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Biography - English Royalty and Nobility

Biography - English Royalty and Nobility

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The House of Nell Gwyn  -  The Fortunes of the Beauclerk Family 1670-1974, Adamson, Donald and Dewar, Patrick Beauclerk
1 Adamson, Donald and Dewar, Patrick Beauclerk The House of Nell Gwyn - The Fortunes of the Beauclerk Family 1670-1974
London William Kimber 1974 0718304039 / 9780718304034 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY AUTHOR DONALD ADAMSON on front endpaper with dedication ' To Timothy O'Sullivan - this shadow of a book to come? and dated 11 December 1974. Gold title on red boards which are very clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally there is age darkening to page edges else very clean, tight and unmarked. Dustjacket has just a touch of wear to spine tail. xvii + 260 pages. 30 illustrations. Beauclerk family tree. With wit and erudition this book describes the Dukes of St. Albans who descend from Nell Gwyn and Charles II. The fortunes and misfortunes of this extraordinary family provide the material for a singularly colourful reflection of English life over three centuries. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
Price: 15.00 GBP
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Queen Victoria  -  Story of Her Life and Reign  -  1819-1901, Anonymous
2 Anonymous Queen Victoria - Story of Her Life and Reign - 1819-1901
London W & R Chambers 1901 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
Black titles with black, green and yellow decoration and pictorial on orange cloth boards which have some minor marks but no wear. Internally there is a decorative prize bookplate to front pastedown else very clean, tight and unmaked. 144 pages. 22 illustrations and portraits. Not dated but presumably 1901. One of the more scarcer memorial editions of Queen Victoria's reign following her death. 
Price: 12.00 GBP
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Princess Margaret  -  A Biography, Aronson, Theo
3 Aronson, Theo Princess Margaret - A Biography
London Michael O'Mara 1997 1854792482 / 9781854792488 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. 336 pages. 45 illustrations. Here is the first detailed, in-depth study of this controversial royal figure, written by a respected royal biographer, who has interviewed Princess Margaret, as well as many other royal family members. He has been helped by many who knew the Princess and has drawn on several new and unfamiliar sources. An authoritative biography which does justice to a complex woman. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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George the Third, Ayling, Stanley
4 Ayling, Stanley George the Third
London Collins 1972 0002114127 / 9780002114127 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Gilt title on brown cloth boards which are very clean and unmarked with a hint of wear to spine tail and lower corner tips. Internally there is a small name to front endpaper else very clean, tight and unmarked. A Very Good+ copy. Dustjacket is price clipped. 510 pages, 29 illustrations and genealogical chart endpapers. Since the demolition work of Sir Lewis Namier and his followers biographers have fought shy of this tempting yet dangerously complex subject, and a new study of King George III was badly overdue. This most accomplished biography by Stanley Ayling of a richly human and critically important subject, written with wit, humour, a style of distinction, a sceptical yet never cynical intelligence and warm sympathy, based upon a lifetime's study. **** NOT EX LIB **** **** NOT BOOK CLUB **** **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.0 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE EXTRA SHIPPING COST **** 
Price: 6.00 GBP
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Queen Victoria's Children, Bennett, Daphne
5 Bennett, Daphne Queen Victoria's Children
New York St. Martin's Press 1980 0312660065 / 9780312660062 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy with near ine dustjacket which is not price clipped. First US edition. 143 pages. 13 illustrations. Queen Victoria's marriage to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg produced nine children before his untimely death in 1861. Daphne Bennett provides character studies of all the children during their formative years. New material from the Royal Archives enables her to paint a delightfully intimate picture of the nursery and its inmates in closer detail than has ever been possible before. **** NOT AN EX LIBRARY COPY **** 
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Emma, Lady Hamilton, Bishop, Edward
6 Bishop, Edward Emma, Lady Hamilton
Geneva Heron Collectors Edition 1969 Hard Cover Fine No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" 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. 47 illustrations. Uniform with Women Who Made History Series. 
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Woburn and The Russells, Blakiston, Georgiana
7 Blakiston, Georgiana Woburn and The Russells
London Constable 1980 0094612102 / 9780094612105 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with VG dustjacket which is not price clipped. x + 246 pages, 39 illustrations. Genealogical tree endpapers. Jeremiah Wiffen, librarian to the sixth Duke of Bedford, traced the lineage of the family to Olaf the Sharp-Eyed, King of Rerik in the seventh century. Later, Wiffen was thought to have been too ingenious; the first ancestor of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford proven by documentary evidence was Stephen Russell, who lived at the end of the 14th century, and through marriage came into the property of Berwick by Swire in Dorset. This was the home from which John Russell, a century later, set out on his varied and triumphant career in the service of the crown, receiving an Earldom in 1550. Since that time the Rusell family have sustained a remarkable ascendancy, usually adding to their property with each generation, or producing men as brilliant and distinguished as Lord John Russell, the Prime Minister, in the 19th century and Bertrand Russell in the 20th century. The author, herself a Russell by birth, evokes the history of the great house and breathes life into its past inhabitants. 
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Uncle of Europe  -  The Social and Diplomatic Life of Edward VII, Brook-Shepherd, Gordon
8 Brook-Shepherd, Gordon Uncle of Europe - The Social and Diplomatic Life of Edward VII
London Collins 1975 0002118564 / 9780002118569 Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with dustjacket which has a taped repair. 384 pages. 31 illustrations. Family tree and map of the King's travels. Map of Europe endpapers. Second impression October 1975 (first was April 1975). Carrying out a 'royal paper chase' through castles, country houses and villas up and down the continent, the author has uncovered many previously unpublished letters, documents, diaries and photographs which show us King Edward as he was to his family, his diplomatic allies and rivals, and to his most intimate friends - among them Count Mensdorff, the indiscreet Austrian ambassador; Sir Ernest Cassel, the German born financial wizard who enabled the King to indulge his extravagant tastes; and the Marquis de Soveral, Portuguese politician and favourite of many of the most beautiful women of Europe, including Queen Alexandra herself. The first study of Edward as a European figure, which traces his graduation from prince of pleasure to international statesman. No fewer than ten of his nephews and nieces were to sit on European thrones, but even those contacts were extended to embrace Republican France, to delop the entente cordiale, and widened further by his breezy but very effective spa diplomacy at Marienbad and Biarritz and his yachting expeditions in the Baltic and Mediterranean. **** NOT EX LIB **** **** NOT BOOK CLUB **** 
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The Letters and Diplomatic Instructions of Queen Anne, Brown, Beatrice Curtis    (edited by)
9 Brown, Beatrice Curtis (edited by) The Letters and Diplomatic Instructions of Queen Anne
London Cassell 1935 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Gilt title and facsimile signature on red boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear but with fading to spine. Internally there is a small name to front pastedown and some foxing spots to fore edge else clean, tight and unmarked. Anne Stuart (1665-1714) was the last Stuart sovereign and the author has had access to many sources to prepare this volume which chronicles the period from 1688 to 1714. Appendices of notes on the correspondence and bibliography. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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The Queen's Resolve and Her Doubly Royal Reign  -  A Jubilee Memorial, Bullock, Rev. Charles
10 Bullock, Rev. Charles The Queen's Resolve and Her Doubly Royal Reign - A Jubilee Memorial
London "Home Words" Publishing Office 1887 Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
Gilt and black titles and decoration with gilt and black cameo on red cloth boards. Some minor light marks to boards but no wear. Internally very clean, tight and unmarked. Hundred and Fiftieth Thousand for the jubilee year. The second printing. 27 illustrations. A very nice condition example of this work. 
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Nancy Cunard, Chisholm, Anne
11 Chisholm, Anne Nancy Cunard
London Sidgwick and Jackson 1979 0283983353 / 9780283983351 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Silver art-deco motif on cream cloth spine on silver boards which are unmarked with no wear. Internally there is an ink mark to top edge, an inscription to front endpaper else a clean, tight and unmarked copy. Dustjacket has a small repaired closed tear and is not price clipped. xiii + 365 pages. 58 illustrations. Nancy Cunard was a brilliant rebel. Born in 1896, the only child of an English baronet and the American society hostess, Emerald, she determined to break free from her conventional background. After a disastrous marriage, she settled in Paris, where her exotic clothes and liberated behaviour soon became legendary. In Paris she was to meet many of the leading literary figures of the 1920's, including Louis Aragon, Tristan Tzara, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. She was the model for Aldous Huxley's Lucy Tantamount in Point Counterpoint. In her turn she wrote poetry, pamphlets, biographies of George Moore and Norman Douglas, and with her lover, the jazz musician Henry Crowder, she compiled an extraordinary volume of black culture, Negro. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.836 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
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Jennie  -  Lady Randolph Churchill  A Portrait With Letters, Churchill, Peregrine and Mitchell, Julian
12 Churchill, Peregrine and Mitchell, Julian Jennie - Lady Randolph Churchill A Portrait With Letters
London Collins 1974 0002113937 / 9780002113939 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A clean and unmarked copy VG+ with coloured pictorial endpapers and 46 photographic illustrations. Coloured pictorial dustjacket with portrait of Jennie is price clipped and has a few chips to head. An excellent biography of Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston's American Mother, by her grandson and includes many unpublished letters. This was made into an English television series. **** NOT BOOK CLUB **** 
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Hessian Tapestry, Duff, David
13 Duff, David Hessian Tapestry
London Frederick Muller 1967 Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Gold titles and armorial shileds on black cloth boards which are unmarked with no wear. Internally very clean, tight and unmarked. A near Fine copy. Dustjacket is also near Fine. 414 pages. Portrait frontispiece of Alice, Princess of Great Britain and Ireland, Wife of Grand Duke Louis IV of Hesse and the Rhine. 24 illustrations. Fold-out genealogical tables of the descent of the Hessian, Danish and British Royal Houses: their intermarriage and connection to other European Royal Houses; Descendants of Grand Duke Louis IV of Hesse and the Rhine, and Princess Alice of Great Britain. Second impression December 1967 (first was also 1967). The book is the authorised story of an eventful century in the history of one of the oldest families in Europe, of which Britain's Prince Charles is the 35th generation of known descendants. It begins in 1843 with the birth of Princess Alice, second daughter of Queen Victoria, and ends with the death of her last surviving child in 1953. Enriched with hitherto unpublished extracts from the reminiscences of the first Marquess and Marchioness of Milford Haven, it is the story of a closely-knit royal family facing the heartpangs of divided loyalties in five wars and handicapped by the inheritance of a dread disease. Princess Alice married Prince Louis of Hesse and the Rhine at the time of the making of Bismarck's Germany. Princess Alice once said 'I dare say Royalty is nonsense and it may be better if it was swept away...' Yet her daughter became Empress of Russia, her niece Queen of Spain, her grand-daughter Queen of Sweden, her son the last reigning Grand Duke of Hesse and the Rhine, her grandson Viceroy of India and her great-grandson husband of the British Queen. Her children married into the families of Romanoff and Battenberg, Coburg and Hohenzollern. NOT EX LIBRARY 
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Elizabeth and Mary  -  Cousins, Rivals, Queens, Dunn, Jane
14 Dunn, Jane Elizabeth and Mary - Cousins, Rivals, Queens
London Harper Collins 2003 0002571501 / 9780002571500 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped (Fine apart from a mark of fading to front left by a label being removed). xxxv + 535 pages. 40 colour illustrations. Coloured pictorial endpapers. This is the first biography of the fateful relationship between Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots. It was the defining relationship of their lives and marked the intersection of the great Tudor and Stuart dynasties. At its core were their rival claims to the throne of England. Working almost exclusively from contemporary letters and writings, the biographer lets the two Queens speak to us across more than 400 years, their voices and responses surprisingly familiar to our own, their characters vivid, by turns touching and terrible. Mary was executed for plotting Elizabeth's murder, and after Elizabeth's death in 1603, marking the end of the Tudor dynasty, it was a posthumous triumph for Mary, whose son, James I united the English and Scottish thrones under a Stuart king. **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.175 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST **** 
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Royal Sisters  -  Elizabeth and Margaret 1926-1956, Edwards, Anne
15 Edwards, Anne Royal Sisters - Elizabeth and Margaret 1926-1956
London Collins 1990 0002179873 / 9780002179874 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is price clipped. 393 pages. 56 illustrations. 2 genealogical charts. The royal sisters had no choice in their historic positions, but behind the palace gates and within the all-too-human confines of their personalities, they displayed tremendous individuality and suffered the human malaise of sibling rivalry. The book provides an unprecedented and intimate portrait of these most famous siblings during their formative youthful years. It openly discusses, with new information, the romance of Elizabeth and Philip and the tragic, aborted love affair between Margaret and Group Captain Peter Townsend. **** NOT EX LIB **** **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.925 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST **** 
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Darling Georgie  -  The Enigma of King George V, Friedman, Dennis
16 Friedman, Dennis Darling Georgie - The Enigma of King George V
London Peter Owen 1998 0720610710 / 9780720610710 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with a Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. 235 pages. 15 illustrations. Genealogical charts to endpapers. The psychiatrist author takes as his starting point the widely held belief that the personality and behaviour of parents and grandparents have a powerful influence on their children, grandchildren even great-grandchildren. An insightful biography arguing that the psychologically damaging upbringing affected his later life and that the effects are still evident in today's Royal Family. 15 illustrations and genealogical trees of the House of Windsor and Queen Alexandra. 
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Katharine  -  A Biography of Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent, Garner, Valerie
17 Garner, Valerie Katharine - A Biography of Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent
London Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1991 0297811754 / 9780297811756 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Very Good clean, tight and unmarked copy with a small removal to top corner of front endpaper (presumably to remove a name) with VG dustjacket which is not price clipped. 8 pages of illustrations. When Katharine Worsley, a direct descendant of Oliver Cromwell, married Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, the Queen's first cousin, in York Minster on 8 June 1961, both families thought it a romantic if ironic twist to the tales of Roundheads and cavaliers. Valerie Garner recalls Katharine's happy Yorkshire childhood, her long wait to marry the Duke before joining him in Hong Kong as an army wife, her love of music, how her religious beliefs have helped her in difficult times, and her many charitable activities. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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Once Upon A Time  -  The Story of Antony Armstrong-Jones, Glenton, Robert and King, Stella
18 Glenton, Robert and King, Stella Once Upon A Time - The Story of Antony Armstrong-Jones
London Anthony Blond 1960 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with gilt titles on red cloth boards, top edge red. Dustjacket is price clipped with a little wear and a repaired closed tear G+. A biography of Princess Margaret's husband, the photographer and commoner, as narrated to them by him. Their wedding was the first royal wedding to be televised, he later becoming the Earl of Snowdon, and this biography of course does not cover the acrimonious divorce of 1978. 44 illustrations and family tree. 
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Annabel  -  An Unconventional Life  -  The Memoirs of Lady Annabel Goldsmith, Goldsmith, Lady Annabel
19 Goldsmith, Lady Annabel Annabel - An Unconventional Life - The Memoirs of Lady Annabel Goldsmith
London Weidenfeld and Nicolson 2004 0297829661 / 9780297829669 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which has a light crease to top edge and is not price clipped. xii + 274 pages. Londonderry Family Tree. 51 illustrations. The daughter of the 8th Marquess of Londonderry, Annabel had a privileged upbringing, with parents who doted on their children, and idyllic years spent at the family homes, Mount Stewart and Wynyard. But her mother died tragically from cancer when Annabel was only 17, and Annabel, her sister and brother were left to cope with a father whose drinking and increasingly erratic behavious was becoming a burden on the whole family. Married at 19 to Mark Birley, Annabel's life became a whirlwind of glamorous parties, exotic holidays, much revolved around Annabel's - the Berkeley Square club that Mark Birley had founded in her name. Anabel and Mark had three children - Rupert, Robin and India Jane, however, in 1964, Annabel fell in love with, and later married, the charismatic entrepreneur, James Goldsmith. She had three more children - Jemima, Zac and Ben. Despite bearing the pressures of being one of three women in her husband's life, Annabel settled down to a happy family life at their home on the edge of Richmond Park. But tragedy was never far away: Rupert, her eldest son, died in an accident in West Africa in 1986 and in 1997, James Goldsmith died from cancer, after masterminding the Referendum Party. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Sarah Duchess of Marlborough, Green, David
20 Green, David Sarah Duchess of Marlborough
London Collins 1967 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Sarah Jennings 
Silver title on green cloth boards which are unmarked with no wear. Internally there are a few light marks to top edge else clean and unmarked. A Very Good+ copy. Dustjacket with portrait of Sarah has light wear to edges and is not price clipped. 351 pages. 34 ilustrations. Second impression June 1967 (1st was April 1967). Pictorial endpapers depicting Blenheim Palace. The wife of John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough who with Sidney Godolphin, the Princess Anne niece of Charles II and the Queen were the main governing power of England and broke the ascendancy of France. 
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