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Editing the Rubáiyát : Two Case Studies and a Prospectus

Editing the Rubáiyát : Two Case Studies and a Prospectus Editing the Rubáiyát: Two CaseStudies and a Prospectus DANIEL KARLIN 1. "The little anonymous brown-paper-covered pamphlet" The Variorum and Definitive Edition of the Poetical and Prose Writings of Edward FitzGerald is an enjoyably preposterous example of Edwardian bookmakingif the latter epithet may be applied to an American product. It was published in New York, by Doubleday, Page, and Company, in seven volumes, the first in 1902 and the last in 1903; though "published" is not quite the right word for an edition which, we are told on a half-title page, "consists of twenty-five sets on Japanese paper, one hundred sets on hand-made paper, and two hundred and fifty sets on a specially made paper, all numbered and signed." The copy in the Sheffield University Library is number 22 (of the two hundred and fifty); the number and signature are in red ink, and the only "off " note is that the "signature" is not that of a person: it just reads "Doubleday, Page & Company." I doubt that Frank Doubleday, the head of the firm, inscribed all, or indeed any, of the 375 copies. Some poor devil of a clerk did it, even though he might have preferred http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Victorian Poetry West Virginia University Press

Editing the Rubáiyát : Two Case Studies and a Prospectus

Victorian Poetry , Volume 46 (1) – Jun 7, 2008

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Editing the Rubáiyát: Two CaseStudies and a Prospectus DANIEL KARLIN 1. "The little anonymous brown-paper-covered pamphlet" The Variorum and Definitive Edition of the Poetical and Prose Writings of Edward FitzGerald is an enjoyably preposterous example of Edwardian bookmakingif the latter epithet may be applied to an American product. It was published in New York, by Doubleday, Page, and Company, in seven volumes, the first in 1902 and the last in 1903; though "published" is not quite the right word for an edition which, we are told on a half-title page, "consists of twenty-five sets on Japanese paper, one hundred sets on hand-made paper, and two hundred and fifty sets on a specially made paper, all numbered and signed." The copy in the Sheffield University Library is number 22 (of the two hundred and fifty); the number and signature are in red ink, and the only "off " note is that the "signature" is not that of a person: it just reads "Doubleday, Page & Company." I doubt that Frank Doubleday, the head of the firm, inscribed all, or indeed any, of the 375 copies. Some poor devil of a clerk did it, even though he might have preferred

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Published: Jun 7, 2008

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