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First western account of the Tamils of Ceylon
Naauwkeurige beschryvinge van Malabar en Choromandel,
der zelver aangrenzende rijken, en het machtige eyland Ceylon. [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 in one, folio (31 x 19.5 cm.), 2 portraits and 35 engraved plates, maps and plans, of which 34 are double-page, numerous engraved illustrations in the text (2 full-page). [Part I, Malabar and Coromandel] Engraved frontispiece, title printed in red and black, privilege, dedication with engraved coat of arms, voor-reden, poem by J. Vollenhove, portrait (of author), pp.198, 17 double-page plates, maps & plans, including 3 depicting Tamil alphabet and text; [Part II, Ceylon] Title page, pp.44, , (45)-232 (but numbered 132), 17 double-page plates and maps, portrait (of Gerard Hulft); [Part III, on the Hindu religion] pp.[ii], 180, (185)-188, , 1 plate, many engravings throughout text. Text in Dutch. An attractive complete copy bound in contemporary blind-stamped vellum over boards; upper joint split but holding, vellum worn and stained. Remnants of red morocco label to spine. Minor worming at beginning affecting all pages up to p.110. The frontispiece, title and 5 plates have two or three pinholes near upper right corner, in most cases scarcely noticeable. Early 20th century book-plate of C. Brooke-Elliott, author of The Real Ceylon (1938).
Cox I, 283; Landwehr, VOC, 556; Howgego B10
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.
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.
1815: first book to be printed in Sri Lanka in the British period
A Grammar of the Cingalese Language.
Colombo printed at the Government Press, by Nicholas Bergman. 1815
First edition pp.[viii], 141, . Old damp stain to lower margin, just touching text of title and first few pages. Bound in contemporary calf, professionally refurbished. Two old signatures on title page. Small bookplate of Robert & Maria Travis.
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 (China instead of India). 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.
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.
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 editions. Folio, pp., [iv], 37, [1, blank], , [iv], 40 [mispaginated 39], 30-31, , [iv], 16, , [iv], 19, , , , , , , , , , 18], 4, , , 11, [1, blank], 4, 4, , 7, , 13, [1, blank], , , , 14, , 11, [1, blank], 6, . Bound in contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Joints split but holding, spine partially detached. Contents in very good condition. Blindstamp of the House of Lords on upper board, with their disposal stamp on rear pastedown.
"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.
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.