Biography/Letters - Biographical (A - Z) (19 items)
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John Le Carre  The Biography.  First Edition
code: FE261015
John Le Carre The Biography. First Edition
£45.00

Adam Sisman

John Le Carre. The Biography.

London, Bloomsbury, 2015

First edition, first printing.  Fine in Fine dust jacket.

Written with exclusive access to David Cornwell, friends and family and to his archives.  Heavy book, may therefore be posted by second class mail within the UK.

Wordsworth and Coleridge in their Time  **first edition**
code: FE170228
Wordsworth and Coleridge in their Time **first edition**
£30.00

Byatt, A. S.

Wordsworth and Coleridge in Their Time

London, Nelson, 1970

First edition.  Fine in dark brown cloth boards with gilt titles to spine in Near Fine dust jacket with minor creasing at head of spine.  No inscriptions, not price-clipped.

A. S. Byatt analyses the nature of the relationship between Wordsworth and Coleridge at the time of great social, economic, political and literary change in late eighteenth and early nineteenth century England.  Numerous monochrome illustrations.

 

Nick Drake, Remembered for a While  **first edition**
code: FE30315
Nick Drake, Remembered for a While **first edition**
£40.00

Callomon, Cally and Drake, Gabrielle

Nick Drake, Remembered for a While

London, John Murray, 2014. 

First edition, first printing. Fine as issued without dust jacket. 

Edited by Cally Callomon and Gabrielle Drake, with contributions from Nick’s friends, critics, adherents, family. Foreword by Monty Don.  Unsigned.

Described by Gabrielle Drake as a "series of sideways glances; an attempt to cast a few shards of light on the poet, musician, the friend, the singer, the brother, who was also more than all of these, and as indefinable as the morning mist". 

Aubrey Beardsley, A Slave to Beauty  **first edition**
code: FE170330
Aubrey Beardsley, A Slave to Beauty **first edition**
£12.00

Colvin, David

Aubrey Beardsley, A Slave to Beauty

London, Orion, 1998

First edition.  Fine in very near Fine dust jacket.

Aubrey Beardsley was the most famous and notorious artist and illustrator of the fin de siècle.  He was only 25 when he died of tuberculosis, but his work had a profound effect on his contemporaries, including Oscar Wilde.

A Very English Hero.  The Making of Frank Thompson  **first edition**
code: FE150404
A Very English Hero. The Making of Frank Thompson **first edition**
£18.00

Conradi, Peter J.

A Very English Hero.  The Making of Frank Thompson

London, Bloomsbury, 2012

First edition.  Fine in  Fine dust jacket.

Poet, war hero, intellectual idealist, lover of Iris Murdoch.   Peter Conradi tracks his short life and heroic death as a member of the SOE in Bulgaria.

Elizabeth Jane Howard.  A Dangerous Innocence **signed first edition
code: FE170202
Elizabeth Jane Howard. A Dangerous Innocence **signed first edition
£30.00

Cooper, Artemis

Elizabeth Jane Howard.  A Dangerous Innocence

London, John Murray, 2016

First edition, first printing.  Fine in Fine dust jacket.

Signed by the author to the title page.  Laid in is ticket for the signing event.

Biography of the author Elizabeth Jane Howard.  Artemis Cooper interviewed her several times, talked to her family and friends and had access to all Howard's papers in the preparation of this book. 

Life, Love and The Archers, recollections, prose & reviews  **signed first edition**
code: FE141201
Life, Love and The Archers, recollections, prose & reviews **signed first edition**
£16.99

Cope, Wendy

Life, Love and The Archers, recollections, prose & reviews

London, Two Roads, 2014

First edition. Fine in Fine dust jacket.  Signed by the author to the title page.

Wendy Cope achieved instant fame with her first collection of poems Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis.  This entertaining book comprises of writing drawn from published and unpublished work.   

 

The Letters of Roger Fry. Introduced and edited by Denys Sutton
code: FE150309
The Letters of Roger Fry. Introduced and edited by Denys Sutton
£45.00

Fry, Roger.  Denys Sutton (editor)

Letters

London, Chatto & Windus, 1972

Two volumes, Near Fine bound in brown fake leather with gilt titles to spine in Very Good+ dust jackets.  No inscriptions and not price-clipped.

Roger Fry was a painter, art critic and connoisseur, particularly renowned for his knowledge of 19th century French painters.  He was a friend of Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf, who wrote his authorised biography, published in 1940.

The Fidel Castro Handbook  **signed first edition**
code: FE740
The Fidel Castro Handbook **signed first edition**
£20.00

Galloway, George

The Fidel Castro Handbook

London, MQ Publishing, 2006

Fine in Near Fine dust jacket with minor shelf wear (small format hardback).

Signed by the author.

The extraordinary life of Fidel Castro  -  from rural childhood, through guerilla struggle, to Cuban leader.  Liberally illustrated with monochrome photographs.

The Blue Touch Paper  **signed first edition**
code: FE150930
The Blue Touch Paper **signed first edition**
£35.00

Hare, David

The Blue Touch Paper.  A Memoir

London, Faber & Faber, 2015

First edition, first printing.  Fine in Fine dust jacket.

Signed by the author to the title page.  Ticket for the signing event loosely laid in.

Short-listed for the James Tait Black Memorial Biography Prize.

 

The Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, edited & introduced by Kathleen Raine.  **First edition**
code: FE170229
The Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, edited & introduced by Kathleen Raine. **First edition**
£15.00

Kathleen Raine edits and introduces

The Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

London, The Grey Walls Press, 1950

Very Good in orange boards in slightly edge-worn but otherwise Very Good dust jacket (now loosely protected).  No inscriptions, not price-clipped.

 

Amis & Son. Two Literary Generations  **first edition**
code: FE12705
Amis & Son. Two Literary Generations **first edition**
£10.00

Powell, Neil

Amis & Son.  Two Literary Generations

London, Macmillan, 2008

Very Near Fine (minor shelf wear) in Fine dustjacket.

Animal Pharm **first edition**
code: FE674
Animal Pharm **first edition**
£12.99

Purdey, Mark.  Purdey Nigel, editor

Animal Pharm. One man's struggle to discover the truth about Mad Cow Disease and variant CJD.

Clairview Books, East Sussex, 2007.

Paperback original.  Fine as issued in printed wraps.

The remarkable autobiography of Mark Purdey, an organic farmer from Somerset, who, convinced of the dangers of over-use of agricultural chemicals, achieved world-wide fame for the research which led him to challenge the orthodox line on the origins of Mad Cow Disease and variant CJD.

Bruce Chatwin  **signed first edition**
code: FE150222
Bruce Chatwin **signed first edition**
£24.00

Shakespeare, Nicholas

Bruce Chatwin

London, Harvill, 1999

First edition, first printing.  Very Near Fine in Fine protected dust jacket.  Signed by the author to the title page.

Bruce Chatwin was a Director at Sotheby's, Sunday Times journalist, socialite, author and explorer, but was seen by many as an enigmatic loner.

 Nicholas Shakespeare was given exclusive access to Chatwin's notebooks, diaries and letters.

 

Aubrey Beardsley  *first edition*
code: FE725
Aubrey Beardsley *first edition*
£17.00

Sturgis, Matthew

Aubrey Beardsley

London, Harper Collins, 1998

Near Fine in Fine dustjacket.  Liberally illustrated.  Describes Beardsley's childhood and brief but dazzling career (he died at the age of only 25).

Mrs. Robinsons Disgrace.  The Private Diary of A Victorian Lady  **first edition**
code: FE40512
Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace. The Private Diary of A Victorian Lady **first edition**
£16.99

Summerscale, Kate

Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace.  The Private Diary of A Victorian Lady

London, Bloomsbury, 2012.

Fine in pale bue boards with gilt decoration and titles and without dustjacket as issued.



Thomas Hardy. The Time-Torn Man  **signed first edition**
code: FE150218
Thomas Hardy. The Time-Torn Man **signed first edition**
£25.00

Tomalin, Claire

Thomas Hardy.  The Time-Torn Man

London, Penguin Viking, 2006

First edition, first printing.  Fine in Fine protected dust jacket with wraparound band depicting "Signed copy".  Signed without dedication to title page.   Fascinating biography of complex author and poet.

V. S. Pritchett.  A Working Life  **first edition**
code: FE150221
V. S. Pritchett. A Working Life **first edition**
£12.00

Treglown, Jeremy

V. S. Pritchett.  A Working Life

London, Chatto & Windus, 2005

First edition. Near Fine in Fine dust jacket.

Biography of V S Pritchett:  journalist, author, critic, described as the finest short story writer of the 20th Century.

Eric Gill.  Man of Flesh and Spirit  **first edition**
code: FE150220
Eric Gill. Man of Flesh and Spirit **first edition**
£18.00

Yorke, Malcolm

Eric Gill.  Man of Flesh and Spirit

London, Constable & Company, 1981

First edition.  Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket.  No inscriptions and unclipped dust jacket.

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