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ancient princes of Ceylon and modern English noblemen
The History of Ceylon
from the earliest period to the present time; with an appendix, containing an account of its present condition. London Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans; Smith, Elder & Co.; Madden & Malcolm; Edinburgh, Bell & Bradfute 1845
First edition. 8vo (20.5 x 12.5 cm), pp.xii, 399, [1, blank]. A very good copy in original green cloth, paper label on spine. Head of spine bruised. Contents fresh and partially unopened.
Goonetileke III, 1440
"a store-house of information on every aspect of life in early times"
List of inscriptions on tombstones and monuments in Ceylon,
of historical or local interest, with an obituary of persons uncommemorated. Colombo printed by H. C. Cottle, Government Printer 1913
First edition. Folio (34 x 22 cm), pp.x, 462, frontispiece. A very good copy in the original cloth-backed boards. Boards a little grubby, edges worn. Contents clean. Ownership inscription of Henry B. Swanzy, dated 3 February 1914, on front pastedown. Swanzy has pasted in an eight-page letter from Penry dated 17 March 1912, written in response to additional information Swanzy supplied, together with Penry's obituary from the Times, October 2 1923. Three sheets of typescript errata and addenda tipped in at rear. Small stamp of the National Army Museum on endpapers.
Poetry by a 13th-century king
Kawsilumina, or Kusadawata.
By His Majesty Kalikala Sangita Sahitya Sarwajna Pandita Parakrama Bahu, King of Ceylon. With a paraphrase. Edited by Madugalle Siddhattha Thera, a pupil of the venerable Siri Sumangala. Colombo published under the patronage of T.B Panabokke, printed by G.J.A. Skeen, Government Printer 1899
First edition. 8vo (22 x 14 cm), pp.lvi, 205, , text illustrations. Text in Sinhalese, with English introduction. A very good copy bound in 20th-century cloth, gilt title on spine. Extensive pencil annotation. Small addition to title in ink. Ownership inscription of C.H.B. Reynolds.
We locate copies at Southern Illinois University and SOAS only.
First printed edition of a classic Sri Lankan philological text
or, A poetical vocabulary of Singhalese synonyms. By Nallurutun. With a liberal rendering into English, interspersed with explanatory notes, and two alphabetical indices; by The Rev. C. Alwis. Colombo Government Printing Office 1858
First edition. 8vo (21.5 x 13.5 cm), pp.[iv], 123, [1, blank]. With printed Sinhalese text. Bound in contemporary half leather. Spine rubbed and torn at head, with short splits. Otherwise a very good copy. Inscribed by the editor to Reverend William Boake, with Boake's ownership inscription on title-page. Later ownership inscription of C.H.B. Reynolds on front free endpaper.
An Account of the island of Ceylon,
containing its history, geography, natural history, with the manners and customs of its various inhabitants; to which is added, The journal of an embassy to the court of Candy. London C. and R. Baldwin 1803
First edition 4to, pp. xii, 420; 3 folding charts, large folding map. A very good copy bound in contemporay full speckled calf, neatly rebacked. Some light foxing to map and charts, small tear on p.79 (not affecting text). Contemporary ownership inscription on title-page.
From antiquity to elephant-hunting
An historical, political and statistical account of Ceylon and its dependencies.
London T. and W. Boone 1849
First edition. Two volumes, 8vo (22 x 14.5 cm), pp.xv, [1, blank], 484; [iv], 485-887, [1, errata], large folding map, coloured in outline. A very good set bound in contemporary diced calf, all edges marbled. Spines faded, edges rubbed. Contents in fine condition. Contemporary bookplates with an earl's coronet and cyphered. Blindstamps of Hugh Roberts, bookseller, Chester, on front free endpapers.
Comprehensive account of Sri Lanka
An Historical, political and statistical account of Ceylon and its dependencies.
London T. and W. Boone 1849
First edition. Two volumes, 8vo (23 x 15.5 cm), pp.8 [advertisements], xv, [1, blank], 484; 12 [advertisements], [iv], 485-887, [1, errata], large folding map, coloured in outline. A very good unopened set in original cloth, spines faded; first volume with Ceylon inked on spine. Some spotting on map. Contemporary circular armorial bookplates on front pastedown.
The Temporal and Spritual Conquest of Ceylon.
Translated by Father S.G. Perera. Colombo A.C. Richards, Acting Government Printer 1930
First edition Three volumes, pp.xxviii, 392; (393)-810; (811)-1274. A very good set in original cloth. The set of the anthropologist, Cora Du Bois, with her personal stamp in each volume.
Ribeiro's History of Ceilao. Part I.
With notes from De Barros, De Couto and Antonio Bocarro. Translated from the Portuguese by P.E. Peiris Deraniyagala Samarasinha Sriwardhana. Galle printed at the Albion Press 
[First edition ?] pp.[x], 169,. Original wrappers a little worn, and with hole in rear cover, otherwise a very good copy.
First English translation of Ribeiro
History of Ceylon
presented by Captain John Ribeyro to the King of Portugal, in 1685, translated from the Portuguese, by the Abbe le Grand. Re-translated from the French edition, with an appendix, containing chapters illustrative of the past and present condition of the island, by George Lee. Colombo printed at the Government Press 1847
First edition in English. 8vo (22 x 14 cm), pp.[iv], 278, 4 maps & plans printed on tissue, folding table. A very good used copy in contemporary boards, later calf spine. Boards a little rubbed. One map torn without loss.
COPAC records copies at Oxford and the National Library of Scotland.
Comprehensive history of Portuguese Ceylon
Ribeiro's history of Ceilao.
With a summary of De Barros, De Couto, Antonio Bocarro and the Documentos Remettidos, with the Parangi Hatane and Kostantinu Hatane. Translated from the original Portuguese and Sinhalese by P.E. Peiris. Colombo Colombo Apothecaries Co. Ltd 1909
Second edition, expanded. 8vo (22 x 15 cm), pp.xvii, [1, blank], , 416, xiv. A very good copy in original publisher's green cloth.
COPAC records copies at the British Library, Leeds, and London Library.
First publication of this classical Sinhalese poem
Sella Lihini Sandese.
The Sella's Message by Sri Rahula of Totagamua. The text and translation, with notes and glossary for the use of students, edited and translated by William Charles Macready. Colombo Wesleyan Mission Press 1865
First edition. 8vo (22 x 14 cm), pp.[ii], 72, xxxix, [1, blank], 101, [1, blank], [3, errata], [1, blank]. A very good copy bound in mid-20th century red cloth. Numerous pencil notes. Ownership inscription of C.H.B. Reynolds.
We locate copies at Cleveland, Danish Royal Library, National Art Library, Newberry, and Oxford.
pearls, cinnamon, & palms
A general description of the Island, historical, physical, statistical. Containing the most recent information. London Chapman & Hall 1876
First edition. Two volumes, 8vo (23 x 15.5 cm), pp.xvi, 424, errata slip; viii, 432, folding map. A fine bright set in the original publisher's cloth, with decoratively stamped boards, titles gilt on spines. A little light spotting.