LAVENGRO - ( The Scholar-The Gypsy-The Priest ) & ROMANY RYE - 2 vol. set in full leather

Borrow, George

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John Murray 1925 and 1914, both hard bound 5 1/4 x 7 1/4, Full Leather, lovely little set, maroon leather, with gilt spine titles, raised bands, marbled end papers with gilt dentelle decorations, all pages gilt edged, VG condition. (older owner's name an title pages )Romany 403 pages, several illustrations, Lavengro 569 pages, several illustrations.---------------------------------------George Henry Borrow (5 July 1803 26 July 1881) was an English author who wrote novels and travelogues based on his own experiences around Europe. Over the course of his wanderings, he developed a close affinity with the Romani people of Europe. They figure prominently in his work. His best known book is The Bible in Spain; Lavengro is autobiographical, and Romany Rye is about his time with the English Romanichal (gypsies).---------------------------------------Lavengro: The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest (1851) is a work by George Borrow, falling somewhere between the genres of memoir and novel, which has long been considered a classic of 19th century English literature. According to the author lav-engro is a Romany word meaning "word master". The historian G. M. Trevelyan called it "a book that breathes the spirit of that period of strong and eccentric characters".Its protagonist, whose name is never mentioned, is born the son of an officer in a militia regiment and is brought up in various barrack towns in England, Scotland and Ireland. After serving an apprenticeship to a lawyer he moves to London and becomes a Grub Street hack, an occupation which gives him ample opportunities to observe London low-life. Finally he takes to the road as a tinker. At various points through the book he associates with Romany travellers, of whom he gives memorable and generally sympathetic pen-portraits. Lavengro was followed by a sequel, The Romany Rye.-------------------------------------------------The Romany Rye is a novel by George Borrow, written in 1857. Largely thought to be at least partly autobiographical, it follows on from Lavengro (1851). The title can be translated from Romany as 'Gipsy Gentleman'. On October 18, 1853, Mrs. George Borrow wrote to John Murray (his publisher), and spoke of her husband's completing his work - "which he proposes to call The Romany Rye - A Sequel to Lavengro."The story itself follows the journey of a learned young man thrown in with Gypsies. It is a philosophical adventure story of sorts. Bookseller Inventory #

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