The Book of the Omar Khayyam Club – £1500 at Cheffins.

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Part of a Cheffins (22.5/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) sale, they were led at £1500 by one of 185 copies of The Book of the Omar Khayyam Club produced in 1910 for private circulation among club members. Bound in Persian style, it is signed with Gladstone’s initials.

It has been suggested in a well-known, US-based dealer’s catalogue that Gladstone may have had his books bound by a local craftsman but then did the finishing, the hand tooling, himself.

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