An Indian Album

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"). 0.35kg. . English Very good, in good dust jacket; light shellf wear to jacket, ruffling to forecorners and spine ends with small 1cm loss at head of spine, 3cm tear and crease at lower edge of rear jacket with 1cm area of loss, short 1 cm tear to upper edge of rear jacket, spine browned, price-clipped; no inscriptions.

Cecil Beaton's photographs of war-time India. 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.