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LE GALLIENNE, Richard.

Omar Repentant.

Printed for Mitchell Kennerley by O. H. LaBarre, New York , 1908 Stock Code: 114553
£750.00
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First edition, signed limited issue. Number 89 of 100 copies on Japanese vellum signed by the author, with an additional quatrain not appearing in the trade edition. Le Gallienne had published a translation of Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat in 1897, but Omar Repentant is his own creation, a poetic satire on Khayyam's own adulation of drink as a solution to all philosophical quandaries: "The Grape! The Vine! - O what an evil wit / Have words to gild the blackness of the pit! / Said so, how fair it sounds - the Vine! the Grape! - / O call it whiskey - and be done with it".

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Description

Oblong duodecimo. Original japon boards, title label to spine, top edge gilt. Housed in a blue cloth chemise and blue morocco-backed slipcase.

Condition

Gilt morocco ex libris of Francis Kettaneh to front pastedown. Some light rubbing to the corners and a few trivial spots, but an excellent copy.

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