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OMAR KHAYYÁM; POGÁNY, Willy (illus.)

Rubáiyát.

The First and Fourth Renderings in English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald.

New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, [1930] Stock Code: 147882
£1,250.00
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Signed limited edition, number 82 of 500 copies printed for the United States and signed by the artist, specially bound and with an original etching facing the title page, also signed by Pogány; there were also 750 copies printed for the UK and published by George G. Harrap & Co. Pogány's illustrated edition was first published in 1909.

Fitzgerald's translation of the Rubáiyát, first published in 1859, slowly gained recognition as a masterpiece of English literature. By the early 1900s, many of Fitzgerald's phrases had entered the common stock of English quotations and allusions; a growing "cult of the Rubáiyát" found expression in "the Omar Khayyám Clubs of England and America" (Yohannan, p. 202).

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Description

Large octavo. Original bluish green morocco, spine lettered in gilt, raised bands, circular floral motif in gilt with coloured onlays to front cover, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, pale marbled endpapers.

Illustrations

With 12 plates, including frontispiece, by Pogány, title page printed in brown, decorations and illustrations to the text.

Condition

A near-fine copy, tips very lightly rubbed, endpapers a little browned, contents otherwise clean and crisp, plates bright.

Bibliography

Not in Potter. John D. Yohannan, Persian Poetry in England and America, 1977.

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