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Official Handbook & Catalogue of the Ceylon Court.

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390.00 €


Article ID B0183
Artist Skeen
Title Official Handbook & Catalogue of the Ceylon Court.
Year c. 1900
Description Book describes and illustrates the Indian island of Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) on 168 pages. With index, two hand-colored cards from Ceylon, 24 views in black and white and many smaller images.
Sri Lanka was known from the beginning of British colonial rule as Ceylon. Its geographic location and deep harbours made it of great strategic importance from the time of the ancient Silk Road through to the modern Maritime Silk Road. Before the beginning of the Dutch governance, the island of Ceylon was divided between the Portuguese Empire and the Kingdom of Kandy, who were in the midst of a war for control of the island as a whole. The island attracted the attention of the newly formed Dutch Republic when they were invited by the Sinhalese King to fight the Portuguese. Dutch rule over much of the island was soon imposed. The Kingdom of Kandy was the last independent monarchy of Sri Lanka. In the late 18th century the Dutch, weakened by their wars against Great Britain, were conquered by Napoleonic France, and their leaders became refugees in London. No longer able to govern their part of the island effectively, the Dutch transferred the rule of it to the British, although this was against the wishes of the Dutch residing there. In 1972, the country became a republic named Sri Lanka, repudiating its dominion status.
Place of Publication Colombo
Dimensions (cm)21,5 x 15 cm
ConditionBinding in hardcover with leather embossed in gold
Coloringoriginal colored
TechniqueWood engraving


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