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]; inscription dated 30th June 1919.
Hardback – publishers cloth with gilt design and title to front board, title and design (dulled gilt or greyed black?) to spine; cream/white endpapers. viii, 189pp plus 12 tipped-in colour plates mounted on green paper and in turn mounted on cream/white card. 8 x 6.25 inches approx. (205mm x 157mm).
Covers rubbed and worn to extremities, a little grubby and marked; some fading to spine; bumped to upper corner; wear to spine ends, especially to head with some splitting to cloth at rear hinge. Inscription in ink to front free endpaper; scattered foxing throughout mainly confined to page edges, generally clean however; a tissue guard with a couple of torn holes (see accompanying image); some page edges roughly cut and ragged.
Overall, showing wear but remains a reasonably nice copy.
*ref.  Ann Conolly Hughey, Edmund Dulac – His Book Illustrations: A Bibliography (Buttonwood Press, 1995).