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Identifying and repairing copies of the Rubaiyat

November 12, 2015

In a comment on the previous post. bomkampt8 asks for advice on repairing and identifying a copy of the Rubaiyat.  Specifically he asks the following:

to any interested parties….i am still in need to find a place that will restore or at the very least determine what years edition i have of the omar khayyam rubaiyat. also the front is fading,peeling badly over the years and i cannot make out the image of the front cover. if anyone knows of a place that can delicately restore my edition, i would greatly appreciate it. any response is helpful. i tried doing this same thing once before on this site, and got no answer at all. thank you for your time.

In our experience, this question can only be answered on a local basis.  One needs to find a local antiquarian bookseller and/or book restorer, and show them the copy of the book that you have.  The local booksellers will often know the names of good restorers in the area.  Good sources of information about local antiquarian booksellers are the web directories or yellow pages.  In addition, AbeBooks, http://www.abebooks.com, have a useful listing of regional booksellers covering many countries.  Not all booksellers will be knowledgeable about the Rubaiyat, but they can point you in the right direction.  If you have any information about the copy on a title page or equivalent, then Potter’s Bibliography, or Coumans’ for later editions, can be very useful.

We hope these comments are helpful.

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  1. Roger Paas permalink
    November 16, 2015 9:16 am

    I might be able to help, if I had pictures of the cover and title page.

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