REYNOLDS, Reginald. The White Sahibs in India. London, Secker & Warburg,1937.
8vo. Original black cloth, spine lettered in red, top edge red; pp. xiii, 410, fold-out map; light spotting opposite map, on initiial blank and final leaf due to offsetting from endpapers; otherwise a good copy.
First edition, presented by the eminent Indian Ant-Imperialist politician and writer K.M. Panikkar to Barbara Murrell with ink inscription, dated July 1937 to front fly-leaf. The author in the preface dedicated this book 'to all who have suffered in Indian jails for the crime of patriotism' (p. vii). Jawaharlal Nehru wrote in the foreword, the 'there are two kinds of books on India written by Englishmen. The great majority of them are of the imperial and patronising variety which point out to us the high destiny of the British Empire and our folly in not appreciating this patent fact … The other variety of books, very few in number, are written by Englishmen who are attracted towards our freedom struggle' (pp. xi-xii). This book clearly falls into the second category.