Indian Ink by Tom Stoppard, 1st/1st, 1995
This is a near fine copy of Tom Stoppard's 'Indian Ink' in first edition, first printing. London, Faber & Faber, 1995. The jacket is in fine condition, with slight wear on the corners, it has not been price clipped, and is highly presentable in a bright magenta. The boards are free from chips and marks, and are free from previous owners ink. The text blocks are bright and clean, without any signs of wear and only displaying slight foxing at the top. Overall this is a near fine copy in highly presentable condition.
Flora Crewe, a young poet travelling India in 1930, has her portrait painted by a local artist. More than fifty years later, the artist's son visits Flora's sister in London while her would-be biographer is following a cold trail in India.
The alternation of place and period in Tom Stoppard's play (based on his radio play In the Native State) makes for a rich and moving exploration of intimate lives set against one of the great shifts of history, the emergence of the Indian sub-continent from the grip of Empire.
Indian Ink was first performed at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, and opened at the Aldwych Theatre, London, in February 1995.