This is a good hardcover. 1898 H.M. Caldwell Publishing New York. This copy is good inside and out. The pages only have very light natural tanning from age but are free of foxing. Only a hint of foxing inside front and back cover. The binding is good, pages tight to binding with only a hint of separation but no loose pages. Approx. 6-8 pages have paragraphs with parenthesis marks in the edges. Previous owners name neatly written in script on first blank page "Anna Canaran Cleveland Feb. 1 1902" (see photo). Overall, this is a good readable and collectible copy. No illustrations. 16mo size or 4" x 6.75" small size, with 177 pages. The hardcover boards are green with gold/red floral illustrations and gold title lettering. Boards are good overall with only light wearing. Photograph of Edward Fitzgerald, the translator. and NOTE: the signature below the photo is a facsimile, NOT a "signed" copy. Title page in green and red lettering opposite Fitzgerald photo.
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam is the title Edward Fitzgerald gave to his translation. Translation from Persian to English by Fitzgerald was completed in 1859 and are selections from Omar Khayyam, "the Astronomer Poet of Persia". Khayyam was an astronomer and mathematician, not necessarily a poet but his poetry was found after his death. His "quatrains" have been translated in many languages.
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