SAHAAS Library - surplus book sale, November 2017

Biography and autobiography

By Sally Pearson

Some books have been sold since the list was originally published. These are marked on the attached list in red text.

Further sorting of the Beardsmore Collection of books donated recently to the Society's library has identified a number of volumes of biography/autobiography which are either duplicates or unrelated to the Society’s work, and these are now offered for sale.  A full list of titles and prices can be found on the attached document but here is a brief taster.

They are an interesting mix!  Not surprisingly, the majority describe the lives of people with Hertfordshire connections. The great and the good are there, of course, so Edward I, Lord Melbourne, and several members of the Lytton and Cowper families. A number of ecclesiastical characters too: Bishop Thomas Ken, Dr Thomas Fry, hymnwriter Isaac Watts, Bishop Samuel Wilberforce.  And soldiers:  Frank Rhodes, brother of Cecil, and double VC Martin Leake.

There’s a scattering of works about artists, writers and musicians: singer and composer Michael Balfe, artist Myles Birket Foster, playwright George Bernard Shaw, essayist Charles Lamb, and a reflection on his childhood by poet Herbert Palmer.  A good number are about women’s lives, for example Emily Davies, co-founder of Girton College, author Mary Carbery writing about her Victorian childhood at Childwickbury, and contemporary Victoria Glendinning reflecting on the life and death of a Quaker daughter (her great aunt).

Finally, there are a couple of quirky tales.  One about Peter the Wild Boy, a feral child found by George I while hunting in Hanoverian woods, who is buried at Northchurch.  And another eighteenth-century story from the ‘Library of Imposters’ about the astonishing adventures of John Daniel – not sure how much truth there is in this one!

Any money raised by this sale will be divided between the Society and the St Albans New Museum and Gallery fund.

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SAHAAS Surplus Books List, 1 December 2017
SAHAAS Surplus Books List, 1 December 2017 (168k)
Updated file noting books which have been sold

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