Biography

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  • Acts of Defiance. by ASHLEY, Jack
    ASHLEY, Jack
    Acts of Defiance.

    London: Reindhardt Books in Association with Viking, 1992. First edition. Black cloth with pictorial dust wrapper. Slight handling to the wrapper. Fractional fading to the spine edge. Overall an excellent example. Now in clear protective wrap. Xiii, 370 pp. 240 x 150 mm (9½ x 6 inches).

    Book ID: 2328
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  • Born for friendship. The spirit of Sir Thomas More. by BASSET, Bernard
    BASSET, Bernard
    Born for friendship. The spirit of Sir Thomas More.

    London: Burns and Oates, 1965. First edition. Hardback brown cloth, in unclipped dust jacket. This book is "particularly illuminating on the delicate problem of vocation". Both book and dust jacket are in very good condition. 220 pages. 225 x 145 mm (8¾ x 5¾ inches).

    Father Bernard Basset SJ was directly descended from Sir Thomas More, and wrote many books - both serious and humorous.

    Book ID: 3717
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  • Small Island. by LEVY, Andrea.
    LEVY, Andrea.
    Small Island.

    London: Headline / Review, 2005. Signed first edition thus. The first edition was in 2004, this limited signed edition followed a year later. This was issued without dust wrapper in a red hardback with tipped in photograph & gilt titles. In addition to the author's signature, this special edition includes additional material: An interview with Andrea Levy; Material on the Empire Windrush; Reading Group discussion questions; and a short story. The red paper covered boards have a touch of rubbing to the corners, but are in very good condition. Internally, the book is in excellent condition. [x], 534, [32]. pp. 205 by 135mm (8 by 5¼ inches).

    Book ID: 3281
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  • The Childhood and Youth of Charles Dickens. by LANGON, Robert
    LANGON, Robert
    The Childhood and Youth of Charles Dickens. With Retrospective Notes and Elucidations from His Books and Letters.

    London: Hutchinson & Co, 1891. Enlarged and Revised Edition. Number 178 of 300 copies Edition De Luxe, on India paper, signed to colophon by publisher. In original brown cloth hardback, with gilt titles and border. Top edge gilt. Boards are a little bumped at corners, with some light soiling. Inside very clean with all tipped in illustrations. 260 pages plus adverts to rear. 250 x 200 mm (9¾ x 7¾ inches).

    Ex libris to front is from library of Sir Alfred Edward Turner (1842 - 1918). Turner held administrative posts in Ireland, and was Inspector General Auxillary Forces. He was also appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB).

    Book ID: 3919
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  • The Life of Henry Chichele, Archbishop of Canterbury, by DUCK, Arthur.
    DUCK, Arthur.
    The Life of Henry Chichele, Archbishop of Canterbury, Who lived in the times of Henry the V. and VI. Kings of England. Written in Latin. Now made English. And a Table of Contents Annexed

    Edition: First Edition

    London: Richard Chiswell, 1699. First edition. Old, but not contemporary full leather binding. 6 raised panels to the spine, with gilt panels and label. Bookplate to the inside board. Frontis illustration of Chichele (by M Burghers). A small ink annotation to the ffep shows that the book was purchased for 2 S. 6 d. in 1699 (12.5 pence). 8vo. First edition. Although shown by Duck as almost a Saint, and presented as a Protestant before the Reformation, for his arguments with Pope Martin, a modern view would look at Chichele as a lawyer and diplomat who protected his various prebends and livings at every chance, and who, whilst working to prevent schizm in the Church and Papacy, was nonetheless…

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    London: Richard Chiswell, 1699. First edition. Old, but not contemporary full leather binding. 6 raised panels to the spine, with gilt panels and label. Bookplate to the inside board. Frontis illustration of Chichele (by M Burghers). A small ink annotation to the ffep shows that the book was purchased for 2 S. 6 d. in 1699 (12.5 pence). 8vo. First edition. Although shown by Duck as almost a Saint, and presented as a Protestant before the Reformation, for his arguments with Pope Martin, a modern view would look at Chichele as a lawyer and diplomat who protected his various prebends and livings at every chance, and who, whilst working to prevent schizm in the Church and Papacy, was nonetheless prone to personal arguments with the popes. The work is dedicated to Archbishop Thomas - this was Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury at the time of writing. The binding is in a good clean condition. A little rubbing to the binding edges. still holding well. Internally, generally clean and tidy, with a touch of darkening to the end papers. slight water damage to the edge of the last two leaves (not affecting text). Henry Chichele (1364-1443) from Northamptonshire became Archbishop of Canterbury and founded All Souls College, Oxford. Arthur Duck, was a Fellow of All Souls.
    178, [xxii] pp. Expanded, first English language edition (originally published in Latin in 1617.) ESTC R236 (Wing D2430).

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    Book ID: 1956
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  • The Poetical Works of John Dryden. by DRYDEN, John
    DRYDEN, John
    The Poetical Works of John Dryden. Cooke's Edition. Three Volumes.

    London: Printed for C. Cooke, 1798. First Thus. Hardback in three quarter calf and marbled boards. Title in gilt on red morocco labels to spine, decorated in gilt. Each of the three volumes has two additional title pages, one engraved and one letterpress. Without date of publication, but plates are dated 1798. Embellished with superb engravings, including decorative headpieces and tailpieces. The boards are lightly rubbed at the corners, internally also in very good condition. 145 x 95 mm (5¾ x 3¾ inches).

    Book ID: 3908
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  • Trials of a Public Benefactor, as Illustrated in the Discovery of Etherization. by RICE, Nathan P. M.D.
    RICE, Nathan P. M.D.
    Trials of a Public Benefactor, as Illustrated in the Discovery of Etherization.

    New York: Pudney & Russell, 1859. First edition. Hardback, with tissue guard protected frontispiece portrait of Dr. William T. G. Morton. Half-title. Publisher's brown cloth, with gilt stamped title to recent spine, original yellow endpapers. Two engraved plates. Plus double page engraved plate of Morton's medal. In a very good condition. xx, [13]-460pp. 190 x 130 mm (7½ x 5 inches).

    Book ID: 3825
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