Dissertation on the Gipsies; Translated by Matthew Rapper

Dissertation on the Gipsies; Translated by Matthew Rapper

London: G. Bigg, 1787. First Edition. Hardcover. 1st edition in English (originally published in Germany in 1783) of the first scientific examination of gypsies and anthropological description of them. Contemporary full calf, rebacked, corners worn, light foxing, else very good, and complete with the half title and errata. This book was the first to trace gypsies’ origins to the Indian subcontinent using a suggestion based on linguistics. Because it was the first true scientific examination of the Romani people, it is respected to this day for its findings. Very good. Item #339

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