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. John Hoyland.

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.

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

8vo, viii, [9]-265 pp. 19th century half green calf, marbled cloth boards, backstrip gilt, marbled edges and endpapers. Binding rubbed with some wear to the corners, endpapers and title-page foxed, pages lightly so. Armorial bookplate of Sidney Edward Bouverie Bouverie-Pusey.

§ First edition of one of the first English studies of the Romani people in Scotland and Great Britain. Hoyland (1750-1831), a Quaker, based this book on an earlier work by the German author Grellmann, but also on extensive surveying of local authorities and his own observations. (The DNB alludes to him having fallen in love with "a black-eyed gipsy girl".) Although his concern for Romani welfare was genuine, particularly concerning the education of gypsy children, his recommendations were blinkered and tended towards religious conversion and integration.

Provenance: Sidney Edward Bouverie Bouverie-Pusey (1839-1911), a Berkshire aristocrat and the nephew of Edward Bouverie-Pusey (1799-1855), a leading figure in the Oxford Movement. Item #123342

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