Halfway to Freedom.
A Report on the New India in the Words and Photographs of Margaret Bourke-White.New York: Simon and Schuster, 1949 Stock Code: 141291
First edition, first printing, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the half-title, "Horace Sutton, Remembering a pleasant evening when I was halfway heard on Halfway to Freedom. Cordially, Margaret Bourke-White"; a particularly attractive provenance as Sutton (1919-1991) was one of the pre-eminent American travel writers of his day, credited with coining the phrase "jet lag".
"Among the many important subjects she covered was India (19461948) during Mahatma Gandhi's fight for independence. She photographed Gandhi just a few hours before he was assassinated in 1948" (American National Biography). This aspect is covered in the closing chapter of Bourke-White's fine photo-essay, entitled "The Great Light is Extinguished". Signed or presentation copies are highly uncommon.
Octavo. Original gilt-lettered black cloth spine, green paper sides with gilt facsimile of Bourke-White's signature to front cover. With dust jacket.
Numerous monochrome plates from photographs by the author, coloured map endpapers.
Price-clipped jacket with a few chips, nicks and short closed tears, slight loss at head of back panel, some light shelf wear. A very good copy.
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