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The Somerton Man Case. The body of a man found on an Australian beach close to a major Atomic Testing ground, he was probably poisoned, a copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and an unbroken Code page found and associated to him. Set against a Cold War background in 1948, was this man a spy? We think so and this blog focuses on the evidence that was left behind and in some cases missed, the Code page, Dry Cleaning numbers, A Poem and a small, torn piece of paper bearing the words TAMAM SHUD.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Somerton Man: More on Dave's Rubaiyat?

The Cover From Dave's ROK

MISCA & DIANE, This could be of interest for you both, I think you can see what the situation is and that at least here you will find factual information.

As you can see, the cover contains a list of 9 titles that were in the Courage & Friendship series published by Whitcombe and Tombs.

At the base of the list and highlighted, it clearly states that all 'Attractively Produced in Two colours' Yet, on the right of the page in the second highlighted area you can see that it is in black and white or grayscale.

W&T established in Christchurch in 1882 with offices in major cities in NZ and an office and distribution facilities in 332 Collins Street, Melbourrne dating back to the 1930s I understand, produced thousands of books with printing work for the Australian Government including Miltary Manuals (12)(Tommy Gun, Rifle & Bayonet), can you honestly see a large and expanding company put their reputation at risk by producing shoddy, amateur work as is shown in Dave's hardback copy?

I had advised Dave he should do two things:

1. Have the book examined by the NZ Print museum, they would be able to immediately tell him the nature of the book.

2. Produce images of the Copyright and Publisher information page that are in all of W&T's books.

To help out a little, here's a link to a download of a full copy of a Courage & Friendship series version of the Rubaiyat. You will see that it does indeed have a Copyright and Biographical Note page and even an inscription. This is a later version having 11 titles in the Courage & Friendship series. Notice, in particular, the quality of the binding and the spacing. I have placed hidden watermarks etc in this downloaded version.

For the serious minded, I did a local library search and there is a 1942 W&T Fitzgerald first edition copy of the Rubaiyat in Melbourne University Library and available to the public. I do not know what series it is or whether it is hardback or paperback. Worth a call.

For all those who have posted derogatory comments on Dave's site regarding this blog and myself, get your facts straight and read what I have said carefully before launching into personal attacks.

I publish facts here, I don't stray from that and I will continue to stand by that rule.


peterbowes said...

But, but Dave has said his grannie knew the Somerton Man !!
Why doesn't somebody ask him why he thinks that is less important than the book.
Dave is walking away from something .. I reckon.

Gordon332 said...

Yes, I know. How surprising is that. Maybe he's cut a deal with the US Hedge fund representative that offered him $1000 for his Nan's copy of the book?

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Gordon332 said...

That's an improvement on a $1000 I suppose. I may just publish some more images, see how the story pans out over the next week or so.

All the Best :)

Gordon332 said...

Just a few more images to add Dave, be patient. These investigations can sometimes take time.

Dave said...

After much consideration I’ve accepted US 50,000 for the blue hardcover book. My gran approved and that’s all that counts. We will be keeping the softcover one for the time being. I would be crazy not to say no to that kind of money. It leaves to a private collector / Hedge fund in a few weeks.

Gordon332 said...

Seems that somehow Dave's comment was accidentally removed earlier today so I have re-posted it for you Dave. Lucky I keep exact copies of each post.