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Published 1935 by John Murray, London (First Cheap Edition - originally published 1933)

Raggle-Taggle: Adventures with a Fiddle in Hungary and Roumania
by Walter Starkie, LittD, Professor of Spanish in the University of Dublin, Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin

Hardcover, no dust jacket (missing); 399pp

Walter Fitzwilliam Starkie CMG, CBE, Litt.D (9 August 1894 – 2 November 1976) was an Irish scholar, Hispanist, author and musician. His reputation is principally based on his popular travel writing: Raggle-Taggle (1933), Spanish Raggle-Taggle (1934) and Don Gypsy (1936).

Frontispiece by Arthur Rackham

From the preface:
"My main object in making the journey was to try to live the vagabond life of a Gypsy minstrel who has to rely for his livelihood on his fiddle, but I wanted to investigate as an amateur, not as a scholar, the wealth of folk music and folk legend which is so essential a part of the lives of those peoples who still listen with rapt attention to the blind rhapsodist sewing together the old songs".

Second-hand book in VG/Good condition. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering to spine and gilt embossed image (Gypsy woman) on front cover. Cover has one or two marks and faded areas. Very lightly bumped at top and bottom of spine. Stitching still very solid. Page edges and inside covers are foxed. Inscription from previous owner on right front endpaper. Some light foxing internally - title page has lots of darker spots.

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