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Omar Khayyám. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám the astronomer-poet of Persia. Rendered into English verse. London/New York: Ernest Nister / E.P. Dutton & Co., n.d. . Small 12mo (17.5 cm; 7").  f., frontis. leaf, 147 pp., 1 leaf, 4 color plates. $35.00
Classic piece of Persian literature and a sensation in "the West" beginning with the first translation into English in 1859. Here translated by Edward Fitzgerald and in the "Heath Robinson Edition," i.e., with color illustrations and page decorations by Thomas Heath Robinson (1869–1954). The color illustrations include the frontispiece and four plates as well as in-text color vignettes.
The quatrains are enclosed in decorative borders. The imprint date is from Potter.
Potter, Bibliography of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, 41. Publisher's blue cloth with front cover stamped in a cross of Art Nouveau and "Oriental" motifs in dark red and gold, with a center area in lighter blue featuring a "Middle Eastern" man standing with a glass of red liquid and holding a book. Rear cover plain. Spine with red, gold, and blue stamping and featuring a man's face in profile. Patterned endpapers, early owner's signature inside front cover; all edges gilt. A clean, sound copy. (38195) Please RESHELVE This.
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