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Estimate: Rs 80,000-Rs 1,00,000 ( $1,115-$1,390 )

Set of 3 books by Subhas Chandra Bose, 1 banned in India

a) Subhas Chandra Bose, The Indian Struggle 1920-1934, London: Wishart & Company Ltd, 1935

pp. 353 + portrait frontispiece of Bose; rebound in green and black buckram
8.6 x 5.6 in (21.5 x 14 cm)

This book was previously banned in India by the British.

b) Subhas Chandra Bose, The Indian Struggle 1935-1942, Calcutta: Chuckervertty, Chatterjee & Company Ltd, 1952

pp. [iii] 122 including portrait frontispiece of Bose; bound in original maroon buckram
8.8 x 5.6 in (22 x 14 cm)

c) Subhas Chandra Bose, La Lotta Dell’ India (1920-1934). Con Appendice sugli avvenimenti 1934-1942 scritta dall’autore per l’edizione Italiana: Traduzione a cura dell’Instituto Italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente [THE STRUGGLE FOR INDIA (1920-1934) with an appendix on the events of 1934-1942 written by the author for the Italian edition. Translation by the Italian Institute for the Middle and Far East], Firenze (Florence): G. C. Sansoni, 1942

pp. 321; Softcover as issued, with the blind stamp of ‘Society Italiana Degli Autori ed Editori’ [Italian Society of Authors and Publishers] on the title-page
9.2 x 5.8 in (23 x 14.5 cm)

Italian translation of the first part of the book, published in London in 1935, with an appendix on the events of 1934-1942. Translated by the Italian Institute for the Middle and Far East.

This set of three books by Subhas Bose has an interesting and complicated publication history.

The first part of The Indian Struggle covering the years 1920–1934 was published in London in 1935 by Lawrence and Wishart. Bose had been in exile in Europe following his arrest and detention by the colonial government for his association with the revolutionary group, the Bengal Volunteers and his suspected role in several acts of violence. In Vienna, where he wrote the book, Bose had to largely rely on memory as he did not have access to documentary material. When Bose arrived in Karachi in December 1934 in defiance of the colonial government's ban on his entry into India, he was arrested and the original manuscript of the book seized. Published in London the following year, the book was well received by the British press and critics. The British were quick to ban it in India and Samuel Hoare, the Secretary of State for India, justified this action to the House of Commons on the grounds that it encouraged terrorism and direct action among the masses.

The second part dealing with 1935–1942 was written by Bose during the Second World War. A planned German edition of the book never came to fruition during Bose's stay in Europe during 1941–43 while an Italian edition came out in 1942. He was assisted in writing the book by Emilie Schenkl whom he went on to marry.
(Source: Wikipedia)

The original English version of the second part of the book came out from Calcutta only after Independence, thus making the Italian version published in Florence as the first edition of the second part.

The first part of this set was banned in India under the rule of the British, making this present lot very rare.

(Set of three)

This lot will be shipped in "as is" condition. For further details, please refer to the images of individual lots as reference for the condition of each book.