Hindoo Holiday, An Indian Journal
The second edition of 1952
Second edition. Hardback in dustwrapper. 19.5 × 13cm, 276pp.
In the 1920s, the young J. R. Ackerley spent several months in India as the Private Secretary to the Maharajah of Chhokrapur. Knowing almost nothing of India, he discovers Hindu culture, festivals and language, and reveals the fascinating attitudes of the Palace staff on women, marriage. the caste system and death. At the heart of Hindoo Holiday is the wonderfully unpredictable figure of his Highness the Maharajah Sahib who, ultimately, just wants 'someone to love him'.
The second edition contains material that was removed from the first edition.
The book is in very good condition, with some light spotted foxing to the page edges. The dustwrapper has surface wear to the spine and a a little to the front panel but remains attractive. It has been price-clipped but is now within a protective sleeve.