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Captain Oates  -  Soldier and Explorer, Limb, Sue and Cordingley, Patrick
41 Limb, Sue and Cordingley, Patrick Captain Oates - Soldier and Explorer
London Leo Cooper 1983 0850524725 / 9780850524727 Soft Cover Near Fine No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy which has minor indentations to front. 235 pages. 43 illustrations. 7 maps. A well researcked and beautifully presented book with fine photographs of Oates's life (1880-1912) and his time in Antarctica. The authors have produced a fascinating character study of a quintessential British hero. The 'soldier' as Oates was known, was not perhaps ideal for teamwork being a solitary man whose uncompromising views could irritate those easily offended. However, his frequent bouts of sourness towards Scott and others were mitigated by his common sense, practical abilities and his inimitable strength of character. 
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I, The Aboriginal, Lockwood, Douglas
42 Lockwood, Douglas I, The Aboriginal
London Cassell 1963 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
First UK edition. Gold title on tan coloured boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally clean, uninscribed with a few pages having traces of being manually opened, having previously being unopened. Pictorial dustjacket has one small closed tear to top and is complete. Pictorial and map endpapers and 27 black and white photographs. The Australian correspondent's account of the life of an Aboriginal in the Northern Territory including his accounts of a tribal Medicine Man and worship of Aboriginal deities. 
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Frantz Fanon, MacEy, David
43 MacEy, David Frantz Fanon
New York Picador 2001 0312275501 / 9780312275501 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Very Good+ copy which has an ink line to top edge, some marks to lower edge and creasing to some pages with dustjacket which has a little edge wear and is not price clipped. xvi + 640 pages. An accomplished and elegant biography of one of the 20th century's most influential third-world thinkers, a black man from the Caribbean who died a member of the Algerian Front de Libération National, and whose eloquent writings inspired self-styled revolutionaries around the world. Born in Martinique, then as now, a département of France, Frantz Fanon (1925-1961) was trained as a psychiatrist in Lyons before taking up a post in colonial Algeria. He had already experienced racism as a soldier in the Free French Army, for which he volunteered and in whose ranks he saw combat during the liberation of France. In Algeria he came into contact with the Front de Libération National, whose struggle for independence was met with exceptional violence by the French Army. Fanon identified stronly with the FLN, and he subsequently worked with tham as a propagandist and ambassador. Based on extensive and original research, this is the most complete and objective biography of Fanon written yet. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.09 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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Free Spirits, Mackillop, Ian
44 Mackillop, Ian Free Spirits
London Bloomsbury 2000 0747548552 / 9780747548553 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
First Edition, First printing. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. An exploration of the love triangle between the writer, art collector and roue, Henri Pierre Roche and two English sisters, Violet and Margaret Court, which was immortalised by Roche himself in his autobiographical novel 'Two English Girls and the Continent' and later by Francois Truffaut in his film 'Anne and Muriel'. In this book the author explores, for the first time in detail, the vast amount of source material written by Violet, Margaret and Roche and produces an impeccable piece of investigative research to tell an engrosing tale of innocence and betrayal, of intellectual life and social experiment and also a love story to stand your hair on end. *** NOT EX LIB *** 
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World-Famous Mistresses, Maine, C. E.
45 Maine, C. E. World-Famous Mistresses
Middlesex Odhams Press 1970 0600726525 / 9780600726524 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine complete dustjacket. The author, more well known for his science fiction and crime novels, turns his attention to mistresses, women who have been famous through the centuries. Featuring 16 mistresses from many countries with 20 illustrations and illustrated chapter headings. 
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Long Walk to Freedom  -  The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela, Mandela, Nelson
46 Mandela, Nelson Long Walk to Freedom - The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
London Little Brown 1994 0316909653 / 9780316909655 Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. 630 pages. 46 illustrations. Map endpapers. Since his release in February 1990, Nelson Mandela has emerged as the world's most significant moral leader since Mahatma Gandhi. As President of the African National Congress and spiritual figurehead of the anti-apartheid movement, he was instrumental in moving South Africa towards black-majority rule. An exhilarating story of an epic life; a story of hardship, resilience and ultimate triumph. PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.23 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
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Enchanters of Men, Mayne, Ethel Colburne
47 Mayne, Ethel Colburne Enchanters of Men
London Methuen 1909 Hard Cover Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Ornate gilt decoration and title to spine with leather title label on tan cloth boards. Title label worn with some wear to spine tail. Internally there is a repaired rear hinge, darkened endpapers and light foxing to closed edges and occasionally to a few pages. Second edition - first was published May 6th 1909. x + 858 pages. Photogravure portrait of Tullia D'Arragona to frontispiece and 23 other illustrations. 30 page catalogue to rear. Covers 23 women, many royal mistresses, courtesans, royal ladies and others including Ninon De Lenclos, Sophie Arnould, The Du Barry, Marie Antoinette, Henriette D'Orleans. 
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The Measure of the Years, Menzies, The Right Honourable Sir Robert Gordon
48 Menzies, The Right Honourable Sir Robert Gordon The Measure of the Years
London Cassell 1970 0304936464 / 9780304936465 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy (Fine apart from 4 photo mounts to front endpaper) with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. 500 pages. Sir Robert Gordon Menzies was Prime Minister of Australia from 1939-41 and 1949-66. The book is the second volume of reminiscences of the most distinguished and best-loved Commonwealth statesman. He brings to it all the frankness, informality and humour that made Afternoon Light such a refreshing rarity among political memoirs - the same quaities that he displayed during the eighteen years in which he presided over the making of the modern Australia. The record of those eighteen years is the heart of the book. 
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Henrik Ibsen  -  The Making of a Dramatist 1828-1864;  The Farewell to Poetry 1864-1882; The Top of a Cold Mountain 1883-1906, Meyer, Michael
49 Meyer, Michael Henrik Ibsen - The Making of a Dramatist 1828-1864; The Farewell to Poetry 1864-1882; The Top of a Cold Mountain 1883-1906
London Rupert Hart Davis 1967 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
COMPLETE 3 VOLUME SET WHICH ARE ALL FIRST EDITIONS. Vol.I - The Making of a Dramatist 1828-1864. Published 1967. 260 pages. 31 illustrations. A Very Good+ copy which has foxing to top edge, internally very clean, tight and unmarked with no previous ownership marks. Dustjacket is VG: Vol. 2 - The Farewell to Poetry 1864-1882. Published 1971. ISBN 0246640014. 344 pages. 22 illustrations. A Very Good+ copy which has foxing to top edge, internally very clean, tight and unmarked with no previous ownership marks. Dustjacket is VG: Vol. 3 - The Top of a Cold Mountain 1883-1906. Published 1971. ISBN 0246640405. 367 pages. 20 illustrations. A Very Good+ copy which has foxing to top edge, internally very clean, tight and unmarked with no previous ownership marks. Dustjacket is VG. A definitive and thoroughly researched biography by the well known translator of Ibsen. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY SET OF 1.9 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
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Monstrous Regiment  -  Women Rulers in Men's Worlds, Millan, Betty
50 Millan, Betty Monstrous Regiment - Women Rulers in Men's Worlds
Berkshire The Kensal Press 1982 0946041016 / 9780946041015 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. The book examines the problems faced by women who tread the path of political power, and the author argues that women have succeeded as rulers only by imitating men and suppressing in themselves the characteristics of their own sex. From Cleopatra to Margaret Thatcher, from Mary Queen of Scots to Mrs. Gandhi, the author exploes the perils and pleasures of being a woman in a world of men. 23 illustrations. 
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Revolution  -  Faces of Change, Miller, John and Kenedi, Aaron   (edited by)
51 Miller, John and Kenedi, Aaron (edited by) Revolution - Faces of Change
New York Thunder's Mouth Press 2000 1560252618 / 9781560252610 First Edition Soft Cover Fine No Jacket 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy. A large format volume of 151 pages. Revolution collects 25 portraits of charismatic leaders who insisted on change in the face of oppression, persevering through ridicule, conflict, and often violent opposition, and whose human spirit has kept their legends alive. Here are the photographs and stories of heroes and martyrs, from Che Guevara to Nelson Mandela, from Malcolm X to Aung San Suu Kyi, who were and are willing to sacrifice their lives for what they believe. Accompanying each portrait are works by eminent writers, many of whom have known their subjects personally. They include Fidel Castro on Guevara, Alex Hailey on Malcolm X, Gabriel Garcia Marquez on Castro, Thomas Merton on Gandhi. 
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Secret Memoirs of the Court of Berlin  -  or The Character of the King of Prussia, His Ministers, Mistresses, Generals, Courtiers, Favourites and the Royal Family, Mirabeau, Comte De
52 Mirabeau, Comte De Secret Memoirs of the Court of Berlin - or The Character of the King of Prussia, His Ministers, Mistresses, Generals, Courtiers, Favourites and the Royal Family
London The Grolier Society 1904 Limited Hard Cover Very Good TEG No Jacket Private Press 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Mercier, Garret, Merrill 
SCARCE EDITION DE LUXE LIMITED TO 1,000 COPIES. COMPLETE IN TWO VOLUMES. Green cloth boards with paper title label which is slightly darkened else clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally there is a decorative bookplate of Partridges and monogram to front endpaper else very clean, tight and unmarked. Fore and lower edges uncut and some pages unopened. Top edge Gilt. A VERY GOOD + SET. Not dated but British Library has it as 1904. Uniform with The Secret Court Memoirs series. Vol. I- 298 pages; Vol. II - 289 pagesTitle page and etchings on Japan paper. Printed on Grolier watermarked quality paper. 12 very beautiful Original etchings / engravings, tissue protected - Mademoiselle Voss-Original Mezzotint by G.W.H. Ritchie,'She Made Him Sit Down' - Photo-etching from an original drawing by Frank T. Merrill, Joseph II - Photo-etching after painting by Massard, Potsdam, Mirabeau - Etching by E. H. Garrett, Madame Hartfeld - Etching by Mercier, Princess Frederica in Her Boudoir - Photogravure from a celebrated print, Sans Souci, ' A Noise Was Heard at the Door' - Photo-etching of an original drawing by Frank T. Merrill, Madame Reitz - Photogravure from a celebrated print, Calonne - Photo-etching after painting by Mme. Le Brun, Duke of Brunswick - Photo-etching from Versailles Gallery. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY SET OF 1.65 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
Price: 40.00 GBP
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The Lamberts  -  George, Constance and Kit, Motion, Andrew
53 Motion, Andrew The Lamberts - George, Constance and Kit
London Chatto and Windus 1986 0701127317 / 9780701127312 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Near Fine unmarked copy apart from usual age toning o page edges with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. xi + 388 pages. 42 illustrations. Few families have had more colourful or more pervasive an influence on the arts than the Lamberts - or led more blighted, self-destructive lives. George Lambert, the son of a Baltimore railway engineer, was born in St. Petersburg, grew up in the outback, served as a war artist in Palestine and Gallipoli, and established himself as Australia's lesding painter. Immortalised by Anthony Powell in 'A Dance to the Music of Time'. His son Constant was the first English composer to be commissioned by Diaghilev, a founder of the Sadler's Wells Ballet, a champon of jazz, the quintessential Fitzrovian and Edith Sitwell's collaborator on 'Facade'. Kit Lambert, the 'Svengali of rock and roll', managed The Who, started Britain's first successful independent record label, ruined his life with heroin and, it was rumoured, was eventually murdered. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.84 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
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Leap of Faith  -  Memoirs of an Unexpected Life, Noor, Queen
54 Noor, Queen Leap of Faith - Memoirs of an Unexpected Life
New York Miramax 2003 0786867175 / 9780786867172 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. First Edition, First Printing. xi + 468 pages. 40 illustrations. This is the dramatic and inspiring story of an American woman's remarkable journey into the heart of a man and his nation. Born into a distinguished Arab-American family and raised amid privilege, Lisa Halaby joned the first freshman class at Princeton to accept women, graduating in 1974 with a degree in architecture and urban planning. Two years later, while visiting her father in Jordan, she was casually introduced on the airport runway to King Hussein. Widely admired in the Arab world as a voice of moderation, and for his direct lineage to the prophet Muhammed, and soon to be the world's most eligible bachelor after the tragic death of his wife. The next time they met, Hussein would fall madly in love with the athletic, outspoken daughter of of his longtime friend and, after a whirlwind, secret courtship, Lisa Halaby became Noor Al Hussein, Queen of Jordan. PLEASE NOTE : A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.9 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
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The Makers of Florence  -  Dante, Giotto, Savonarola and Their City, Oliphant, Mrs.
55 Oliphant, Mrs. The Makers of Florence - Dante, Giotto, Savonarola and Their City
London Macmillan 1889 Hard Cover Very Good TEG No Jacket 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
Gilt title and decoration to spine, gilt fleur-de-lys motif, decoration and rules to front on green cloth boards. Boards are clean and unmarked with only a little wear to spine head and tail. Internally very clean, tight and unmarked. Top edge gilt and green endpapers. A Very Good + copy of this work first printed in 1876. With frontispiece portrait of Savonarola engraved by C.H. Jeens tissue guarded and 53 illustrations from drawings by by Professor Delamotte. xx and 422 pages + publisher's catalogue. A most attractive volume in very good condtion. 
Price: 18.00 GBP
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Einstein in Love - A Scientific Romance, Overbye, Dennis
56 Overbye, Dennis Einstein in Love - A Scientific Romance
London Bloomsbury 2001 0747553238 / 9780747553236 First Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. xv + 416 pages. No figure towers over the intellectual landscape of the 20th century more compellingly than Albert Einstein. This is the first biography of the great physicist to focus on his life during the first two decades of the century, when he invented relativity, with its elastic view of space and time, and first glimpsed the quantum chaos in the heart of atoms. Despite his brilliance, he was also a young man in love - not only with the exhilarating vistas of physics, but with the extraordinary woman who was to become his first wife. Mileva Maric was a brooding and gifted Serb mathematician who was intellectual collaborator and emotional adversary. Drawing upon hundreds of unpublished letters and a decade of research, Overbye reveals Einstein as a self-styled bohemian, a poet, a violinist and a self-confident, charismatic whirlwind who left personal and professional turmoil in his wake. 
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Albert Schweitzer  -  The Life of a Great Man, Pierhal, Jean
57 Pierhal, Jean Albert Schweitzer - The Life of a Great Man
London Lutterworth Press 1956 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
First English Edition. Gold title on red cloth boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally very clean, tight and unmarked. A VG+ copy. Dustjacket is price clipped. 35 photographs. An excellent personal biography of Schweitzer the man, who will last on beyond his writings, his music, his philosphy and even his famous hospital. 
Price: 6.00 GBP
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Albert Schweitzer, Ratter, Magnus C.
58 Ratter, Magnus C. Albert Schweitzer
London The Lindsey Press 1949 First Thus Hard Cover Good Very Good 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
Gilt title on blue cloth boards which are clean and unmarked with some fading to spine. Internally there is a contemporary inscription and date to front endpaper else clean and tight. Dustjacket is complete with a repaired tear to back and is plastic protected. This edition is a revision of the first edition of 1935, brought up to date and much enlarged, written with such clarity that the reader will understand Dr. Schweitzer's contribution to music, theology and ethics. 
Price: 5.00 GBP
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Return to Katja, Reissner, Alexander
59 Reissner, Alexander Return to Katja
London John Calder 1958 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Very good+ clean, tight and unmarked copy in blue cloth boards with a touch of light foxing to closed edges with VG+ dustjacket which is not price clipped. 132 pages and photo portrait frontispiece. A memoir of the author's (1916-1991) mother, Katja Reissner (1888-1952). She was born in Odessa, studied music, and married in Berlin, later coming to live in London. She saw tragedy, wars and revolution. A memorial lecture was held each year by the Royal Society of Literature. 
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Waldheim, Rosenzweig, Luc & Cohen, Bernard
60 Rosenzweig, Luc & Cohen, Bernard Waldheim
London Robson 1988 0860515060 / 9780860515067 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine uninscribed copy with Fine complete dustjacket. Translated by Josephine Bacon. The authors' research into the background and early life of Kurt Waldheim, elected President of Austria in 1986 who claimed that he had spent the war years as a law student. They claim that they discovered a shocking indictment, an incredible tale of 40 years of hidden truths, deceptions and international complicity. 8 photographs. *** NOT EX LIB *** 
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