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The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

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Oxfam Books & Music London This work, which first appeared in 1859, was a translation from Farsi to English of a selection of quatrains (termed 'rubaiyat') attributed to Omar Khayyam (1048–1131), "the Astronomer-Poet of Persia". Initially unsuccessful, its eventual massive popularity led to a prolonged debate on the correct interpretation of the philosophy behind the poems, Fitzgerald maintaining that Khayyam was a religious sceptic, and Sufi scholars and believers regarding him as one of their own. FitzGerald's "skepticist" reading of the poetry is, however, still defended by modern scholars. The work became known world-wide, has been published in several hundred editions, and has inspired similar translations, both in English and in many other languages. Edward FitzGerald (1809–1883) was an English poet and writer, best known as the translator of "The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam", but included in anthologies such as Quiller-Couch's "Oxford Book of English Verse", and most reference books up until about the 1960s. Our copy is in good general condition for its age, bound in the original brown flexible leather stamped in gilt, but quite badly stained on all surfaces, and with 3 small areas of loss along the rear spine angle. Corners lightly bumped, some shelf wear to spine (minor loss at top). Top page edges gilt, brown mottled endpapers. Inside, the binding is firm with no loose pages, pages of illustration & adjacent pages are quite badly browned (different paper quality, perhaps), as is the coloured title page, but pages of text are clean and bright. A stamped monogram 'F.E.G', dated 1929 is on the halftitle page. See Oxfam website for delivery information

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