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WACE, ALAN John Bayard, and M.S. THOMPSON. The Nomads of the Balkans. An Account of Life and Customs among the Vlachs of Northern Pindus.

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WACE, ALAN John Bayard, and M.S. THOMPSON. The Nomads of the Balkans. An Account of Life and Customs among the Vlachs of Northern Pindus. London, Methuen, [1914].

8vo. Original publisher's cloth, lettered in gilt; pp. x, [2], 332, 31 (publisher's catalogue), plates after photographs, one map; light fading to spine, a little offsetting from endpapers; a very good copy.
First edition, of one of the first modern studies of the Vlachs, or Wallachians, Balkan Romance-speaking peoples who live south of the Danube in what are now southern Albania, Bulgaria, northern Greece, North Macedonia, and eastern Serbia as native ethnic groups. The archaeologist Alan Wace was Director of the British School at Athens 1914-1923, Deputy Keeper of Textiles at the Victoria & Albert Museum 1924-1934 and Laurence Professor of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge 1933-1944. 'From 1907, Wace began to excavate in Thessaly, first with John Percival Droop and then Maurice Scott Thompson. This led to Wace and Thompson's Prehistoric Thessaly, published in 1912. Wace and Thompson also studied the nomadic Vlachs, The Nomads of the Balkans: an account of Life and Customs among the Vlachs of Northern Pindus, 1914' (Alan John Bayard Wace Professional Archive, online).

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