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).