I have fallen in love...with a book. A book written by a woman in the 1940's published in the 50s once, then never again. I can only find evidence of this first pressing so the number of books out there is very limited especially in the States.
This book “As Gypsies Wander” is a rare and hard to find account of the herbalist Juliette De Bairacli Levy's wanderings through Europe meeting with and learning from the Gypsies she encountered.
When I first learned about this book I went out on the hunt to track it down. When I found it, I saw it selling for anywhere between $200-1500. Furthermore, my hunt in the California library system was difficult finding only one that was often checked out already. When I finally did get my hands on it, I scanned all the pages with the idea of turning it in to an ebook to share with the world.
As an act of love and devotion, I have decided to hand type out this entire book. I know, I could just put out the scanned pages (as terrible as they are) but I want to do this right and I love the idea of re-reading the book on such an intimate level. This 300 page book will take me a while and after spilling the beans to a few fellow herbalists and seeing their excitement for it, I decided sharing the work as I type it out was the best course of action.
Every week I will post a new block of text from the book, including any pictures included in the page range. When I am finished, I will compile the book into an epub format and have it available for free download on the blog As Gypsies Wander.