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The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám the Astronomer-Poet of Persia Rendered Into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald. by  Edward (RICCARDI PRESS.) FITZGERALD - First Edition - 1913 - from Peter Harrington and

The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám the Astronomer-Poet of Persia Rendered Into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald.


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London: Philip Lee Warner, publisher to the Medici Society,, 1913. Octavo. Original limp vellum, titles to spine and cover gilt, green silk ties, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Bookseller's tickets to front pastedown. Small cataloguing note attached to front free endpaper. Binding and text clean and fresh. A beautiful copy in fine condition. First Riccardi Press edition, number 10 of only 12 copies printed on vellum, of which 10 were for sale, out of a limited edition of 1,012 copies. First printed anonymously in 1859, the Fitzgerald translation of the Rubáiyát appealed strongly to Victorian sensibilities, became immensly popular, and went through a great many editions. Fitzgerald had devoted most of his adult life to literature, especially translation, and the Rubáiyát remains his chief work and enduring contribution to world literature. As Tomkinson indicates, the Riccardi Press "was adopted in 1909 by the Medici Society at 7 Grafton Street, London: the books [were] printed at the Chiswick Press and published by Philip Lee Warner, who was publisher to the Medici Society until his death in 1925… The aim of the Press has been to produce finely printed books at reasonable prices and for sale through the ordinary channels of trade…" Their print runs were larger than other private presses, and the paper productions generally not as highly prized as those of the Kelmscott or Ashendene presses, but these small issues printed on vellum are beautiful and highly sought after.
  • Bookseller: Peter Harrington GB (GB)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 127266
  • Title: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám the Astronomer-Poet of Persia Rendered Into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald.
  • Book condition: Used
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: London: Philip Lee Warner, publisher to the Medici Society,
  • Date published: 1913


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