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Gypsies of Britain: An Introduction to Their History

Vesey-Fitzgerald, Brian Seymour

ISBN 10: 0715360639 / ISBN 13: 9780715360637
Published by David and Charles, London, 1973
Condition: Very Good+ Hardcover
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Small private name stamp on flyleaf, otherwise about fine, tight, clean, no markings in a vg dust jacket with fading along spine. Jacket has no chips or tears and is not price-clipped. Revised from original 1946 edition, adding a new introduction and final chapter (over 50 pages of new material.). Bookseller Inventory # 103206

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Title: Gypsies of Britain: An Introduction to Their...

Publisher: David and Charles, London

Publication Date: 1973

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: Revised Edition

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The montage of life streams with many colours, and down the ages the Gypsies, the strangest race on earth, have lent their magic and mystery to men's mortal events. In English letters George Borrow is the giant who has celebrated the romance of the Gypsy race, but it is not always possible to separate fact from his "wind on the heath." Here now is Brian Vesey-FitzGerald's book, and his work loses neither charm nor interest for being true. He may explode some romantic fallacies; but, as always, it will be discovered that truth is stranger than fiction. The author makes no claim to be a Romani scholar, but he possesses a vast cornucopia of Gypsy fact. The book is addressed to the general reader, and unfolds an enthralling account of the British Gypsies from their origin as far back as is known to modern Gypsies, describing the ways of those who follow the roaming life - their language, taboos, marriage rites, death customs, the matrilineal clans, fortune-telling, herbal cures, occupations, accomplishments, and the different kinds of caravans and equipment.

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