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The Rubaiyat of Anne Marie

October 29, 2020

Some time ago, Bob Forrest came across an unfinished manuscript of an unpublished edition of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. The MS consists of an unfinished title–page followed by 88 pages, including 15 fully quoted quatrains from the poem, and 15 illustrations. The title–page names the artist simply as “Anne Marie” and indicates that it was intended for publication by “Ben Abramson, Publisher New York City.”

Quatain XX by Anne Marie

After considerable research, Bob has managed to establish that the artist’s full name was Annemarie (sic) Bonnet, and that the MS must date from between 1944 and 1949, these being the dates between which Abramson operated in New York City. The MS, incidentally, is listed as #251 in Jos Coumans’ The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam: an Updated Bibliography (2010), the entry being based on the catalogue of a London book–dealer who offered it for sale in 2006.

Bob has now published an article on his website about this MS – see link below*. The article has much more to say about both artist and intended publisher. It also features all of Anne Marie’s Rubaiyat illustrations, as well as those done for two other books published by Abramson, an interesting and well documented character in his own right. Once again Bob has managed to fill in some of the gaps in our knowledge of the history of Rubaiyat illustration and publication. Our thanks to him for sharing his findings with us.

*http://www.bobforrestweb.co.uk/The_Rubaiyat/N_and_Q/Anne_Marie/Anne_Marie.htm

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