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Niroot Puttapipat for Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam - this illustrator takes my breath away. Sesquicentenary edition of Edward FitzGerald's translation of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, published by the Folio Society, November, 2009, and limited to 1,000 copies

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Edmund Dulac illustration in Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám by Crossett Library Bennington College on Flickr. Illustration by Edmund Dulac in Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám by Omar Khayyám. Rendered into English verse by Edward Fitzgerald. London

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Omar Khayyám Born in Nishapur, at a young age he moved to Samarkand and obtained his education there. In Bukhara he became established as one of the major mathematicians and astronomers of the medieval period. He is the author of one of the most important treatises on algebra written before modern times, the Treatise on Demonstration of Problems of Algebra, which includes a geometric method for solving cubic equations by intersecting a hyperbola with a circle. Died in 1131.

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"Ah, fill the cup, what boots it to repeat, How time is slipping underneath our feet: Unborn tomorrow, and dead yesterday, Why fret about them if today be sweet!"~ Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

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