Village Folk-Tales of Ceylon

PARKER, Henry. Village Folk-Tales of Ceylon.

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PARKER, Henry. Village Folk-Tales of Ceylon. London, Luzac & Co, Publishers to the India Office, 1910-1914.

Three volumes, 8vo. Original maroon cloth, spines lettered in gilt; pp. vii, 396; viii, 466; viii, 479; cloth a little marked and darkened, spine of volume one faded; apart from spotting to and offsetting from endpapers a rather good set.
First edition of the rarely encountered complete set of one of the largest collections of Sri Lankan folk literature. Parker was British engineer attached to the Irrigation Department of Sri Lanka from 1873 to 1904; however, he is more renowned for having studied in depth and compiled extensively the folklore of Sri Lanka, thus becoming the authority on the subject.
The last set to be appear at auctions was sold in 2009 at a Scottish auction house (who usually don't get high results) for £252.