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Auction of Rubaiyat collection 30th January 2019

January 19, 2019

Charles Mugleston has alerted us to the fact that a significant collection of copies of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and related Omariana is being auctioned in the UK on 30th January 2019.  The auction takes place at Dominic Winter Auctions which is located near Cirencester in Gloucestershire.  The items are presented in two lots, nos 550 and 551 of some 240 books each.  On the basis of the images provided, the collection includes a number of early editions of FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat as well as editions by other translators and biographies and collections of letters of Edward FitzGerald.  One of the images is shown below.  The full information given in the auctioneers’ catalogue can be accessed on .

We have asked the auctioneers if they can provide any more information about the contents and source of the collection being offered on sale.  If this is forthcoming, we shall add it to this post.  Meanwhile if any readers have more information themselves, please post a comment below.


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  1. February 3, 2019 12:47 pm

    It is reported on the auctioneers’ website that the hammer prices for these two collections of Rubaiyat editions and related books were £620 for lot 550 and £440 for lot 551. Based on the description of some 240 books in each collection, that is an average of £2.58 and £1.83 per book respectively. It sounds like quite a good buy – not by us!

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