London. B.T. Batsford Ltd.. Winter, 1945-6. First edition. Orange cloth-bound hardback, with blue titles, top-edge orange, dust jacket. 8 text pages. Frontispiece and 78 b&w plates. 230 x 175mm (9 x 7"). .35kg. . English Very good; slight ruffling to jacket at head and base of spine with minimal loss, slight ruffling to forecorners, occasional short nick along edge, a small stain to front jacket, small 5mm hole to spine, spine slightly browned, no large tears and not price-clipped; book firm and clean, no inscriptions.
Cecil Beaton's photographs of war-time India, with the well-preserved dust jacket. Beaton was sent to the Far East during World War II to take photographs for the Ministry of Information. He visited India in 1944 and An Indian Album brings together a collection of the photographs he took there. As well as images of Indian soldiers there are photos of local people, workers, customs and rituals, street scenes and cultural monuments. The book differs from India, published in Bombay by Beaton in the same year, with its own text and a different selection of images.