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The Dutch in Ceylon.
An account of their early visits to the island, their conquests, and their rule over the maritime regions during a century and a half. Volume I (All published). Early visits and settlement in the island. Colombo 1929
First edition pp.[iv], 2, iv, ii, [ii], 198, 12 plates, 1 folding, folding map, 21 illustrations. A very good copy in original cloth, with the signature of Sir Charles Collins, senior Ceylon civil servant and former President of the Royal Asiatic Society of Hong Kong.
Naauwkeurige beschryvinge van Malabar en Choromandel
[with] Beschryving van het machtige Eyland Ceylon [and] Nauwkeurige en waarachtige ontdekking en wederlegginge van de Afgoderye der Oost-Indische Heydenen. Amsterdam Johannes Janssonius van Waasberge, and Johannes van Someren 1672
First edition, three parts bound in one, folio, engraved title page, title printed in red and black, privilege, dedication with engraved coat of arms, Voor-reden, poem by J. Vollenhove, 198, 17 double-page plates, maps & plans; [Part II]. Title page, 44, , (45)-232 (but numbered 132), 17 double-page plates and maps; [ii], 180, (185)-188, , many engravings throughout text. Text in Dutch. Lacking the two portrait plates. A good copy bound in contemporary full calf, crudely and rather too tightly re-backed with original spine laid down, corners repaired. Engraved title torn in margin.
The Maldive Islands.
An Account of the Physical Features, Climate, History, Inhabitants, Productions, and Trade. Colombo Frank Luker, Acting Government Printer, Ceylon 1883
First edition, Folio, pp.iv, 133, 3 folding maps, diagrams. A very good copy bound in contemporary half morocco. Boards a little scuffed, spine beginning to split. With a signed letter from the author presenting this copy to Mr. Ravenscroft, who had loaned the volume of Pyrard de Laval referred to in the footnote on page i.
1819: First printing of part of Tolfrey's Sinhalese translation of the Bible
The Holy Bible, translated into Singhalese,
and printed under the direction of the Colombo Auxiliary Bible Society. Colombo Printed at the Wesleyan Mission Press 1819
First edition 4to, pp.[iv], 157, . A very good copy in original boards. Spineprofessionally restored. A little scattered light spotting, more prominent on title page. With the bookplate of the library of the von der Gabelentz family from Thuringia, Germany and ownership inscription of Hans Conon von der Gabelentz on end-paper.
Darlow & Moule 8312; Rhodes p.75
1820: Tolfrey's New Testament in smaller type
The Singhalese Translation of the New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Colombo Printed for the Colombo Auxiliary Bible Society, at the Weslyan Mission Press 1820
Second edition, corrected pp.[iv], 670. Bound in contemporary panelled calf, neatly rebacked. With the bookplate of the library of the Von Der Gabelentz family from Thuringia, Germany and ownership inscription of Hans Conors Gabelentz.
Darlow & Moule, 8311; Historical catalogue 2130
1891: First edition of Carter's English-Sinhalese dictionary
An English-Sinhalese Dictionary.
Colombo George J.A. Skeen, Government Printer 1891
First edition pp.xx, 1030. Bound in quarter morocco. A very good copy.
1881: Learning Sinhalese by the Ollendorff method
An English and Singhalese Lesson Book on Ollendorff's System;
designed to teach Singhalese through the medium of the English language. Colombo [Government Press] [1881?]
[Second edition?] pp.167, . Bound in contemporary half calf, spine worn. Interleaved throughout with blanks on which there are copious manuscript notes. With ownership inscription 'Major A Ewing Colombo, 1881' and the bookplate of the House of the Sacred Mission, Kelham, Newark inside front cover, faint stamps on end-paper and title.
1826-46: Annual compilations of the laws of Ceylon
Regulations of the Government of Ceylon
passed in the year 1826 [to 1846]. Colombo printed at the Government Press, by Nicholas Bergman, [1826-46]
First edition Folio, pp., 37, , 39, 30-31, , 16, , 19, , 4, 3, , 5, , 11, , 4, 4, , 7, , 13, , 14, , 11, , 6, . A very good copy from the House of Lords Library, bound in contemporary half morocco. Spine partially detached.
1849: The American Ceylon Mission, founded by chance
Brief Sketch of the American Ceylon Mission,
with an appendix. Jaffna American Mission Press 1849
First edition pp.56, 2 folding tables, disbound.
The Ceylon Antiquary and Literary Register.
Volume II, Parts 2 & 4; III, Parts 1 & 4; IV, Part 1. Colombo 1916-18
Five parts bound in one, 4to, pp.[vi], (69)-148; (221)-296; [vi], 68; (237)-304; [ii], 63; viii, vi. A few plates, maps and text illustrations. Bound in contemporary buckram, minor wear to spine.
The Ceylon Antiquary and Literary Register.
Volumes 1 to 4. Colombo Office of the Times of Ceylon 1916-19
Four volumes, 4to, pp.x, 281; viii, 296; vi, 304; vi, 231, plates, maps and text illustrations. The cloth bindings have suffered from damp, but text and plates are in very good condition, though plates are often loose. Fuller details on request.
A scandal in the Catholic establishment in Ceylon
The Ceylon Catholic Sower.
Volume 1, No.1, January 1847 and Volume 1, No.2, February 1847. Kandy Printed by S. Fonseka at his Press. 1847
First edition, first two issues, pp., 12, ; , (13)-36, . Stitched in original wrappers. Rear wrapper of first issue detached, but present. In very good condition. The second issue is inscribed: "L'Abbé André Reinaud, Miss. Apostolique, Kandy." The editor's copy.
1815: Association copy of the first book printed in British Ceylon
A Grammar of the Cingalese Language.
Colombo printed at the Government Press, by Nicholas Bergman. 1815
First edition pp.[x], 141, . Handsomely bound in maroon morocco, gilt. First few leaves professionally restored. With cut-off inscription at head of title page by William Martin Harvard, dated Colombo 8th November 1815: "... which may be copied by missiona[ries] coming out to the South of Cey[lon] and furnish matter for study on the voyage," and with the bookplate of Richmond College, Surrey inside front cover.
Rhodes p.74; Goonetileke 7900
1892: Revised edition of the first comprehensive Sinhalese-English dictionary
A Sinhalese-English Dictionary.
Colombo Wesleyan Mission Press 1892
[New and enlarged edition] pp.iv, 824. Lacking title page. Bound in full local leather, spine split, a few wormholes to boards. Pages 441-6 with ancient non-archival repairs.
Coomaraswamy's first published work, with notes in his hand
Eight papers on the geology of Ceylon by Ananda Coomaraswamy, extracted from academic journals, with nine related papers by his colleagues. 1900-1903
First edition, approximately 270 pages (of which 85 by AK), illustrations. Bound in green cloth. Two pages of pencil notes in Coomaraswamy's hand are loosely inserted.