Ceylon & Maldives

MAPS

Scans can be provided for many of these items upon request.  Maps and prints can also be professionally colored if desired.

Arrowsmith, A. Ceylon (Edinburgh, A. Constable, 1807). Drawn by Arrowsmith, engraved by Sidney Hall. Color, 9 ¾ x 8 inches.   SOLD

Bellin, Jacques Nicolas. Carte de la Baye de Trinquemale, from l’Histoire Generale des Voyages, vol 8 (Paris, c. 1760). A detailed map of the harbor showing the fort, ships at sea, a compass rose. 14 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches, with later hand coloring. $125

Bellin, Jacques Nicolas. Carte de L’Isle de Ceylan, from l’Histoire Generale des Voyages (Paris, c. 1760). 10 x 9 ½ inches, hand colored.   SOLD

Bellin, Jacques Nicolas.  Jaffenapatam, from l’Histoire Generale des Voyages (Paris, 1761).  14 x 10 1/2 inches, b/w. $100

Bellin, Jacques Nicolas. Carte des Isles Maldives, from l’Histoire Generale des Voyages (Paris and Amsterdam, 1750). Text in French and Dutch. 9 x 6 inches, b/w. $75

Ceylon (London, John Tallis, 1851). Map drawn and engraved by J. Rapkin; five inset illustrations drawn and engraved by H. Winkles. Insets: Lake of Kandy; Adam’s Peak from the Lake of Colombo; Ruins of a Dagora at Toopharamaya; Temple of Buddha, Kalany; and Colombo. 12 ½ x 9 inches, outline color. This elegant map is from Tallis’ famous decorative atlas, The Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World (London, 1851).   SOLD

Covens, Jean et Corneille Mortier. INSULA CEILON OLIM TAPROBANA. Carte de L’Isle de Ceylan. (Amsterdam, 1730). Dreffe fur les Obfevvations de M.rs de L’Academie Royale des Sciences par Le Sr. de L’Isle. 22 ½ x 19 inches, outline color.    SOLD

Mallet, Alain Manesson. Isles des Maldives, from Description de l’Univers (Paris, 1683). A wonderful map of the Maldive Islands with southern India, Ceylon, and an elegant cartouche held up by two mermaids. 6 x 4 inches, later hand coloring. SOLD

Mallet, Alain Manesson.  Isle de Ceylan, from Description de l’Univers (Paris, 1683).  6 x 4 inches, later hand coloring. Map shows all of Ceylon, Southern India, and four ships.  $175

Morden, Robert. The Maldives and Ceylon Ilands (London, 1688). 7 x 5 ½ inches, later hand coloring, with text. $100

Van der Aa, Pieter. ‘tGroot Eiland Ceilon of Ilanare. From Naaukeurige Versameling der Gedenkwaardigste Zee en Landreysen na Oost en West-Indian (Leiden, 1707). A wonderful map with a fine cartouche, compass rose, and printed with north oriented to the right. 9 x 6 inches, b/w.  SOLD

Updated, July 2007

 

SEA CHARTS

Approaches to Colombo Harbour (London, Admiralty, 1908), with small hand corrections to 1940.  38 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches, b/w, with soundings in fathoms and magnetic variations.  A very detailed map of the harbour and town;  roads, churches, temples, schools, colleges, cathedrals, office buildings, etc. are all clearly identified.  Fine condition.  $250

Approaches to Colombo Harbor (Washington, Hydrographic Office, 1910), with small corrections to 1940.  40 x 26 1/2 inches, b/w, with soundings in fathoms and magnetic variations.  A very detailed map of the harbor and town;  roads, churches, temples, schools, colleges, cathedrals, office buildings, etc. are clearly identified.  $175

Colombo to Galle (London, Admiralty, 1908), with small hand corrections to 1938.  38 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches, b/w, with soundings in fathoms and magnetic variations.  A very detailed coastal map including sight lines along the West Coast.  $175

Updated, March 2008

 

PRINTS

Adam’s Peak in the Island of Ceylon,  from The Penny Magazine of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (June 8, 1833). This is the front page of this issue with full masthead. 10 ½ x 6 ½ inches with accompanying text, and later hand coloring. $40

Arabi in Exile–The Arrival at Colombo, Ceylon, from The Graphic (Feb. 24, 1883). Six views on a single sheet, 13 x 9 1/2 inches, b/w, with accompanying test overleaf.  $30 

Arch at Colombo, Ceylon, on the Occasion of the Royal Visit, from The Illustrated London News (Jan. 8, 1876). 9 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, b/w. The arch is made by the uplifted trunks of two elephants. SOLD

A Buddist Ordination in Ceylon, from Harper’s Weekly (Feb. 19, 1876). Three engravings on a single sheet. 14 ½ x 9 ½ inches, b/w, with accompanying text.  $25

The Catching of Eliphants on the Island of Ceylon (London, Awnsham Churchill, ca. 1695). An elaborate b/w print with much detail of elephants, stockades, and natives. A large forest scene set next to the ocean. 14 x 11 1/2 inches, b/w.   SOLD

Ceylon Coffee Pickers, from The Pictorial World (Jan. 15, 1876).  9 x 6 inches, b/w, with text on rear. SOLD

The Ceylon Court,  from The Illustrated London News (June 14, 1851). 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches, b/w, with accompanying text. SOLD

Ceylon—Hunting Alligators in the Pool near Kalmunai, from The Graphic (Feb. 5, 1881). 9 ¼ x 5 inches, later hand coloring. $20. I also have a b/w version for $10

The Ceylon Pearl Fishery, from The Saturday Magazine (May 9, 1835). The is the full front page, 10 x 6 inches, b/w, with masthead and accompanying text overleaf. $40

The Ceylon Tea Industry–Tamil Girl Plucking a Tea Bush, from The Graphic (June 19, 1886). A lovely drawing by W.E.E. Britten comprising the entire front page of this issue, 15 x 9 inches, b/w, including full masthead.  SOLD

Cinghalese Chiefs Waiting for the Prince of Wales at Kandy, Ceylon, from The Illustrated London News (Jan. 15, 1876).  This view is on the front page of this issue, 15 x 9 1/2 inches, b/w,  including full masthead. The Chiefs are:  Takiri Banda Panabokke,  President of Tribunal, Dumbera; Giragama, Ratemahatmeya of Yatimwera; and John Richard Paranagama, Ratemahatmeya of Jumpane (A Christian). The could be beautifully colored and framed. $75

Cingalese Boat, from The Illustrated London News (Feb. 18, 1860). 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches, b/w, with accompanying text.  $20

Cinnamon Culture in the Island of Ceylon, from Harper’s Weekly (May 19, 1883). Seven views on a single sheet, 14 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches, later hand coloring,  with acompanying text.  $45  I also have a b/w version for $30

Coffee Stores and Pulping-House, Ceylon,  from The Illustrated London News (June 22, 1872). 12 x 8 ½ inches with text on rear. SOLD

Elephant Hunting in Ceylon, from Harper’s Weekly (Nov. 6, 1875). 15 x 10 inches with text on rear.   SOLD

Elephant Kraal, Island of Ceylon, from The Illustrated London News (January 5, 1851). 9 x 6 inches, b/w, with accompanying text on the capturing of wild elephants. $40

Elk or Sambhur Deer Hunting in Ceylon, from The Illustrated London News (Jan. 12, 1889). Two views: Through the Bamboos; and At Bay; on a single sheet, 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches, b/w, with accompanying text overleaf. $35

Environs of Colombo, from The Illustrated London News (Jan 28, 1882). 9 1/2 x 6 inches, b/w.  $20

Exotic Ceylon, from San Francisco Chronicle (Feb. 10, 1929). A large double newspaper page, 21 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches,  with nine photos from Ceylon, including:   tea-pickers, the Temple of the Tooth, a pearl driller, and much more.  $35

For the Shore–A Sketch in Colombo Harbour, Ceylon, from The Graphic (Feb 24, 1883).  Double page, 18 x 13 inches, b/w.  $35

Gathering Dates in Ceylon, from Scientific American (Feb. 24, 1877). Full front page,15 x 9 1/2 inches, b/w,  with masthead and accompanying text. $30

Gathering Dates in Ceylon, from The Illustrated London News (Dec. 30, 1876). 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, b/w, with accompanying text. $30

Habitans des Iles Maldives, from Pierre Blanchard, Le Voyageur de La Jeunesse…., vol 5 (Paris, 1809).  4 1/2 x 3 inches, b/w, with 3 pages of accompanying text and a facsimile of the title page.  $20

Horticultural Fete, at Colombo, from The Illustrated London News (March 11, 1854). 9 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, b/w, with accompanying text. Drawn by Napoleon Silvoff, from Ceylon. SOLD

The Insurrection in Ceylon.  Skirmish between the British Troops and the Kandian Insurgents in Ceylon, from The Illustrated London News (Nov. 25, 1848).  6 x 5 1/2 inches, b/w. SOLD

Kiddapple, the Rebel Buddhist Priest, shot at Kandy; and Gongalegoda Banda, The Kandian Pretender, from The Illustrated London News ( June 7, 1851).  Sketches of two leaders, each 5 1/2 x 3 inches, b/w, with accompanying text overleaf on The Insurrection in Ceylon.   SOLD

Landing of his Royal Highness at Colombo, from The Illustrated London News (June 11, 1870). Prince Alfred in Ceylon, 9 1/2 x 6 inches, b/w, with accompanying text overleaf. $15

The Late Insurrection in Ceylon, from The Illustrated London News (August 17, 1850).  Four views:  Attack on the Warriapola Store; Attempted Escape of a Prisoner at the Bridge Near Matele; Kandian Chief, Father of Loco Banda; and Interior of a Court House in the Kandian Provinces.  15 x 9 1/2 inches, with accompanying text.  SOLD

The Lighthouse and Flagstaff at Colombo, Ceylon, from The Illustrated London News (Sept. 17, 1864). 9 ¼ x 5 ¼ inches with text on rear, b/w.  SOLD

Light House, Point de Galle, Ceylon. Drawn from nature by Wm. Heine, lithograph by T. Sinclair, from Commodore Matthew Perry, Narrative of an Expedition…(1856). Perry coaled in Ceylon on his way to Japan. This is one of the fine lithographs from the first edition. 9 x 6 inches, color. $75

Lipton’s Teas: Map of Ceylon Showing Lipton’s Tea Estates,  from The Graphic (Sept. 212, 1895). This is an advertisement. 11 x 8 inches with text on rear. SOLD  

Lipton’s Teas Proclaimed Victorious Over all Others, from Black and White (January 14, 1893). A fine ad, 9 x 6 inches, b/w,  with tea plantations, a tea factory, elephants, figures, etc. $15

The Malegawa Temple in Ceylon, The Depository of “Buddhu’s Tooth”, with The Delada, or Sacred Tooth of Buddhu, from The Illustrated London News (May 21, 1853).   9 1/2 x 9 1/2, b/w, with accompanying text. $30

A Marriage Procession in Ceylon, from Illustrated Family Paper (1851). 6 x 5 inches, b/w, with accompanying text. $25

Milagraya Industrial School and Garden, in Ceylon; and Opening of a New Church at Miligraya, near Colombo, in Ceylon, from The Illustrated London News (Jan. 29, 1853). Two views on a single page, 14 x 10 inches, b/w, with accompanying text. $30

Mitton, G. E.  Ceylon, Lovely Island of Flower and Forest, from unknown publication (c. 1920s), pp. 1303-1331, with six full pages of color plates, 20 photographs,  and accompanying text. $30

Mode of Capturing Wild Elephants in Ceylon, from The Illustrated London News (August 13, 1864). Three sketches: An Elephant Kraal, with the “Grand Stand” for English Visitors; The Alarm; and Testing the Rope on a single sheet, 14 1/2 x 10 inches, b/w, with accompanying text.   SOLD

Mutu Coomara Swamy Mudeliar, the First Non-Christian Hindoo Barrister and the Tamil Member of the Legislative Council of Ceylon, from The Illustrated London News (April 25, 1863). 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches, b/w, with accompanying text.  SOLD

The Natives of Ceylon, from The Illustrated London News (July 9, 1870). Two views:  High-Caste Ladies of Kandy; and Kandyan Chiefs on a single sheet, 14 1/2 x 9 1/2, with accompanying text.  $30

Notes from Ceylon, from The Graphic (Nov. 19, 1881). Four engravings:   Maskeliya, Adam’s Peak in the Distance; The Mountain Railway, “Sensation Point”; Rangbodde Falls; and Dagoba at Anarajapoora, on a single sheet. 14 x 9 inches, b/w.  $30

Pearl Fishing at Ceylon, from Harper’s Weekly (Sept. 12, 1874). Three prints on a single sheet. 9 ¼ x 7 inches with text on rear, later hand coloring.  SOLD

The Perahara Festival at Kandy, Ceylon, before the Prince of Wales, from The Illustrated London News (Jan. 8, 1876). A double page view, 18 x 13 1/3 inches, b/w, with a large number of figures, dancers, elephants, etc. $100

The Perraherra, or Annual Festival of the Singhalese at Kandy, Ceylon, from The Graphic (July 25, 1885). Eight views on a double page. 20 x 14 inches with text on rear. Elegant, detailed engraving of individuals, elephants, parade/procession, the temple of Buddha’s tooth, etc. A fabulous rendition; could be beautifully colored.  SOLD

La Pesca de Perlas en Ceylan, from  La Ilustracion Espanola y Americana (no. 27, late 19th c.). 5 ¾ x 3 ¾ inches with foxing and text on rear. SOLD

Pictures of Cingalese Women, from The Graphic (Dec.28, 1901). Two views: A Tamil Woman in Holiday Dress; and A Cingalese Woman in Temple Dress, both drawn by C. E. Fripp. 10 x 7 1/2 inches, b/w, with accompanying text.  SOLD

Point de Galle, Ceylon. Drawn by Wm. Heine; engraved by J. W. Orr. From Commodore Mathew Perry, Narrative of an Expedition…(1856). Perry coaled in Ceylon on his way to Japan. 6 x 4 ½ inches with text on rear, sepia color. $40

Preparing the Decorations at Colombo, Ceylon, for the Royal Visit, from The Illustrated London News (Jan. 1, 1876). 9 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches, b/w. SOLD

Prince Alfred in Ceylon, from The Illustrated London News (June 11, 1870). Two images: Landing of his Royal Highness at Colombo, and Native Performance Called “Hobson Jobson” on the Festival of the Cingalese New Year,  on a single sheet. 14 ½ x 10 inches, b/w,  with accompanying text overleaf.  $30

The Prince Giving Sugar-Cane to the Elephants at the Rehearsal of the Perahara, Kandy, Ceylon, from The Illustrated London News(Jan. 8, 1876). 14 x 9 1/2 inches, b/w. $30

The Prince in an Island Paradise: His Enthusiastic Welcome in Ceylon, from The Graphic (April 15, 1922). Five photographs on a single sheet. 14 x 9 inches, b/w,  with accompanying text.  $25

Religious Riots at Colombo Ceylon, from The Graphic (June 30, 1883). Large view of The Buddhist Procession with a small inset of a Detachment of British Trrops in charge of the Buddhist Temple during the Riots, 9 x 7 inches, b/w.  SOLD 

Rosset, C. W. The Maldive Islands, from The Graphic (October 16, 1886). Four full pages from The Graphic with extensive text and 23 engravings. An unusually detailed amount of early information on this remote island archipelago. Each page is 15 x 11 inches. $100

The Royal Visit: Mr. Layard Presenting to the Prince of Wales the address of the municipal council at Colombo, Ceylon; and Reception of the Prince at Kandy; Ceylon, from The Illustrated London News (Jan. 15, 1876). Two sketches on a single sheet, 14 1/2 x 9 inches, with a full page of accompanying text overleaf. $30

Sketches at Kandy, Ceylon, from The Illustrated London News (Jan 15. 1876). 13 1/2 x 10 inches, b/w.  Sketches of ten figures: priests, dancers, veddas, etc.   SOLD

Sketches from Ceylon.–A Giant Tortoise, from The Graphic (Sept. 27, 1879).  9 x 6 1/2 inches, b/w. SOLD

Sketches in Ceylon, Elephant Kraal, from The Illustrated London News (July 5, 1851).  9 x 6 inches, b/w, with much accompanying text.  $30

Sketches in Ceylon, from Black & White (May 6, 1905). Six photographs on a single sheet, 12 1/2 x 9 inches, b/w, including a Buddhist priest, elephants, the Galle Face Hotel, and tea pickers. $25

Sketches in the Maldive Islands, Indian Ocean, from The Graphic (June 4, 1881). Nine engravings on a single sheet. 14 x 9 ½ inches, b/w. The sketches are all on Male Island and include the harbour, the Sultan’s palace, the chief mosque, and the fort, as well as several figures.  $35

Sketches in the Maldive Islands, from Harper’s Weekly (May 7, 1881). Nine sketches with text on a single sheet. 14 ½ x 9 ½ inches, b/w, with accompanying text.   The sketches are all on Male Island and include the harbor, the Sultan’s palace, the chief mosque, and the fort, as well as several figures. $35

Skirmish Between the British Troops and the Kandian Insurgents in Ceylon, from The Illustrated London News (Nov. 25, 1848). 6 x 6 inches, b/w, with accompanying text. SOLD

Tiger Hunting in Ceylon, from Harper’s Bazaar (Nov. 13, 1875). Six engravings on a single sheet. 15 x 9 ½ inches with text on rear, b/w.   SOLD

Various Methods of Executing and Torturing Criminals in the Island of Ceylon, from Middletown’s, Complete System of Geography (London, 1779).  10 1/2 x 6 inches, b/w.  SOLD

Veddahs, or “Wild Men” of Ceylon, One of the Lowest Types of the Human Race ( 9 x 6 1/2 inches) with The Failure of the Oriental Bank–Scene Outside the Colombo Branch, Ceylon, When the Bank Notified Suspension of Payment  (9 x 3 inches of consternation), both b/w, from The Graphic (June 14, 1884).   SOLD

A Visit to Adam’s Peak, Ceylon, from The Graphic (August 30, 1879). Two views: Shadow of the Mountain as seen at Sunrise; and Shrine of the Sacred Footprint, on the Summit of the Mountain, on a single sheet, 13 x 9 1/2 inches, b/w.  $30

Voyage dans L’Inde des Freres Schlagintweit: Habitations Shingalaises, pres de Galle, a Ceylan, from L’Illustration, Journal Universal (c. 1860). 9 x/ 6 inches, b/w, with accompanying text overleaf.  SOLD

Wana-Ranee,  from The Graphic (April 24, 1920). “The Perfume of Ceylon. With a mystic Eastern charm and floral distinction….It is, indeed, A Dream of Oriental Fragrance.”  A full page advertisement with lovely drawings and text as partially indicated. 14 x 9 inches, b/w,  with text on rear. SOLD

With the World’s Transportation Commission in Ceylon–Kandy (and Bungalows), from Harper’s Weekly (1895). Seven photographs by W. H. Jackson on a single sheet. 14 x 9 inches, b/w,  with text front and overleaf.  $25

With the World’s Transportation Commission in Ceylon–Railway Stations, from Harper’s Weekly (1895). Six photographs by W. H. Jackson on a single sheet. 14 x 9 inches with text on rear, b/w. SOLD

Woolf, Bella Sidney.  Fishing for Pearls in the Indian Ocean, from The National Geographic Magazine (Washington, DC, 1926),  pp. 161-183, with text and 24 photos.  $15

Updated,  July 2007