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, [No Date] 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 and here for other copies 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 dustwrapper priced 10/6 Net to front flap; onlay plate to front panel 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 196mm).
Light wear and rubbing to dustwrapper; wear and creasing to top edge; wear to spine ends and corner tips with minor loss; small chip to onlay plate; some fading and discolouration; a touch grubby and dusty in places. Cloth to spine and boards a little dusty but generally clean and bright; light shelf wear. Some spotting/foxing to endpapers, preliminaries, and last few pages; sporadic foxing throughout and some dustiness but otherwise pages generally clean; spotted and toned to edges of page-block.
Overall, light wear but otherwise a well preserved copy – attractive.
*ref. [21r] Ann Conolly Hughey, Edmund Dulac – His Book Illustrations: A Bibliography (Buttonwood Press, 1995)