Lionel Wendt’s Ceylon. Lionel Wendt, L. C. Van Geyzel, Bernard G. Thornley, Photographer.
Lionel Wendt’s Ceylon
Lionel Wendt’s Ceylon

Lionel Wendt’s Ceylon

New Dehli: Navrang in collaboration with the Lake House Bookshop, 1995. Hardcover (26.6 x 19.5cm), 256pp, 124 full page photographic images plus self portrait on the front inside flap of the dustjacket. Black cloth boards with gilt lettering, black and white illustrated dust jacket with lettering in red, white spine with red lettering. Mild edgewear to the jacket, back of the jacket marked towards the base, there is a horizontal seam in the cloth cover that runs around the whole book 4cm from the foot, faint vertical line on both endpapers from the edge of the jacket, one fox mark on the half title, otherwise clean throughout, vertical creases on pp.149, 153, 169, 199. Item #777

First printed 1950. Lionel Wendt (1900-1944) was born in Ceylon to a Supreme Court Judge of the island and the daughter of a distinguished Civil Servant. He exhibited an early aptitude for music but studied for the Bar. His legal career was short lived, and as a man of private means he was able to pursue his interest in music and then later in photography. His friend Bernard G. Thornely describes him as having a “tireless mind” (p.16) and this is apparent in his careful compositions and particularly in the surrealist images in the latter part of the book.

Price: $100.00