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Re: The Great Omar



The Telegraph ( www.telegraph.co.uk ) ran an article in the May 8 issue
about this book that is still on-line in the archives of the 'features'
section. You have to register to get in.

Roberta
paper@oregontrail.net

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From: Dorothy Africa <africa@LAW.HARVARD.EDU>
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
Date: Thursday, June 08, 2000 5:39 AM
Subject: The Great Omar


> Swelling the chorus of approval for the meeting in Rochester is only
>going to drive those who couldn't attend nuts--so I refrain. Instead, a
>fun question to bat around on the list.  At the vendors tables (ah,
>temptation, temptation) I purchased a couple of the posters of the Great
>Omar from the folks at Shepherds and fell into conversation with Rob(?)
>Shepherd about the likelihood of its recovery.  If recovered, could it
>be salvaged??
>  For those unacquainted with the saga, the Great Omar was a lavish
>jewelled binding unique copy of the Rubiyiat which went down on the
>Titanic. All that remained of it was a fuzzy black and white photo taken
>of it before it left England.  The poster is a digital color re-creation
>of that photo done with the assistance of modern computer scanning.  It
>is quite stunning.  Now, the umpteen thousand gems in this binding are
>probably fine, also the gold, but fine goat leather submerged in frigid
>salt water for ninety years??  The book was in its own oak cask,
>probably with padding and what not, and so might well be found when the
>salvage operation is done (which won't be until after all survivors of
>the tragedy have passed on, and their immediate families).  One presumes
>the text is not of value, but if the binding can be found and freeze
>dried or whatever one wonders if it will be in a condition worth keeping
>as is, or whether it will simply be stripped of its jewels and gold and
>discarded.
>  Dorothy A.
>
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