First American Edition. A novel of the American Gypsy, whose winter quarters of this tribe are the vacant stores and dark cellars of New York's East Side. Bercovici's gypsy stories were used three times to make motion picture films, including: Revenge, The Volga Boatman, and Law of the Lawless. Born in Romania in 1882, the author's own childhood was spent in the tents of gypsy's. Bercovici is quoted, "There is not a gypsy in the world who cannot tell you who I am. I am a gypsy by choice and not by blood, by temperament and not race." Great unsigned dustjacket art of a woman gypsy in three tones. Fine bright copy, in Excellent example of the dustjacket with mild rubbing and darkening at spine.