With an introduction by A. C. Benson. Reproduced from a manuscript written and illuminated by F. Sangorski & G. Sutcliffe.London, Siegle, Hill & Co.,  Stock Code: 142428
NotesFirst edition thus, number 79 of 550 copies signed by Francis Sangorski and George Sutcliffe and printed on handmade paper (a further 25 were printed on japon), in a striking binding by Bayntun-Riviere.
This is one of the most lavish editions of the Rubáiyát in the renowned translation by Edward FitzGerald, first published in 1859. Of all the literature of the Islamic world, perhaps only The Thousand and One Nights has had a greater impact on the European imagination.
Large quarto (326 x 241 mm). Mid-20th-century red morocco by Bayntun-Riviere, twin black morocco labels, covers ornately decorated and bejewelled with snake and chalice onlay design within Moorish frame, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Housed in a red cloth box, spine lettered in gilt.
Title page printed in red and black, opening double-page spread with elaborate calligraphic borders, 10 colour illustrations by E. Geddes, calligraphy by A. Sutcliffe.
Single jewel lacking, slight crease to initial blank; still a fine copy.
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