1936 Rare Book - Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Illustrated in a binding by Riviere
Author : Omar Khayyam. Translated By Edward Fitzgerald. Illustrated By Gilbert James.
Title : Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
Publisher : London: A. & C. Black, 1936.
Language : Text in English
Size : 7.5 " X 5 "
Pages : 132 pages.
Binding : Very beautiful and attractive very good full leather binding made by famous binder Daytun - Riviere (hinges and head of the spine slightly scuffed - as shown ) under a protective removable mylar cover.
Content : Very good, near fine content (bright and tight)
Illustrations : Illustrated with 8 Gilbert James colour illustrations.(Complete).
Estimate : (USD 250 - USD 950)
The book : Rare edition in an exquisite binding by Riviere of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám --Edward FitzGerald 's translation of a selection of poems, originally written in Persian and numbering about a thousand, attributed to Omar Khayyám (1048–1131), a Persian poet, mathematician and astronomer. A ruba'i is a two-line stanza with two parts (or hemistichs) per line, hence the word rubayot (derived from the Arabic language root for "four"), meaning "quatrains".
The illustrator: One of the early illustrators of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám was Gilbert James (1865-1941). His work can be found in numerous editions and reprints of The Rubáiyat, and a number of his illustrations have been issued as post cards as well. Although this indicates that his work was rather popular in his days, very little is known about the artist himself.
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