London. B.T. Batsford Ltd. 1945. First edition, first printing. Red cloth-bound hardback with yellow titles, dust jacket. vi, 111 pages. Colour frontispiece, 32 black-and-white hors-texte plates, many text illustrations. Previous owner's signature in ink to front endpaper. English. 230 x 160mm. 0.35kg. . Very good, in very good dust jacket; slight shelf wear, light wear to spine ends of jacket, short 2cm tear at base of spine, a couple of short 1cm tears to head of spine, spine slightly browned, not price-clipped; no inscriptions, contemporary "W. H. Smith & Son, Rue de Rivoli, Paris" bookseller's label to rear endpaper.
Following on from Near East published two years earlier, Far East continues the story of Beaton's work and experience as a war photographer working for the Ministry of Information. The book covers his travels to India, Burma and China. Whilst there he took photographs of the locals, the landscape and the military, many of which are reproduced here. These are supplemented by Beaton's rich descriptions of these countries, their people and his wartime experiences. His accomplished line drawings appear throughout the text.