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Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, the Astronomer-Poet of Persia (Facsimile of the First Edition)

Edward Fitzgerald
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Edward Fitzgerald
Date
1859
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UVa Text Collection
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Print copy consulted: Alderman Library, PK 6513 .A1 1859
An advertisement pasted to the title-page reads as follows: " OMAR KHAYYAM.—The Rubaiyat. Translated into English Verse. 1859. [ London, Privately Reprinted, 1887]. PRIVATELY PRINTED FACSIMILE OF THE RARE AND ORIGINAL EDITION, fcap, 4to., original brown wrappers, uncut. FINE AND SCARCE 42s. * 250 copies of the original edition are said to have been printed and no less than 200 of these were made a present to the publisher, who offered them for sale in the twopenny box outside his shop. The slim pamphlet now commands a price of some £1,000 and this facsimile is the nearest to the original that the collector of ordinary means can ever hope to attain.
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