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The Curse of the "Great Omar"

Around 1909, bookbinder Francis Sangorski decided to produce the greatest binding of all time: a jeweled edition of The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám with illustrations by Elihu Vedder. The magnificent book was created and contained almost 1,200 jewels, but the book and its binder seemed doomed from the beginning. Hear the curators of The Persian Sensation: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám in the West tell the tragic story of what happened to the greatest binding ever created.

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