London: John Murray, 1851. First edition. Published in an edition of 3,000 copies. Some fraying at spine ends, labels a bit chipped, back joint of Volume I starting to crack, horizontal tear on spine of Volume I, cellophane tape stain on portrait near gutter. A good, clean set. Original green cloth with paper spine labels. Three volumes, twelvemo. xx, 360 + 32 pp. ads, dated “February, 1851;” xi, [1, blank], 366 +  pp. ads, dated “January, 1851;” ix, [1, blank], 426 pp. Engraved frontisportrait in Volume I. Item #7544
Borrow (1803-81) was a translator, linguist, and traveller. Lavengro, the title of which means “philologist,” is a personal narrative, as well as a protest against the ‘kid-glove’ literature introduced by Bulwer and Disraeli. It was considered vulgar by many, but was also one of his most popular works. Borrow’s other books include The Bible in Spain (1843), The Romany Rye (1857) and Wild Wales (1857).
Collie & Fraser A.3a.