BIOGRAPHIES, AUTOBIOGRAPHIES, MEMOIRS
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My First 25 Years . . . ”
Haldeman-Julius, E[manuel].  My first 25 years: Instead of a footnote, an autobiography.  [Girard, KS: Haldeman-Julius Publications], ©1949. 12mo. 47, [1 (ad)] pp.
$30.00
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My Second 25 Years . . . ”
Haldeman-Julius, E[manuel].  My second 25 years: Instead of a footnote, an autobiography. Girard, Kansas: Haldeman-Julius Publications, ©1949. 12mo. 117, [3 (ads)] pp.
$30.00
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“My Pen Has Been Taken up in the Cause, & for the Benefit, of My Own Sex”
A Biographical Dictionary of & for WOMEN
Hays, Mary.  Female biography; or, memoirs of illustrious and celebrated women, of all ages and countries. Philadelphia: Birch & Small (pr. by Fry & Kammerer), 1807. 8vo (22.3 cm, 8.8"). 3 vols. I: vi, [2], 488 pp. II: [4], 510, [2 (adv.)] pp. III: [4], 512 pp.
$1850.00
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An EARLY Strawberry Hill Press Book
Herbert of Cherbury, Edward Herbert, Baron.  The life of Edward lord Herbert of Cherbury. [Twickenham]: Strawberry-Hill [Press], 1764. 4to (22.5 cm; 9"). [5] ff., 171, [1] pp., fold. table, fold. port.
$425.00
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BLAIR Blazoned
Hill, John.  An account of the life and writings of Hugh Blair .... Philadelphia: James Humphreys, 1808. 8vo (21.7 cm, 8.5"). 229, [1 (blank)] pp.
$125.00

The Collector
(Hofer, Philip). Philip Hofer as author and publisher. Cambridge: Harvard College Library, 1968. 8vo. [6], 64 pp., [1] f.; illus.
$30.00

All theDETAILS of a Printer's Life
Hopkins, Frank E.  The De Vinne & Marion Presses: A chapter from the autobiography of Frank E. Hopkins. Meriden: The Columbiad Club, 1936. 8vo (21 cm, 8.25"). [6], 61, [3] pp.; 4 plts.
$40.00
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The Author ofThe Spider & the Fly”
Howitt, Mary.  Mary Howitt an autobiography. London: Wm. Isbister, 1889. 8vo (24.1 cm, 9.5"). 2 vols. I: Frontis., xviii, [2], 326 pp.; illus. II: Frontis., xii, 370 pp.; illus.
$125.00
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Bound in Hairy Hide
Hudson, W.H.  Far away and long ago: a history of my early life. Buenos Aires: Pr. for the Limited Editions Club by Guillermo Kraft Ltda., 1943. Tall 8vo. Frontis., xiv pp., [1] f., 306 pp., [2] ff.; 32 plts.
$225.00
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Literature from a Successful Presidential CampaignThe People's Candidate”
Jackson, Isaac Rand. The life of William Henry Harrison, (of Ohio,) the people's candidate for the presidency. With a history of the wars with the British and Indians on our north-western frontier. Philadelphia: Marshall, Williams & Butler, 1840. 12mo (15.5 cm; 6"). [1–4], 5, vi–x, `5–222 pp. (complete despite odd pagination).
$145.00
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(James, Henry). Edel, Leon. Henry James: A life. New York: Harper & Row, 1985. The one-volume version. Book club Edition. Dust jacket worn.  (6600)
$12.50


A Young Puritan’s Example
(Janeway, John).  Wheatley, James.   An extract of the life and death of Mr. John Janeway. London: John Paramore, 1783. 12mo (19 cm, 7.5"). 40 pp.
$300.00

Polychromatic Binding16 Plates
(Jesus). De Ligny, François.  Vie de N.S. Jésus-Christ tirée des quatre Évangélistes par de Ligny. Limoges & Paris: Librairie des Bons Livres, 1852. Folio (38.5 cm). ix, [1], 152, 22, [2] pp.; 16 plts.
$600.00
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Inscribed
(Kaiser, Philip M.). Kaiser, Philip M. Journeying far & wide: a political and diplomatic memoir. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1992. Inscribed by author. Dust jacket in fine condition.  (6601)
$17.50


WOODCUTS Inspired By Dostoyevsky
Kalashnikov, Anatolii Ivanovich.  The Dostoyevsky Suite. Ten wood engravings by Anatolii Ivanovich Kalashnikov Re (Hon.), with an introduction by W.E. Butler. London: The Primrose Academy, 1994. 4to (26.1 cm, 10.3"). [3], 1, [5], 2–10, [1] f.
$250.00
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Bookselling Reminiscences
Kaye, Barbara.  The company we kept. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, ©1995. 8vo (23.5 cm; 9.25"). 10, 224 pp.
$27.50
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MORE Bookselling Reminiscences . . .
Kaye, Barbara.  Second impression, rural life with a rare bookman. [New Castle, DE]: Oak Knoll Press & Werner Shaw, ©1995. 8vo (23.5 cm; 9.25"). x, 350 pp.
$15.00
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Camelot
(Kennedy, John F.). Shaw, Mark. The John F. Kennedys: A family album. No place: Farar & Straus, 1964. Folio. Illus.
$20.00


(Kennedy, John F.). Sorensen, Theodore C. Kennedy. New York: Harper & Row, 1965. Book club Edition.  (6604)
$12.00


(Kipling, Rudyard). Birkenhead, Frederick Winston Furneaux Smith. Rudyard Kipling. New York: Random House, 1978. Dust jacket somewhat worn, with spine faded. History Book Club edition. With photographs.  (6605)
$10.00


(Kissinger, Henry A.). Kalb, Marvin and Kalb, Bernard. Kissinger. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1974. Book club Edition.  (6606)
$12.50


One Year's Worth ofWell-Spent Half Hours
Knight, Charles.  Half-hours with the best authors. [London: Charles Knight, 1847–48]. 8vo (22.8 cm, 9"). 4 vols. in 2. I: Frontis., engr. t.-p., [2], 312 pp., frontis., engr. t.-p., [2], 312 pp. II: Frontis., engr. t.-p., [iii]–iv, 312 pp., frontis., engr. t.-p., [iii]–iv, 316 pp.
$175.00
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A Study of aComplicated Man
(Koestler, Arthur).  Nedava, Joseph.  Arthur Koestler a study. London: Robert Anscombe & Co., [1948]. 8vo (18.6 cm, 7.3"). Frontis., 63, [1] pp.
$65.00
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(Lawrence of Arabia).  Aldington, Richard. Lawrence of Arabia: A biographical enquiry. London: Collins, 1955. 8vo.
$25.00


(Lippmann, Walter). Steel, Ronald. Walter Lippmann and the American century. Boston: Little, Brown, 1980. Dust jacket in very good condition. History Book Club edition. With photographs.  (6610)
$10.00


Cortés Malinche & Montezuma
López de Gómara, Francisco.  Historia, di Don Ferdinando Cortes, marchese della Valle, capitano varlorosissimo. In Venetia: per Giouanni Bonadio, 1564. 8vo. [8], 354 of 356 ff. (lacking fol. 1 and final blank).
$3500.00
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(Louis XIV). Mitford, Nancy. The Sun King. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1966.  (6611)
$17.50


Lowell's Letters, Edited by a Friend
Lowell, James Russell; Charles Eliot Norton, ed.  Letters of James Russell Lowell. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1894. 8vo (22.7 cm, 8.9"). 2 vols. I: Frontis., viii, 418 pp.; 1 plt. II: Frontis., v, [1], 464 pp.
$135.00
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A Metamorphosis Metamorphosis
Marino, Giambattista.  L'Adone, poema del Cavalier Marino: con gli argomenti del Conte Fortuniano Sanvitale, e l'allegorie di Don Lorenzo Scoto. Amsterdam: No publisher/printer, 1680. 12mo (16.5 cm, 6.5"). 2 vols. I: [18] ff., 660 pp. (i.e., 662). II: 658; 34 pp.
$600.00
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(McGhee, George). McGhee, George. Envoy to the Middle World: Adventures in diplomacy. New York: Harper & Row, 1983. Dust jacket faded over spine, slightly worn; inscribed.  (6614)
$17.50

First First”
Memorial biographies of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.   Boston: Pub. by the Society, 1880. 8vo (24.5 cm, 9.6"). 533 pp.
$100.00

(Millais, John Everett). Lutyens, Mary. Millais and the Ruskins. New York: Vanguard Press, 1967.  (6491)
$17.50


Miller's Second Novel
Miller, Henry.  Black spring. Paris: The Obelisk Press, 1945. 8vo (19.2 cm, 7.56"). 269, [3] pp.
$150.00
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The Book That Defined Miller's Career
Miller, Henry.  Tropic of Cancer. Paris: The Obelisk Press, January 1939. 8vo (19.3 cm, 7.6"). [1-6], 7-[318], [2] pp.
$225.00
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A Very Autobiographical Comedy
Moore, George.  The coming of Gabrielle a comedy. New York: Boni & Liveright, 1921. 8vo (21 cm; 8.25"). 132, [1] pp.
$50.00
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Garrick, Cromwell, Addison, Locke, Raleigh, et al.
Mortimer, Thomas.  The British Plutarch, containing the lives of the most eminent statesmen, patriots, divines, warriors, philosophers, poets, and artists, of Great Britain and Ireland, from the accession of Henry VIII to the present time. London: Charles Dilly, 1791. 12mo (18.2 cm, 7.2"). 8 vols. I: Frontis., xi, [3], 297, [3 (2 adv.)] pp. II: [4], 296 (i.e., 299), [1 (errata)] pp. III: [4], 321, 3 (adv.)] pp. IV: [4], 275, [1] pp. V: [4], 299, [1] pp. VI: [4], 339, [1] pp. VII: [4], 250 pp. VIII: [4], 291, [1] pp.
$450.00
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(Mozart). Brophy, Brigid. Mozart the dramatist: A new view of Mozart, his operas and his age. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1964. Spine and back cover slightly spotted.  (6618)
$17.50


Inscribed by the Author & Subject
(Nash, Bradley). Ransom, Charles E., Jr. Statesman of Harpers Ferry. Rippon, WV: Nuggets of Wisdom Books, 1995. 8vo. Illus.
$15.00

Die Religion desZoroaster
Olshausen, Justus, ed.; Johann August Vullers.  Fragmente ueber die religion des Zoroaster, aus dem persischen uebersetzt und mit einem ausfuehrlichen commentar versehen nebst dem leben des Ferdusi aus Dauletscha’hs biographieen der dichter, von Johann August Vullers, mit einem vorworte von Windischmann. Bonn: verlag von T. Habicht, 1831. 8vo. xxxii, 130, 14 p.
$475.00
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Life WithoutPipe Dreams? Designed by Leonard Baskin
O'Neill, Eugene.  The iceman cometh. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1982. Folio (28.5 cm, 11.22"). xvi, [4], 153, [4] pp.; 10 pls.
$225.00
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Paley's Works & His Life inFive Neat Volumes
Paley, William.  Works of William Paley. In five volumes, with a memoir of his life, by G.W. Meadley. Boston: Joshua Belcher, 1810. 8vo. 5 vols. I: Frontis., 371, [1] pp. II: [2], 424 pp. III: 523, [1] pp. IV: 453, [1] pp. V: 509, [1], [68 (index)] pp.
$250.00
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Biography of Savonarola byHis Friend
Pico della Mirandola, Giovanni Francesco.  Vita R. P. Fr. Hieronymi Savonarolae ferrariensis, ord. praedicatorum. Paris: Sumptibus Ludovici Billaine, 1674. 12mo (15 cm, 5.9"). Vol. I of II. Frontis., [18] ff., 385 [i.e., 375], [1] pp. Plates.
$900.00
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He Wrote More than Histories! 
  (Some Readers Wrote in His Margins!)
Prescott, William Hickling.  Biographical and critical miscellanies. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1845. Sm 4to (24.1 cm; 9.5"). Frontis., [5] ff., 638 pp.
$225.00
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(Rembrandt / Dürer / Van Dyck).  Sweetser, Moses F.  Dürer. Boston: Houghton, Osgood & Co., 1880. 12mo. Frontis., 158 p., 2 pl. [also bound in, his] Rembrant. Boston: Houghton, Osgood & Co., 1880. 12mo. 162 p., 5 pl. [also bound in, his] Van Dyck. Boston: Houghton, Osgood & Co., 1880. 12mo. 157 p., 4 pl.
$25.00


(Reston, James). Reston, James. Deadline: A memoir. New York: Random House, 1991. Author's inscription. Spine slightly discolored.  (6623)
$17.50


(Roosevelt, Selwa "Lucky"). Roosevelt, Selwa. Keeper of the gate. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1990. Dust jacket in fine condition. With photographs.  (6633)
$17.50


My dearest John,” My dear Girl,” My dearest Boy,” My dear Father” . . .
Ruskin, John James; Van Akin Burd, ed.  The Ruskin family letters. Ithaca & London: Cornell University Press, © 1973. 8vo. 2 vols. I: Frontis., lviii, 417, [1] pp. II: Frontis., [418]–792, [2] pp.
$45.00
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(Sackville-West, Vita). Nicolson, Nigel. Portrait of a marriage: V. Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson. New York: Atheneum, 1973. Dust jacket in good condition; one marginal correction in ink. With photographs.  (6635)
$17.50


Scott on theBest” English Novels & Romances
Scott, Walter.  Lives of the novelists. Boston: Cummings, Billiard & Co., 1826. 12mo (17.7 cm, 7"). 2 vols. I: [6], 240 pp. II: [4], 227, [1] pp.
$300.00

(Sitwell, Osbert). Sitwell, Osbert. Left hand, right hand! Boston: Little, Brown, 1944.  (5625)
$7.50


RADICAL Reformation DocumentsSocinianism
Socinus, Faustus.  Opera omnia in duos tomos distincta. Irenopoli [Amsterdam]: no publisher/printer [Frans Kuyper & Daniel Bakkamude], 1656 [i.e., 1668]. Folio (31.5 cm, 12.375"). 2 vols. I: [14] ff., 814 pp. (i.e., 848), incl. [16] ff. sectional titles. II: [2] ff., 812 pp. (i.e., 840), incl. [10] ff. sectional titles), [5] ff.
$3000.00
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Printed by W. Thomas Taylor / Signed by Stern
Stern, Madeleine B.  Nicholas Gouin Dufief of Philadelphia: Franco-American bookseller, 1776-1834. Philadelphia: The Philobiblon Club, 1988. 8vo. (22 cm; 8.75"). 81 pp., illus., portrait, facsimiles.
$50.00
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Atomic EnergyToo Cheap to Meter”
(Strauss, Lewis L.). Pfau, Richard. No sacrifice too great: The life of Lewis L. Strauss. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1984. Dust jacket.  (6640)
$23.50


“At First They Worked in the Same Room, Sometimes at the Same Typewriter”
Sullivan, Eleanor.  Whodunit: a biblio-bio-anecdotal memoir of Frederic Dannay, “Ellery Queen.” New York: Targ Editions, 1984. Small 8vo (22.5 cm; 8.75") 45, [1] pp., plate.
$150.00
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LEC: Tolstoy on Growing up in Russia
Tolstoy, Leo.  Childhood, boyhood, youth. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1972. 8vo (25.4 cm, 10"). xviii, 379, [3] pp.
$125.00
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(Trefusis, Violet). Jullian, Philippe, & Phillips, John. Violet Trefusis: life and letters. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1976. Ownership signature. With photographs.  (6642)
$17.50


(Truman, Harry S.). Miller, Merle. Plain speaking: An oral biography of Harry S. Truman. New York: Berkley Publishing, 1974. Dust jacket in fair condition.  (6643)
$12.00


(Turner). Lindsay, Jack. Turner: The man and his art. London, Toronto, Sydney, New York: Granada Publishing Limited, 1985. 8vo. 179 pp.; illus.
$30.00


(Vishnevskaya, Galina). Vishnevskaya, Galina. Galina: a Russian story. Daniels, Guy, tr. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1984. Dust jacket torn over spine and back cover. With previous owner's name in ink on fly-leaf. With photographs.  (6644)
$17.50


Biblical Men RepresentedAn Apologetic PrefaceA Handsome Binding
Wainwright, Jonathan Mayhew, editor.  Our Saviour, with prophets and apostles. A series of eighteen highly finished steel engravings, designed expressly for this work. With descriptions by several American divines. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1851. 4to (28.5 cm; 11.25"). Engr. frontis., 235 pp., [17] plts.
$325.00
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(Walker, John). Walker, John. Self-portrait with donors: Confessions of an art collector. Boston: Little, Brown, 1974. Lightly tattered dust jacket.  (6467)
$17.50


Fishing Classic, Important Lives, & Two Fore-Edge Paintings
Walton, Izaak.  The complete angler [and] The lives of Dr. John Donne, Sir Henry Wotton, Mr. Richard Hooker, Mr. George Herbert, and Dr. Robert Sanderson. London: John Major, 1824–25. 8vo (17.1 cm, 6.75"). 2 vols. I: lviii, 416 pp.; 14 plts. II: xviii, [2], 503, [1] pp.; 11 plts.
$900.00
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Waugh! The Pre-Raphaelites!
Waugh, Evelyn.  PRB An essay on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood 1847–54. Westerham, Kent: Dalrymple Press, 1982. 4to (25.2 cm, 9.9"). 44, [3] pp.
$125.00
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(Wellington). Longford, Elizabeth. Wellington: The years of the sword. New York: Harper & Row, 1969. Spine crumpled. History Book Club edition.  (6647)
$15.00


(Wellington). Longford, Elizabeth. Wellington: Pillar of state. New York: Harper & Row, 1972.  (6648)
$17.50


I Believe She Was Not Only a Good Woman, but Good in an Eminent Degree”
Wesley, John.  An extract of the life of Madam Guion. London: Printed by R. Hawes, And sold at the Foundry ... & at the Rev. Mr. Wesley's Preaching-Houses, 1776. 12mo ( ). 230 pp.
$400.00
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White, William Allen. The autobiography of William Allen White. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1946. 8vo. 669 pp.
$10.00


H.D., Hemingway, Stein, Marianne Moore, & So Many Others Were His FRIENDS
Williams, William Carlos.  The autobiography of William Carlos Williams.  New York: Random House, © 1951.  8vo (21.5 cm; 8.5"). xiv, 402 pp.
$450.00
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A Prominent Lawyer, Skillful Orator, & Charming Family Man
(Wirt, William).  Kennedy, John Pendleton.  Memoirs of the life of William Wirt, attorney general of the United States. Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1849. 8vo (23.7 cm, 9.3"). 2 vols. I: Frontis., 417, [1], 4, [48 (adv.)] pp. II: 450, [2] pp.; 1 facs.
$300.00
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Proclaiming America'sTruly Illustrious Characters
Woodward, Thomas. The Columbian Plutarch.  Philadelphia: Pr. for the author by Clark & Raser, 1819. 12mo (17.2 cm, 6.9").[8], 311, [1 (blank)] pp.
$200.00

Bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe
Zouch, Thomas.  The life of Isaac Walton; including notices of his contemporaries. London: Septimus Prowett, 1823. 8vo (21.1 cm, 8.25"). ii, 93 pp.; 20 plts.
$500.00
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