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VINTAGE BOOK "Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam". Illustrator Willy Pogany See original listing
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USED - Back cover is a little loose. No torn or missing pages. No inscriptions. Some discolouration

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16 Feb, 2014 21:12:57 AEDST
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EPPING, NSW, Australia


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Seller Notes: USED - Back cover is a little loose. No torn or missing pages. No inscriptions. Some discolouration with age.



TITLE: Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Author: Omar Khayyam.

THIS COPY  Published by George G Harrap & Co in 1944.  Hardback. Illustrated. The translator is not acknowledged in this edition but presumably is Edward Fitzgerald.

92 pages. Tan cover with embossed design on front & gilt decoration on spine.  Refer to photos for condition.

Contains many beautiful decorations & illustrations by Willy Pogany.

POSTAGE: Will combine postage. Will use a cheaper rate IF POSSIBLE. 


Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám holds a unique place in English literature. A sensation of the Victorian age, it remains, a century and a half after publication one of the best-loved poems in the language. It was born of the encounter between two minds across seven centuries, when the reclusive Victorian scholar Edward FitzGerald translated a set of verses attributed to the 12th-century Persian poet, Omar Khayyám. Each quatrain is a meditation on the fleeting nature of life. Man is compared, variously, to a bubble poured out with wine, a piece on a chess board, or a clay pot created by a careless maker. Filled with the lush opulence and romance of the East, the Rubáiyát advocated the pleasures of earthly life - wine, love, song – over the uncertain promise of heaven.

 Awake! for Morning in the Bowl of Night
Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight:
And Lo! the Hunter of the East has caught
The Sultán’s Turret in a Noose of Light.

As well as structuring the poem so that it moves from dawn to night, FitzGerald created entirely new lines, images and even whole quatrains. Into his Persian source, he interwove echoes of Greek and Roman literature, the Bible and Shakespeare, so that the Rubáiyát seems at once exotic and familiar, as if its lines have always existed. Above all, the poem owes its power to FitzGerald's absolute mastery of the quatrain form, with its strong unrhymed third line and simple, direct language.  (

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