PERCIVAL, Robert.

An account of the island of Ceylon,

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An account of the island of Ceylon,
containing its history, geography, natural history, with the manners and customs of its various inhabitants; to which is added, the journal of an embassy to the court of Candy.
Baldwin, London 1803.

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An account of the island of Ceylon,

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Robert Percival, (1765–1826), army officer and writer, travelled to Ceylon in 1797, where he seems to have remained for three years; afterwards he published the present work. In this he described the effects of Portuguese and Dutch rule, citing instances of Dutch cruelty and treachery, and discussing the population, economy and main towns of Ceylon. Sydney Smith declared the work to ‘abound with curious and important information’.

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First edition. 4to., xii, 420pp., 4 maps, some folding, slightly spotted and offset onto text, full contemporary diced russia gilt, neat repair to joints, an excellent copy.

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