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Antiquarian Book Fairs in London – what news of the Rubaiyat?

May 22, 2012

Two major antiquarian book fairs will be held in London shortly.    The London International Antiquarian Book Fair will be held at Olympia from 24th-26th May, and the PFBA London Fair is at the Novotel Hotel Hammersmith 25th & 26th May.  For the first time in many years we shall not be attending these events.  So, if any other Rubaiyat collectors are going to the Fairs, please send us a report of any especially interesting copies of the Rubaiyat or related material that is on sale.  We should also be glad to know of special copies that go on sale elsewhere (eg auctions or eBay), obviously once you have done your own buying.

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  1. July 16, 2012 8:21 pm

    Sotherans’ Spring Miscellany 2012 catalogue lists a number of fine and rare editions, such as the Thomas Wise Rubaiyat (1887), the edition by John Payne (1898) and the Rose Garden miniature of the Commonwealth Press (1933). See:

  2. July 17, 2012 10:30 am

    That’s a fascinating listing, sadly distinctly above our reach in terms of prices. But it is nice to see the pictures and to know that there are still some really good editions that come onto the market. Amazing that the two books on the Great Omar, by Shepherd (2001) and Stonehouse (1933), are also so expensive (£198 and £498 respectively).

    • July 18, 2012 12:10 pm

      A copy of Stonehouse was sold on eBay the other day for almost $ 500.00. And Shepherds announced a reissue of their “Lost on the Titanic” for June 2012, though I haven’t seen it for sale yet. It is an enlarged edition, and includes the dramatic story of the second Great Omar, created during the turbulent years preceding the Second World War.

      • July 18, 2012 3:03 pm

        Please let us know if/when you find out more publication details.

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