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    FOR SALE: The Rose Garden of Omar Khayyam EBEN FRANCIS THOMPSON This set is one
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 19, 2012
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      FOR SALE:

      The Rose Garden of Omar Khayyam EBEN FRANCIS THOMPSON
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      This set is one of 250 copies. It contains what was
      known at the time to be the smallest book in the world, this tiny book
      is part of a set and measures 3/16 by 7/32 or 4x6mm. Also included is a
      miniature edition of the book, 1 3/4 by 1 1/2 or 44x37mm, which
      provides, in addition to the text, an explanatory preface about the
      micro-mini volume. There is a full-size edition of the text with the
      preface, 5 3/4 x 5, a full-size volume titled, "A Thimbleful of Books"
      by Thompson, a proof sheet in printed wrappers with the original
      glassine enclosure (a bit jagged), and a folding magnifying glass. The
      micro-miniature book is housed in a small gold box with a
      "see-through lid" (Photos available upon request).

      Two other pamphlets related to The Rose Garden are
      included in the boxed set: "Kind Words about the Smallest Printed Book
      in the World", which contains letters of praise from such experts as
      Wilbur Macy Stone, and "The Real Omar Khayyam," which has a portrait of
      Thompson and a review of his translation. This copy also includes a
      postcard showing the Worchester Municipal Auditorium and a thimble full
      of books where this "smallest book in the world" was on exhibit,
      a small, 5 3/4 x 4 1/4, "pamphlet" with gilt illustrated cover
      and purple interior text of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam tied at the
      spine with purple yarn, plus a note from the original owner stating how
      she came into possession of this copy.

      All three books are bound in red morocco, with the
      original glassine. A good and complete set, with a few additional
      items. In the original box of half-morocco and marbled boards, which
      shows slight wear to ends of spine and corners. Worcester, MA 1932
      (Please send e-mail to see photos) Asking $895. or Best Reasonable
      Offer.





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