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New index for Potter’s Bibliography now available online

November 30, 2017

A little over a year ago, we reported that Douglas Taylor and Bob Forrest had co-operated to put together a new index for the well know Bibliography of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam ‘together with Kindred Mattter …’  by Ambrose George Potter – see https://omarkhayyamrubaiyat.wordpress.com/2016/07/28/ambrose-george-potter-and-a-new-index-for-his-bibliography/.  As we commented then, Potter’s Bibliography is a wonderful resource but it is marred by a very idiosyncratic index.  There have also been relatively few details about Potter’s own life history.  These are gaps that Douglas Taylor and Bob Forrest have filled with a splendid new and comprehensive Index for the Bibliography which Bob had printed for limited circulation in 2016.  The new Index contains, at the back, a ‘Provisional Biography’ of Potter, giving much new information.

The great news now is that Bob has put the new Potter index, plus his Biography, on line on his own website.  It can be accessed via http://www.bobforrestweb.co.uk/The_Rubaiyat/N_and_Q/Potter_Index.pdf.  The index includes listings of the Potter entries by the following categories:  artists;  publishers;  translators, editors, commentators, parodists etc.;  authors in periodical literature; and anonymous articles.  It also identifies some errors that had crept into Potter’s work.  The booklet can be viewed online or downloaded.  If you do the latter, it is then easy to search the whole volume for particular names.

Many thanks from all of us to Douglas and Bob for doing this.  For those who don’t know Potter’s work, it only covers Rubaiyat-related material (or most of it) published up to 1929.  For the years 1930 to 2009, Jos Coumans’ Updated Bibliography provides an invaluable complement;  he also includes some earlier items that Potter left out.  See J Coumans, The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám: An Updated Bibliography (Iranian Studies Series). Leiden, Leiden University Press, 2010.

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