INSCRIBED BY MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE, FIRST EDITION OF HALFWAY TO FREEDOM, WITH OVER 110 PHOTOGRAPHIC ILLUSTRATIONS
BOURKE-WHITE, Margaret. Halfway to Freedom. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1949. Octavo, original half black cloth, cartographic endpapers, original photographic dust jacket. $1300.
First edition of Bourke-White’s coverage of India’s passage to independence, inscribed on the colophon page, “For Gloria Maguire with all the best, Cordially Margaret Bourke-White,” featuring over 110 photographic images, including her famous photograph of Gandhi seated at his spinning wheel.
Called "one of the world's great artists" by Alfred Stieglitz in 1932, Margaret Bourke-White "epitomized the dynamic spirit of her age… She was generally the 'first woman photographer' at whatever it was she was covering, and she covered the most important events of the mid-century" (McDarrah, 52-53). A photographer at Fortune and Time for decades, she was also a staff photographer at Life and "one of the most successful women in America" (Parr & Badger I:140).. Highlighting Bourke-White's major achievements "was her coverage of India's emergence as an independent nation" (ANB).
Book with very minor rubbing to extremities, price-clipped dust jacket with a bit of shallow chipping. A near-fine copy.