New York: Perennial Library/Harper & Row, 1977. Book. Very Good. Soft cover. First Perennial Library Edition. [iv], 247pp. 12mo/18cm. Paper, light edgewear, papers beginning brown, otherwise clean, tight and very good. A novel with an interesting twist about travel in the author's adopted country. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (1927- ) is a German born Booker Prize award-winning novelist, short story writer and screenwriter collaborator with Merchant Ivory Productions. Two of her scripts have won two Academy Awards of the six won by Merchant Ivory..
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1930. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First Edition. 288pp, Appendix. 8vo/22cm. Untitled cloth-backed plain boards (an India rebinding), some shadows of erased stamps (probably from the Indian military or a club library), a few pages have minor damage or foxing, otherwise clean, tight and very good, 2 newsclips of author's 1944 obit laid in. Major Francis Yeats-Briown (ca.1886-1944) was a soldier, journalist, author, airman and polo player. In his later years he became very interested in Indian mysticism and practiced yoga. The 8 page Appendix is his commentary on Yoga and Indian philosophy. He was very unhappy with the Hollywood movie production of Bengal Lancer of which Hitler apparently was an addict..
Mysore: Indian Thought Publications, 1958. Book. Very Good. Soft cover. First Indian Edition (1952). viii, 178pp. 12mo/19cm. Printed blue wrappers, slightly edgeworn, stamp of Oxford Book & Stationery Co., Calcutta on half title page, otherwise clean, tight and very good. One of Narayan's most successful novels with an introduction by his friend and mentor Graham Greene who helped him get his first works published. It is considered to be his masterpiece and was hailed as one of the most original works of fiction when it first appeared in 1951. R.K. Narayan (1906-2001), shortened from Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami, was an Indian author wose works of fiction include a series of books about people and their interactions in an imagined town of India (Malgudi). One of three leading figures of early Indian literature in English, along with Mulk Raj Anand and Raja Rao, he is credited with bringing Indian literature in English to the rest of the world, and is regarded as one of India's greatest English language novelists. Narayan started Indian Though Publications about 1944 and it was until recently still managed by his granddaughter..
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982. Book. NF. Hardcover. [vii], 176pp, Personal Matters, Beginnings, Development, Other Work, Arrival, Maturity, Conclusion, Select Bibliography, Index. Small 8vo/21cm. Blue cloth, silver lettering, in dj. NF/NF. R.K. Narayan, (1906-2001) shortened from Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami, was one of India's greatest English language novelists. He is often credited with bringing Indian literature in English to the rest of the world. William Walsh (1916-1996) was Professor of Commonwealth Literature and Head of the English Department at Leeds University..
New York: The Viking Press, 1958. Book. Fine. Hardcover. First American Edition. [iv], 220pp, illustrated endpapers--characters of Malgudi an imaginary Indian village created by Narayan.. Small 8vo/21cm. Blue cloth, light wear, small stain edge of back joint, otherwise internally fine. This book won the Sahitya Akademi Award and was adapted for films in Hindi and English and for Broadway. R. K. Narayan (1910-2001) was one of India's finest early novelists writing in English..
London: Methuen & Co., Ltd, 1955. Book. Fine. Hardcover. First Edition. 256pp. 12mo/19cm. Tan cloth, red lettering, light soil at tail, dj lacking back blurb flap laid in, illustrated endpapers showing imaginary town of Malgudi, internally fine. VG/partial. One of Narayan's classic stories of imaginary happenings in Malgudi near the end of the British Raj. The map of Malgudi was created by Dr. James M. Fennelly, an American scholar of Narayan's works, from the descriptions of the town in Narayan's works..
Seattle: Madrona Publishers, Inc, 1982. Book. NF. Hardcover. First Printing. [v], 278pp. Hardcover in illustrated dj. NF/NF. An offbeat novel based on East Indian folklore andmythology by the West Indian son of ezpatratriot East Indian immigrants..
London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1959. Book. Fine. Hardcover. First British Edition (1958-US). [v], 313pp. Maroon cloth, light wear, previous owner name on ffep, otherwise internally fine. "A sobering study of the conflicts of Partitition." A Cambridge educated Indian returns to his homeland for an arranged marriage on the eve of Partition, with trepidation, complicated by the visit of a beautiful former English acquaintance from Cambridge. Balachandra Rajan (1920- ) a scholar of poetry and poetics, is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Western Ontario. Educated at Cambridge, Rajan returned to India and served in the Indian Foreign Service, including at the UN, before emigrating to Canada. He wrote several non-fiction books and one novel in addition to this one..
Rome: The Albatross, 1950. Book. Good. Soft cover. Modern Continental Library 587. 261 + [iii] pp. 12mo/18cm. Decorated wrappers, closed split at tail of front panel with small chip at tail of spine, previous owner name, internally clean and tight. Notice at bottom of front panel: "NOT TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE BRITISH EMPIRE OR THE U.S.A." Susan Gillespie was the pseudonym of Edith Constance (Bradshaw) Turton-Jones (1904-1968). She wrote another novel about Indian life, Cantonment, in 1936. Most of her books were published in London by L.Bles as was this one in 1947..
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1957. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. Harbrace Modern Classics Later printing. 322pp. Small 8vo/20.5cm. Grey cloth, light soil and wear, previous owner name dated 1958 on ffep, otherwise internally clean, tight and very good. An account of the British in India, this is the last novel and masterwork of the English writer and critic Edward Morgan Forster (1879-1970), based partly on his previous several years residence in India..
London: Jonathan Cape, 1947. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First Edition. 240pp, end-paper map of Garhwal. 12mo/19.5cm. Cloth, light wear, partial crease front board, blurb flap of dj adhered to front paste-down, round stamp of Afghani Press Book Depot/Circular Road/Lahore at foot of title-page, minor price markings, otherwise tight and very good. A gripping story set in the Garhwal Himalayas and spanning three generations. The author, Philip Mason (1906-1999) who used the pen-name Philip Woodruff for his early books, was a long-time member of the Indian Civil Service ending his career as a senior member of the staffs of the two last Viceroys of India, Wavell and Mountbatten. He had in fact been Deputy Commissioner of Garhwal in the thirties so his depiction of the 3 Deputy Commissioners over a period of seventy five years is based on solid experience as is his accurate description of hill life in one Himalayan district. He is most noted for his 2-volume classic of British-Indian literature, The Men Who Ruled India: The Founders;and, The Guardians..
New York: Gold Medal Books/Fawcett Publications, 1954. Book. Illus. by Cover Painting by Herman Bischoff. Very Good. Soft cover. First Printing. Gold Medal Book 438. 156 + [iv] list pages. 12mo/18cm. Paper, light rubbing at extremities, pages lightly browned at edges, otherwise clean, tight and very good. An adventure novel of 18th century India. Gardner Francis Fox (1911-1986) was an American writer who wrote more than one hundred works as well as some four thousand comic book stories..
London: Bodley Head, 1959. Book. Illus. by Jacket by Charles Mozley. Fine. Hardcover. First British Edition. 255pp. 12/19cm. Green cloth gilt, shelf wear only in lightly soild dj with small edge chip near head of spine, stamp of New Delhi dealer (Bhawnani & Sons/Connaught Place) on read fep, previous owner name of ffep, otherwise internally fine.This book, the author's first novel, won the Harper Prize. Robin White (1928- ) was born in India and lived his first sixteen years there..
London: Ernest Benn, Limited, 1931. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. Second Impression (1931). 288pp. 12mo19cm. Black cloth gilt, slightly rubbed at extremities, beginning fray at spine ends, free end papers browned from adjacent pastedowns, otherwise internally clean, tight and very good. A story about Anglo-Indian life in British India. Edward John Thompson (1886-1946) novelist, poet, journalist and historian of India went to India as a Methodist missionary teacher in 1910. He became familiar with major figures like Tagore, Gandhi and Nehru and was sympathetic to their nationalist aims..
Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1957. Book. Very Good. Soft cover. Penguin Books 48. Later printing (1924). 317, [iii] pp. 12mo/18.5cm. Card wrappers, light soil, internally clean, tight and very good. Edward Morgan Forster (1879-1970) was a noted English author, critic and a member of the Bloomsbury Group. An account of the British in India, this is the last of his novels and his masterwork.
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1960. Book. Fine. Hardcover. First Edition. 98pp, Introductory Essay on Indian Society, Culture and Fiction; Notes and Reference; Annotated List of Fiction and Autobiography written by Indians in English or translated into English. 8vo/21cm. Brown cloth gilt, light wear, undated signed presentation "For Gardiner & Lois Murphy/with warmest regards/DMS" on ffep, internally fine. VG+. A useful reference work. Dorothy Mary Spencer (1907- ) was a member of the South Asian Regional Studies staff at the University of Pennsylvania..