Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald
with illustrations by Edmund Dulac
Hodder and Stoughton, [November, 1919]*
The first Dulac illustrated ‘Rubáiyát’ was first published in 1909 as a signed and limited edition in a vellum binding, and a trade edition in a white buckram binding. This copy a later printing in red cloth with the same gilt design but with plain endpapers and the text borders in pale green, otherwise seemingly identical to the first edition.
Twenty tipped-in colour plates.
Hardback – publisher’s red cloth with titles and decoration in gilt to spine and front board. pp including colour plates. 11.25 x 9 inches approx. (284mm x 223mm).
Cloth faded and marked especially to rear board; a dent showing to rear board; worn to corner tips, with wear and fraying to spine ends. Endpapers showing heavy foxing/offsetting; pages foxed/spotted throughout especially to half-title page; tissue guards with offsetting from facing plate border; page edges dusty, tanned and spotted.
Nonetheless, showing its age but remains a reasonably attractive copy.
*ref. [21m] Ann Conolly Hughey, Edmund Dulac – His Book Illustrations: A Bibliography (Buttonwood Press, 1995).