FITZGERALD (EDWARD) Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, The Astronomer-Poet of Persia. Translated into English Verse, FIRST EDITION, LIMITED TO 250 COPIES, Bernard Quaritch, 1859
Lot 19
FITZGERALD (EDWARD)
Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, The Astronomer-Poet of Persia. Translated into English Verse, FIRST EDITION, LIMITED TO 250 COPIES, Bernard Quaritch, 1859
Sold for £ 17,500 (US$ 22,804) inc. premium

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[FITZGERALD (EDWARD)]
Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, The Astronomer-Poet of Persia. Translated into English Verse, FIRST EDITION, ONE OF ONLY 250 COPIES PRINTED, corners of 3 leaves creased, publisher's buff printed wrappers (slightly soiled, spine restored, a little frayed at edges), preserved in cloth chemise and dark green morocco gilt pull-off slipcase [Grolier/English 97; Prideaux, pp.16-21; Tinker 1038], large square 8vo (208 x 159mm.), Bernard Quaritch, 1859

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  • FIRST EDITION OF FITZGERALD'S TRANSLATION OF THE 'RUBAIYAT' - IN THE RARE ORIGINAL WRAPPERS. Having had the poems turned down for publication by Fraser's Magazine, Fitzgerald decided to have them published at his own expense by Bernard Quaritch. Slow to sell, by 1861 Quaritch had seemingly lost some copies during a move, and consigned the rest to the penny bin outside their shop. However, its reputation gradually grew with support from writers such as Rossetti and Swinburne, resulting in the appearance of a second edition in 1868, after which it became established as a popular classic.

    Provenance: The Louis M. Dillman copy, sold Anderson Auction Co., 21 March 1907, pencil note; "Perfect. B. Quaritch. F.S.F. 19.1.[19]13", pencil note inside lower cover (the initials being those of F.S. Ferguson, distinguished bibliographer and employee at Quaritch from 1897-1947); American Art Gallery, New York, Brayton Ives Sale, 7 April 1915, lot 350 ($425), purchased by Edinburgh bookseller William Brown for the Glasgow collector G.G. Napier, with correspondence and invoices relating to the purchase between the two men; Sotheby's, 12 April 1954, lot 39 (full-page illustration, £220, purchased by Maggs); The Book Block, note of sale, June 1987; private collection. All the early provenance and correspondence material preserved in chemise and cloth solander box.
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