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Literary Biography

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Literary Biography

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1 Ackroyd, Peter Shakespeare, The Biography
New York Nan Talese/Doubleday 2005 0385511396 / 9780385511391 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Near Fine Signed
New York: Nan Talese/Doubleday, 2005. First American Edition (stated) . A Near Fine copy that has been SIGNED by the author on a plate tipped-in to the half-title page. Has some bumping to two corners; unread condition. Unclipped DJ is in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Signed by Author. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2 Behrman, S.N. Portrait of Max. An Intimate Memoir of Sir Max Beerbohm
New York Random House 1960 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus Very Good 
New York: Random House, 1960. Wonderful biography of the famed critic, wit, and noted caricaturist (1872-1956); filled with fascinating portraits of the leading literary lights of the late 19th and early 20th century. This is a Very Good Plus to Near Fine copy of the First Edition (stated First Printing). Blue cloth binding with black and gold lettering. Clean text; 317 pages, indexed. Just a hint of fade at the margins. The dustjacket has been clipped, starting to tan a bit, with only moderate wear at the edges. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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3 Bomanji, Framji Lights and Shades of the East: Or a Study of the Life of Baboo Harrischander; and Passing Thoughts of India and Its People, Their Present and Future
Bombay Alliance Press 1863 First Edition Hardcover Good No Jacket 
Bombay: Alliance Press, 1863. This is a study and biography, by an educated Indian, that offers insights on colonial India in the mid-19th century. Harris was born in 1824, the son of a beggar, and eventually rose to become editor of th "Hindoo Patriot." An important source and Rare (Four copies held in the US, three in the UK). Full leather binding, with gilt decorations and raised bands on the spine. Clean text; 385 pages, all edges gilt. Unfortunately, this is a Good Only copy. While the textblock is quite acceptable, bright and fresh, the covers are only held together by a massive application of cello tape; the spine is partially demolished. Please note the condition issue. Quercus must offer this as a Binding Copy, in need of repair or restoration. An excellent candidate for a nice rebind.. First Edition. Half-Leather. Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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4 Boswell, James Esq. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Comprehending An Account of His Studies, and Numerous Works, in Chronological Order; A Series of His Epistolary Correspondence and Conversations with Many Eminent Persons...etc. (Volume the First Only)
London T. Cadell, et.al. 1822 First Thus Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London: T. Cadell, et.al., 1822. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of Boswell's famous Life of Samuel Johnson. The Ninth Edition, Revised and Augmented" (First Edition Thus). This is Volume One ONLY of the original four. Full leather binding, with decorative gilt ruling on both covers. Five raised bands can be discerned under a later spine repair that has covered them. The spine has a date of "1822" inked in white near the bottom. Clean text; xxxv, fold-out samples of Johnson's handwriting, and 444 pages. All edges are marbled. Published without a tissue guard, the frontis portrait has mildly offset to the Title Page. The text is exceptionally bright and free of any foxing; mild rubbing around the margins; a very solid copy that is great for reading. . First Thus. Full-Leather. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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5 Brome, Vincent Frank Harris. The Life and Loves of a Scoundrel
New York & London Thomas Yoseloff 1960 First American Edition. Hardcover Fine Very Good Plus 
New York & London: Thomas Yoseloff, 1960. An entertaining biography of one of the more fascinating characters in 20th-century literature. This is a Fine copy of the First American Edition. Black cloth binding with white lettering on the spine. Clean text; 246 pages with index and bibliography. The dustjacket is complete and unclipped. Original price crossed out and new penciled-in. Minor edge and general shelf-wear. In a protective plastic cover. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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6 Cellini, Benvenuto Memoirs of Benvenuto Cellini, a Florentine Artist; Written By Himself. Containing a Variety of Information Respecting the Arts and the History of the Sixteenth Century. With the Notes and Observations of G.P. Carpani
New York Wiley & Putnam 1845 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: Wiley & Putnam, 1845. "Cellini was one of the most extraordinary men in an extraordinary age; his life, written by himself, is more amusing than any novel I know." (Quotation from Horace Walpole on the Title Page.) This is a nice mid-Victorian edition, with two volumes bound together in a fine binding. The translation is by Thomas Roscoe. Marbled paper-covered boards, with dark gray leather spine and tips. There are four raised bands and three rulings on the spine, in gilt with the title. Clean text, still quite bright; 256 pages. Minor spotting, mostly confined to the endpapers, and some rubbing to the margins. It remains a very attractive small volume of this classic of Western civilization. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Half-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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7 Cross, J.W. (Editor) George Eliot's Life as Related in Her Letters and Jounals. Arranged By Her Husband (3 Volumes)
New York Harper & Bros 1884 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Bros, 1884. George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Anne Evans, 1819-1880) wrote seven novels, of which at least five are significant in the history of English literature. She was a frre-thinker and somewhat scandalous. Her marriage to John Cross, twenty years her junior, lasted only for one year prior to her death. These are Very Good copies of a Later Printing. Three volumes, in green publisher's cloth with gilt lettering and with a facsimile signature on the front cover. Volume One has no publication date, but the other two list 1899 and there is a previous-owner signature from 1901 on the FFEPs. Clean texts; 366, 324, and 340 pages. Volume three is indexed and has four pages of publisher's adverts in the back. The TP of Volume Two has been torn but remains attached. An attractive set; quite readable today. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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8 Emden, Cecil S. Gilbert White in His Village
London, New York, & Toronto Oxford University Press 1956 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Fine Lynton Lamb 
London, New York, & Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1956. A "character-sketch" of the famed English naturalist. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition. Black cloth binding; turquoise spine label with lettering in gilt. Clean text; xv, 139 pages, with Index. The dustwrapper is unclipped; Fine condition; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Illus. by Lynton Lamb. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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9 Howells, W. D. My Mark Twain. Reminiscences and Criticisms
New York & London Harper & Bros 1910 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York & London: Harper & Bros, 1910. An appreciation from one giant of American literature to another. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Green cloth with highly decorative lettering on the front cover and spine, filled with red and gilt. This highly attractive binding is a great example of a trade edition that could also be called a "Fine Binding." Clean text; 187 pages. Top edge is gilt, others rough-cut. Illustrated with photographs. Hints of wear at the margins, else a Fine copy. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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10 Mackail, J.W. The Life of William Morris (Two Volumes)
London, New York & Bombay Longmans, Green & Co 1901 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
London, New York & Bombay: Longmans, Green & Co, 1901. William Morris (1834-1896) artist, author, socialist thinker, is considered the wellspring of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Originally published in 1899, these are Very Good (Plus) copies of the "New Edition," a sympathetic early biography. Maroon cloth binding with highly decorative gilt designs on the spine. Two volumes, 375 pages and 364 pages, indexed. Clean text; endpapers foxed; bookplate on the front paste-down of Volume One. A very attractive set, in solid condition. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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11 Mackenzie, R(obert) Shelton Sir Walter Scott: The Story of His Life
Boston James R. Osgood 1871 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Boston: James R. Osgood, 1871. Robert Shelton Mackenzie (1809-1880) dedicates his biography of the great Romantic writer "To The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table." This is a Very Good Plus copy of the First Edition. Green cloth binding, ruled. Gilt lettering on the spine and Scott's coat-of-arms on the front cover. Clean text; 488 pages, indexed.Pages 160-61 were carelessly opened, so the edges are a bit ragged; there is a tear, but no loss. Only occasional foxing. There is a slight lean, but this remains an attractive period copy. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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12 Martineau, Harriet & Maria Weston Chapman (Editor) Harriet Martineau's Autobiography
Boston James R. Osgood and Company 1877 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1877. These are Very Good (Plus) and Very Good (Minus) copies of the First American Edition, in a Fine Binding. Marbled paper-covered boards with leather tips and spine. The spine is highly decorative, with fancy gilt, five raised bands, and the labels in red and black. Clean texts; xi, 594 pages and 596 pages. Very bright and fresh. There is rubbing at the margins but the main defect is that the front cover of Volume One , while present, has detached. Please note the condition issue; Quercus must offer these as Binding Copies, in need of repairs or restoration. A pity indeed, but these would make a gorgeous set if proper attention is paid.. First American Edition.. Half-Leather. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 120.00 USD
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13 Mill, John Stuart Autobiography
London Longmans, Green & Co 1879 Sixth Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Longmans, Green & Co, 1879. J.S. Mill (1806-1873), philosopher and political economist, certainly one of the leading intellectual lights of the 19th Century, remains relevant today. This is a Very Good copy of the Sixth Edition. Green cloth binding, ruled in black, with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean Text; 325 pages, indexed, with a list of Mill's works appended. Mild rubbing on the edges, and slightly cocked. The gutters have split but are holding well. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Sixth Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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14 Mill, John Stuart Autobiography By John Stuart Mill
New York Henry Holt and Company 1874 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1874. Longmans published the First Edition of the great philosopher's autobiography in 1873, the year of his death; Holt began publishing it in the following year, and continued on into the Twentieth Century. There is no publication date for this copy, but it contains the note that it is "Published by arrangement with the author's executor," indicating a very early printing if not the First. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy. Dark brown cloth binding, ruled, and with gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 313 pages, quite bright and fresh. There is a small bookplate on the front paste-down and some minor rubbing to the margins; else a Fine copy, and quite readable today.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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15 Miller, Mrs. F. Fenwick Harriet Martineau
London W.H. Allen & Co., Limited 1890 Third Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London: W.H. Allen & Co., Limited, 1890. Mrs. F(lorence) Fenwick Miller (1854-1935) was a journalist well-known as what we would today call a feminist. Her biography of Harriet Martineau (1802-1876), who has been called "the first modern sociologist," is a sympathetic one. Martineau was very prominent in the intellectual circles of her day, writing on history, political economy, and children's literature.This is a Near Fine copy of the Third Edition, designated as part of the "Eminent Women Series. Edited by John H. Ingram." Ingram was a prominent editor and biographer, an advocate for the literary reputation of Edgar Poe.There is no publication date, but the First Edition was 1884, and the Second in 1889. Therefore, Quercus assigns a publication date of 1890 as probable. Green cloth binding, with titling on the front cover and spine in gilt. Clean text; x, 224 pages. Hardly any wear evident; slightly cocked, else a Fine copy.. Third Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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16 Moore, Thomas Esq. The Life of Lord Byron; With His Letters and Journals. In Two Volumes
Philadelphia Thomas Wardle 1840 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle, 1840. Here is a very attractive set (2 volumes) of the Irish poet and musician Thomas Moore's biography of his friend Byron. He had published Byron's "Letters and Journals" in 1830; this, however, seems to be a different book - perhaps a condensed version issued under a different title. It is, at any rate, a rather rare edition (no copies listed LOC or WorldCat); Quercus, therefore assigns it to be a First Edition Thus, perhaps the First American Edition issued in this format. Very good copies; bound in ribbed and stamped publisher's cloth with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 699 pages and 702 pages. The pages are bright and clear, with rather minimal spotting throughout. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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17 Moses, Montrose J. Henrik Ibsen. The Man and His Plays
New York Mitchell Kennerley 1908 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1908. Montrose (Jonas) Moses (1878-1934) authored several children's books, but is probably better-known for his work as an editor of "The Anglo-American Dramatic Register." This critical biography of the great modern dramatist has been reprinted, but original copies are uncommon. This is a near Fine copy of the First Edition. Brown cloth binding with gilt titling on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 522 pages, including a bibliography. Small label on the front paste-down. Just a touch of rub to the corners, and with some spotting on the fore-edge; else a Fine copy.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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18 Nathan, John Mishima. A Biography
New York Little, Brown 1974 0316598445 / 9780316598446 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
New York: Little, Brown, 1974. A fascinating biography of the great Japanese author, written shortly after his ritual suicide. Nathan was Mishima's translator, and had help from the family. Clean copy is only very slightly cocked. DJ has some slight wrinkling and some small closed tears. Not price-clipped, but original price has a label placed over it. In plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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19 Prior, James The Life of Oliver Goldsmith, M.B. From a Variety of Original Sources. In Two Volumes
London John Murray 1837 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: John Murray, 1837. The Irish novelist, playwright, and poet (1730?-1774) is best known for "The Vickor of Wakefield' and "She Stoops to Conquer." Sir James Prior (1790?-1869) also wrote a biography of Edmund Burke. These are Very Good copies of the First Edition. Two volumes; large octavos. Marbled paper boards and endpapers; leather spine and tips. Raised bands on the spine, gilt. The spine labels are rubbed but most of the lettering is still present. Clean texts; 515 pages and 586 pages, indexed. Unfoxed; bright and supple paper; still readable today. The margins are rubbed and bumped Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Half-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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20 Pym, Horace N. (Editor) Memories of Old Friends, Being Extracts from the Journals and Letters of Caroline Fox, of Penjerrick, Cornwall, From 1835 to 1871
Philadelphia J.B. Lippincott 1882 Second Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Signed
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1882. Caroline Fox (1819-1871) was one of those accomplished proto-Feminists of the 19th Century who seems to have known every intellectual light of her time. This is a Very Good Plus to Near Fine copy of the Second Edition. Maroon cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; appendix and index. A contemporary (1883) previous owner has signed in a delicate hand on both the FFEP and the Title Page. Mildly bumped, else a Near Fine. copy. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Second Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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