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."
Andre Jean Valentin Reinaud, b.1813, entered the church on his sixteenth birthday. He appears to have had a history of creating division between clergy and congregation, and was sent to Ceylon in the mid 1840's where he seems again to have fallen into dispute. He returned to Europe in 1849, after one of his superiors was quoted as saying: "It is clear that that poor child, who left here in a mad desire to become a bishop, would gladly have made use of us as a step-ladder to reach his goal." An article in the second issue of this journal refers to "scandalous proceedings" in the Catholic printing establishment in Colombo and requests the whole printing establishment to be placed under the exclusive direction of Abbé Reinaud. This scarce periodical, of which we can trace no other copies, appears to have been privately published by the Abbé in furtherance of his ambition to become Bishop of Kandy. Unlike The Colombo Catholic Magazine which was printed in both English and Sinhalese, The Ceylon Catholic Sower was in English only, perhaps reflecting the editor's lack of Sinhalese. The first press to be set up in Kandy was at the Baptist Mission in 1841.