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Edward Fitzgerald translated these 11th Century Persian Poems in 1859, and they became a sensation in the circle that included Browning, Rosetti and Tennyson. Omar Khayyam was renowned as a mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher, and although his mathematical studies were once hugely influential in the West, he is known to much of the world today as a poet, and his Rubaiyat as the main example of the Arabic verse form composed in quatrains in which the first, second and fourth lines rhyme.
The First and Fourth Renderings in English Verse. 12 Tipped-in Color Illustrations and head and tailpieces in black and white by Willy Pogany. Burnt-orange cloth covered boards. Bindings square and tight, text clean. Stamped gilt titles and cover decoration. Mild hand wear with fading on the spine. Gift inscription on top of first blank page. Bindings are tight and square. Text clean; 8vo. 9 inches tall. Later Edition.