ACCOUNTS OF THE GYPSIES OF INDIA, edited by David MacRitchie, 1st ed, 1886

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ACCOUNTS OF THE GYPSIES OF INDIA, collected and edited by David MacRitchie. First Edition. London: Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1886, viii + 254 + 44 (ads) pages, small 8vo. Folding colored map, double page colored pate, and index. Original green cloth, with print and decoration in gold and red, edges slightly rubbed, otherwise a very good copy.

Extremely informative work on the history and migration of the Gypsies in the world.

Most of the book is a contribution by the famous Arabist Professor Michael Jan de Goeje.

Michael Jan de Goeje (1836 - 1909) was a Dutch orientalist. He devoted himself at an early age to the study of oriental languages and became especially proficient in Arabic, under the guidance of Reihart Dozy and Theodor Juynboll, to whom he was afterwards an intimate friend and colleague. He took his degree of doctor at Leiden in 1860, and then studied for a year in Oxford, where he examined and collated the Bodleian manuscripts of al-Idrisi (part being published in 1866, in collaboration with Dozy, as Description de l'Afrique et de l'Espagne ). About the same time he wrote Mémoires de l'histoire et de la géographie orientales , and edited Expugnatio regionum . In 1883, on the death of Dozy, he became Arabic professor at Leiden, retiring in 1906.

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