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The Knuckles (Colombo, 1868)

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y303D

Scope and Contents

A volume of poems by William Skeen, Government Printer of Ceylon, illustrated by albumen prints produced by his son, W.L.H. Skeen. The prints measure approximately 145 x 95 mm and are pasted in beside the text.

An advertisement by Skeen and Co. at the end of the book states the different editions of the work available: at 10 shillings with two photographs, at £1 with seven photographs, and 6 shillings without illustrations. The poem of the title is a history of the Knuckles planting district in five cantos of verse, with occasional pieces and 'The Christmas Tree' by R. Skeen at the end of the volume.


  • Creation: 1868


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Biographical / Historical

W.L.H. Skeen was the son of William Skeen, the first official Ceylon Government Printer from 1849 to 1872. He founded W.L.H. Skeen and Co., a commercial photographic company active in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).


1 volume(s) (7 images in 1 volume)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

the prints are in fair condition, with some overall fading and yellowing.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: South Asia, fiche number 90.


'The Knuckles' was first published in: Skeen, William (1868), 'Ceylon Observer', Colombo, March-June.


This item level description was entered by NE and MJC using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Skeen, William Louis Henry, d 1903, photographer

Includes index.
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Repository Details

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