Rubáiyát of the Astronomer-Poet of Persia.
Rendered into English verse by Edward Fitzgerald. Illustrated with drawings.New York: The Alice Harriman Company, 1911 Stock Code: 147897
First Hall edition, first printing, inscribed by the artist on the front free endpaper: "With the compliments of Isabel Hawxhurst Hall". This edition of the Rubáiyát is the only book illustrated by Hall (1887-1952), who later worked as a designer of stained glass windows, wallpaper, and textiles.
The text of this edition, Fitzgerald's translation, 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).
Quarto. Original brown cloth, monochrome illustration lettered in black laid down to front cover, top edge gilt.
With 20 black and white plates, including title page, by Hall. Tissue guard to title page, text printed in brown.
A near-fine copy, tips a little bumped, light foxing to fore edge and first and last few pages, contents otherwise clean, plates sharp.
Potter 272; John D. Yohannan, Persian Poetry in England and America, 1977.
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