np [London]: For private circulation, 1931.
First edition. Extra-illustrated and likely the author's own copy.; xii, 243 pp.; with numerous original photographs mounted on tipped in card throughout. 8vo (7-1/4 x 4-3/4 inches). AUTHOR'S COPY. Publisher's red cloth, lettered in gilt. Spine sunned, extremities worn, boards with one or two pale stains, scattered foxing and browning throughout particularly to first and last few leaves, front free endpaper lacking Item #314734
This is likely the author's own copy of this rare, privately printed title. With numerous original photographs depicting scenes throughout Ceylon, Burma, and India, including the author riding elephants and camels and playing with monkeys, snake charmers, beach scenes, city landscapes, and more.
From the Foreword, written by the author's mother: "This diary was kept by Phoebe throughout our trip to Ceylon, Burma and India. She finished it two months before she reached the age of fourteen, and except for spelling corrections has had absolutely no help or criticism. I think her effort deserves the reward of seeing her Diary in print and, although I have waited two and a half years before presenting her with her 'book', I hope that it will still be an acceptable gift and a lasting reminder of our interesting and delightful trip. / Naomi Houstoun-Boswall / Xmas, 1931."
Phoebe was the daughter of Sir George Reginald Houstoun-Boswall, 4th Baronet (1877-1915), who was killed in World War I when she was an infant.
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