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OMAR KHAYYAM (1043-1131) -- POGANY, William Andrew (1882-1955, illustrator). Rubáiyát. London: Vincent J. Brooks, Day and Son, for George G. Harrap, [1909].
OMAR KHAYYAM (1043-1131) -- POGANY, William Andrew (1882-1955, illustrator). Rubáiyát. London: Vincent J. Brooks, Day and Son, for George G. Harrap, [1909].

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OMAR KHAYYAM (1043-1131) -- POGANY, William Andrew (1882-1955, illustrator). Rubáiyát. London: Vincent J. Brooks, Day and Son, for George G. Harrap, [1909].

Small 2° (275 x 189mm). Printed on vellum. 24 tipped-in coloured plates, lithographic text and page ornament, decorative fore and end leaves incorporating Arabic script, all after 'Willy' Pogany. Full green morocco gilt by Canape after Jean Tabourier, elaborate gilt borders on covers in oriental style incorporating darker green onlays, front cover with title in pseudo-Arabic on central arabesque onlaid in blue, flat gilt spine similarly ornamented and with date 1910 at foot, gilt turn-ins, blue woven silk doublures with vine pattern in gold, original vellum covers and spine bound in, gilt edges, green half morocco chemise, and morocco-trimmed slipcase (rubbing to spine of chemise and slipcase).

NUMBER 12 OF AN EDITION OF 25 COPIES. With introductory lines by Lowell paying tribute to Edward Fitzgerald's role in stringing Omar Khayyám's pearls 'on an English thread', and with dedication by Pogany to Julius Germanus printed on title verso, thanking him for help with his 'endeavour to remain true to the spirit of Persian art'. The Hungarian artist's imaginative use of the key shapes and forms of oriental art is here superbly complimented by the exotic binding designed by Tabourier.

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