FORSTER, E.M. A Passage To India. Edward Arnold & Co., London, 1924.
8vo. Original red cloth, titled in black to upper cover and spine; pp.325 [3, ads]; a very nice copy, with the ownership signature and small stamp ("Bibliotheca Qvarnforsiana") of the renowned Swedish book-collector Thore Virgin.
First edition of Forster's famous novel, one of 5000 copies. A Passage to India deals with complex themes set against the backdrop of the British Raj and the Indian independence movement in the 1920s. Despite being controversial on release due to its depictions of relationships between colonizer and colonized , the book wend on to win the 1924 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction, and in modern days holds an important place in discussions of orientalist and postcolonial literature. Time magazine included the novel in its "All Time 100 Novels" list.