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Estimate: Rs 20,000-Rs 30,000 ( $290-$435 )

TITLE: A Passage to England
AUTHOR: Nirad C. Chaudhuri
PUBLISHER: MacMillan and Company Limited
PLACE: London
YEAR: 1959
NO.OF PAGES: viii + 229
BINDING: Orange cloth lettered gilt on black to the spine along with dust jacket covered in Mylar
Height: 22.3 cm
Width: 14 cm
Depth: 1.3 cm

With a long signed hand-written statement by Chaudhuri dated Oxford 30/6/90. It reads:
"I am a man both brought up and living in two cultures - the Hindu and the European. Unless I had done this since almost my birth, I could not have written this book on England after a stay of five weeks. It records a life-time's dreaming confirmed by five weeks of experience."

Evidently, this was presented to a visitor after a personal meeting since the previous owner has written a 3-page adulatory note on the meeting on the rear free endpapers.
Together with 2 original Press cuttings [Part 1 of a long piece in a British newspaper by Chaudhuri titled 'India Retains Her Distrust'] and a review of this book by Christine Brooke-Rose.


A 1-page typed letter signed in full by Nirad Chaudhuri dated June 27, 1957, written to C.J.P. Beatty on a blue sheet with printed letterhead "P & O Buildings, Nicholson Road, Delhi - 6" talking about his BBC broadcasts and his recent visit to England which culminated in A PASSAGE TO ENGLAND.

TITLE: Thy Hand, Great Anarch!
SUBTITLE: India: 1921-1952
AUTHOR: Nirad C. Chaudhuri
PUBLISHER: Chatto & Windus
PLACE: London
YEAR: 1987
NO.OF PAGES: xxviii + 979
BINDING: Hardbound with dust jacket
Height: 22 cm
Width: 14.7 cm
Depth: 5 cm

Signed on front flyleaf .br.
Price unclipped [25 pounds].
With a photocopy of a long review of the book by William Dalrymple in TLS for July 23, 1999.

This lot will be sold in "as is" condition.
There may be some minor tears/creases scratches, or holes commensurate with age that may not be visible in the images.

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