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Ceylon: The Ceylon Historical Journal. 1962.
First Edition. Inscribed by Author as well as Signed letter enclosed. Rare First Edition Soft cover, with dustjacket. A better than very good copy with very good Dustwrapper showing light overall use. Octavo printed light card covers with french flaps, lxxx + 286pp, illus, folding map.
This copy was inscribed by Leonard Woolf to Sir Henry Monck-Mason Moore GCMG KStJ (18 March 1887 – 26 March 1964) who was the British Governor of Ceylon.
"To Sir Henry Moore from Leonard Woolf 11/4/62"
Enclosed inside the book is an Air Mail envelope addressed to Sir Henry Moore, in Cape, South Africa from Monk's House.
"Dear Sir Henry,
It was extremely pleasant to get your letter and to read what you and your wife said about my book. We never met but I have often heard about you, of course, and I think you knew my sister Bella and Southorn. What you say about Ceylon is extremely amusing and interesting. I knew Murphy and it was he whom I had to meet up at Bandarewela about the rinderpest.
It must have been extremely interesting to go back, as you did, as Governor at the time of the handover. I gather from what you say that you think very pessimistically about the way that they are managing their affairs.I went back there for three weeks recently and went round all the places I knew well and the G. A's let me see a lot of what is going on. I must say that I was very favourably impressed by the Civil Service and the way they administer. They hate the politicians, not altogether without reason.
I don't feel that even the politicians are altogether unscrupulous scoundrels and although Goonetilleke is a bit too clever, he had some very good points.
The worst feature is the treatment of the Tamils.
Once more many thanks to you and your wife.
Yours sincerely Leonard Woolf"
*letter was dated 1962 - 2 years before Sir Henry Monk passed away while residing in Africa.
There is the Ex Libris of the previous owner on the inside flap. (Peter R.Carlton Jones)
A RARE edition for any Leonard Woolf Collector.
Item #33203 Price: US$3,500.00