Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
as translated into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald
with illustrations by Adelaide Hanscom
Dodge Publishing Company, Popular Edition (copyright 1914) circa 1920s
Potter* dates this edition as 1927 however the contemporary inscription in this copy would suggest that is incorrect. The twenty-eight colour plate Adelaide Hanscom/Blanche Cumming edition from Dodge was published 1912; the eight colour plate ‘popular edition’ was likely in print from 1914 onwards. This copy presented in a box presumably for the Christmas gift market.
Card covers with dustwrapper, in box. 110pp plus 8 colour plates. 6.25 x 5 inches approx. (160mm x 125mm).
Box worn, marked and grubby, split joints to lid. Dustwrapper attached to spine (presumably as intended), a little spotting to front panel; offsetting to endpapers; inscription to front endpaper (usefully dated); age tanning to pages otherwise clean.
Overall, a quite lovely, attractive copy nicely protected in its somewhat worn box.
*ref.  Ambrose George Potter, A Bibliography of Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (Ingpen & Grant, 1929)