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Another first edition of FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat is on the market

June 25, 2018

Charles Mugleston has alerted us to the fact that another copy of the first edition of Edward FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam is currently on the market.  It is being offered at auction by Chiswick Auctions in London, and bids can be placed online via the following link https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/chiswick-auctions/catalogue-id-srchis10515/lot-31b37b44-8b20-4aab-8e7c-a90401763960 .  The live auction will be on 12th July 2018.  The auctioneers’ estimated price is £15,000-20,000.  This compares with the price for the copy of the first edition offered for sale last year by booksellers Peter Harrington, which was as much as £45,000, though we have no way of knowing whether that price was actually realised – see our earlier post https://omarkhayyamrubaiyat.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/rubaiyat-first-edition-on-offer-in-london/ .

Charles is anxious to encourage museums and other organisations in Suffolk to come together to try to buy this newly available historical copy of the work of one of Suffolk’s famous sons.  We quote from the letter that Charles has sent to relevant people in pursuit of his aims.

“[The county would] thus secure a representative copy for its collections to possibly add to the several Edward FitzGerald items curated by Christchurch Mansion yet sadly not on view… oh Ipswich – oh Suffolk wake up to your heritage – Edward FitzGerald’s golden legacy to you ! or, perhaps in Woodbridge.

With a collective effort, this item could be obtained and I would ask the EADT [East Anglian Daily Times] (who produced a beautiful souvenir book for the local 1909 EFG Centenary Celebrations) to take the lead – form a campaign to help raise the projected sum a.s.a.p.”

It would be wonderful if this campaign were succesful.  Good luck, Charles!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Charles Mugleston permalink
    June 25, 2018 8:30 pm

    Thank you – will keep you informed as to what and if, when……….

    Charles

  2. July 12, 2018 4:07 pm

    Charles Mugleston tells us that the auction is now over and the first edition of FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat went for £14,000. The buyer is not known – not us!

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