Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
The First Version by Edward FitzGerald.London, George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd, 1940 Stock Code: 137333
NotesFirst edition thus, first printing, number 44 of 125 copies signed by the artist and specially bound. The text reprints FitzGerald's first published version of the Rubáiyát in 1859.
Gooden (1892-1955) was an English artist who studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and is best known for his fine copper engravings. His work includes several banknote designs for the Bank of England, but only one was ever issued: a 5 note in February 1957 known as the Series B or "Helmeted Britannia". Collections of his engraved pictorial bookplates, including designs made for Queen Elizabeth II, can be found in the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts in the US.
Octavo. Original green quarter crushed morocco, green cloth sides, titles to spine gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, cream endpapers. In the original green card slipcase.
With 4 full sized plates and 4 small illustrations by Stephen Gooden.
A fine copy, the binding square and firm, the contents clean and without ownership marks.
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