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.
Two poems, and one narrative, which describe the demons of Sri Lankan cosmology, the practices of local priests, and the numerous masked ceremonies practised in Ceylon. This text was printed in the same year as The History and Doctrine of Budhism, by Edward Upham, who contributes a letter on the origin of Sri Lankan masks. The attractive illustrations are after a small collection of native drawings assembled by the translator, Reverend John Callaway. John Talbot, 16th Earl of Shrewsbury, was the leading Catholic figure of his day, and commissioned Augustus Pugin to expand his home at Alton Towers.