Ruybaiyat of Omar translated by Edward Fitzgerald illustrated by Edmund Dulac 1952 Garden City Books

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Immerse yourself in the timeless wisdom of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, brought to life in this stunning 1952 edition translated by Edward Fitzgerald and illustrated by the legendary Edmund Dulac. Published by Garden City Books, this hardcover treasure spans 189 pages, each a testament to the enduring allure of Omar Khayyam's quatrains.

Edward Fitzgerald's translation of this Persian masterpiece is a serendipitous achievement, born out of his friendship with Edward Cowell, one of the few Victorians fluent in Persian. Despite Fitzgerald's initial reluctance and self-admitted idleness, a decade of personal stress and Cowell's encouragement led him to devote himself to translating the poem between 1857 and '59, with Cowell advising from India through letters.

This edition not only showcases Fitzgerald's poetic translation but is also adorned with the exquisite illustrations of Edmund Dulac, adding a visual depth to the quatrains that explore the themes of life, love, and existential contemplation. The book's dust jacket shows wear, as captured in the photos, yet the book itself remains a captivating piece for collectors, literature enthusiasts, and admirers of beautiful books.


  • Translator: Edward Fitzgerald
  • Illustrator: Edmund Dulac
  • Publisher: Garden City Books
  • Year: 1952
  • Format: Hardcover with Dust Jacket
  • Pages: 189
  • Dimensions: 9x7x1 inches
  • Condition: Good, with noted wear on dust jacket

Four Key Features:

  1. Historical Translation: A cherished translation born from Victorian serendipity.
  2. Stunning Illustrations: Enhanced with Dulac's breathtaking artwork.
  3. Literary Masterpiece: A collection that delves into profound philosophical themes.
  4. Collector's Item: A must-have edition for lovers of classic poetry and art.

Beyond The Final Page:

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam transcends its time, offering reflections on life's fleeting moments through Fitzgerald's poetic lens and Dulac's visual interpretations. It invites readers to ponder the deeper questions of existence, making it a timeless addition to any library.


This vintage book shows signs of wear consistent with its age, particularly on the dust jacket. Please refer to the photos for a closer examination, and don’t hesitate to reach out for more information or additional images.

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