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Sangorski Rubaiyat MS coming up for auction

October 28, 2020

Charles Mugleston has alerted us to the fact that one of the manuscript versions of FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, calligraphed and illuminated by Alberto Sangorski in 1906, is coming up for auction in London on 19th November 2020. Sangorski produced a number of MSS of the Rubaiyat at this time, one of which, in a heavily jewelled fine binding, was lost with the Titanic. Another such was mentioned in a previous blog item https://omarkhayyamrubaiyat.wordpress.com/2017/11/11/an-illuminated-manuscript-on-vellum-of-the-rubaiyat-of-omar-khayyam/.

The MS now being offered was apparently very finely bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe in 1999. Full details of the item and auction can be found via the link below. The auctioneers’ estimate for the item is £7,000-10,000. Even if such a sum is beyond your purse, as, sadly, it is for us, it is worth having a look at the sale site to revel in images of the wonderful quality of design and craftsmanship that went into the production of this manuscript and its binding. A couple of pages are shown in the image above.

https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/forumauctions/catalogue-id-forum-10240/lot-b9888b39-0d4f-4419-8b39-ac60010da56d

Thanks to Charles for the information.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 28, 2020 2:26 pm

    “Beauty will redeem the world” Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  2. November 21, 2020 9:21 am

    This lovely item was sold on the 19th November for £8,500

    • November 21, 2020 5:06 pm

      Thanks for that further information, Charles. Someone now has a real Rubaiyat treasure to enjoy.

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