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PK6513 .A1 1872 "Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, the astronomer poet of Persia / rendered into English verse."
Omar Khayyam.

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Omar Khayyam. Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Rendered into English verse by Edward FitzGerald. London, Bernard Quaritch, 1872. Third Edition. Jeweled binding by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, London. Front cover has oval sunken panel containing onlaid snake wrapped around onlaid apples with inlaid leaves and 14 sapphires. Back cover has a sunken panel inlaid and jeweled with 12 garnets. Doublures of brown levant inlaid with blue, green and red and heavily gilt. Fly leaves of brown levant, inlaid and gilt.

The first edition of the Rubaiyat was published in London by Quaritch in 1859. Edward FitzGerald, 1809-1883, the translator, had it printed in modest form, without illustrations. The book did not sell and was reduced from half a crown to a shilling, finally to a penny. Algernon Charles Swinburne and Dante Gabriel Rossetti discovered the book in the penny box. In spite of high praise from Rossetti and Swinburne, there was so little demand for the book that a second edition was not published for nine years. During FitzGerald's life two more editions were published with many corrections and omissions.



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