CEYLON - SRI LANKA. RIBEIRO, JOAO. History of Ceylon presented by captain John Ribeyro to the King of Portugal , in 1685, translated from the Portuguese, by the abbe Le Grand. Retranslated from the French edition. With an Appendix, containing chapters illustrative of the past and present condition of the Island, by George Lee... Ceylon (printed at the Governement Press, Colombo) 1847.
8:o. (8), (1)-278 pp. 4 folding maps/plans (some foxing), 1 printed folding table (included in the pagination).
Contemporary cloth, worn, partly damaged spine, defective spine label, mended in the hinges. Some minor foxing, a few inkstains, som spotting. Signature on first endpaper .
Ribeiro, a Portugese captain stationed in India was sent to Ceylon where he served for many years (1641-1658) in the Portugese army against the Dutch. His account was translated into French from a Portuguese manuscript, presented to the king in 1685, by Joachim Le Grand and published in 1701 (Paris). A Portugese first edition was published in 1836. This English version by George Lee has been enlarged with an appendix. Ribeiro's history comprises a general account of Ceylon followed by a part devoted to the war between the Portugese, the natives and the Dutch.
From the library of Swedish antiquarian bookdealer Björn Löwendahl (1941-2013).
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