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Callaway, John, trans; Budhist
Yakkun Nattannaw : 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 K lan nattannaw : a Cingalese poem, descriptive of the characters assumed by natives of Ceylon in a masquerade
London: Printed for Oriental Translation Fund, sold by J. Murray, 1829. First edition, subscriber's copy. Rebacked in quarter brown morocco, blind stamped, with gilt titles over contemporary brown cloth boards. A very good copy, rear board spotted and worn at fore edge, soiling on a few leaves, mainly marginal,f faint offsetting from plates to facing pages, lacking rear free endpaper, colors vibrant. 4to. Callaway, John, trans. Illustrated with 9 plates, 7 of which are hand-colored. Ceremonial poems with notes and a preface on Cingalese and Buddhist demon worship by John Callaway (1794-1842), a member of the Methodist Missionary Society. He also produced the first English language dictionaries of Singalese and Sri Lankan Portuguese, 'A Vocabulary of English, Portuguese, and Cingalese' (Colombo 1818), as well as other linguistic works, his last being this translation. Callaway sketched the masks from collections belonging to the chief of the Galle tong-tong beaters at Tallapittea. A specimen of the K lan nattanaw in Singalese characters on one plate. "By far the most reliable source we have for the reconstruction of Kolam," (Folk Drama of Ceylon, p. 60). Provenance: Lithographed presentation leaf bound in stating "this copy was printed for HRH the Duke of Gloucester" (great-grandson of George II and nephew of George III). Ware: Bibliography on Ceylon p. 156.
Bookseller: Kaaterskill Books, ABAA/ILAB
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