Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Translated by Edward Fitzgerald, Illustrated Editions Company, approx. 1940

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Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Translated by Edward Fitzgerald, Illustrated Editions Company, approx. 1940

Blue and beige cover with image of jug and flower. Many black and white illustrations. Corners bumped. Small crack on spine. Yellowing on end pages. Otherwise clean and tight. No writing. See pictures for more evidence of condition.

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The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám holds a unique place in English literature. A sensation of the Victorian age, it remains one of the best-loved poems in English. It was born of an 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 and a clay pot created by a fickle maker. Filled with the lush opulence of the East as romanticised by the Pre-Raphaelites, the Rubáiyát advocated the pleasures of earthly life – wine, love, song – over the uncertain promise of heaven.

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Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám is the title that Edward FitzGerald gave to his 1859 translation from Persian to English of a selection of quatrains (rubāʿiyāt) attributed to Omar Khayyam (1048–1131), dubbed "the Astronomer-Poet of Persia".

FitzGerald's work at first was unsuccessful commercially. But it was popularised from 1861 onward by Whitley Stokes, and the work came to be greatly admired by the Pre-Raphaelites in England. In 1872 FitzGerald had a third edition printed, which increased interest in the work in the United States of America. By the 1880s, the book was extremely well known throughout the English-speaking world, to the extent that numerous "Omar Khayyam Clubs" were formed and there was a "fin de siècle cult of the Rubaiyat".[1] FitzGerald's work has been published in several hundred editions, and it has inspired similar translation efforts in English and in many other languages.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubaiyat_of_Omar_Khayyam

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