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A Historical Survey of the Customs, Habits & Present State of the Gypsies


Designed to develop the Origin on this singular People, and to promote the Amelioration of their Condition.


Published: Printed for the Author and Sold by Wm. Alexander York, 1816

Stock code: 3832

Price: £635.00

A SIGNED PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR TO JOSEPH STORRS, WITH THE FORMER'S HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION ON FRONT FREE ENDPAPER. With 2pp of publisher's advertisments of other works (including the revised edition of Hoyland's 'Epitome of the History of the World') bound in at end. John Hoyland (1750-1831), Quaker, writer on gipsies and author of other works, wrote this seminal study as a result of 'observing the very destitute and abject condition of the Gipsy race in the counties of Northampton, Bedford and Hertford'. The work is based on that of Grellman. For further details on Hoyland, his temporary disassociation with Quaker society (due apparently to his romantic entanglement with a gipsy girl) and his involvement with gipsies in general, see DNB. PRESENTATION COPIES FROM HOYLAND ARE RARE. A SPLENDID COPY IN CONTEMPORARY BINDING OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND INFLUENTIAL WORKS ON GIPSIES EVER WRITTEN.