By Omar Khayyám, translated by Edward Fitzgerald, illustrated by Willy Pógany
First edition thus, illustrated by Pogany: a magnificent copy of a particularly lavish production of the Rubáiyát, in the original pictorial box.
Near fine in very good box.
THE RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM
"The foundation of our 'Books Beautiful' was undoubtedly Willy Pógany's first Omar Khayyam, and our association with this gifted artist was always warm and intimate." — George Harrap, quoted in Poole
The first of four editions Pógany would illustrate, this RUBAIYAT stands out for its great beauty, even in a field of contemporary editions illustrated by fellow Golden Age illustrators like Dulac and Charles Ricketts. It is a testament to Pogány's extraordinarily productive years in London before the outbreak of the first World War. Rare in this binding and box.
Read more: Jeff Menges, Willy Pogány Rediscovered; Adrian Poole et al., FitzGerald's Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam: Popularity and Neglect.
First edition. London: George G. Harrap & Co, . 11'' x 7.5''. Original full limp brown suede with decorative gilt stamping. Top edge gilt. Pictorial endpapers. Copper silk ribbon bookmark bound in. Calligraphy 24 tipped-in color plates by Pógany. Lithographed by Vincent Day. Minor scattered foxing; fraying to ribbon. In original publisher's box with pictorial paste-on. Scuffing and tape repairs to box.
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