. Size: 7½" x 4¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 100 pages. Tags: kilty shaw bernard correspondence english drama irish authors 20th century
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The Gentle Arm of the Law: Life as a Policewoman by Jennifer Hilton (£48.00)Publisher: Reading: Educational Explorers Limited — 1967Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed with loss at the head of the spine and many creases to the edges. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Leans slightly. Tanning to the blanks. The pages are somewhat tanned, if tight, and a little musty. Description: Signed by the author on the first blank — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;Notes: Illustrated by S. C. Becke. Size: 8¼" x 5¾". Blue boards with White titling to the Spine. In the My Life and My Work series. 115 pages. Tags: life work policewomen correspondence reminiscences peel house division night-duty patrolling police college inspector beaconsfield buildings islington women police britain observations
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Chess Questions Answered by Larry Evans (£33.00)Publisher: Faber & Faber — 1971Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0571097073]Condition: Good+ - in Good+ DJ. DJ slightly ruffled along edges, somewhat soiled although not unpleasant. Boards a little rubbed at extremities with a faint stain to top 2cm of upper board. Offset to endpapers. Edges soiled. Internally bright and clean.Description: By means of a question and answer format, progressing from simple to complex, the average player is led step-by-step to a clear understanding of the game. 249pp. Size: 8vo Demy (8½" x 5½") Dust wrapper in protective, removable sleeve.Tags: material-winning underprotection counter-gambit correspondence international break-through simultaneous combinations adjudication nimzo-indian insufficient combination adjournment checkmating descriptive progressive resignation chaturanga federation formations fianchetto literature queen-side alekhine's checkmates structures philidor's discovered chessboard inadequate opposition repetition concluding occupation scholar's king-side advantage agreement stalemate etiquette checkmate zugszwang positions computers blindfold perpetual structure algebraic promotion caro-kann salvaging
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A Testimony of Her Times: Based on Penelope Hind's Diaries and Correspondence 1787-1838 by Sarah Markham (£32.00)Publisher: Salisbury: Michael Russell — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0859551741]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the spine and onto the margins of both panels and now sealed in mylar. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Signed by the author, with dedication, on the half-title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Contains: Black & white photographs;

From the cover: “Drawing on the family papers which were the source of her admirable John Loveday of Caversham, Sarah Markham now introduces the succeeding generation, a portrait based on the diaries and correspondence of one of John Loveday’s daughters, Penelope Hind. It is full of quiet domestic detail: Penelope spent several years of widowhood near Hungerford before becoming, in 1808, the wife of the vicar of Findon in Sussex. Most interesting — and a rarity in such contemporary accounts — is the closely observed relationship between the diarist and the children of servants and villagers (a relationship that Professor Antony Cox analyses in a postscript). There is new information on Penelope’s friendship with the statesman William Windham, and she also records, through cuttings and correspondence from friends and relations, news from the wider world -there are some excellent vignettes of court life and, in particular, an enjoyably robust account of meeting Lord Byron. The eyewitness experience of the agricultural riots of the 18305, recounted in detail, tempers nostalgia for the country idyll. The incidence of mishap and bereavement reminds us, too, that illness in those days took an immeasurably harsher toll. Sarah Markham has marshalled her material skilfully and her supporting research is, as ever, impeccable. Her book is fairly titled A Testimony of Her Times, because that, without the distortions of great position or extremes of fortunate or adverse circumstance, is exactly what it is.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Grey boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 245 pages. Tags: markham hind penelope correspondence diaries english 18th century 19th england social customs sources findon west sussex 0859551741 9780859551748
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A Horseman Through Six Reigns: The Reminiscences Of A Royal Riding Master by Horace Smith (£28.00)Publisher: Odhams Press — 1955Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper frayed and rubbed with loss at the spine ends and tips. Boards sunned at the margins. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Pages lightly age-tanned.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Horace (‘Cadogan’) Smith—the man who taught the Queen to ride — is known and respected throughout what he himself calls the “Horsey” world. He has lived and worked among horses for three-quarters of a century, and has won prize after prize at major horse shows all over Britain, from the International Horse Show at Olympia downwards. As a dealer he has bought and sold nearly twelve thousand horses during his lifetime. And as a judge of horses Horace Smith has been — and still is — in great demand at all the leading shows in Britain and many in Europe and America as well.

There is a strong sense of nostalgia about his brightly written autobiography. In these pages he transports the reader back through the years to a world that is no more, picturing spacious, leisurely days that had a charm all their own.

The horse was the normal form of road transport when Mr. Smith’s career began in the last decade of Queen Victoria’s reign. He joined his father in the well-established family business of W. J. Smith Limited, Horse Dealers, when he was sixteen. And many are the fascinating stories he has to relate of the cut-throat competition in the horse trade in London at the turn of the century.”
Notes: Size: 8½" x 5½". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 224 pages. Tags: and biography britain coaching correspondence great horace horsemanship horsemen horsewomen reminiscences smith
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Letters from London and Europe by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (£28.00)Publisher: Alma Books — 2010Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1846881110]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;Notes: Foreword or introduction by Francesco da Mosto. Size: 8¾" x 5½". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XVIII] 203 pages. Tags: lampedusa mosto tomasi 1846881110 nichols piccolo casimiro correspondence giuseppe travel europe lucio description literature authors italian 20th century
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Letters to His Family: An Autobiography by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (£24.50)Publisher: London: Dennis Dobson — 1981Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0234772506]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Signed by the translator on the first blank — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXV] 577 pages. Tags: tchaikovsky peter ilich correspondence composers soviet union russia russian s.f.s.r. music diaries ibout patriotism czarist absolutism censorship pan-slavism orthodox church european literature art
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The Wounded Healer: J. B. Phillips by Vera Phillips & Edwin Robertson (£22.00)Publisher: Triangle — 1984Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0281041350]Condition: Good. Gently faded at the spine. Pages lightly age-tanned. Small address sticker to the inside cover. A decent copy of an uncommon title. Description: First in this, paperback, edition.

From the cover: “The writer J. B. Phillips, whose books and Bible translations articulated the Christian faith for millions, also found time to answer a flood of letters from readers seeking further help and guidance. Yet all the time a severe depressive illness was trying his own faith almost past bearing.

From his prolific correspondence his wife Vera and his close friend Edwin Robertson have compiled a selection of letters which not only throw fresh light on a remarkable and very human Christian, but will prove a great encouragement to others who are experiencing the darkness of the soul.”
Notes: Size: A Format (7" x 4½"). 110 pages. Tags: phillips john bertram 1906-1982 church england clergy biography biographies vera edwin robertson 0281041350
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Counting One's Blessings: The Selected Letters of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother by Edited by William Shawcross (£21.00)Publisher: Macmillan — 2012Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780230754966]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Genealogical Tables; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XX] 666 pages. Tags: shawcross 9780230754966 elizabeth queen consort george king great britain correspondence queens royal archives glamis castle twentieth century
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William Morris by Himself: Designs and Writings by Edited by Gillian Naylor (£21.00)Publisher: Boston, New York, London: Little, Brown & Company — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0316855073]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: First in this edition. [First: MacDonald & Co, 1988] Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates;

From the cover: “Through his own work and in his own words, the book traces the fascinating progress of William Morris, pre-Raphaelite poet and architectural student into designer, writer and pioneer socialist. His youthful enthusiasm for the Middle Ages and Gothic architecture fired him with the conviction that he must dedicate his life to Art .

Later letters written to friends explain how in the industrialised nineteenth century Morris become preoccupied with the loss of traditional skills and pride in work and during the last ten years of his life he became increasingly involved in political agitation, and his stories, poems and lectures all reflect his commitment to the socialist cause and his ideals for art and society.

Other extracts from his letters and poems reveal more intimate aspects of Morris’s life and personality, reflecting the despair and isolation he felt over the breakdown of his marriage and his reliance on the friends who helped him through his personal crisis. William Morris by Himself is a tribute to an exceptional man, whose work and reputation have survived for more than a century.”
Notes: Size: 12½" x 9¾". Matching Pictorial boards. 328 pages. Tags: morris william criticism interpretation 19th century united kingdom decorative arts medievalism england history sources middle ages art medieval influence artists britain british correspondence post-medieval english visual design photographs photography crafts styles monographs
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From Sea To Sea and Other Sketches: Letters of Travel by Rudyard Kipling (£20.50)Publisher: MacMillan & Co. — 1924Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Pleasant enough reading copies. Gently faded at the spine. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Bookplate to the pastdowns of both volumes. Tanning to the blanks and endpapers.Description: Vol II dated 1922. Special correspondence and occasional articles written for the Civil and Military Gazette and the Pioneer, 1887-1889.Notes: Size: 8" x 5". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIV] 497 / [IX] 438 pages. Tags: bhumia boondi chitor description houyhnhnms jhaswara kipling mahadeo jeypore rajasthan rajputana road rudyard states temple the travel udaipur united
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The Semi-Slav by Matthew Sadler (£19.50)Publisher: Chess Press — 1998Binding: Paperback First Edition. [ISBN: 1901259080]Condition: Very Good+. Small shop sticker to the first blank otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: From the cover: “The Semi-Slav Defence (1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 Nc3 e6) has been one Black’s most reliable defences to the queen’s pawn since the 1920s, having withstood decades of scrutiny at the highest level. Nowadays it is very popular at grandmaster level (it is used regularly by such imaginative players as Shirov and Kramnik) as well as with club and tournament players.”Notes: Size: 9¼" x 6¼". In the Opening Guides series. 160 pages. Tags: material-winning underprotection counter-gambit correspondence international break-through simultaneous combinations adjudication nimzo-indian insufficient combination adjournment checkmating descriptive progressive resignation chaturanga federation formations fianchetto literature queen-side alekhine's checkmates structures philidor's discovered chessboard inadequate opposition repetition concluding occupation scholar's king-side advantage agreement stalemate etiquette checkmate zugszwang positions computers blindfold perpetual structure algebraic promotion caro-kann salvaging
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Fathers And Sons by Ivan Turgenev (£19.00)Publisher: Foreign Languages Publishing House — 1951Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Boards and spine a little faded. Edges of the textblock heavily spotted. Tanning and slight soiling to the pastedowns and blanks. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: 9 tipped in plates. Bi-lingual title pages, Russian facing the English.Notes: Illustrated by Konstantin Rudakov. Size: 10½" x 8". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. In the Classics of Russian Literature series. 214 pages. Tags: classics conditions correspondence customs domestic fathers fiction historical ivan life literary russia sergeevich social sons turgenev
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Mrs. Jordan and Her Family: Being the Unpublished Correspondence of Mrs. Jordan and The Duke of Clarence, Later William IV by Edited by A. [Arthur] Aspinall (£18.00)Publisher: London: Arthur Baker — 1951Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier wear to the spine which has loss at the head. Leans slightly. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the text block lightly spotted as are the blanks. Previous owners' name to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Description: Contains: Black & white plates;Notes: Size: 10" x 6¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXVII] 295 pages. Tags: aspinall jordan william king britain correspondence dorothea england bland history sources actors mistresses courtesans theater 18th century
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The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle Volume 27 1852 by Edited by Clyde de L. Ryals & Kenneth J. Fielding (£18.00)Publisher: Durham & London: Duke University Press — 1999Binding: Hardback [ISBN: 9780822324102]Condition: Very Good. Spine a little grubby. Leans very slightly. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Portrait to the frontispiece;

From the cover: “The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle offer a window onto the lives of two of the Victorian world’s most accomplished, perceptive, and unusual inhabitants. Scottish writer and historian Thomas Carlyle and his wife, Jane Welsh Carlyle, attracted to them a circle of foreign exiles, radicals, feminists, revolutionaries, and major and minor writers from across Europe and the United States.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Grey boards with Gilt on Green Title Plate titling to the Spine. [XXIX] 426 pages. Tags: carlyle thomas correspondence jane welsh authors scottish 19th century historians britain spouses women intellectuals wives author scotland intellectual sources literary english criticism 9780822324102
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Aaron Copland and His World by Edited by Carol J. Oja & Judith Tick (£17.00)Publisher: Princeton & Oxford: Princeton University Press — 2005Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9780691124704]Condition: Very Good. Upper wrapper slighty curled. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; Musical scores;

From the cover: “Aaron Copland and His World reassesses the legacy of one of America’s best-loved composers at a pivotal moment — as his life and work shift from the realm of personal memory to that of history. This collection of seventeen essays by distinguished scholars of American music explores the stages of cultural change on which Copland’s long life (1900-1990) unfolded: from the modernist experiments of the 1920s, through the progressive populism of the Great Depression and the urgencies of World War II, to post-war political backlash and the rise of serialism in the 1950s and the widespread cultural turbulence of the 1960s.

Continually responding to an ever-changing political and cultural panorama, Copland kept a firm focus on both his private muse and the public he served. No self-absorbed recluse, he was very much a public figure who devoted his career to building support systems that would help composers function pro-ductively in America. This book offers multiple critiques on Copland’s role in these shifting contexts.

The contributors include music historians long associated with Copland scholarship such as Vivian Perlis, Howard Pollack, and Larry Starr, as well as newer voices to Copland, among them Elliott Antokoletz, Leon Botstein, and Martin Brody. The book also gives voice to younger scholars: Emily Abrams, Paul Anderson, Elizabeth Crist, Melissa de Graaf, Neil Lerner, and Beth Levy. And it offers interdisciplinary essays by the dance scholar Lynn Garafola, the art historian Gail Levin, and the cultural historian Morris Dickstein.

The topics range from Copland’s role in shaping an American school of modern dance to his relationship with Leonard Bernstein; his homosexuality, especially as influenced by the writings of Andre Gide; and theoretical explorations of cultural nationalism. Copland’s rich correspondence with the composer and critic Arthur Berger, who set the parameters of Copland’s reception for much of the composer’s lifetime, is published here in its entirety, edited by Wayne Shirley.”
Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). [XXI] 503 pages. Tags: copland aaron ballet music correspondence criticism interpretation history united states 20th century composers film television theatre musicians usa 9780691124704
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The Thirty-nine Articles: A Plea For a New Statement of the Christian Faith As Understood by the Church of England: An Expanded Version of a Lecture Given At Sion College, London by W. R. [Walter Robert] Matthews (£17.00)Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton — 1961Binding: Paperback Condition: Very Good. Wrappers a little tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned. Description: First in this, paperback, edition.

From the cover: “Recently I have ventured to express in public my strong conviction that one of the most urgent needs of the Church of England is a reconsideration and, if possible, a revision of the Thirty-Nine Articles — or, what would probably in the end be easier and more useful, the substitution for them of a new statement of the Christian faith as understood by our Church. I have been surprised by two consequences of my utterances, first by the number of letters I have received supporting my contention; and secondly by the abrupt termination of what promised to be a lively correspondence in The Times and other journals. I deduce from these phenomena two conclusions, first that the issue raised is a very live one in the minds of a large number of clergy and laity, and secondly that some members of the establishment (in the widest sense of the word) shrink from the danger of meddling with this time-honoured Anglican document and think it prudent to let sleeping Articles lie. I welcome this opportunity of explaining and defending my position to an audience in this home of Anglican theological learning.”
Notes: Size: 7" x 4½". 39 pages. Tags: church england articles history and criticism thirty-nine christianity lecture walter robert matthews
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The Lyttelton Hart-Davis Letters: Correspondence of George Lyttelton and Rupert Hart-Davis 1955-56 by Edited By Rupert Hart-Davis (£15.50)Publisher: London: John Murray — 1978Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 071953478X]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with fading to the spine. Leans slightly. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: Illustrated by way of: Portrait to the frontispiece;Notes: Jacket designed by Ian Craig. Foreword or introduction by Rupert Hart-Davis. Size: 8¾" x 5½". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XI] 220 pages. Tags: editors britain correspondence literary criticism literature teachers publishers publishing lyttelton english letters intellectual 20th century anthologies
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Can Any Mother Help Me? by Jenna Bailey (£14.50)Publisher: Faber & Faber — 2007Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0571233139]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “In 1935, a young woman wrote a letter to the women’s magazine Nursery World:

‘Can any mother help me? I live a very lonely life as I have no near neighbours. I cannot afford to buy a wireless. I adore reading, but with no library am very limited with books … I know it is bad to brood and breed hard thoughts and resentment. Can any reader suggest an occupation that will intrigue me and exclude “thinking” and cost nothing!’

Women from all over the country wrote back expressing similar frustrations. They were full of ideas and opinions but had nowhere to express them. So they decided to start a private magazine.

The Cooperative Correspondence Club -or CCC as it quickly became known — was a place for these women to describe the subjects close to their heart: the pain and elation of childbirth, the difficulties during wartime, or the struggles and comedies of daily routine. None of the women anticipated the way that the magazine would come to play such an important part in their lives.

In Can Any Mother Help Me?Jenna Bailey presents the extraordinary group of wives and mothers whose lives connected through a magazine. Her book is an intimate and moving collection of personal stories and, above all, a portrait of inseparable friendships.”
Notes: Size: 8¼" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XII] 330 pages. Tags: 9780571233137 other prose from 1900 women studies literature great britain correspondence cooperative club ccc social conditions 20th century essays journals letters works science literary collections jenna bailey 0571233139 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Marcel Proust: Selected Letters Volume 4 1918-1921 by Philip Kolb (£14.50)Publisher: London: HarperCollinsPublishers — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0002570327]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Edges of the text block tanned. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: From the cover: “This final volume of the selected letters of Marcel Proust brings to an end an unbroken correspondence lasting forty-two years, and among the most brilliantly analytical commentaries on any period in world literature. It opens a few months before the last campaigns of the First World War and ends with Proust’s premature death, at the age of fifty-two, in November 1922.

In his last years, ill and aware that death was fast approaching, Proust seldom left his apartment, working desperately to revise and complete his great novel, In Search of Lost Time, and to oversee the tortuous publication of its first volumes. Yet, although his illness and absolute dedication to his work meant that his range of human contacts — previously so broad — became increasingly constricted, Proust remained a prolific and brilliant correspondent until the very end. Through his letters he reached out to his wide circle of friends and acquaintances, to critics and fellow writers, and those letters vividly demonstrate that his great humanity, wit and linguistic virtuosity remained undimmed by his isolation and failing health. They provide an unrivalled picture of post-war French society by an enlightened and often prophetic observer, and reveal, among other things, why Proust was such a great comic writer.

As Joanna Kilmartin observes in her introduction to this volume, ‘Proust is as good company in his letters as he was in life: droll, mischievous, mercurial, his self-deprecation and ceremonious manners masking a formidable erudition’. These frank, often tormented letters, never intended for publication, lay bare and explore the complexity of Proust’s own character and, above all, those of his great fictional creations. The publication of his selected letters in English completes the remarkable self-portrait provided by In Search of Lost Time.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Joanna Kilmartin, Alain de Botton & Jocelyne Kolb. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Navy Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXX] 498 pages. Tags: proust marcel correspondence novelists french 20th century essays journals letters prose novels writers literary fiction romance 9780002570329
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for Love and Courage: The Letters of Lieutenant Colonel E. W. Hermon from the Western Front 1914 - 1917 by Edited by Anne Nason (£14.00)Publisher: London: Preface Publishing — 2008Binding: Hardback First Edition. [ISBN: 9781848090392]Condition: Very Good. Publishers promotional wrapper has closed tears to the lower panel otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles;Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Pictorial boards. [XVI] 367 pages. Tags: hermon correspondence britain army tyneside irish brigade officers war 1914-1918 campaigns western front british casualties associated conflicts accounts military history battles essays journals letters
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An Unfinished Autobiography; With Contributions By His Friends by Gilbert Murray (£13.00)Publisher: George Allen & Unwin — 1960Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and slightly faded. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Portrait to the frontispiece;

From the cover: “When Gilbert Murray died in 1957, England lost its most famous Greek scholar; his 91 years had spanned and influenced a whole epoch of our cultural life, while his manifold interests, his contribution to the cause of international peace and intellectual co-operation, established him as one of the most impressive public figures of our time. His friendships were very wide and he was in contact with very many of his great contemporaries.

He left behind him this autobiographical fragment of astonishing charm, which tells of his boyhood in Australia in the mid-nineteenth century, of his life as an undergraduate at Oxford and of his early teaching days. To this have been added some Notes (Jean Smith) from his correspondence now in the Bodleian Library carrying the outline to 1957; and contributions to supplement the story of his life: The Teacher of Greek (Isobel Henderson), The Theatre and Gilbert Murray (Sybil Thorndike and Lewis Casson), Gilbert Murray and the League of Nations (Salvador de Madariaga), followed by Murray’s own account of the Committee for Intellectual Co-operation, and Bertrand Russell’s memories of A Fifty-Six Year Friendship. Two samples of Gilbert Murray’s Greek composition are appended.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Arnold Toynbee & E. R. Dodds. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 225 pages. Tags: murray gilbert 1866-1957 classicists biography autobiography individual personal experiences international organisations great britain place the world 1900 present day 1919 end august 1939 league nations biographical arnold toynbee dodds jean smith first editions firsts printings 1st
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Nelson's Purse: An Extraordinary Historical Detective Story Shedding New Light on the Life of Britain's Greatest Naval Hero by Martyn Downer (£13.00)Publisher: London, Toronto, Sydney, Auckland & Johannesburg: Bantam Press — 2004Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 9780593051801]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Colour Plates; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “At the beginning on July 2002, Sotheby’s announced to the world the discovery of a major cache of material relating to the life of England’s greatest naval hero, Horatio Nelson. The man who made this extraordinary find and who subsequently spent over a year of his life validating the material and placing it in the context of Nelson’s life and relationships was Martyn Downer, Head of Jewellery at Sotheby’s in London.

The contents of this once-in-a-lifetime discovery are remarkable — some objects were thought to have been lost, others had previously never been known to have existed. A mongst the latter is a remarkable archive of letters from Nelson’s jilted wife, Fanny, detailing the breakdown of their marriage. For the first time, thanks to this find, Fanny’s role in Nelson’s life acquires real biographical substance. Also in the find are medals, swords, jewellery (including a stunning diamond brooch with the initials H and N gifted to Emma Hamilton), porcelain, weaponry, and other papers and letters (including some emotive letters by Emma and Nelson himself) which shed fascinating new light on Nelson’s domestic affairs. Most dramatically, the cache also includes the bloodstained purse Nelson was carrying on the day he was shot on board HMS Victory in 1805, still containing its gold coins.

Martyn Downer tells the extraordinary historical detective story behind this great find and its progress from discovery to auction. It is a story which reveals the intimate life of Nelson, his wife and his mistress in a way which has hitherto been denied to biographers.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 424 pages. Tags: nelson admirals britain correspondence friends associates davison alexander naval forces warfare historical political military united kingdom 9780593051801
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War, Ice and Piracy: The Remarkable Career of a Victorian Sailor: The Journals and Letters of Samuel Gurney Cresswell by Dominic Harrod (£13.00)Publisher: Chatham Publishing — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1861761384]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “The era of the Tax Britannica’ was anything but peaceful for many Royal Navy officers. But few saw as much active service as Samuel Gurney Cresswell (1827-1867). He joined the Navy at 14, serving in the Far East against Malay pirates, and then embarked on a famous four-year Arctic expedition during which he became one of the first men to navigate the long-sought North West Passage. After service in the Baltic Fleet in 1854 during the war with Russia, he obtained his first command and returned to the China station, where he was engaged in the imperial coercion that opened that country to the Western powers.

Throughout his action-packed service, he always found time to keep journals and to correspond with his family. He was an acute observer of the closed world of the Victorian navy, as well as the exotic climes he visited, and his lively first-hand accounts form the raw material for this book. He could also express his observations in highly-skilled drawings and watercolours, of such quality that he was summoned to the Palace to present his Arctic sketches to Queen Victoria, and many of these are reproduced here for the first time.

These journals and letters offer a remarkable insight into naval life of the time — especially the difficult transition from sail to steam propulsion -and provide an enthralling first-hand account of a far from ordinary officer’s career.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Tags: cresswell samuel gurney 1827-1867 diaries correspondence sailors great britain biography dominic harrod 1861761384 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Beyond Psychology: Letters and Journal 1934-1939 by Wilhelm Reich (£12.50)Publisher: New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux — 1994Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0374112479]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is also lightly pulled at the foot of the lower panel. Edges of the text block tanned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Notes: Foreword or introduction by Mary Boyd Higgins. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black Spine Strip over Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXIII] 256 pages. Tags: diaries correspondence psychoanalysts austria freudian international psychoanalytic movement experimental biology physics
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Confessions of a Rabbi and a Psychic by Shmuley Boteach & Uri Geller (£12.50)Publisher: Robson Books — 2001Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1861054106]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges.Description: In this compelling series of letters between the joint authors the correspondence begins with a search for answers. Uri seeks wisdoms that go deeper than any he has fathomed on his own, while Shmuley examines how to harness the wild forces motivating the New Spiritual Age. 233pp. Index. Bibliography. Notes: [XIV] 233 pages. Tags: geller uri correspondence boteach shmuel rabbis psychics spiritual life judaism jewish ethics shmuley 1861054106 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Diaries by Alan Clark (£12.50)Publisher: London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 1993Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0297813528]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Hint of fading to the spine. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: 4th impression. Illustrated by way of: Glossary; Colour Photographs;Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Green boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XXI] 421 pages. Tags: diaries politicians britain politics history 20th century statesmen correspondence reminiscences government biographies conservatism right-of-centre democratic ideologies historical political liberalism
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Dove Cottage: The Wordsworths at Grasmere 1799 - 1803 by Kingsley Hart (£12.50)Publisher: The Folio Society — 1966Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Very Good. Book would be in fine condition were it not for the slight fading/markings to the spine. Slip case in pleasant condition, if a little rubbed at extremities.Description: Red decorative boards with gilt titling to spine. Pale green slip-case as issued. The Grasmere Journal by Dorothy Wordsworth together with selections from the correspondence of Dorothy and William Wordsworth. Illustrated with B&W photographs. Illustrated / decorative end papers. 217pp. Size: 8vo Medium (8" x 5½" approx.)
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Kilvert's Diary, 1870-1879: An Illustrated Selection by Edited and Introduced by William Plomer (£12.50)Publisher: Guild — 1986Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Lower board somewhat faded and soiled. Mildly bumped at head & tail of spine and corners. Text bright and tight.Description: Illustrated with colour line drawings. From the introduction: “Since its first appearance in three volumes (1938-40) Kilvert’s Diary has become established as a minor classic. Its recognized place among the very best of English diaries has been gained by special qualities. It is the work of a man with a watchful eye and a clear style — Kilvert has the uncommon gift of making one see vividly what he describes. His detailed picture of life in the English countryside in mid-Victorian times is unmatched, and every sentence he writes helps to build up a self-portrait so personal and intimate that one gets to know him like a friend.”Notes: Size: 10¼" x 7¾". 288 pages. Tags: 19th and anglican biography borders burrell century chippenham church churches clergy clergymen clyro coleman correspondence customs diaries england etc francis hardenhuish harmon herefordshire kilvert langley life lister period radnorshire reverend richard robert social thermuthis venables victorian wales wiltshire woodstock wye
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Letters Home: 1926-1945 by Brian Johnston (£12.50)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicholson — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0297841270]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “From the year Brian Johnston went to boarding school in 1920 until he was demobbed in 1945, he wrote a letter to his mother almost every week. She kept a great many of them and, to his family’s surprise, a bundle of over 400 of Brian’s letters were found hidden in a box in his study after his death in 1994.

They cover Brian’s years at Eton and Oxford, his job in the family coffee business in the City, Hamburg and Brazil, and his service with die Grenadier Guards during the war.

The letters are warm and affectionate, witty and full of life, and Brian’s cheerful personality shines through on every page. They reveal his schoolboy love of bad jokes, cricket and chocolate cake. They disclose how he plays practical jokes at Oxford with his friend William Douglas Home and how, in trying to learn about the coffee business, he dreams of becoming an actor.

He recounts meeting leading figures such as Winston Churchill and Lady Astor. In Germany he hears Goebbels speak at a rally. He tells how Alec Douglas-Home borrows his shirt to go to Munich with Neville Chamberlain for his momentous meeting with Adolf Hitler. His war correspondence includes vivid descriptions of jubilation as the Guards Armoured Division liberated towns across France and Belgium at the end of the war.

Brian Johnston published several volumes of autobiography, but he wrote little of his early life. These, often intimate, letters provide a remarkable insight into one of our most loved radio and television personalities.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXXI] 383 pages. Tags: johnston brian 1912- correspondence sportscasters great britain radio broadcasters cricket 1918 1939 inter-war period 1945 including ww2 literary criticism european english irish scottish welsh barry 0297841270 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Love Letters: An Anthology from the British Isles 975 - 1944 by VARIOUS (£12.50)Publisher: Cassell & Co. — 1970Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ gently faded with some edgewear, pleasant enough. A little rubbed at extremities with a few minor marks on the cover. Internally bright and clean.Description: In this collection the author has brought together the warmer and self revealing love-letters of the past, beginning which “to the husbands message", from the 10th - century miscellany "The Exeter Book", and concluding with the tender poems, to his wife, of the Welshman Alun Lewis, who was killed in the second world war. Here we have Ann Boleyn’s last letter to Henry just before execution, when the king was already writing love letters Jane Seymour; the wonderful letters of the 18th century, which range from the with of Steele to all important questions of dowry the case of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu; Charles Lamb's letters to the actress Miss Kelly, and hers to him turning him down, alongside the almost unbearable agony of Keats's To Fanny Brawne; and the letters of the present century, from the amusing epistles of George Moore to Lady Cunard to the damning correspondence if that femme fatale Edith Thompson.Notes: Size: 9¼" x 5¾". 358 pages.
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The Letters of Arturo Toscanini by Harvey Sachs (£12.50)Publisher: Faber & Faber — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0571196292]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXIII] 468 pages. Tags: sachs 0571196292 toscanini arturo correspondence twentieth century musical life relations women views fascism conductors music europe history 20th one greatest
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Chess by Kenneth M Grover (£12.00)Publisher: Alvin Redman — UndatedBinding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: B0000CI56Q]Condition: Good+ - in Poor DJ. DJ fade at the spine, triangular tear to head of upper panel with loss, further closed tear and crease to foot, stained on lower panel. Offset to endpapers. Text more than acceptable.Description: Published circa 1952. The instructions for the beginner include the value of the pieces, how to move, openings, fundamental theories and maxims, and primary endings. The book then deals with oddities of chess, the road to advancement, problems, and many other important aspects of the game. Illustrated.Notes: Size: 7½" x 5". 109 pages. Tags: material-winning underprotection counter-gambit correspondence international break-through simultaneous combinations adjudication nimzo-indian insufficient combination adjournment checkmating descriptive progressive resignation chaturanga federation formations fianchetto literature queen-side alekhine's checkmates structures philidor's discovered chessboard inadequate opposition repetition concluding occupation scholar's king-side advantage agreement stalemate etiquette checkmate zugszwang positions computers blindfold perpetual structure algebraic promotion caro-kann salvaging
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Dardanelles: A Midshipman's Diary, 1915-16 by H. M. [Henry Mangles] Denham (£11.50)Publisher: London: John Murray — 1981Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0719538580]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Maps;Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 200 pages. Tags: britain royal navy diaries turkey gallipoli peninsula naval operations british sailors dardanelles campaign observations correspondence navies actions mediterranean adriatic aegean ships agamemnon conflicts
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Letters from Paris 1912-1914 by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (£11.50)Publisher: Herder & Herder — 1967Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned. Description: Annotations by Auguste Demoment and Henri de Lubac.Notes: Foreword or introduction by Henri de Lubac. Size: 8¼" x 5½". Grey boards with Black titling to the Spine. 157 pages. Tags: chardin henri lubac michael mazzarese teilhard pierre correspondence jesuits biography
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The Battle of Britain: The Jubilee History by Richard Hough; Denis Richards; (£11.50)Publisher: Guild — 1990Binding: Hardback Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges.Description: From the cover: “The victory of the Battle of Britain ranks with Marathon and the Marne as a decisive point in history. At 1 Denis Richards, co-author of the official history of RAF operations in World War Two, and Richard Hough, the historian and biographer, have collaborated to write this magnificent new account for the general reader; as well as offering vivid descriptions of the air fighting, it explains with great authority how both sides developed their air forces in the inter-war years, a necessary prelude to a true understanding of the Battle itself. It provides fresh insights into the controversies of the time and makes use of original material derived from interviews and correspondence with over three hundred surviving air-crew and ground staff.”Notes: Size: 8" x 5¼". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 413 pages. Tags: fighter command luftwaffe aircraft air defence raf anti-aircraft balloon defence spitfires bombing air fight junkers stukas messerschmitt civil defence zeppelin gotha dornie merlin radar tower 610 squadron pilots dowding blitz invasion hurricanes
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The Bedside Guardian by W L Edited by webb (£11.50)Publisher: Collins — 1979Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0002161958]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJDescription: John Cleese introduces a selection from The Guardian 1978-79. In the 28th Bedside Guardian the paper's brightest and best record a tired and nervous year at home, blue with cold and policemen in a hard, unrestful winter, and bluer still after an election that divided the two nations sharply, putting the New Right into office. Simon Hoggart writes on the shy and bluff campaigns of Sir Keith Joseph and Willie Whitelaw; Peter Jenkins on a day in the country with Mrs Thatcher; and Liz Forgan on Shirley Williams before the fall. Abroad there were President Carter's fundamental problems to consider, the bitter end of Mr Bhutto, and the departure of the Shah of Iran, Idi Amin and Li'l Abner. In two of the year's most notable pieces of foreign correspondence James Fenton examines Germany's haunted democracy, and Martin Woollacott signals the demise of Zionism as the raison d'être of the Israeli state. On a lighter note you can travel vicariously with Tim Radford on a long weekend in Outer Mongolia, or join in the Cape Cod family holidays of Paul Theroux; or simple sample for yourself the views and reviews in this year's anthology of the best-written newspaper in the world.Tags: Edited WEBB,
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The Green Stick by Malcolm Muggeridge (£11.50)Publisher: Collins — 1972Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0002151197]Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges. Gently faded at the spine. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Volume I in the series. From the cover: “In Chronicles of Wasted Time Malcolm Muggeridge sets out to provide an account of his life and times; the two being, for so inveterate a journalist and communicator, closely inter-related. For half a century past he has managed to keep afloat on a fast-flowing river of words, navigating in a great variety of craft, from majestic liners like the Manchester Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and the BBC, to cockleshells like the New Statesman and the old Sunday Pictorial, not to mention that rare old paddle-steamer Punch. Looking back, he can say with the Abbe Sieves that he survived. Chronicles of Wasted Time is the story of his survival, along with what he demolished, which is much, and what he has salvaged, which is everything. This first volume ends in 1933, when he is thirty, and has just returned from Moscow after doing a stint there as Manchester Guardian correspondent. The title, The Green Stick, is taken from a fancy of Tolstoy’s that somewhere, buried underground, if you can but find it, is a Green Stick with the secret of everlasting happiness carved upon it.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Yellow boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Chronicles of Wasted Time series. 284 pages. Tags: autobiographies correspondence reminiscences examinations prostitutes unteachable agnosticism nationalism journalists shakespeare sycophancy antagonism friendship journalism manchester travancore tnenasnips birmingham revolution university muggeridge kingsmill elections education reluctant contracts christian souvenirs biography mon-treux reviewing majority guardian novelist politics egyptian produced memories writings magazine produces earliest meetings marriage juunn's college russian britain malcolm authors carrier reading cyclist gandhi beauty writes w.t.a. colony leaves clergy author panels russia vidler voyage moscow visits empire passim alwaye mdtier labour public words paris meets joins isqfj birth cairo egypt webbs kitty heath edits india sahib lours flats plays works liner dobbs union hugh alec dora goes ill bbc
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The Letters of Thomas Arnold the Younger, 1850-1900 by Edited by James Bertram (£11.50)Publisher: Auckland University Press — 1980Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0196479800]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with sunning to the spine, a little scuffing to both panels. The pages are somewhat tanned, if tight, and a little musty. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Genealogical Tables to the front blanks and pastedown; Map to the rear blank;Notes: Size: 9¾" x 6¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXXVI] 276 pages. Tags: arnold thomas correspondence authors english educators britain literary historians 19th century catholics england britian catholic church
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The Principles and Practice of Commercial Correspondence by James Stephenson (£11.50)Publisher: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons — 1930Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding, some slight fraying to the same. Boards slightly bowed. Edges of the textblock lightly tanned. School stamp to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.Description: Fold out pages amongst other tables and illustrations.Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 308 pages. Tags: form and arrangement letter letters recommendation credit status inquiries circulars telegraphic communications offers quotations confirmation execution refusal order goods delivered reminders concerning payment brokers commission agents commercial traveller correspondence with local market exchange reports banking financial transactions bills dealings stocks shares transport insurance forwarding carrier marine the state trader postal authorities patent office revenue composition english indexing precis writing essay chief punctuation marks bill lading shipping lloyd’s policy railway consignment note
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A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story by Andrei Maylunas & Sergei Mironenko (£10.50)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 1996Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0753800446]Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Leans. A slightly dog-eared copy, notably only to the upper wrap and first few pages.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “Our story goes like this: once upon a time, there lived a charming and kind young prince, the heir to a large and rich kingdom, covering one sixth of the world. He fell in love with a beautiful faraway princess. He married her and became king. They loved each other passionately and had five children. One would expect them to live happily ever after. But they could not escape their fate. They were doomed, their bloodline was cursed. The fairy tale turned into tragedy. This is the story of a family, a very special family and a very special story. The last Romanovs to rule Russia are among the best documented people in history. Their lives coincided with the beginnings of the age of mass media, and being the rulers of one sixth of the world, they were of course the focus of attention for the then young media. Tabloids, postcards, illustrated magazines, countless books (every one of their contemporaries who knew them — or not — seems to have published a book), early cinema (we sat through thirty hours of live footage of the family, most official and formal, but some private and moving). As for themselves - for people who lived a hundred years ago, they were surprisingly modern. Being an international couple, they spoke and wrote English to each other, they played tennis and took photos (theirs is among the first do-it-yourself snap-shot photography). Every member of the family, children included, had a camera and being rich — photography was then a very expensive hobby — they left us about 150,000 photographs of themselves, not counting all the pictures taken of them by others.”Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). 667 pages. Tags: mironenko darya galy nicholas emperor russia correspondence alexandra empress consort romanov house kings rulers diaries history
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An Invisible Friendship by Joyce & MOORE, Katharine Grenfell (£10.50)Publisher: Macmillan & Co. — 1981Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0333322363]Condition: Good+ - in Good+ DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges, a little faded with a small stain to the rear flap. Price Clipped. Edges of the textblock lightly tanned.Description: In her second autobiography Joyce Grenfell wrote" I have a pen-friend whom I have never seen…Her name is Katharine Moore… This warm and lively correspondence began when Katharine Moore wrote to defend the writer of a poem which Joyce had criticised on the radio. They soon became fast friends. These letters provide a complete record of their invisible friendship and convey not only a vivid picture of their lives but also explain and illustrate a philosophy of life.Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Maroon boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 267 pages. Tags: autobiography joyce grenfell katharine moore quaker criticised the radio invisible friendship philosophy life
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Chess for Beginners by Max Blau (£10.50)Publisher: Haynes — 1976Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0854295038]Condition: Good+. Edges of the textblock lightly spotted. Slightly fragile.Description: Starting with a description of each of the chess pieces, and their permitted individual moves and positions on the board, this book then leads the reader through a series of sample games indicating basic points of strategy and tactics. Once understanding and confidence are gained, further classic, traditional and some complicated moves are explained. The algebraic system is used throughout to simplify the learning process thereby giving the novice and experienced player alike the best possible reference guide to the modern gameNotes: Size: 6¾" x 4¾". 102 pages. Tags: material-winning underprotection counter-gambit correspondence international break-through simultaneous combinations adjudication nimzo-indian insufficient combination adjournment checkmating descriptive progressive resignation chaturanga federation formations fianchetto literature queen-side alekhine's checkmates structures philidor's discovered chessboard inadequate opposition repetition concluding occupation scholar's king-side advantage agreement stalemate etiquette checkmate zugszwang positions computers blindfold perpetual structure algebraic promotion caro-kann salvaging
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Darling Ma: Letters to Her Mother, 1932 - 1944 by Joyce Grenfell (£10.50)Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0340423684]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with sunning to the spine. Pages lightly age-tanned.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs.Notes: Foreword or introduction by James Roose'Evans. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXII] 360 pages. Tags: arts autobiography biography britain correspondence covered dates diaries entertainers entertainments great grenfell inter-war joyce performing period second war world
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Drawing Fire: The Diary of a Great War Soldier and Artist by Len Smith (£10.50)Publisher: London: Collins — 2009Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0007313845]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Drawings;

From the cover: “To the reader.

In reading this diary it will be well to remember that it has with definite reason not been embellished or altered in any way from the original scrawl in an old French notebook.

I preferred to retain a faithful copy of the diary as written on the spot — “the spot” being sometimes sordid, noisy, terrifying, wretched and utterly uncongenial to clear thought and orderly writing. And thus, tho’ it does not possess literary style, easy to read and understand. Yet I feel even in this very fact, it rings true and therein lies some claim to your kindly interest, as a faithful portrayal of the atmosphere which at that time prevailed.

It is a jotted down, rambling description of events day by day, strung together anyhow (as life was then) with no definite aim in view either to use or publish. Rather a mere pastime, just as one would take a hand at cards, or play the mouth-organ.

Remember too, there was always the persistent thought in the back of one’s mind — that it was all too foolish anyway — that no effort was very worthwhile, there might never be a “tomorrow". Therefore friend, take it as it is written, a simple narration of how that big war in our time, touched the life of one, Smithie in France.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 381 pages. Tags: smith 0007313845 9780007313846 diaries world war britain army infantry history 20th century soldiers artists correspondence british
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Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters, Past and Present by Annabel Venning (£10.50)Publisher: Headline — 2005Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0755312589]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Pages very gently age-tanned. Description: Jacket illustration: Detail from Eastward Ho! by Henry Nelson O’Neil, 1857. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “Spanning four centuries, from the 1660s to the present day, Following the Drum tells the stories of the wives, daughters and mistresses of the British army who followed their military men folk to some of the most treacherous places in the world. The backdrops to their stories constitute some of the set pieces of British history, such as the battles of Blenheim, Waterloo, Balaklava and Mafeking.

Drawing on memoirs, correspondence and interviews Annabel Yenning paints a vivid portrait of the extraordinary lives of women whose courage, resilience and resourcefulness have often been overlooked. She tells of women taken captive, or forced to become fugitives in enemy territory; of women who endured long marches and harsh sieges; women who chose to follow their men on to the battlefield itself; women who had to give birth to the sound of cannon fire and then march on minutes later; women who found themselves widowed and alone in a strange land; and of women who struggled to keep themselves and their families alive as the world they knew disintegrated around them.

As well as the action and drama, blood and battles, Following the Drum also looks at the trials and tribulations of day-to-day life in barracks: the problems of doing the laundry in the Crimea or finding food for a baby in riot-torn post-war India. There are tales of balls, moonlit picnics and illicit affairs, of pompous commanders, hostile natives and devoted servants, but most of all there are the personal tragedies, hopes and ambitions of these unsung heroines.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XII] 372 pages. Tags: great britain army military life spouses history children personnel women and the war crimea indian mutiny letters journals interviews
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Galileo's Daughter: A Drama Of Science, Faith And Love by Dava Sobel (£10.50)Publisher: Fourth Estate — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1857028619]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.Description: From the cover: “Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) was the foremost scientist of his day, the man Albert Einstein was to call ‘the father of modern physics — indeed of modern science altogether’. Though he never left the Italy of his birth, his inventions and discoveries were heralded around the world. His telescopes allowed him to reveal a new reality in the heavens and to publicly propound the astounding argument that the Earth actually moves around the Sun. For this belief he was brought before the Holy Office of the Inquisition, tried for heresy and threatened with torture. In contrast, his daughter, Virginia, became a cloistered nun. Born in 1600, she was thirteen when Galileo placed her in a convent near him in Florence, where she took the most appropriate name of Suor Maria Celeste. Galileo later said of her that she had an exquisite mind, and her intelligence and loving support proved to be her father’s greatest source of strength through his most difficult years.

Inspired by her long fascination with Galileo, and by the remarkable surviving letters of his daughter, which she has translated into English for the first time, Dava Sobel has written a book that brings Galileo to life as never before. A man who was compelled to explain the truths he discovered, he was a faithful Catholic devoted to family and, especially, to his daughter. Their voices, and those of others who touched their lives, echo down the centuries through letters and writings, which Sobel masterfully weaves into her narrative, building towards the crescendo of history’s most dramatic collision between science and religion. In the process, Dava Sobel illuminates an entire era, when the flamboyant Medici Grand Dukes became Galileo’s patrons, when the bubonic plague wreaked its terrible devastation and prayer was the most effective medicine, when the Thirty Years’ War tipped fortunes across Europe, and when one man fought, through his trial and betrayal by his former friend, Pope Urban VIII, to reconcile the Heaven he revered as a good Catholic with the heavens he revealed through his telescope. Galileo’s Daughter is an unforgettable story.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". 429 pages. Tags: galilei galileo 1564-1642 family maria celeste 1600-1634 correspondence virginia nuns italy biography astronomy astronomers religion and science history philosophy 1559-1789 dava sobel 1857028619 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Letters from a Prince: Edward, Prince of Wales, to Mrs Freda Dudley Ward, March 1918 - January 1921 by Rupert Godfrey (£10.50)Publisher: Little, Brown & Co. — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0316646776]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a small nick to the tail of the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: “Many books have been written about Edward VIII, later Duke of Windsor, and his devotion to Wallis Simpson, but little is known of the love affair which played such an important part in the King’s early years: the affair that, perhaps crucially, was to leave him still a bachelor in his early forties.

In 1996, however, a cache of 263 letters, previously thought lost, was discovered — the first of a total of over 2,000 written by Edward, then Prince of Wales, during his sixteen-year relationship with Freda Dudley Ward, the estranged wife of a Liberal MP, who came to dominate his life in the years after the Great War. Dating from just days after their first meeting, during an air raid in London in February 1918, until January 1921, these letters give remarkable new insights into Edward’s character, providing the reader with a greater understanding of how this fascinating figure could later give up his throne for love.

From his war service in Italy and France to family Christmases at Sandringham, from his Empire tours of Canada, New Zealand and Australia, to his day-to-day routine when in England, Edward repeatedly pours out his hopes and fears, revealing to Freda the deep-seated insecurities he felt as Prince of Wales, which he described as ‘the most difficult job in the world’. The letters recount his problems with his father, George V, and his close relationship with his brother, Bertie, later George VI. They record his insensitive reactions to the death of his epileptic brother, John, and the murder of the Czar of Russia, as well as giving new insights into his previous relationships with Marion Coke and Rosemary Leveson-Gower.

Many sides of the Prince’s character are shown -humility, when ‘moving in high circles’ after a visit to the King of Italy; penitence following a casual affair; boyish smugness at his reputation on the hunting field — but above all, his need for Freda’s love, support and encouragement to help him fulfil his duties.

With reproductions of photographs, cards and memorabilia which Edward also sent to his first great love, these extraordinary letters represent a hugely significant historical source about one of the most enigmatic figures of the twentieth century.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¾". Grey boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIX] 412 pages. Tags: ward freda dudley correspondence windsor edward duke viii king great britain kings and rulers biography history george 20th century
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Letters of Conrad Russell 1897-1947 by Conrad Russell (£10.50)Publisher: London: John Murray — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0719543827]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs;

From the cover: “In Diana Cooper’s autobiography, one of the major pleasures was her correspondence with her beloved Conrad Russell. All who fell under his spell there can look forward to learning more of their chaste but moving relationship which lasted from 1933 until his death in 1947, and also about the ingredients that went to make what Evelyn Waugh called, ‘One of the most exquisitely entertaining men I have known’.

Conrad had many advantages: born a Russell (his uncle was ninth Duke of Bedford), his mother was French; he never went to school yet was at Balliol with the brilliant circle revolving round Raymond Asquith who became his best friend. He himself was not brilliant but shared their attractiveness and independence of view, qualities which shine through his correspondence. He worked first in the Colonial Office and then on Wall Street in New York. His letters from there and from the Western Front during the First World War are high points in the early part of the book.

He called himself ‘radically classical, unromantic and matter-of-fact’ but this did not prevent him from losing his heart, or parts of it, to beautiful women like Venetia Stanley and Katharine Asquith. As to the mind, he was (as befitted a cousin of Bertrand Russell) an avid amateur philosopher ‘with a passionate interest in theology accompanied by no religious sense at all’. This made him an ideal observer of the Catholic group that gathered round Katharine Asquith at Mells in Somerset, when he went to farm there in 1927. Ronald Knox, Hilaire Belloc, Maurice Baring, Evelyn Waugh and Christopher Hollis are all subjected to his wondering gaze.

When Diana Cooper died, The Times obituarist referred to Conrad as ‘that most endearing of Somerset farmers’. We are allowed a very good idea of how he earned such a title.”
Notes: Jacket designed by John Andrew. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 278 pages. Tags: russell blakiston conrad correspondence upper class england social customs 20th century classes history diaries 0719543827 9780719543821
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