The book featured on this page is a copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and the Salaman and Absal of Jami, published by Bernard Quaritch in 1879.
The book was given as a gift to Louise Sassoon from her sister Rachel in 1889 as shown in the inscription (below right). Louise Sassoon and Rachel [Beer] were both aunts of Siegfried Sassoon.
Louise Sassoon - The Gunzburg family was a distinguished Russian family of bankers and philanthropists. Baron Joseph Yozel Gunburg founded the Joseph Yevsel Guenzburg bank in St. Petersburg, which became one of the chief financial institutions of Russia. Baron Horace de Gunzburg, Joseph's son, was financial adviser to the archduke of Hesse Darmstadt and was appointed consul-general in Russia from 1868-1872. Baron Horace de Gunzburg's favourite daughter, Louise, married Joseph Sassoon, one of the brothers of Siegfried’s father, Alfred.
This marriage had been arranged by Joseph’s mother, Flora, and Joseph dutifully made his way to Russia to meet her. Young, rich, beautiful, and strictly Orthodox, she was the perfect partner. They were soon married and Louise was brought back to England where she took up residence at the family home, an Elizabethan mansion called Ashley Park, at Walton-on-Thames.