1910 First Edition - Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Illuminated by Sangorski and Sutcliffe.
Author : Omar Khayyam. Translated By Edward Fitzgerald. Illuminated by Sangorski and Sutcliffe.
Title : Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
Publisher : London: Siegle, Hill & Co., no date (circa 1910). First Edition.
Language : Text in English
Size : 12.5 " X 9.5 "
Pages : Unpaginated.
Binding : Attractive, very beautiful and very good full cloth binding elaborately stamped in gilt in a peacock motif, spine beautifully tooled in gilt in a floral motif (hinges fine, overall slightly scuffed and worn) under a protective removable mylar cover.
Content : Good content (bright and tight, light foxing throughout - as shown)
Illustrations : Illustrated and illuminated with 12 magnificent color plates and Illuminated letters by F. Sangorski & G. Sutcliffe.
Estimate : (USD 450 - USD 900)
The book : This is perhaps the most famous production of Fitzgerald's work, featuring the illuminations of Alberto Sangorski, brother of Francis Sangorski, who, with George Sutcliffe, founded the famous British bookbinding firm Sangorski and Sutcliffe. The Rubaiyat was one of the most famous works by this firm, and one early copy was bound in green levant morocco with sunken panels, elaborate giltwork, thousands of pieces of leather inlay, and 1050 gems, including rubies, garnets and topaz; the lower front cover was decorated with an image of a mandolin created with inlays of mahogany, satinwood, ebony and ivory. This binding, which took craftsmen two years to produce, was lost on the Titanic; another version of it was lost during World War II. This trade edition of their work is beautiful enough, with 12 color plates, decorated initial letters, and printed in red and black with a finely caligraphed text.
The illuminator and illustrator: Sangorski & Sutcliffe is a firm of bookbinders established in London in 1901. It is considered to be one of the most important bookbinding companies of the 20th century, famous for its luxurious jeweled bindings that used real gold and precious stones in their book covers.
Sangorski & Sutcliffe was established by Francis Sangorski (1875-1912) and George Sutcliffe (1878-1943). They had met in 1896 at a bookbinding evening classes taught by Douglas Cockerell at the London County Council's Central School of Arts and Crafts. In 1898, Sangorski and Sutcliffe each won one of the ten annual craft scholarship awards, giving them £20 a year for three years to continue their training as apprentice bookbinders. They were employed at Cockerell's own bindery, and began to teach bookbinding at Camberwell College of Art. They were laid off in 1901 after a coal strike caused an economic slump, and they decided to set up on their own in a rented attic in Bloomsbury, starting on 1 October 1901. They soon moved to Vernon Place, and then, in 1905, to Southampton Row.
Sangorski's elder brother, Alberto Sangorski, worked for the firm. He became an accomplished calligrapher and illuminator, working for Rivière from 1910.
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