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An early Ceylon imprint
Instructions for Children.
And the Lord's Prayer, Creed, and Ten Commandments. English and Cingalese. Colombo Printed at the Wesleyan Mission Press 1818
First Sinhalese edition, pp.29. Parallel English and Sinhalese text. Original wrappers a little frayed at edges, and lacking 1 cm square portion of lower rear wrapper. Text in very good condition. Original envelope as presented. The original envelope is inscribed in an early 20th century hand: For Mrs H.W. Hill's Museum/ with P.W. Robert's compliments. The enclosed is in all probability the first specimen of printing done at the Wesleyan Mission Press Colombo and is exceedingly rare."
See Nigel Seeley, Bibliography of Ceylon Imprints (Unpublished typescript)
Twentieth Century Impressions of Ceylon:
Its History, People, Commerce, Industries, and Resources. London Lloyd's Greater Britain Publishing Company 1907
First edition Folio, pp.916, many illustrations, map. An exceptionally good copy in the original gilt-decorated leather, all edges gilt. Minor wear to spine and corners.