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Poems by the Chief Justice of Ceylon, printed at Colombo

Giffard, Sir Ambrose Hardinge Verses. [Colombo] Wesleyan Mission Press [1822]
First edition pp.62. A very good copy bound in contemporary morocco, probably in Colombo. Gilt fillet on boards. Spine neatly repaired. With manuscript presentation inscription on front end-paper: "To Mrs William Pennell Junior from her affectionate friend ….Giffard, Colombo, July 23 1822"
COPAC records one copy only in the British Library

Sir Ambrose Hardinge Giffard, a lawyer by training, was appointed Chief Justice of Ceylon in 1819, but devoted his leisure time to literature. These poems were written between 1792 and 1821. Several are about places and events in Ireland, including one on the author's birthplace, Dundrum, near Dublin. Others relate specifically to Ceylon, including "Kandi" and "The Andaman Boy". Although published anonymously, the author is identified in a manuscript note on the front end paper. One of the poems is addressed "To Harriett 28 July 1821" on their wedding anniversary. Giffard married Harriet Pennell on the 23rd of July 1808. This collection was presumably privately published for circulation only to family and friends. The British Library copy, the only other copy we can trace, has a half title like this, but no title page.