An Indian Album

An Indian Album
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Cecil Beaton.

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; ruffling to jacket at head and base of spine, three short closed tears along edges, jacket in general fresh and crisp, not price-clipped; five leaves lightly creased at top right hand forecorner; typed 8-line poem titled 'To: Dr English' pasted to front free endpaper, dated 1946 in ink (perhaps a satirical ditty referring to the withdrawal of the English from India during this period).

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.