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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. Early visits and settlement in the island. (All published) 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.
Rice, cotton, & reform
The spinning-wheel and the paddy field.
A consideration of the problems of our food and clothing. Colombo J.D. Fernando, printed at the Granthaprakasa Press 1933
First edition. 8vo (21.5 x 14 cm), pp.[x], 92, frontispiece portrait and 9 plates. A very good copy in original cloth-backed boards, edges lightly worn.
We locate no other copies.
First comprehensive account of the Maldives
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 (33.5 x 21 cm), pp.[iv], 133, [1, blank] 3 folding maps, 1 folding table. A very good copy bound in contemporary half calf, gilt. Cloth a little worn, short tear to bottom of spine. With a letter from Bell to a Mr Ravenscroft loosely inserted, presenting this copy in thanks for the loan of a copy of Pyrard de Laval during the preparation of the work, signed, and dated November 30th, 1883, Colombo. Later pencil ownership initials of C.H.B. Reynolds.
An unrecorded missionary text on Catholic education
A few words on Catholic education in Ceylon.
Sold at the Catholic Book Repository, Jaffna for the benefit of the Jaffna Catholic Schools and Orphanage. Madras printed by Robert Galway, at the Examiner Press 1860
First edition, pp.iv, 59, errata leaf tipped in. A very good stab-sewn copy Some spotting on first and last leaves, damp stain to gutter. Contemporary inscription dated Nov.27 60 on title-page. Later initials of C.H.B. Reynolds.
We locate no other copies.
A Cingalese poem, descriptive of the Ceylon system of demonology; to which is appended, The Practices of a Capua or Devil Priest, as described by a Budhist: and Kolan Nattannawa: A Cingalese poem, descriptive of the characters assumed by natives of Ceylon in a masquerade. Translated by John Callaway. London Oriental Translation Fund 1829
First edition. 8vo (26.5 x 16 cm), pp.xi, [1, blank], 64, (65)-69 [advertisements], [1, blank], [2, colophon], 9 lithograph plates, 7 coloured by hand. A superb copy in fine condition with large margins, bound in contemporary cloth. Gilt stamp of Royal Institution on spine, and their rubber stamp on title page. Autograph letter from Abraham Mendis, dated 1889, to Trubner & Co. loosely inserted.
Demonology in Ceylon
A Cingalese poem, descriptive of the Ceylon system of demonology; to which is appended, The Practices of a Capua or Devil Priest, as described by a Budhist: and Kolan Nattannawa: A Cingalese poem, descriptive of the characters assumed by natives of Ceylon in a masquerade. Translated by John Callaway. London printed for the Oriental Translation Fund 1829
First edition. 8vo (22 x 13 cm), pp.xi, [1, blank], 64, 9 lithograph plates, 7 coloured by hand. A very good copy trimmed and bound in modern half calf, cloth boards. Printed subscriber leaf for the Earl of Shrewsbury. Discreet stamp on title and half-title. Blind stamp of Wigan Public Library on subscriber leaf and title.
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.
Coomaraswamy's arts-and-crafts masterpiece
Mediaeval Sinhalese Art.
Being a monograph on mediaeval Sinhalese arts and crafts, mainly as surviving in the eighteenth century, with an account of the structure of society and the status of the craftsmen. Broad Campden Essex House Press 1908
First edition. Folio (35.5 x 27.5 cm), pp.xvi, 340, , 53 plates, 8 in colour, 153 text illustrations, 1 printed in red. No.327 of 425 copies printed at the Essex House Press. A very good copy in the original cloth-backed boards, neatly recased, minor rubbing to cloth spine restored. Some very light spotting on preliminary pages and final leaf, but overall in fine condition.
Rare Sinhalese monthly magazine
Volume II, Parts 1, 4-6, 9-12, & III, Part 2. [with] The "Siri Sara." Volume III, Part 3. Panadura W. Daniel Fernando 1919-1920
4to (27 x 22.5 cm), pp.[iv], 121-164, [iv], 165-208, [iv], 209-252, 693-716, [ii], 341-380, [ii], 381-420, [ii], 421-460, [ii], 461-502, 1-36, [ii], 535-564, 4 photographic plates. Sinhalese text with some English translations. Bound in worn contemporary half calf by B.S. Karunaratne. Original printed red wrappers bound in. Some staining on endpapers, but contents in very good condition. Contemporary bookseller's stamps of B.S. Karunaratne, Kurunegala, on a few pages.
We locate a single set of this magazine at SOAS, catalogued as "completely irregular".
The Wesleyan Methodist Mission to Ceylon
A Narrative of the establishment and progress of the mission to Ceylon and India,
founded by the late Rev. Thomas Coke, L.L.D. under the direction of the Wesleyan Methodist Conference: Including notices of Bombay, and the superstitions of various religious sects at that Presidency, and on the continent of India. With an introductory sketch of the natural, civil, and religious history of the island of Ceylon. London printed for the author 1823
First edition. 8vo (23 x 13.5 cm), pp.vi, [vi], lxxii, 404, hand-coloured frontispiece and map of Ceylon. A very good copy bound in modern half morocco. Gilt title on spine mis-tooled. All edges untrimmed.
The Indian Ocean in Focus.
International Conference on Indian Ocean Studies. Perth, Western Australia, 1979. Nedlands University of Western Australia 1979
Two thick quarto volumes containing the 125 papers presented at this conference, under the headings Environments and Resources, Trade and Development, History of Commercial Exchange and Maritime Transport, International Politics, Cultural Exchanges and Influences, Archives and Resources for Study, and Comparative Education. Illustrations and maps. A very good set bound in cloth. With ownership signature of Andrew Forbes, who delivered the paper: Southern Arabia and the Islamicisation of the Central Indian Ocean Archipelagos.
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. A very good disbound copy.
Only known copies of scarce Kandy missionary periodical, recording 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 editor's set, inscribed in the second issue: "L'Abbé André Reinaud, Miss. Apostolique, Kandy."
Survey of Sri Lankan fauna
Prodromus Faunae Zeylanicae;
being contributions to the zoology of Ceylon. Colombo printed for the author by John Bieler at the Observer Press 1852
First edition. 8vo (21 x 14 cm), pp.[ii], viii, [vi], (ix)-xxxiii, , 197, , 54, [4, index]. Separately published folding map of Ceylon tipped in. A very good copy in the original quarter cloth, boards. Map torn at fold, not affecting printed surface.