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A Passage to India.

Published: London: Edward Arnold & Co., 1924

Stock code: 103160

Price: £5,750

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First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on publication on the front endpaper, “Harold with Morgan’s love, 7.6.24”. Harold Barger (1907–1989) was the son of Forster’s lifelong friends George Barger (1878-1939), who he met at Cambridge, and his wife Florence. From 1910 to 1958 Forster maintained an extensive correspondence with Florence, whom he described as “my only woman friend”. In 1939 Harold became Professor of Economics at Columbia University, which now holds his papers (correspondence between Forster and Harold Barger being held at King’s College, Cambridge).

Octavo. Original dark red cloth, titles to spine and front board in black. Front and rear inner hinges cracked but holding. A good copy with some wear to the spine ends and a split at the head of the rear joint.

Bibliography: Connolly, Modern Movement, 45; Kirkpatrick A10.

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