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KHAYYAM, Omar.
Edward Fitzgerald [trans]
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

Published
London: Riviere, 1928.
Plates
12
Binding/Size
S=8vo
Value
0-5000
Published
London: Riviere, 1928.
Ref
936

Limited edition 8vo. Translated by Edward Fitzgerald. Illustrated by Gilbert James with twelve b&w illustrations beautifully hand-coloured for this edition. Printed on Studio hand-made paper. Beautifully and ornately bound by Riviere in full navy morocco. Spine in 6 compartments with raised bands, with repeat gilt motif. The compartments, except for the title, contain bunches of grapes in red leather inlay, gilt. The upper board features a detailed vignette of coloured leather inlay showing Eve in a garden of apple trees and a serpent. The vignette is surrounded by grapes and grape leaves in leather inlay and gilt, the whole bordered with a verse in gilt. The backboard has similar borders surrounding an inlay in coloured leathers of a single grape leaf with grapes on a blue morocco ground. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Ornate gilt inner dentelles. Neat, nearly invisible, repair of the joints, tiny piece lacking from the tip of spine else a fine copy in a beautiful, skilfully executed binding. Fine hardcover. "This special edition of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, with twelve hand-coloured illustrations, is printed in Caslon Old Face type on Studio hand-made paper". The plates are untitled.