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Some more information on the Whitcombe & Tombs Rubaiyats

February 2, 2021

In September last year, we posted two items on editions of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, published by the New Zealand publishers Whitcombe & Tombs in the 1940’s – see and

The posts highlighted research done by Bob Forrest on these editions, particularly his attempts to clarify the dating of their publication. Bob has now obtained further information on the subject, notably a new copy of another book in the Courage and Friendship Booklet series, which helps to confirm his chronology for the publication of the series. He has also made some revisions to the analysis of the second set of Rubaiyats published by Whitcombe and Tombs which have illustrations by an unknown artist with initials R.G.T. The covers of two versions of these books are shown below.

The revised analysis is now incorporated in Bob’s full write up on the subject which can be found on We all owe a debt to Bob for his continuing efforts to try to sort out a complicated puzzle in Rubaiyat publication.

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