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Book Description
A wonderful and unique copy of the first impression of this scarce book. Letters are laid in from the author, one of which points out that, though the book was published during WWI "an inhospitable time" as the author puts it, it was actually written "two years ago" This was addressed to ""My Dear Diocesan" Oct 14, 1915. Another letter to a Mr. Dawkins, written before the book was written on March 6th 1911, it refers to the subject of Gypsy language, cleanliness and vocabulary; clearly demonstrating the authors affection for the people of the Gypsy community. Furthermore there is some other printed leaflets regarding the book, including a review by Edward Hall Jackson and a publisher's promotional leaflet. There is also a postcard from the author with date unknown, as it is partially rubbed away on the postmark, it looks to be 1911. The postcard refers to surname origins and is addressed to a Jos Dawkins at the Royal Insurance Company Ltd. Victoria Street, Grimsby. The postmark is from Boston (Lincs.) The book itself is in clean condition and bound in maroon cloth boards which are, on closer inspection, a touch handled around the edges, a tad rubbed at the spine ends and a little bumped at the corner tips. The gilt title lettering is still fairly crisp. There is an owner inscription on the ffep of J. Dawkins, which matches the recipient of the letters and postcards. This is dated 1925 and there is a later owner inscrip. dated Nov. '65. The untrimmed page block edges look somewhat toned and there is some very minor foxing here and there. In all then this is quite a superb and unique piece. More photos of the book and letters are available on request.
Dealer Notes
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Author The Rev. George Hall (Rector of Ruckland, Lincolnshire)
Date 1915
Binding Cloth
Publisher Sampson, Low and Marston & Co. Ltd.
Condition Very Good

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