New Delhi: Children's Book Trust, 1973. Book. Illus. by Sketches by B.G. Varma. Very Good. Soft cover. First Edition. 67pp, 8 monochrome portrait sketches by Varma. Eight even-handed and literate portraits and descriptions of the principal leaders of the Indian independence movement from one who knew it in his own person from both the Hindu and Muslim side. Khalid Latif Gauba (1899-ca 1980?),, a Muslim, formerly known as the Hindu Kanhaya Lal Gauba, a lawyer and graduate of Cambridge, wrote a number of literate and often hard-hitting books on political and legal life in pre-Partition Punjab and India as well as Pakistan. In 1929, he wrote Uncle Sham, a parody on the U. S. and an answer to Katherine Mayo's Mother India, which went into many editions and became quite famous. Khushwant Singh, writing about him in 2003, said he converted to Islam to spite his father, opposed Partition, migrated to India and died a pauper in Mumbai..
London and Redhill: Lutterworth Press, 1944. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First Edition. Frontis port, Biographical Note: C.F. Andrews, chapter heading include Maulvi, Punkah Puller, G.K. Gokhale, Coolie, Moplah, Panchami, Plague, Famine, Flood Fire, Drink, Pestilence, Earthquake,Delhi Sweeper, Tea-Coolie, Jute-Worker, Steel-Worker, Trade Union Leader and Leper. Charles Freer Andrews (1871-1940) former British missionary in India and Africa became a close friend of both Tagore and Gandhi and played a significant role in international peace-keeping activities. John S. Hoyland (1887-1957) was a Christian missionary in England, the USA and Britain. The book concists of impressions of him by a wide variety of people, mainly Indian. A prolific writer, he authored more than sixty books as well as many articles, poems and stories..
New York: Alfred A. Knopf and The Viking Press, 1966. Book. Fine. Hardcover. BOMC edition. First printing. ix, 240pp, Preface, Epilogue. 8vo/22cm. Quarter cloth, small blemish bottom of front board, otherwise internally fine. The retrospective story of five years in the lives of two small English girls growing up in the Narayangunj area of Bengal, India. "...we never felt that we were foreigners, not India's own; we felt at home, safely held in her large warm embrace, content as we never were to be content in our own country." As adults Jon Godden (1908-1984) and Margaret Rumer Godden (1907-1998) both wrote books, Jon a dozen or so, Rumer more than sixty. Rumer has sometimes been described as one of the foremost English language authors of the twentieth century..
New York: Mentor Books/New American Library, 1954. Book. Good. Soft cover. First Printing of Mentor edition. 189, [iii]pp, frontis illustration, index. 12mo/18cm. A shorter version of the author's major 1950 biography of Mohandas Karimchand Gandhi (1869-1948), The Life of Mahatma Gandhi, the legendary leader of the non-violent part of the Indian independence struggle. Louis Fischer (1896-1970) who probably was responsible for introducing Gandhi and his work to a larger part of the reading world than any other writer..
New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1969. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First Edition. 703pp, 2 double-paged maps, 32 pages of photo illustrations (several double-paged), genealogy, glossary, bibliography, notes, chronological table, index. 8vo/23cm. Red cloth gilt, light rubbing at tail of spine, otherwise very good+ in very good dj. A detailed biography by a professional writer specializing in biography. Pierre Stephen Robert Payne (1911- 1983) wrote 110 books in his life including biographies of Alexander the Great, Chiang Kai-chek, Churchill, Dostoyevsky, Greta Garbo, Ivan the Terrible, Lawrence of Arabia, Leonardo da Vinci, General George Marshall, Marx and Sun Yat-sen. He was a skilled translator from nine languages..