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.
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]. Dustwrapper priced at 10/6 NET. Plates 180mm x 125mm tipped onto white paper backing and then tipped onto grey card
Hardback – publisher’s blue cloth with title and decoration in gilt to spine and front board, in a 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 8 inches approx. (252mm x 200mm).
Dustwrapper showing some wear and tear, rubbed and worn with small loss to extremities; faded and discoloured, especially to spine; old tape staining visible to reverse side (tape now removed), with a piece of archival tape placed across horizontal tear to upper spine; dampstain to upper corner of front panel. Cloth a little dusty and discoloured, gilt bright; boards a little knocked to corners; foxed and spotted throughout, heavy in places; occasional ‘nick’ to page edges from handling otherwise in good order.
Nonetheless, remains an attractive copy in dustwrapper of an uncommon edition.
*ref. [21r] Ann Conolly Hughey, Edmund Dulac – His Book Illustrations: A Bibliography (Buttonwood Press, 1995)