London. B.T. Batsford Ltd. 1945. First edition, first printing. Hardback; red cloth-bound boards with yellow titles, dust jacket. vi, 111 pages. Colour frontispiece, 32 black-and-white hors-texte plates, many text illustrations. English. 230 x 160mm. 0.35kg. . Good, in good dust jacket; some shelf wear to jacket and boards, light wear to forecorners and spine ends repaired with tape to verso, 1cm loss at head of spine, 5cm tear and crease to top edge of front panel repaired with tape to verso, spotting to flaps and verso, small mark to rear board, spine edges rubbed, spine browned, not price-clipped; spotting to edges, endpapers and occasional pages, owner's inscription date November 1945 to front free 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.