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An illuminated manuscript on vellum of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

November 11, 2017

Blog reader and collector Roger Pass has told us about a very special copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam that is currently for sale on the web site Abebooks – see https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?kn=illuminated+manuscript&sortby=1&tn=Rubaiyat .  This is a one off manuscript version created in 1906 by Alberto Sangorski, at that time working with the great firm of bookbinders Sangorski and Sutcliffe;  this firm subsequently produced the so-called Great Omar, which went down with the Titanic.

The 1906 manuscript is in a very fine binding by Riviere.  It is now being offered by bookseller Phillip J Pirages Rare Books of Oregon, USA  for the price of US$ 45,760.  The description by the seller includes the following details.  ‘The quality of the painting here is rich and delicate, with much fine detail, and the miniatures and borders can only be described as luscious. Particularly notable here is the thickness of the burnished gold, with the opening leaves providing so much glitter that they could almost be expected to glow in the dark.’  There are further illustrations on the Abebooks website.

This would be something very special to own, if anyone has the money?  Alas we do not!

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  1. November 14, 2017 4:54 pm

    We have just posted an item about another finely bound Rubaiyat manuscript from Sangorski and Sutcliffe – see https://omarkhayyamrubaiyat.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/a-query-about-another-fine-rubaiyat-manuscript/. There were clearly many of these fine examples produced in the early part of the 20th century. Maybe it is time someone set out to catalogue and document them?

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