234 pp. + 129 Illustrations.
No. 126 of 2000, as written on a loose inserted photograph of the Taj Mahal, signed by Amrit Pasricha in the right hand corner of the page.
Foreword by William Dalrymple, text by Aman Nath.
The boards and dust jacket are both in a good condition, showing only very minor scratches from use. The orange cloth slip case is in a good condition, showing a strip of faint sunning (3.5 cm wide) and slight rubbing from shelf wear, and four small scratches that are difficult to see at first glance.
The binding has become loose as the glue has aged and has created deep spine cracks, though this could be fixed and all pages are present and in the correct order. There are spine cracks between pp. 60-61 (affecting a fold out image across pages 59-61), significant cracking at 82-83, 114-115 affects one image spanning both pages, 130-131 is minor and has been created by a fold out page, and slight spine cracking at 161-162, and 197-198.
There is very minor damage to the tops of pages where they have become stuck together and pulled apart, leaving a white space, this occurs on pages 2, 3, 10, 11, 21, 26, 27, 30, 40, 41, 50, 51, 54, 55, 56, 62, 63, 83, 84, 172, 173. (21 of 224 pages/129 images), with the largest visible damage to an image being 1.5 cm x 0.3 cm across.
There is also very subtle creasing, the largest of this being 3 x 7 cm appearing often in conjunction with the prior mentioned damage, as the pages have been pulled apart. There is also so creasing along pages that extend beyond the fold out pages that are present next to them, and on page 53 there is a small dotted mark from ink, and a 2 cm scratch on the image. There is a similar scratch on page 60 in the top right corner of 5cm. The double page images extend further than the fold out plates and show minor creasing along their side as an effect of this. Some other pages show minor creasing that does not significantly affect the quality of the images and is difficult to spot at first glance, however 42 has a large crease affecting the fold out on page 43. More details about creasing to pages and which are affected are available upon request.
Overall this book has not been cared for and shows some damage, however, the majority of images are undamaged and beautifully present India.
The book is a photographic documentation of parts of India that resonate with the artist, showing parts of India that evoke nostalgia from him they are beautifully taken and while some show minor damage within this book, many images, especially the larger fold out pages, would be perfect taken from the book and framed.