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The World of the Favourite, Elliott, J.H. and Brockliss, L.W.B.    (edited by)
21 Elliott, J.H. and Brockliss, L.W.B. (edited by) The World of the Favourite
London Yale University Press 1999 0300076444 / 9780300076448 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with VG+ dustjacket which has a little creasing to top edge. xv + 320 pages. 74 illustrations. Observers in England, Spain, France and many other European states in the 16th and 17th centuries grew increasingly alarmed by the growing influence of favourites, or minister-favourites. These individuals appeared to be usurping powers and duties normally exercised by monarchs. In this pioneering book, a team of international scholars considers the emergence of favourites in Europe, probing beyond the well-known life stories of such as the Duke of Buckingham, Cardinal Richelieu and the Count-Duke of Olivares. Contributors are Professors Ronald G. Asch, Jean Berenger, James M. Boyden, L.W.B. Brockliss, Jonathan Brown, Pauline Croft, J.-F. DubostJ.H. Elliott, Antonio Feros, M. Fumaroli, Paul E.J. Hammer, Knud V. Jesperson, Antoni Maczak, Linda Levy Peck, Orest Ranum, I.A.A. Thompson, David Wootton, Blair Worden. Comprises : Part One - The Emergence of the Minister - Favourite; Part Two - Favourites in Office; Part Three - Representations of the Favourite; Part Four - The Twilight of the Favourite. 
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Italo Svevo  -  A Double Life, Gatt-Rutter, John
22 Gatt-Rutter, John Italo Svevo - A Double Life
Oxford Clarendon Press 1988 0198158483 / 9780198158486 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy which has a production fault to one page where the page has a small portion of extra paper on the page where the text has been printed over it with VG dustjacket. ix + 410 pages. 15 illustrations. Italo Svevo was the pen name of Ettore Schmitz (1861-1928), an Austrian Italian anti-clerical Jew who inhabited Italy's 'unredeemed' and fiercely contested city of Trieste; a dreamer and not a man of action; a Socialist by inclination, who lived as a bourgeois capitalist; a possessive husband who pressed feminist literature on his wife; a novelist turned paint manufacturer, familiar with the works of Shakespeare, Goethe and Freud, who had fantasies about turpentine, and his 'last cigarette', and literary success; an Italian nationalist who during the Great War supplied paint to the enemy's navy. Only by writing could Svevo face up to these contradictions; and his masterpiece, Confessions of Zeno, reflects the turmoil, guilt and confusion of 20th century man. This book aims to capture the private man - neurotic, affable, charming, hard to pin down in the double life that he led: Ettore Schmitz the family man, married to Livia, and member of the family firm - often sent to London on business, which left him with vivid impressions of the English; the friend of James Joyce, who discovered him. **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.85 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE EXTRA SHIPPING COST **** 
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Federico García Lorca, Gibson, Ian
23 Gibson, Ian Federico García Lorca
London Faber and Faber 1989 0571148158 / 9780571148158 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page with no inscription. A near Fine unmarked copy which has usual age toning to page edges with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. xxiv + 551 pages. 35 illustrations. This major biography is the result of more than twenty years painstaking investigation into the life, death and work of Lorca and will surely stand as the definitive biography. Federico García Lorca (18981936), the most famous young Spanish poet and playwright of his day, was executed by anti-Republican rebels in August 1936 at the beginning of the Civil War, he was only 38. His death, the cicumstances of which were never clarified during the Franco regime, shocked the literary world and soon Lorca was seen as a sacrificial victim of fascism. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.05 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
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The Assassination of Federico Garcia Lorca, Gibson, Ian
24 Gibson, Ian The Assassination of Federico Garcia Lorca
London W.H. Allen 1979 0491022573 / 9780491022576 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy with usual age toning to pages with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. 267 pages. 18 illustrations. First published in 1973 as The Death of Lorca, the author has completely reassessed and rewritten his original work with over sixty percent of new material and retitled it. Federico Garcia Lorca, one of the outstanding poets and dramatists of his century, was murdered at the age of 38 by Nationalist rebels in his native Granada at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. The Franco régime sought constantly to prevent the world from knowing how he died, and a tissue of lies and misrepresentations has been woven around both the great poet's death and those of the thousands of other Republican supporters executed in Granada. The author, after Franco's death in 1975, and based on new information and with many people being more forthcoming about Lorca's death, meticulously researched and rewrote his book. 
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Christopher Columbus  -  The Dream and the Obsession, Granzotto, Gianni
25 Granzotto, Gianni Christopher Columbus - The Dream and the Obsession
London Guild of Master Craftsman Pubications 1986 Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket. Map endpapers and 9 maps. A splendid biography by the author who spent six years in the research, including visiting the places Columbus travelled to and he also retraced the voyage in a small boat of the explorer's voyage from the Canary Islands to the Bahamas following the original log. 
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Depardieu, Gray, Marianne
26 Gray, Marianne Depardieu
London Sinclair-Stevenson 1991 1856190951 / 9781856190954 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine complete dustjacket. The first biography written in English of the controversial and acclaimed French actor, Gerard Depardieu. Illustrated with photographs and includes a filmography and list of awards. 
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For Those I Loved, Gray, Martin  with Gallo, Max
27 Gray, Martin with Gallo, Max For Those I Loved
London The Bodley Head 1973 0370102444 / 9780370102443 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
First UK edition. A Very Good unmarked copy which has a small corner crease to one page and a minor central crease to first few pages else clean and unmarked. Dustjacket is complete with just a touch of wear to top edge. Translated from the French by Anthony White. The Polish born author recounts his story of life when the Nazis occupied his native Warsaw, when he and his family were driven into the ghetto, his vow to survive the cruelty, outwit the 'beasts with men's faces' and to fight, becoming Mietek, king of the ghetto black market. Risking his neck to secure food and harbour for his family so that they might stave off death, but his luck ran out and he and his family were transported to Treblinka and he no longer was able to protect his loved ones. They were herded into the gas chambers, while he was forced to pile still warm corpses into the trenches. His testimony is shocking and exceptional in that he escaped, alone and bitter he arrived in New York in 1947 to build a new life, later moving to France with his wife and four children, where tragedy once again strikes as his wife and children are trapped and burnt to death in a forest fire. A profoundly moving account of the trials and tribulations of one man, and a testimony to the infinite resilience of the human spirit in the face of wickedness and misfortune. **** NOT BOOK CLUB **** **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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The Dream at the End of the World  -  Paul Bowles and the Literary Renegades in Tangier, Green, Michelle
28 Green, Michelle The Dream at the End of the World - Paul Bowles and the Literary Renegades in Tangier
London Bloomsbury 1992 0747505241 / 9780747505242 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Very Good copy which has a light indentation to front, a small stain to fore edge and a loose illustration else unmarked with dustjacket which is not price clipped and has light creasing to lower edges. xvi + 381 pages. 41 illustrations. To the expatriates who landed there in the post-war years, the International Zone of Tangier was an exotic and deliciously depraved version of Eden. A sybaritic outpost set against the verdant hills of North Africa, it offered a free money market and a moral climate in which only murder and rape were forbidden. Fleeing an angst-ridden Western culture, Europen emigres found a haven where homosexuality was openly tolerated, drugs were readily available, and eccentricity was held to be a social asset. A richly detailed portrait of an extraordinary group of individuals - writers and heiresses,drug addicts and pederasts, artists and con-men. At the centre of the extravagant community were Paul and Jane Bowles, a critically acclaimed writer and composer, Paul found Morocco the perfect setting for his perverse, visionary fiction, and for the quotidian intrigue that he loved. For Jane - a brilliant playwright plagued by anxiety and terrified of her own talent - Tangier was as sinister as it was tantalizing. When her husband became mentor to a young Moroccan painter, she fell in love with a manipulative peasant woman who, some said, used black magic to keep Jane in sway. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.845 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
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He Lived in My Shoes  -  The Autobiography of My Second Self, Greener, Leslie
29 Greener, Leslie He Lived in My Shoes - The Autobiography of My Second Self
Sydney George G. Harrap in Association with the Australasian Publishing Co. 1948 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Greener, Leslie 
Black title on orange cloth boards which are very clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally very clean, tight and unmarked. A near Fine copy. Dustjacket is not price clipped and with minimal chipping and wear for its age. Herbert Leslie Greener (1900-1974) , journalist, author and egyptologist, was born in Capetown, South Africa, only son of a British Army captain. He was educated in England, attended Sandhurst, served as an officer in the Indian Army, married the New Zealand artist Alice Gwendoline Rhona Mackenzie, and worked as a journalist in New Zealand and Australia. He studied in Paris, where he learned to paint well enough to be hung in the Salon exhibitions, taught art and French at Alexandria, Egypt, and after further study was employed as a epigraphist by the University of Chicago for ten years, and where his second marriage began. In 1936 he and his wife moved to Sydney, Australia and in 1940 he joined the Australian Imperial Force and was sent to Malaya, eventually becoming Intelligence Officer of the ill starred Eighth Division captured at Singapore, and interned at Changi camp. After the war he returned to Australia and then, after the death of his second wife, returned to Egypt later retiring to Hobart, Tasmania where he married again. The book is the recollections of his young life from his 'alter ego'. Delightful illustrations in the text by the author. 
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Goodbye Bafana  -  Nelson Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend, Gregory, James      (with Bob Graham)
30 Gregory, James (with Bob Graham) Goodbye Bafana - Nelson Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend
London Headline 1995 0747216983 / 9780747216988 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy free from ownership inscription Two very minor small marks to fore and top edge. Dustjacket is also near Fine and is not price clipped. First edition, second impression. 20 illustrations. The story of an extraordinary friendship for over 20 years - from Robben Island, to Victor Verster jail - James Gregory was Nelson Mandela's jailer. Yet, when the time came at last for Mandela's release they embraced as close friends, and Gregory was a personal guest at Mandela's inauguration ceremony. As Mandela and Gregory's friendship grew over the years, they became each other's confidant and source of comfort. Gregory acted as go-between for Mandela's wife Winnie and their children, and Mandela became a godfather to Gregory's daughter. On several occasions, Gregory even smuggled Mandela out of the prison compound in the boot of his car. Party to Mandela's thoughts, fears and desires for over 20 years, no one knows Mandela quite like Gregory - revealing the foe who became a friend, the prisoner who became the President. The book was made into a film 'The color of Freedom'. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Gabriele D'Annunzio  -  The Warrior Bard, Griffin, Gerald
31 Griffin, Gerald Gabriele D'Annunzio - The Warrior Bard
London John Long 1935 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gilt title on red cloth boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear apart from a very small mark to top corner edge. Internally there is a little light foxing else very clean, tight and unmarked. A Very Good + copy. 16 illustrations. An excellent biography of the Italian poet, soldier and fascist. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Lucrezia Borgia, Haslip, Joan
32 Haslip, Joan Lucrezia Borgia
Geneva Heron Collectors Edition 1968 Hard Cover Fine No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gold decoration and motifs with cream and gold diamond pattern motif to front board on green leatherette boards. Green and gold decorated endpapers. Historical appendix. Yellow page marker bound in. 22 illustrations. Uniform with Women Who Made History Series. 
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Nero  -  The Man Behind the Myth, Holland, Richard
33 Holland, Richard Nero - The Man Behind the Myth
Stroud, Gloucestershie Sutton Publishing 2000 0750924470 / 9780750924474 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. xii + 274 pages. 14 plates, 1 map and a genealogical table. The book aims to show that Nero was more of a liberator than an oppressor, debunking the stories of Nero's tyrannical reign - the heartless tyrant who fiddled while Rome burned, the evil sadist who murdered his wife and his mother, the man who threw Christians to the lions. In a vivid and powerful narrative style, Richard Holland recreates Nero's life from his birth in 37 AD, his marriage to the Emperor Claudius's daughter, Octavia, his accession aged 16, his love affair with Poppaea, the murder of his mother and his first wife, the Great Fire of Rome, the punishment of the Christians, the building of the Golden Palace, and finally the rising of the generals and Nero's deposition. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Way for a Sailor  -  A Real Life Saga of the Sea, Horn, Captain C. F. 'Trader'
34 Horn, Captain C. F. 'Trader' Way for a Sailor - A Real Life Saga of the Sea
Shoreham, Sussex Scan 1979 090636003X / 9780906360033 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY AUTHOR 'best wishes' and no dedication to front endpaper. 151 pages. Foreword by H.R.H. The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Well known as a writer and broadcaster on shipping affairs 'Trader' is a man of many parts. A First-class lawn tennis umpire, he has officiated at every important tournament including the Davis, Wightman and Federation Cups, and of course at Wimbledon. As well as being a master mariner, a master plot, an associate of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects and a certified radio-telegraph operator. Captain C. F. 'Trader' Horn is a true sailorman of the old school. His forebear Aloysius was the original 'Trader Horn' and his maternal grandfather owned and commanded his own fleet of square riggers. In this book he records his life. 
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The Stranger Prince  -  The Story of Rupert of the Rhine, Irwin, Margaret
35 Irwin, Margaret The Stranger Prince - The Story of Rupert of the Rhine
London Chatto & Windus / Hogarth Press 1937 Hard Cover Fair No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gilt crest to front with gilt crossed swords and title to spine on red cloth boards. Some marks to front , spine worn a little at head, tail and side. Internally there is foxing to early pages, front endpaper has been removed (although not ex library copy), hinges are weak but contents clean and generally unmarked. Portrait of Rupert to frontispiece. Second impression of the same Month of January 1937 as the first edition. Rupert, Count Palatine of the Rhine, Duke of Bavaria, 1st Duke of Cumberland, 1st Earl of Holderness, commonly called Prince Rupert of the Rhine, KG, FRS (1619-1682) was a noted soldier, admiral, scientist, sportsman, colonial governor and amateur artist during the 17th century. Rupert was the younger son of the German prince Frederick V, Elector Palatine and his wife Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of James I of England, and the nephew of King Charles I of England, who created him Duke of Cumberland and Earl of Holderness. A good reading copy of this excellent biography. 
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Drawn In Colour  -  African Contrasts, Jabavu, Noni
36 Jabavu, Noni Drawn In Colour - African Contrasts
London John Murray 1960 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Green title and plant motif on russet coloured cloth boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally there are two names and a Uganda address and date to front endpaper and foxing to closed edges else clean and tight. Dustjacket is price clipped. 4th printing November 1960 ) first was April 1960). The author, the daughter of a Professor of Latin and Bantu languages, was born in the Eastern Cape and this book is a picture of the life lived by her Bantu people in South Africa, with its background of Boer and British settlement. A personal story of her family which provides an absorbing view of the 20th century. Double page map. 
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Cupid and the King, Kent, Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of
37 Kent, Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Cupid and the King
London Harper Collins 1991 0002239116 / 9780002239110 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS MICHAEL OF KENT (Marie Christine née Baroness Marie Christine Agnes Hedwig Ida von Reibnitz) to title page with dedication 'To Cicily'. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. First Edition, First Printing. Genealogical chart endpapers. xxx + 370 pages. 67 illustrations. In the book Princess Michael vividly recounts the stories of five very different women, each of whom became a celebrated, or notorious, royal courtesan. Diane de Poitiers, the beautiful paramour of Henri II of France; Nell Gwynn, the favourite of Charles II; Madame de Pompadour, the elegant chatelaine of Louis XV; Marie Walewska, the idealistic and patriotic young Polish woman who became the mistress of Napoleon in the hope of saving her country; Lola Montez, the flamboyant, outrageous and dazzling Irish beauty who reinvented herself as a Spanish aristocrat and won the heart of King Ludwig I of Bavaria. **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.1 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE EXTRA SHIPPING COST **** 
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Matsushita Leadership  -  Lessons from the 20th Century's Most Remarkable Entrepreneur, Kotter, John P.
38 Kotter, John P. Matsushita Leadership - Lessons from the 20th Century's Most Remarkable Entrepreneur
New York The Free Press 1997 068483460X / 9780684834603 Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy (Fine apart from top corner creases to two pages) with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. xvii + 302 pages. 58 illustrations. Konosuke Matsushita (1894-1989) was a Japanese industrialist, the founder of Panasonic, and known as 'the god of management' in Japan. His accomplishments as a leader, author, educator, philanthropist, and management innovator are astonishing, and he invented management practices that are still used today. The book is both a biography and a set of lessons for careers and corporations in the 21st century. 
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Thomas Mann  -  Life as a Work of Art  -  A Biography, Kurzke, Hermann
39 Kurzke, Hermann Thomas Mann - Life as a Work of Art - A Biography
London Allen Lane 2002 0713995009 / 9780713995008 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy apart from a publisher's stamp of 'resale for charity only' to front endpaper. Dustjacket is VG+ and is not price clipped. First edition, First printing. Translated from the German by Leslie Willson. The definitive biography of the 20th century's greatest German writer brings to life as never before the extraordinary talent and complex personality of Thomas Mann. xi + 581 pages and photograph illustrations. **** NOT EX LIB **** **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.1 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE EXTRA SHIPPING COST **** 
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The Hidden Life of Otto Frank, Lee, Carol Ann
40 Lee, Carol Ann The Hidden Life of Otto Frank
New York William Morrow 2003 0060520825 / 9780060520823 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy (Fine apart from a mark to lower closed edge) with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped.xviii + 411 pages. 26 illustrations. First US edition, First printing. In this shocking and definitive biography, the author provides the answer to one of the most heartbreaking questions of modern times: Who betrayed Anne Frank and her family to the Nazis? Probing this startling act of treachery, Lee brings to light never-before-documented information about Anne's father, Otto Frank, and the individual who would claim responsibility - and their terrifying and complicated relationship that continued until the day Frank died. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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