This early work by George Borrow was originally published in 1905 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. From an early age George Borrow had an aptitude for languages and this skill led him to travel widely around Europe and on his travels he developed a deep affinity with the Romany Gypsy people, finding their culture and language fascinating. This is a collection of recollections and transcribed oral stories taken from the Romany people he met. Also included is a Romany-English dictionary.
The Zincali - An account of the gypsies of Spain is a book written by George Borrow, the first edition was published 1841. In his work George Borrow writes about the living and culture of the Romani people predominantly in Spain. At the end of the book a useful dictionary of the Romani language can be found. The Zincali contains a lot of anecdotes of Borrow's encounters with the people, which shows that he spoke the Romani language fluently and was even considered as one of them. In contrast to most modern works about the Romani people also the dark side of the Romani culture is discussed, like fraud and robbery, which were apparently common with the Romani people in the author's lifetime. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.