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London: Bernard Quaritch,, 1859. Translated into English Verse. Octavo. Original grey paper wrappers, title printed black to front cover. Housed in a blue linen cloth chemise and blue morocco pull-off case by Riviere & Son. From the library of Natalie Knowlton Blair (1887–1951), with her bookplate to the front pastedown. Some light spots to covers, faint mark to front cover. An excellent copy. First edition, one of a print-run of 250 copies only, made at FitzGerald's expense, and with his correction in manuscript to page 4. Early in 1858 FitzGerald had sent 35 of the "less wicked" verses he had translated from Omar to Fraser's Magazine. Fraser's would not publish them, however, so in 1859, after adding 40 more verses, FitzGerald issued the collection of 75 as a book published anonymously at his own expense. FitzGerald "made a present" to Quaritch of 200 of the 250 copies he had printed, and the publisher later reported that he sold "nearly the whole of them" ... Read more

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  • Book condition: First Edition in English. The translator was not credited in this edition. Issued in a small edition of 250 copies, this number
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London: Bernard Quaritch, 1859. First Edition in English. The translator was not credited in this edition. Issued in a small edition of 250 copies, this number was more than adequate to meet the anemic demand; not re-issued until nearly a decade later. This poetry was previously unknown to English readers, and Fitzgerald’s translation (a very free one) was to become the standard version of one of the most reprinted volumes of poetry. Bound without the publisher’s wrappers in a magnificent, ornate binding by Riviere: Edmund Gosse’s bookplate and a page of unrelated Fitzgerald ms. are bound in. Full tan morocco; front board decorated with an inlaid color illustration of a woman (presumably Eve) surrounded by apple trees and a serpent; gilt peacock borders; the rear board features a goblet intertwined with a serpent; gilt peacock borders; raised bands; gilt decorated compartments; all edges gilt. In the original matching slipcase.

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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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  • 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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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 dea ... Read more

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Boston: Houghton Mifflin & Company () Publisher’s mock-up, 1884. Folio (10.5 x 14.5 ins.)., boards (hardcover), 56 original albumen photographs on boards done by Vedder for the book and provided for Houghton, Mifflin at the Riverside Press, sewn. Very Good, housed in a silk clamshell box. Vedder’s presentation of the Rubaiyat is possibly the most important and influential illustrated book ever produced. In it he set the 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 his permanent residence in Italy. In 1884, he published this, the work for which he is best remembered, an artistic interpretation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. He created designs for the entire book that included highly symbolic art, intriguing drawings and hand-draw ... Read more

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  • Edition: One of 60 on Japan Vellum, signed by the publisher ("D. Nut
  • Book condition: Mosaic binding of full tan morocco, covers inlaid with citron, violet, gray, and dark green morocco to interlocking scrollwork p
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London: David Nutt, 1889. One of 60 on Japan Vellum, signed by the publisher ("D. Nutt"). [ii], lxii, [2], CLVI, [2] pp. 8vo. Mosaic binding of full tan morocco, covers inlaid with citron, violet, gray, and dark green morocco to interlocking scrollwork pattern, spine with raised bands, morocco inlays in three compartments, the rest lettered in gilt, doublures of inlaid blue and teal morocco, stamped in gilt in repeating floral pattern, silk moiré free endpapers, a.e.g., by Charles Meunier, signed on front lower turn-in ("CH. MEUNIER 1901"). Fine, in full morocco pull-off box. One of 60 on Japan Vellum, signed by the publisher ("D. Nutt"). [ii], lxii, [2], CLVI, [2] pp. 8vo. Charles Meunier Mosaic Binding. A fine mosaic binding by Charles Meunier (1866-1946), one of the leading fin-de-siècle Parisian binders. Potter 348

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Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, The

RIVIÈRE & SON; JAMES, Gilbert, illustrator

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London: Robt. Riviére & Son., Ltd., 1928. An Exceptionally Fine Rivière Rubaiyat With Twelve Hand-Colored Illustrations by Gilbert James [RIVIÈRE & Son, binders]. The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. Translated by Edward Fitzgerald. Illustrated by Gilbert James. London: Robt. Riviére & Son., Ltd., 1928. "This special edition of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, with twelve hand-coloured illustrations, is printed in Caslon Old Face type on Studio hand-made paper." Octavo (8 x 5 3/8 inches; 204 x 137 mm.). [ii, blank], [iii-xii], 75, [1, imprint] pp. With twelve illustrations by Gilbert James hand-colored and heightened with gold, and printed with blue initials for each stanza.  Bound ca. 1928 by Rivière & Son (stamp-signed on front turn-in) in full brown crushed levant morocco. Front cover with a central oval panel with an onlaid green-spotted serpent twining around a large ... Read more

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  • Edition: Limited, hand illuminated edition
  • Book condition: Fine condition
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Cambridge, Mass: The University Press, 1901. Limited, hand illuminated edition. Hardcover. Fine condition. Extraordinarily rare edition of the Rubaiyat, number 20 of 22 copies created and extensively illuminated by hand by Ross Turner. The St. Dunstan illuminated editions "were conceived of at the turn of the century by publisher George D. Sproul and coincided with a wave of renewed interest in book art, coming on the heels of the Arts and Crafts movement."* Ross Turner was the first illuminator hired by Sproul to decorate the books. His style drew inspiration from flowers and the aesthetic style, with "foliation flourishing far outside the bounds of the capital..." Turner was known not to have signed his work, which is consistent with this copy. When it became clear that it took much longer than anticipated to illuminate a book, Sproul hired two other illuminators, one being Attilio Formilli. The limitations page states, "It is guaranteed to subscribers tha ... Read more

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  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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London: Lewis Rouse Jones (Typography) / Susan Allix (Binding), 1973. Limited Edition. Leather. Fine. Allix, Susan. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. 45 p. Limited edition of 75 total, this one of 25 specially bound by Susan Allix, this copy inscribed by her. 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 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 printe ... Read more

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Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

KHAYYAM, OMAR

  • Book condition: One of ten numbered copies printed on vellum; inscribed on the second blank (blotting onto the facing page) by Emilie Grigsby,
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Portland, Maine: Privately Printed (by Thomas B. Mosher and Emilie B. Grigsby), 1899. One of ten numbered copies printed on vellum; inscribed on the second blank (blotting onto the facing page) by Emilie Grigsby, “To John Law In friendship. Emilie Grigsby. May 23rd 1901.” Bookplate of Crosby Gaige; covers a little soiled and bowed; ribbon ties intact; an excellent copy in the original cardboard slipcase which is splitting and damaged; overall just good. Grigsby, largely forgotten, was remarkable, but lesser-known than her notorious contemporary Evelyn Nesbit. Grigsby was the mistress of robber baron Charles Yerkes (a model for some of Dreiser’s fiction), but whereas he lost nearly all his fortune, she held onto hers (most of which had been a gift of Yerkes), accumulating a notable collection of art and property.

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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 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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The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.

(DULAC, Edmund.) FITZGERALD, Edward.

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London, Hodder and Stoughton,, [1909]. Rendered into English verse by Edward Fitzgerald. Large quarto. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in full red morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, raised bands, single rule to boards gilt, inner dentelles gilt, dark blue endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. With 20 tipped in colour plates mounted with ornate gilt and tan borders, tissues. Small crease to bottom right corner of one plate, some occasional light foxing and browning, an excellent copy in a fine binding. Signed limited edition of 750 copies of which this is number 345 signed by Edmund Dulac.

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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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  • Book condition: fine
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London: Ballantyne Press, 1901. hardcover. fine. Translated by Edward Fitzgerald [text from the 1859 edition]. Printed throughout in red & black, the book is designed by Charles Ricketts, with his striking engraved frontispiece & title page. 31pp. Slim 8vo, bound by Bayntun in an absolutely striking and unique binding. Full brown morocco with highly decorative gilt and green-stamped pictorial covers; gilt spine and wide inner dentelles; marbled endpapers, uncut edges, t.e.g. London: Printed by the Ballantyne Press & Vale Press] & sold by Hacon and Ricketts, 1901. Fine. Scarce. Limited edition of 310 copies on handmade paper. A beautifully printed work, this was one of Rickett's favorite titles done for his Vale Press. SUPERB BINDING THAT MUST BE SEEN.

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RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM

[Rene Bull, illus.] Omar Khayyam

  • Edition: Edition limited to 250 copies SIGNED by Rene Bull (this no. 230)
  • Book condition: Owner's inscription, tie missing, moderate and scattered foxing to which this book is prone, all the illustrations are fine,
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London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1913. Edition limited to 250 copies SIGNED by Rene Bull (this no. 230). Owner's inscription, tie missing, moderate and scattered foxing to which this book is prone, all the illustrations are fine, actually a decent copy. Edition limited to 250 copies SIGNED by Rene Bull (this no. 230). Unpaged. Illustrated by Rene Bull with 10 full-page tipped-in color plates. 19 smaller mounted color plates and many line drawings and borders, title page highlighted in gilt. 4to. Bound in full vellum, t.e.g., the cover with overall decorations and illustrations in gilt and blue.

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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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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 estab ... Read more

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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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  • Edition: First Edition Thus. 1
  • Book condition: Very Good with no dust jacket
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Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company (Bernard Quaritch, London). Very Good with no dust jacket. 1884. First Edition Thus. 1. Hard Cover. Photo-lithograph plates (56) With ornamental Title-page and 56 magnificent full-page Illustrations by Elihu Vedder, reproduced by the Lewis phototype process. Printed at the Riverside Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Medium brown flat-weave cloth over beveled boards; front cover with gilt-ruled borders, symbolist design of vase, vine, swirl and stars, and titling 'Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam' and 'Drawings by Elihu Vedder'; rear cover without decoration; spine with gilt-ruled borders, floral ornaments, and titling 'Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam'; illustrator's facsimile signature, gilt, on front cover, lower right "V."; grey coated endpapers with grapevine decoration; [also issued uniform in grey]. t.e.g.. Detailed collation: 2 Frontis; 3 Title; 6 Pictorial Imprint; 7 Pictorial dedication; 10 Pictorial Fly-title; 11-103 Text of Third Edition; 106 Pictorial Note; 107-111 ... Read more

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