Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (Hodder and Stoughton, circa 1919) illustrated by Edmund Dulac 12 plates
Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald
with illustrations by Edmund Dulac
Hodder and Stoughton, [not dated] circa 1919
The Dulac illustrated edition of the Rubaiyat was first published 1909 with twenty colour plates. A smaller format ‘popular’ edition in red cloth with twelve plates appeared in 1914, being reprinted several times (with variations in endpapers, ink colour, plate mounts, size, &c.) over the next decade or so and always difficult to date unless there is a helpful contemporary inscription.
For reference: Printed in Great Britain by Turnbull & Spears, Edinburgh [title page verso].
Hardback – publisher’s cloth with gilt design and title to spine and front board. pp viii, 189, plus 12 tipped-in colour plates mounted on light grey card, and then mounted onto a darker grey card page. 8 x 6.25 inches approx. (209mm x 155mm).
Cloth rubbed and worn to extremities; sunned/faded to spine and front board; bumped to spine ends and boards to corners. Offsetting to endpapers; wrinkle to frontispiece and tissue (appears to be a production flaw rather than a crease/fold; occasional dustiness and foxing otherwise pages generally clean; offsetting to plate mounting pages; page-block bumped to upper corner.
Overall, showing some wear but otherwise a reasonably nice copy.
*ref.  Ann Conolly Hughey, Edmund Dulac – His Book Illustrations: A Bibliography (Buttonwood Press, 1995).