Перелистываю картинки, и натыкаюсь на меню:
"DINNER [held by] OMAR KHAYYAM CLUB [at] "THE FLORENCE, LONDON, ENGLAND" (1893)"
И подумал я, а не предтеча ли этот клуб, о котором ничего до сего дня не знал, общества «друзей Гафиза» на «башне» у Вяч. Иванова в 1906-м году? Теперь придется над этим подумать.
А что такое OMAR KHAYYAM CLUB тоже надо бы поискать внимательнее. Очень первые зарубки на память:
Twenty years of the Omar Khayyám club of America, 1921 ([c1921])
Author: Burrage, Charles Dana, 1857-1926
Subject: Omar Khayyam Club of America
Publisher: [Boston] : Priv. print. by the Rosemary press
Possible copyright status: NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT
Call number: nrlf_ucb:GLAD-151514058
Digitizing sponsor: MSN
Book contributor: University of California Libraries
Omar Khayyám Clubs
" ... even in this latter half of the 19th century, when the cult of particular poets has drawn bands of men and women together and given us Shakespeare Societies, Shelley Societies, Browning Societies and the like, there is no freemansonry so infallible, no sympathy so profound, as that which unites the lovers of the quatrains of Omar Khayyam". (Edward Heron-Allen. 'Some sidelights upon Edward FitzGerald's poem', in The Rubá'iyát of Omar Khayyám, London, 1898, p. 289-320)
In the epilogue to his transation (1921), the German poet-translator Hans Bethge relates of "ungezählte 'Omar Khayam societies", but until now only two of these Omar Khayyám Clubs exist: the Omar Khayyám Club of London and the Nederlands Omar Khayyám Genootschap. From 1900 till 1936 there has been an American Club, and a short life was lived by the Deutsche Omar Chajjam Gesellschaft, from 1934-1937.
These societies knew more or less formal articles, the members held regular meetings and a variety of publications was issued such as yearbooks, translations and miscellaneous material. It is likely that there have been many other clubs, i.e. book clubs, ephemeral and loosely organized, that left no further evidence of their existence. On the other hand, the interest in Omar Khayyám and his work was also subject of academic oriental societies or societés asiatiques, where the Khayyám phenomenon was studied in the wider perspective of Persian and oriental history, literature and culture.