York & London, England: Printed for the Author; and Sold By Wm. Alexander, et al, 1816. First Edition. Leather. Good. Item #27076
265 + (1) printer's colophon + (2) pages of advertisements for the publications of William Alexander, York. The text with history of the Gypsies in various countries; more on their situation in Great Britain, Scotland; a "Comparative view of the Gypsey, Hindostanie, and Turkish languages"; the London Gypsies; and suggestions for ameliorating their condition in the British Empire. John Hoyland (1750 - 1831) British writer on Gypsy culture, "...variously designated as 'of Sheffield, Yorkshire', and as 'formerly of York', although details of his parentage and upbringing are unknown, aside from his being a Quaker. It was, however, in the counties of Northampton, Bedford, and Hertford that he began, in 1814, his study of Gypsy communities..." (F. H. Groome, revised by Philip Carter in the ODNB) Printed by Hargrove, Gawthorp & Cobb, Herald-Office, York. Title page with the previous owner name-stamp of collector George R. Brush; M.D. in the U.S. Navy; a surgeon & medical inspector, from 1861-1894. Volume approx. 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" size; bound in marbled-paper covered boards, brown leather corners and spine. Some edge, tips wear and rubbing to the binding; some light foxing or spot; final (blank) endpaper corner top gone; in good condition.