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1 Bragg, Melvyn Rich - The Life of Richard Burton
London Hodder and Stoughton 1988 0340405376 / 9780340405376 Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
A near Fine copy which has a gift inscription to front endpaper, a decorative bookplate to front pastedown and age toning to page edges else else clean, tight and unmarked. Dustjacket is near Fine and is not price clipped. viii + 533 pages. 79 illustrations. There are many other biographies of Richard Burton and what sets this original biography apart is that Melvyn Bragg has discovered and summed up a man hidden until now from all but one or two of his closest friends, and even to them a mystery. From unpublished letters and memoirs, from new interviews with those who have never spoken, above all from 350, words of Burton's notebooks never before seen, a portrait emerges of a man of multitudes, of vast qualities, immense flaws, wonderful ambitions, crippling melancholy and illnesses, something of a scholar, a fighter and a reckless warrior who lived the life of a legend from his beloved Wales. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.10 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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2 Bragg, Melvyn The Adventure of English - 500 AD to 2000 - The Biography of a Language
London Hodder and Stoughton 2003 0340829915 / 9780340829912 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. First edition, first printing. xii + 354 pages. 55 illustrations. In the book Melvyn Bragg shows us the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. Along the way its colourful story takes in a host of characters and locations, from the early tribes, Alfred the Great's stubborn resistance to the Danes, and through its early literary masterpieces such as Beowulf and the bawdy Geoffrey Chaucer; Henry VIII's battles with the church over bootleg bibles; a 'coarse' playwright named William Shakespeare; Dr. Johnson's dictionary. Embracing elements of Latin, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, Hindi and Gullah, this 1500 year story covers a huge range of countries and peoples. 
Price: 12.00 GBP
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