Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (Hodder and Stoughton, circa 1927) illustrated by Edmund Dulac Twelve Plates Blue Cloth with Dustwrapper
Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
rendered into English verse by Edward Fitzgerald
with illustrations by Edmund Dulac
Hodder and Stoughton, [not dated] circa 1927*
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 over the next decade or so. This copy, also with twelve plates, is a larger format than the ‘popular’ edition and was published around 1927.
As with all these Hodder Rubaiyats, variations in editions exist (eg. dustwrapper plate, plate mounting page colour) and exact publishing dates are hard to determine – see here for another copy in this edition.
For reference: Illustrations engraved and printed by Henry Stone & Son Ltd, London & Banbury. Text printed for Hodder & Stoughton Ltd by C. Tinling & Co. Ltd, Liverpool, London & Prescot [final page]. Plates 182mm x 129mm tipped onto grey paper backing and then tipped onto blue-grey card.
Hardback – publisher’s blue cloth with title and decoration in gilt to spine and front board, in a price-clipped dustwrapper with onlay plate to front with decoration; endpapers with decorated paste-down. pp  blank, ,  blank, plus 12 tipped-in colour plates each mounted on grey card with titled tissue page-guard. 10 x 7.5 inches approx. (253mm x 193mm).
Dustwrapper somewhat worn and grubby, with some staining; large tear to front panel; worn with loss to spine ends and corner tips. Cloth a little dusty but otherwise clean with bright gilt; light wear to spine ends and corner tips; small bump to spine just below title. Endpapers foxed and dusty, a later owner’s inscription in ink to front free endpaper; scattered foxing, age toning and some dustiness throughout but pages generally clean; edges of page-block dusty and spotted.
Nonetheless, remaining a reasonably nice copy in a worn dustwrapper – an uncommon edition.
*ref. [21r] Ann Conolly Hughey, Edmund Dulac – His Book Illustrations: A Bibliography (Buttonwood Press, 1995)