The first Sinhalese type

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Designed by Gabriel Schade, the first Sinhalese types were first printed in Colombo in 1737 by the Dutch East India company. The book, Singaleesch Gebeede-Boek, is a Christian prayer book, and also the first book printed in Sri Lanka.

More information from Christie’s and The Daily News.

Top image from Christie’s, bottom is an altered enlargement.


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