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The People of Ceylon

By Wijesekera, N.D.

Colombo: M.D. Gunasera & Co., Ltd., 1965. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. Second Edition (1949). xxii, 311pp, map, 24 photo illustrations, bibliography, 19 page index. 8vo/22cm. Green cloth gilt, slightly rubbed at extremities, in chipped dj, internally clean, tight and very good. Foreword by Julius de Lanerolle pointing out that much of Dr. Wijesekera's text is from notes taken during the first Ethnological Survey of Ceylon the results of which were apparently never published. De Lanerolle had recommended to the Ministry of Education in 1934 that such a survey be conducted to back up the artifacts held by the Colombo Museum. He says, "As a reliable source-book his work is indispensable to all research workers in this field and will remain so for many years to come.".


Glimpses of Ceylon's Past

By Paranavitana, Senarat

Colombo: Lake House, 1972. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First Edition. [viii], 199pp, endpaper map, 26 photo illustrations on XVI plates, index. 8vo/21.5cm. Blue cloth light wear in slightly chipped and lightly soiled dj, internally clean, tight and very good. Dr. Paranavitana was head of the Archaeological Department of Ceylon for a number of years and was the first Professor of Ceylon Archaeology at the University of Ceylon. This is a summary account of some of his excavations. Patterson 3372..


Three Months in New China and Soviet Union. Foreword by J.D. Bernal

By Vaikunthavasan, K.

Colombo: People's Press, 1953. Book. Very Good. Soft cover. First Edition. [x], 148pp, 24 photo illustrations, route map. 12mo/18cm. Printed card wrappers, slightly spotted and soiled, short closed split at tail of back joint, first few pages dampstained, small chip head of ffep, otherwise internally very good. Account of a left-wing Ceylonese trade unionist's visit to two peace congresses in China and Vienna via the Soviet Union, with associated tours. The author was General Secretary of the Government Clerical Service Union in Ceylon in the forties and subsequently Editor of People's Voice, a bi-weekly English language paper. Professor John Desmond Bernal (1901-1971), F.R.S., was a prominent British leftist and Vice President of the World Peace Council at the time of writing. He was also awarded the Lenin Peace Prize in 1953..


Seven Years in Ceylon. Stories of Mission Life

By LEITCH, Mary & Margaret W.

New York: American Tract Society, 1890. Book. VG. Hardcover. 170 pp, profusely illustrated, square 8vo. Original cloth backed pictorial boards, slightly rubbed but overall VG. Smith (L21) calls this work, "more interesting than usual missionary account.".