Rubaiyat of Omar translated by Edward Fitzgerald illustrated by Edmund Dulac 1937 Garden City Books

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Immerse yourself in the poetic beauty of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, masterfully translated by Edward FitzGerald and brought to life through the stunning illustrations of Edmund Dulac in this 1937 edition by Garden City Books. This hardcover book is a testament to the enduring legacy of one of the most celebrated works of Persian literature, offering readers a chance to explore the depth and richness of Omar Khayyam's quatrains.

Edward FitzGerald's translation of the Rubaiyat, a task undertaken during a period of personal turmoil in the 1850s, emerged not only as a coping mechanism but as a monumental contribution to English literature. His encounter with Edward Cowell, a rare Victorian proficient in Persian, was serendipitous, leading to the discovery of a manuscript that would eventually captivate the Western world with its philosophical musings on life, love, and fate.

This edition, adorned with the mesmerizing artwork of Edmund Dulac, presents the Rubaiyat in a visually captivating format, making it a collector's dream. Despite the stains on its cover, as shown in the photos, the book's interior and illustrations remain a breathtaking journey into a world of poetic elegance and existential reflection.


  • Translator: Edward FitzGerald
  • Illustrator: Edmund Dulac
  • Publisher: Garden City Books
  • Year: 1937
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 197
  • Dimensions: 9x7x1 inches
  • Condition: Good, with cover stains signed by the previous owner as shown in the photos.

Four Key Features:

  1. Timeless Poetry: Experience the cherished quatrains of Omar Khayyam.
  2. Masterful Translation: Brought to English readers by Edward FitzGerald.
  3. Exquisite Illustrations: Enhanced by the artistry of Edmund Dulac.
  4. Collector's Item: A 1937 edition rich in literary and artistic value.

Beyond The Final Page:

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam is more than a book; it's a journey through the existential and the ephemeral, beautifully encapsulated through FitzGerald's translation and Dulac's illustrations. It invites readers to ponder life's great questions, making it a timeless addition to any library.


This vintage book shows signs of wear consistent with its age, including cover stains. Please see the photos for a detailed look, and don’t hesitate to contact us for more information or additional pictures.

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