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1785 KING OF THE GIPSIES : Voyages and Adventures of Bampfylde-Moore Carew

1785 KING OF THE GIPSIES : Voyages and Adventures of Bampfylde-Moore Carew

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The Life, Voyages and Adventures of Bampfylde-Moore Carew, commonly called, King of the Beggars
Being an impartial account of his life, from his leaving Tiverton School, at the age of fifteen, and entering into a society of Gipsies, wherein the motives of his conduct are related and explained : the great number of characters and shapes he has appeared in through Great-Britain, Ireland, and several other places of Europe, with his travels twice through great part of America : Containing a particular account of the origin, government, laws, and customs of the Gipsies, with the method of electing their king, and a dictionary of the cant language used by the mendicants.

London; Printed for J Barker, Mr. Brown, Bristol; and Mr. Fish, Exeter, undated but known to be 1785. The National Library have this same copy printed for Barker catalogued and dated 1785. Recent full leather binding with title label, pp [4], 212.

This is probably the earliest available copy online at the time of listing. Very scarce!!

A very good complete copy. The leather binding is recent and in very good condition. All contents present and pages good throughout with some mild spotting to some pages, but generally very good for age.

Bampfylde Moore Carew (1693) was an English rogue, vagabond and impostor, who claimed to be King of the Beggars.

The Life and Adventures of Bampfylde Moore Carew was first published in 1745. Although it states that the contents were "noted by himself during his passage to America" and it is likely that facts were supplied by Carew, the author was probably Robert Goadby, a printer in Sherborne, Dorset, who published an early edition in 1749. It has been suggested that Carew dictated his memoirs to Mrs Goadby.
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