Book Collector’s Spotlight: A Passage to India by E. M. Forster


A Passage to India by E. M. Forster

This is a beautiful 20th century rich cream cloth binding over boards, with illustrated front board and Publishers slip case. Cream endpapers. First Folio Printing.


Illustrations by Ian Ribbons (1924-2002). Ian was a prolific illustrator, his fine pen, ink and wash adorning books by Kipling, Dickens and Maupassant amongst many others . One of Ian’s own books about the The Battle of Gettysburg was a highly commended entry for the Carnegie Prize in 1974.

Introduction by biographer, Michael Holroyd.

Condition: Near fine condition with very slight bumps to spine ends and publishers slip-case. Tidy with no inscriptions.

 An elegantly illustrated binding, bringing this story first published in 1924 by Edward Arnold set against the backdrop of the British Raj and the Indian independence movement in the 1920s to life.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970) was a noted English author and critic and a member of the Bloomsbury group. His first novel, Where Angels Fear To Tread appeared in 1905. The Longest Journey appeared in 1907, followed by A Room With A View (1908), based partly on the material from extended holidays in Italy with his mother. Howards End (1910) was a story that centred on an English country house and dealt with the clash between two families, one interested in art and literature, the other only in business. Maurice was revised several times during his life, and finally published posthumously in 1971.

The story: After a mysterious accident during their visit to the caves, Dr Assiz is accused of assaulting Adela Quested, a naive young Englishwoman. As he is brought to trial, the fragile structure of Anglo-Indian relations collapses and the racism inherent in colonialism is exposed in all its ugliness.

1983 special edition, illustrations printed lithographically by Jolly & Barber Ltd. 301 pages. 11 leaves of plates including frontispiece. £15 + £4.50 UK p & p.

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