OMAR KHAYYAM - SWAMI GOVINDA TIRTHA. The Nectar of Grace. Omar Khayyam's Life and Works. Hyderabad, Government Central Press, 1941.
Small 4to. Quarter maroon cloth with beige paper covered boards; paper title label to spine (chipped to corners); pp. vii, , cc, 402; two portraits with tissue guards, plates after photgraph, a much nicer copy than unsually encountered.
First edition of this uncommon Indian contribution to the interpretations of Omar Khayyam, usually found in very bad condition. One of the most detailed studies of Omar Khayyam's life and writings ever made, based on a comprehensive survey of most (if not all) of the existing material on Khayyam, including biographical data and astrological information provided by early texts about the poet and scientist, which help to date Omar Khayyam's date of birth 'at sunrise on 18 of May 1048'. The Swami, whose real name was V. M. Datar had been a civil servant in Hyderabad and PA to Sir George Casson Walker, before retiring to an ascetic lifestyle. Omar Khayyam's text is printed here quatrain by quatrain in both Farsi and English, and highly annotated.