The Gipsies, As Illustrated by John Bunyan, Mrs. Carlyle, and Others. And, Do Snakes Swallow Their Young? [INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR]
New York: James Miller, 1883. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto (9 x 5 3/4"). 39, pp (Text), pp (Publisher's advertisement), pp (List of Contents). Original blind-stamped brown cloth, with gold lettering to front cover. Inside of front free endpaper inscribed by the author.
This peculiar book is in two parts. In the first, the late-Victorian author and pro-Gypsy advocate James Simson offers discussions on the nomadic and free-spirited people. In the second and last part, the author discusses the controversy which arose following the publication of three articles on whether the snakes swallowed their young for protection or simply to eat them.
Head and tail of spine slightly rubbed. Binding and interior in overall good+ to very good condition. g+ to vg. Item #41789