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First edition of one of the most celebrated poetical rarities of 19th-century English literature. Only a handful of the 250 copies printed sold at first, so the publisher consigned the balance to the bargain bin, with the price reduced from five shillings to one penny. Many copies were discarded or lost. Swinburne found a copy, passed it on to Rossetti, and the book's fame spread rapidly. Scores of editions followed, and FitzGerald's translation of the Rubaiyat remains one of the best-loved and most often printed poems in the English language. "The work on which FitzGerald's fame will mainly rest is his marvelous rendering of the 'Quatrains' [The Rubaiyat] of Omar Khayyam, the astronomer poet of Persia, which he has made to live in a way that no translation ever lived before. In his hands the 'Quatrains' became a new poem, and their popularity is attested by the four editions which appeared in his lifetime. But when they were first published in 1859, they fell upon an unregarding public, as heedless of their ... Read more

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RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM

(BINDINGS - EMBROIDERED [MORRIS & COMPANY STYLE]). (MODERN ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM). SMITH, PERCY, Calligrapher

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[England], 1904. A visual feast in both its text and its covers, this elegant manuscript interpretation of the perennially popular Persian poem in an exquisite embroidered binding is the apotheosis of Arts & Crafts handwork. Relying entirely on lettering rather than on illustration for its beauty, the manuscript is lovely in its purity and simplicity, like the austere Doves Press books of Cobden-Sanderson, rather than the gloriously illustrated Kelmscott Press books of William Morris. By contrast, the embroidery on our binding is full of swirling, pastel intricacy--though the musician on the front cover plays with a placidity that brings a serenity to the cover as a whole. Calligrapher Percy J. Smith (1882-1948) studied at Camberwell and at the Central School of Art, and became an instructor at Camberwell shortly after this manuscript was produced. After serving in World War I, he pursued a career as an artist, printmaker, book designer, and typographer, most notably designing the letterforms used to eng ... Read more

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Boston: Houghton Mifflin & Company () Publisher’s Mock-up, 1884. Folio (105.5 x 14.5 ins.), boards (hardcover), 56 original albumen photographs on boards of the original illustrations done by Vedder for Houghton, Mifflin at the Riverside Press, sewn with string-ties back to back to indicate leaves and then tied with string-ties to make a codex. Some leaves are chipped and have come loose from their ties; yet generally Good, and preserved in a silk clam-shell case. Vedder’s presentation of the Rubaiyat is possibly the most important and influential illustrated book ever produced. In it he set standards for book design and format that have been equal to any published work for more than a century. Elihu Vedder (1836-1923) was an American symbolist painter, book illustrator and poet. He was born in New York City and spent much of his youth in that state, but shortly after the Civil War he began to make ihis permanent residence in Italy. In 1884, he published his major work, an artistic interpretation ... Read more

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Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1884. Vedder, Elihu. Folio. (57), (viii)ff. First deluxe edition. One of 100 copies, printed on Japanese paper and signed by the artist on the limitation page. The fifty-seven Art-Nouveau illustrations, drawn in pencil, ink, chalk, and watercolor over ten months from May 1883 to March 1884, are here printed on Japanese paper using a then-new photographic printing process which could accurately reproduce the subtle gradations of the originals. Each image is mounted on a larger folded sheet for binding, leaving large margins to frame the image at the center. Vedder's design work is not just limited to the illustrations, but includes everything from the hand-written text to the design of the binding and endpapers. Eight pages at the end of the book have printed notes and an index of illustrations. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, a loose collection of quatrains, was first translated from Persian to English in 1859 by Edward Fitzgerald, over 700 years after the death of th ... Read more

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  • Edition: First Edition Thus. First Printing
  • Book condition: Near Fine with no dust jacket
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Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Company. Near Fine with no dust jacket. 1884. First Edition Thus. First Printing. Hard Cover. First, Limited Edition of 100 copies, of which this is No. 22, signed by Vedder, with ornamental title page and 56 magnificent full-page Illustrations. Bound in original brown flat-weave cloth over beveled boards; front cover with gilt lettering, dark brown-stamped ruled borders, symbolist design of vase, vine, swirl and stars, spine with gilt lettering and dark brown-stamped ruled borders and ornaments; gilt and dark brown embossed stamp on front cover, lower right 'V' ; slate coated endpapers; t.e.g., others untrimmed. Elephant Folio. Signed by Vedder on Limitation Page. In the ten months from May 1883 to March 1884, Elihu Vedder (1836-1923) completed a series of drawings in pencil, ink, chalk, and watercolor to accompany this 1884 edition of the Rubaiyat. All of these original drawings, which were proclaimed a masterwork of American art, were included in a speci ... Read more

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London: Bernard Quaritch, 1868. Edition limited to 500 copies, small 4to, pp. xviii, 30; elaborate full citron crushed levant binding by Riviere and Son elaborately gilt, with red, green, and brown decorative onlays depicting on the upper cover Eve in the Garden of Eden, surrounded by two apple trees, one with a coiled snake; and on the lower cover a chalice around which a coiled snake; very elaborate gilt border of 20 peacocks with fanned tails, enclosed by a green onlay border with gilt pointelles; richly gilt spine in 6 compartments, green morocco labels in 2, gilt edges and inner dentelles, a.e.g.; fine in a fleece-lined custom chemise which is scuffed and cracked along the upper hinge. Edmund Gosse's copy, with his ownership signature and 1869 date at the top of the title page. Gosse wrote the introduction to the variorum edition of Fitzgerald's works. The second edition contains 110 quatrains whereas the 1859 first edition contained only 75. "Its importance from the collector's standp ... Read more

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Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

RIVIÈRE & SON binder; POGANY, Willy, Illustrator; FITZGERALD, Edward, Translator; OMAR KHAYYAM

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London: George G. Harrap & Co., 1916. An Exceptionally Fine Rivière Rubáiyát Illustrated by Willy Pogany [RIVIÈRE & Son, binders]. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. Presented by Willy Pogany. [The illustrations and decorations in this edition of Fitzgerald's translation of the "Rubáiyát" are by Willy Pogany]. London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., [ca. 1916]. Octavo (8 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches; 207 x 137 mm.). Text printed in blue and black. 112 unnumbered pp. With sixteen tipped-in color plates within decorative borders by Willy Pogany, and numerous text illustrations printed in blue. Bound ca. 1916 by Rivière & Son, stamp-signed in gilt on front turn-in. Full dark blue crushed levant morocco. Front cover with a central oval panel of green morocco with Eve, the serpent and the tree of life inlaid in various color moroccos. This central panel is surrounded by a gilt floral border of flowers and bunches of grapes, whic ... Read more

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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 ... Read more

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  • Edition: Limited Edition
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London: Lewis Rouse Jones (Typography) / Susan Allix (Binding), 1973. Limited Edition. Leather. Fine. Allix, Susan. One of 25 copies specially bound by Susan Allix, quarto size, 45 pp., and inscribed by Susan Allix. The "Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam", translated by Edward Fitzgerald according to his first edition. The Rubaiyat captured the imagination of the literary world and has inspired countless versions, many by highly regarded artists. This version, with a special binding and artwork by Susan Allix, uses embossed prints to present a tactile set of pages that use geometrically inspired shapes to interpret the poetry. Each page is a delight to both the eye and the touch. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full crimson leather with a gold-tooled geometric pattern interspersed with stars on the front, gilt lettering on the spine, fore- and bottom edges uncut, patterned endpapers, title page in brown with a small decoration in black at the top, 23 etchings in colour and two photographs printed from hal ... Read more

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London: Bernard Quaritch,, 1868. Quarto. Original paper wrappers printed in black. Housed in a custom red cloth chemise within red morocco slipcase, spine lettered and tooled in gilt, sides panelled in gilt and blind. Covers lightly foxed with very minor creasing and chipping at extremities, offset from bookplate to title page, contents a little toned. A very good copy of this fragile work. Second edition, substantially expanded and revised from the first of 1859. Five hundred copies of the second edition were printed, with Quaritch selling each at a price of 1s. 6d.; when a copy re-appeared in their catalogue in 1929, it had already reached a price of £52 10s. (Potter, p. 12). FitzGerald substantially revised the text of the Rubáiyát four times, with none of these five versions seen as truly definitive. The second edition is the longest at 110 quatrains. Omar Khayyám (1048-1131) was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and poet, author of about a thousand quatrains. The fact that Omar Khay ... Read more

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  • Edition: First Edition
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Boston: Houghton Mifflin & Company , 1884. First Edition. Folio, gilt-decorated illustrated brown cloth (hardcover), unpaged. 56 plates, decorations. Vedders’ presentation of the Rubaiyat is possibly the most important and influential illustrated book ever produced. In it he set standards for both book design and format that have been equal to any published work for more than a century. Very Good; clean and tight with some foxing, in original (but worn) illustrated clamshell box and original illustrated dust jacket (with some chips), protected in a mylar cover.

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Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Gooden, Stephen

  • Book condition: Fine condition. All eight proofs are signed and dated in pencil, lower right margin
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London: Done for the George G. Harrap Co. limited edition of 125 copies, 1940. A suite of proofs of the eight line engravings by Stephen Gooden for this book. 1 vols. Four proofs measure 6 x 4 in., four are various smaller sizes; all have generous margins. Fine condition. All eight proofs are signed and dated in pencil, lower right margin. A suite of proofs of the eight line engravings by Stephen Gooden for this book. 1 vols. Four proofs measure 6 x 4 in., four are various smaller sizes; all have generous margins. Stephen Gooden (1892-1955) was the most accomplished line engraver of his time. He illustrated a number of books, among them the Nonesuch Press Bible, the Rubaiyat, the Fables of La Fontaine, George Moore's The Brook Kerith, and Aesop's Fables. In addition, he produced a notable series of bookplates, including a number for The Royal Family, and was the official designer to the Bank of England. Because his work invariably appeared in limited editions, which restricted the public's acce ... Read more

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Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám the Astronomer-Poet of Persia

ZAEHNSDORF, binders; OMAR KHAYYAM; FITZGERALD, Edward, translator

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London: Macmillan and Co.,, 1894. A Fine and Early Exhibition Binding by Zaehnsdorf ZAEHNSDORF, binder. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám the Astronomer-Poet of Persia. Rendered into English Verse. London: Macmillan and Co., 1894. Octavo (7 3/4 x 5 5/16 inches; 196 x 135 mm.). [iv], 112 pp. Bound in 1894 by Zaehnsdorf in Full brown morocco, covers elaborately decorated in gilt in a wonderful floral design with roses and stems. Front cover also lettered in gilt. Smooth spine lettered in gilt and with similar floral decoration. Gilt ruled board edges, elaborate gilt floral design turn-ins, marbled end-papers, all edges gilt. An early and very fine 'Exhibition' binding by Zaehnsdorf executed in 1894 (stamp-signed in gilt on front turn-in) and with gilt 'Exhibition' stamp on rear paste-down. Edward FitzGerald's version of Omar Khayyam's quatrains was widely read only after it was taken up by the Pre-Raphaelites in 1861. The first version of the Rubáiyat had b ... Read more

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  • Edition: First edition thus
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East Aurora: Roycroft Press, 1906. First edition thus. First edition thus. Fabulous full green levant attributed to Louis Herman Kinder and pictured in Wolfe & McKenna ("Louis Herman Kinder," Bird & Bull Press, 1985) in rich green crushed morocco with elaborate concentric rectilinear gilt ruled borders interlaced with leaf and dot patterning and inlaid red floral blossoms on front cover, spine with five raised bands and similar vine patterning and inlaid red morocco blossoms, rear cover with different gilt filet ruled geometric and flourished border design. Wide, attractive dentelles with geometric ruled boards and flourishes, original marbled endsheets. #25 of only 103 Copies, Printed on Japan Vellum, Signed by Hubbard. Wonderful title page (highlighted in gold), smaller illustrations, and initials throughout in seven colors on Ruisdael, designed by W. W. Denslow. Slight wear to margins of inner spine, bottom edges of board, a near fine example of about as good as it gets with top end Royc ... Read more

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Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

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.

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THE MIRROR & THE EYE: RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM

(BINDINGS - RICHARD KENNEDY, Designer, for SMITH SETTLE). (WHITTINGTON PRESS). KHAYYAM, OMAR

  • Edition: No. i OF SIX SPECIALLY BOUND AND HAND-COLORED COPIES (from a tot
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Manor Farm, Andoversford, Gloucestershire: The Whittington Press, 1984. No. i OF SIX SPECIALLY BOUND AND HAND-COLORED COPIES (from a total edition of 126), SIGNED by the translator and illustrator. With a strong connection to the first Whittington Press production, this is the deluxe edition of a very attractive collaboration between printer, designer/illustrator Richard Kennedy, and binder Smith Settle. The first book published by Whittington was "A Boy at the Hogarth Press," an illustrated memoir of the first job held by Kennedy (1910-89), who became a sought-after illustrator of children's books, and enjoyed a long and fruitful association with Whittington. Whittington co-founder John Randle says of Kennedy: "Unlike most artists, he would send along a mass of drawings, or 'rushes' as he would call them, seeing himself as the cameraman and the publisher as the scissor-wielding director who would trim out the bits to be used. In this way maximum harmony could be achieved between t ... Read more

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Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám

MORRELL, binder; KHAYYÁM, Omar

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London: Macmillan and Co., 1895. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam In a Fine Inlaid Binding by Morrell MORRELL, binder. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. The Astronomer-Poet of Persia. Rendered into English Verse. London: Macmillan and Co., 1895. Fifth edition, later printing. Octavo (8 x 5 1/2 inches; 204 x 140 mm.). Bound by Morrell ca. 1895 (stamp-signed in gilt on front paste-down). Full dark green morocco, covers double-ruled in gilt. Front cover with a very decorative wide border enclosing gilt flowers and grapes surrounding an elaborately gilt 'paisley' design inlaid in red and tan morocco. Spine with five raised bands with gilt dots, decoratively paneled, lettered and tooled in gilt in compartments, gilt board edges and decorative turn-ins, gray paste-downs and end-leaves, top edge gilt, others uncut. minimal darkening to spine otherwise a very fine example of an inlaid binding by Morell. The London bindery of W. T. Morrell was established about 1861 as successor to th ... Read more

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  • Edition: First edition thus
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London: Siegle Hill and Co, 1910. First edition thus. First edition thus. Large quarto. Original publisher's issued binding designed and crafted by the famous firm of Sangorski and Sutcliffe in full stiff vellum over boards and featuring their signature all-over gilt-stamped design of stylized peacock with flowing tail feathers amid a highly decorative background and border motif, spine richly gilt with morocco label, superb color pictorial endsheets. A wonderful production, reproduced from a manuscript written and illuminated by F. Sangorski and G. Sutcliffe. Copy Number 147, signed by Mssrs. Sangorski and Sutcliffe. With 12 plates printed in gold and colors, text printed in black and red, with elaborate initials throughout in red, blue, gold, brown and black. Further decorated with fine borders in gilt and colours surrounding the illustrations, beautiful decorative endpapers. Printed on thick, high quality handmade paper with the top edges gilt, and the others roughly cut. This wonderful book represe ... Read more

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Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.

(BRANGWYN, Frank.) FITZGERALD, Edward.

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London & Edinburgh: T. N. Foulis,, 1919. Quarto (249 x 184 mm). Contemporary red crushed morocco, spine lettered in gilt with gilt grape and goblet ornaments, double gilt fillet border to covers enclosing gilt centrepiece on front cover of snake and goblet, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. With 15 colour plates by Frank Brangwyn mounted on grey paper; one quatrain to a page printed within a grape vine border. Single very minor scratch to rear cover. A superb copy. Deluxe edition, limited to 350 unnumbered copies only, in a highly attractive custom binding, with the design incorporating the poem's multiple references to wine. Rubáiyáts with Brangwyn's illustrations were published from 1906 onwards; this edition, the most comprehensive and elaborate, includes seven illustrations by the artist hitherto unpublished.

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  • Edition: First Edition
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Boston: Houghton Mifflin & Company () thus, 1884. First Edition. Vedder’s presentation of the Rubaiyat is possibly the most important and influential illustrated book ever produced. In it he set standards for book design and format that have been equal to any published work for well over a century. Folio, gilt-decorated illustrated gray cloth, unpaginated. Plates, decorations. Near-Fine; cover bright, with a bit of wear to foot of spine, with mylar protector.

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