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Omar Khayyam

Carr reported having published four editions of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (1048-1131) in his History of the QTP (1987). Four impressions have been seen, but probably not the first, so there may be five. This is because Omar Khayyam was listed in some of the first books of poetry that Carr published including within the first edition of Wilfred Owen in which it was one of only eight other titles listed. This means that it was a very early title. The assumed second impression lists 19 titles, including Omar Khayyam, and is dated 1970. A later edition was given an ISBN in March 1976, probably the third impression.


(Last updated on 16/2/2021)



SBP-KHA1: First edition

Title:

Publisher: J.L. Carr Publisher, 27 Milldale Road, Kettering

Year: 1968?

ISBN: none

Size: 126 x 97 mm

Pages: 16

Staples: one

Binding: printed glossy white card

Paper: white

Editor: (J.L. Carr)

Cover artist: (J.L. Carr)

Internal illustrations: none

Translated by: Edward Fitzgerald

Number in series: not stated

Colophon: sun face with address and telephone number

Telephone number: 4995

Printing history: none stated

Number of other titles listed: 8

Printed by: Harry Richardson (Printers) Limited, Water Street, Kettering

Content: Not seen.


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Notes: This is one of the first 10 titles that Carr published, probably around 1968. Thanks to Tim Dean and Mike Goodenough for the photographs of this impression. I was sold a copy by a dealer but it didn't arrive - see also below. I don't seem to have much luck with this book.




SBP-KHA2: Second impression

Title: Omar Khayyam, translated by Edward Fitzgerald

Publisher: J.L. Carr Publisher, 27 Milldale Road, Kettering

Year: 1970

ISBN:

Size: 122 x 95 mm

Pages: 16

Staples: one

Binding: white glossy printed card covers

Paper: white

Editor: (J.L. Carr)

Cover artist: (J.L. Carr)

Internal illustrations: none

Translated by: Edward Fitzgerald

Number in series: not stated

Colophon: sun face with address

Telephone number: 4995

Printing history: none stated

Number of other titles listed: 19

Printed by: G. Smith (Thrapston) Limited of Northamtonshire

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Content: Dates of birth and death of Edward Fitzgerald; two quotations from the Book of Job; five quotations about Omar Khayyam and Fitzgerald. Awake! for morning in the bowl of night... [The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam]

Notes: This impression is actually dated, 1970, underneath the colophon, the same as the first and only edition of Dryden and the first edition of the poems of D.G. Rossetti, which both have the same text inside the rear cover. This text lists Wilfrid (Wilfred) Owen as one of the 19 poets, but his name was dropped from later lists for some reason. It also lists Khayyam sixth, suggesting that there was an earlier edition than this.




SBP-KHA3: Third impression

Publisher: J.L. Carr Publisher, 27 Milldale Road, Kettering

Year: 1976

ISBN: (0900847689)

Size: 121 x 94 mm

Pages: 16

Staples: 1

Binding: white glossy card covers

Paper: white

Editor: (J.L. Carr)

Cover artist: (J.L. Carr)

Internal illustrations: none

Translated by: Edward Fitzgerald

Number in series: not stated

Colophon: sun face 1964

Telephone number:

Printing history:

Number of other titles listed: 32

Printed by: G. Smith (Thrapston) Limited of Northamptonshire

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Content: Dates of birth and death of Edward Fitzgerald; two quotations from the Book of Job; five quotations about Omar Khayyam and Fitzgerald; Awake! for morning in the bowl of night... [The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam]

Notes: This impression was seen at Kettering Public Library. It has the same colour cover and cover design as the second impression. I bought a copy from a dealer but it was lost in the post.




SBP-KHA4: Fourth impression

Publisher: J.L. Carr Publisher, 27 Milldale Road, Kettering

Year: 198?

ISBN: (0900847689)

Size: 121 x 93 mm

Pages: 16

Staples: one

Binding: white printed glossy card covers

Paper: white

Editor: (J.L. Carr)

Cover artist: (J L Carr)

Translated by: Edward Fitzgerald

Internal illustrations: none

Number in series: none stated

Colophon: sun face 1964

Telephone number: none stated

Printing history: not stated

Number of other titles listed: 39

Printed by: G. Smith (Thrapston) Limited of Northamptonshire

Image of book

Rear and front covers (click to enlarge)


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Inside rear cover (click to enlarge)


Content: Dates of birth and death of Edward Fitzgerald; two quotations from the Book of Job; five quotations about Omar Khayyam and Fitzgerald. Awake! for morning in the bowl of night... [The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam]

Notes: This impression does not state, in English at least, that this is the Rubaiyat.




SBP-KHA5: Fifth impression.

Title: Rubáíyát of Omar Khayyám

Publisher: J.L. Carr Publisher, 27 Milldale Road, Kettering

Year: 198?

ISBN: None

Size: 121 x 93 mm

Pages: 16

Staples: one

Binding: white printed glossy card covers

Paper: white

Editor: (J.L. Carr)

Cover artist: no stated

Translated by: Edward Fitzgerald

Internal illustrations: script inside front cover; decorations around all pages; drawing on last page of clay pots in Bazaar-I-Vakil, Shiraz.

Number in series: 92

Colophon: top half of sun face 1964

Telephone number: (0536) 514995

Printing history: not stated

Number of other titles listed: none

Printed by: not stated

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Content: Awake! for morning in the bowl of night... (The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam). Quotations (see inside rear cover).

Notes: This is given number 92 in the series, so is one of the last 10 titles that Carr published, which is why it is taken to be the fifth impression. Carr also gave the number 92 to later impressions of the poems of William Blake and James Elroy Flecker and to the only impressions of poems by Robert Browning and Rudyard Kipling. It's odd that it was numbered 92 when it was listed in very early titles among the first 10 books of poetry that Carr published, and he retrospectively numbered impressions of poems by John Clare (1) and Andrew Marvell (3).

Carr redesigned the book and placed the text on each page over engravings of plants, animals and caligraphy in English. The five quotations were moved to inside the rear cover above half a sun face colophon and the number in the series. The dates of birth and death of Edward Fitzgerald were moved to the back cover. Inside the rear cover is a drawing of Bazaar-I-Vakil, Shiraz