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Cordiner, James

A description of Ceylon : containing an account of the country, inhabitants, and natural productions : with narratives of a tour round this island in 1800, the campaign in Candy in 1803, and a journey to Ramisseram in 1804 : illustrated by twenty-five engravings from original drawings / by the Reverend James Cordiner ... ; in two volumes.

London : Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme ... and A. Brown, Aberdeen, 1807.
Physical Description:
2 v. : ill., maps ; 28 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
DS489 .C67 1807+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Engravings by Thomas Medland, Peltro William Tomkins, and Suffield; after James Cordiner.
Maps engraved by Joseph P. Bye.
Volume 1 printed by T. Davison, Whitefriars; volume 2 printed by T. Bensley, Bolt Court, Fleet Street.
Abbey, J.R. Travel in aquatint and lithography, 1770-1860, 409
BAC: British Art Center copy is the Abbey copy. Bound in gilt-tooled calf, 2 volumes in 1.
Subject Terms:
Bensley, T. -- Printer.
Davison, T. -- Printer.
Engraving -- Specimens -- 1807.
Engraving, Colored -- Specimens -- 1807.
Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme -- Publisher.
Southeast Asia -- Description and travel.
Sri Lanka -- Description and travel.
Sri Lanka -- Pictorial works.
Stipple engraving -- Specimens -- 1807.
Aquatints -- 1807.
Bye, Joseph P., engraver.
Medland, Thomas, active 18th century-19th century, engraver.
Suffield, engraver.
Tomkins, Peltro William, 1759-1840, engraver.

  • Contents of the plates: Sketch of the island of Ceylon
  • Plan of Columbo
  • Fort of Columbo
  • Cingalese dresses
  • Cingalese alphabet/Malabar alphabet
  • Malabar dresses. Candian dresses
  • Flag staff at Point de Galle
  • View of Point de Galle from the south east
  • Buddha reclining in the Temple of Heetateea
  • Cingalese Temple of Agrabodiganni near Belligau
  • Vishnu and Carticeyia in the Temple of Divinuara Maha Vishny Dewawley
  • Mulgeerelenna seen from Kahawata
  • Mulgeerenna
  • Elephant snare at Korawy
  • A Talipot tree or Batticaloe
  • Manner of carrying the sacred book, preparatory to the administration of an oath to a Brahmin
  • The Fort of Trincomallee from the governor's bungaloe
  • Fort Ostenburg and the Harbour of Trincomallee from the governor's bungaloe
  • Penacaratchy between Coumpiorde & Coutcharelly
  • Banyan tree
  • Larorns Cinnamomnm
  • Pagoda of Ramisseram
  • The governors house at Aripo, in Ceylon
  • Temple of Buddha at Arandera near Idalmalpany, in Ceylon
  • The hanging bridge near Idemalpany in the island of Ceylon.

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