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WILLIAMS, DAVID - A World of His Own - the Double Life of George Borrow

Oxford, Oxford University Press. 1982, First Edition. (ISBN: 0192117629). Hard Cover, 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A near Fine clean, tight and unmarked copy (Fine apart from a touch of light foxing to top and fore edges) with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. x + 178 pages. 17 illustrations. George Borrow was an unorthodox man, over six feet tall and white haired by the age of 25, he cut a striking figure as he wandered the roads of Britain and Europe to escape the trammels of a routine and respectable existence and to seek out those to whom he felt most kindred - the people on the margins of society, above all the gipsies. He had a remarkable facility for learning languages, despite being rabidly anti-Catholic, and unaffiliated to any established church, he brought a kind of faith to the gipsies, and his one serious spell of employment was as a spreader of the word for the evangelical Bible Society. His linguistic ability, combined with his courage, stamina, and tenacity made him a valuable, if unconventional representative in Russia and Spain. 14. Near Fine/Near Fine.
GBP 8.00 [Appr.: EURO 9.5 US$ 11.04 | JP¥ 1265] Book number 007891

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