A Paraphrase of the Philosophical Quatrains of Omar Khayyam... rendered into English Verse by Friench Simpson.
[Houston: J. V. Dealy, 1909]. 8vo, 187pp. With a portrait frontispiece of Simpson and two almost identical plates of a vase; two illustrated clippings loosely inserted. Original blue cloth titled in gilt on the backstrip and upper cover. Newspaper clipping at front causing extensive browning to two leaves, Library of Congress stamp at front noting two copies received May 10 1909. A scarce study by Simpson, no copies recorded in the trade or at auction but 10 copies noted on OCLC. A passion for the Rubaiyat had swept England and Europe following Fitzgeralds first translation and by 1900 dozens of editions and translations had appeared. Simpson, who appears to have been living in Hallettsville TX at the time, was deeply interested in and influenced by the Rubiayat which he cites and imitates in his immortal book of poems A Study of Nature (1900).
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