A Historical Survey of the Customs, Habits & Present State of the Gypsies; Designed to develope... A Historical Survey of the Customs, Habits & Present State of the Gypsies; Designed to develope...

A Historical Survey of the Customs, Habits & Present State of the Gypsies; Designed to develope The Origin of this Singular People, and to promote The Amelioration of their Condition

Hoyland, John

Published by Printed for the author and sold by Wm. Alexander, York; London, 1816
Condition: Good Hardcover

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Octavo. VIII, [9]-265, [1]pp. Lacking advertisement leaf in rear. Original 3/4 calf over marbled paper covered boards, with gold lettering and ruling on spine. This remarkable work is widely recognized as the first full attempt by a British author to examine and report on the history and lifestyle of the Gypsies of Britain. John Hoyland (1750-1831) was a highly respected Yorkshire Quaker who took a pioneering approach to alleviating the lot of his fellow human beings that might be considered ethno-graphic rather than religious. His method was to broadcast a questionnaire and invite interested parties to answer its questions through observation of the Gypsy families in their locality and by gathering in information at first hand from them. Hoyland himself joined in this process by visiting Gypsy encampments. The result is a largely sympathetic and factual account of the plight of that section of British society that was even then the most discriminated against. It also includes a summary of the history of the diaspora of the Gypsy people from their Indian origins to their arrival in Britain, gleaned from the few sources that were available at the time. Spine and edges rubbed. Closed tears along joints. Endpapers slightly foxed. Binding in overall fair, interior in good+ to very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 33713

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Title: A Historical Survey of the Customs, Habits &...

Publisher: Printed for the author and sold by Wm. Alexander, York; London

Publication Date: 1816

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First edition.

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