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Rubaiyat first edition on offer in London

February 24, 2017

rok1stharrington0217Charles Mugleston alerted us to the fact that a first edition of Edward FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam was put on sale in London recently.  This rare book (actually little more than a pamphlet) from 1859 has been on offer by the antiquarian bookseller Peter Harrington.  The price is £45,000, and the copy contains a correction in FitzGerald’s own hand.  More details and pictures can be found on http://www.peterharrington.co.uk/rub-iyat-of-omar-khayyam-the-astronomer-poet-of-persia.html and the volume has been on display at Harrington’s office.  We do not know whether it has yet been sold.

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