RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM. The First and Fourth Renderings in English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald. With Illustrations by Will Pogany.
Price: $75.00 USD
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Thomas Y. Crowell Co.
Date Published: No Date (circa 1930).
Edition: First Edition Thus
Condition: Very Good
Book Id: 308738
First Edition thus. Quarto, original peach-colored cloth boards, small illustrated paper label mounted on front panel, gilt titles on front, design and titles on spine. Top edge gilt. 173 pp. Twelve tipped-in color plates by Willy Pogany; 44 smaller mounted illustrations and designs in black on gilt background; other decorations throughout. Covers rubbed with a few tiny stains. Slight fold to bottom outside corner of first 4-5 pages, not affecting text. Inscription in pencil on front endpaper. A very good, bright copy.
¶ The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam is Edward FitzGerald's translation of a selection of poems, originally written in Persian and numbering about a thousand, attributed to Omar Khayyam (1048&1131), a Persian poet, mathematician and astronomer. Famous in many ways, the Rubaiyat is the source of the well-know phrases 'The moving finger, having writ, moves on' and 'A glass of wine, a loaf of bread, and thou". The work was extremely popular in the late 19th & early 20th centuries, and the task of illustrating it appealed to a many of the world's greatest illustrators, including Willy Pogany, who did some of his finest work for this text.