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Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by  Omar Khayyam - Hardcover - 1920 - from Bromer Booksellers and Biblio.com

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

by Khayyam, Omar

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London: Constable, 1920. Balfour, Ronald. Small quarto. (76)ff. One of fifty copies printed on Japon, signed by the artist, and with an extra hand-colored illustration. Illustrated with six full-color plates and thirty-two in black & white, some of which have touches of color, as well as numerous smaller line drawings throughout. Balfour's lavish illustrations show the influences of Aubrey Beardsley and Alastair, combining orientalist fantasy with Art Deco opulence. The extra plate, which appears opposite the title page, has been heightened in gilt, pink, red, and orange. In the publisher's binding of black cloth backed textured boards, with titling in gilt on spine and upper cover. T.e.g. Minimal shelfwear along lower extremity, and a touch of wear to lower corners. Nearly fine.


 Philosopher, astronomer and mathematician, Khayyam as a poet possesses a singular originality. His poetry is richly charged with evocative power and offers a view of life characteristic of his stormy times, with striking relevance to the present day.




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On May 16 2016, said:
  "With Paintings and Decorations by Sarkis Katchadourian, born in Iran, where he recreated romantic frescoes in old palaces, he then trained in Rome, continued in Paris and then later in Munich. It is really fitting that this cosmopolitan artist's original paintings reproduced in bright colors and the black and white line drawings take you there celebrate under a bough with a book of verse and flask of wine you are magically drawn in and there drinking in the words of the poet.... drunk on the verse."
On Sep 11 2011, WonderPony said:
  "Fantastic poetry from 11th century Persia as translated by a depressed Englishman going through a divorce in 1859. The first translation is by far the best but it is interesting to get several of them and compare. I'm not a huge poetry fan but I love the simplicity, imagery and strange allegories Omar Khayyam writes about. He was apparently a big fan of the wine."


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