Saturday, February 1, 2014

A New Project - As Gypsies Wander

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.

I hope you will take this journey with me


  1. Wow - thanks so much. Something to look forward to every week.

  2. Thank you Kendra. Just love Juliette's books and I'm thoroughly enjoying reading As Gypsies Wander. Cheers Anita

  3. Thank you I will have to read this story.

  4. I'm in tears reading this because I never knew of this books existence until I stumbled upon your pin on gardening with eggshells and saw this.
    On my mothers side of the family we have gypsy heritage and not a lot is known about them because of the lack of records and constant traveling.
    I'm very excited to read your blog posts and I'm hoping to find a copy I can actually afford myself!
    I can't wait to tell my Mother about this!
    I feel certain God has led me to find your blog today! Thank you so much!