Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

| DULAC, Edmund, illustrator | KHAYYAM, Omar | FITZGERALD, Edward (trans.) |

Published by London: Hodder and Stoughton, [1909]., 1909
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Edmund Dulac's Rubaiyat[DULAC, Edmund, illustrator]. KHAYYAM, Omar. FITZGERALD, Edward (trans.). Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald. With Illustrations by Edmund Dulac. London: Hodder and Stoughton, [1909]. First trade edition. Quarto (11 x 8 1/2 in; 279 x 217 mm). [60] leaves. Title-page decoratively printed in sepia and light brown. Twenty mounted color plates, including frontispiece, each with a captioned tissue guard. Decorative borders to plates and leaves.Publisher's off white buckram, front cover and spine pictorially stamped in gilt, decorative endpapers. Covers a little soiled and worn at spine extremities and corners. A good copy only.In his autobiography, George Doran, the book's American publisher, noted "In point of excellence of art, popularity, distinction and profit the crowning achievement. was the publication of the Fitzgerald version of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám illustrated by Edmund Dulac. The book was a joy and a treasure. Its public acceptance was immediate and great."Continuing, Mr. Doran recalled the following amusing incident: "Over the weekend Mr. Hodder had taken occasion to read for the first time Omar's Rubaiyat; also for the first time he had reviewed the art of Edmund Dulac…fresh from the exhausting exhilaration of an evangelically active Sabbath, he thrust himself into the office and presence of [Hodder's grandson and the firm's manager] J.E.H.W. In his shaking hand he held a copy of Dulac's Omar Khayyam…Mr. Hodder: 'Ernest, what is this pagan book you have dared to publish over my imprint?'J.E.H.W.: 'Why Grandad, that is one of the greatest classics of all time.'Mr. Hodder: 'Classic or no classic, I will not tolerate the publication of such heathen rubbish.'J.E.H.W.: 'Grandad, it is beautifully illustrated by one of the very great artists of our day - it is a proud production.'Mr. Hodder: ' The artist only abets the author, whoever he is, in the production of a purely pagan and disgusting book. I will have none of it.'J.E.H.W.: 'But, Grandad, we made a profit of £800 on that book in the last twelve months.'"Mr. Hodder's anger cooled, his indignation evaporated. The matter was settled.Hughey 21a. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Publisher: London: Hodder and Stoughton, [1909].
Publication Date: 1909

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DULAC, Edmund, illustrator; KHAYYAM, Omar; FITZGERALD, Edward (trans.)
Published by London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1909 (1909)
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Book Description London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1909, 1909. Edmund Dulac's Rubaiyat[DULAC, Edmund, illustrator]. KHAYYAM, Omar. FITZGERALD, Edward (trans.). Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald. With Illustrations by Edmund Dulac. London: Hodder and Stoughton, [1909]. First trade edition. Quarto (11 x 8 1/2 in; 279 x 217 mm). [60] leaves. Title-page decoratively printed in sepia and light brown. Twenty mounted color plates, including frontispiece, each with a captioned tissue guard. Decorative borders to plates and leaves.Publisher's off white buckram, front cover and spine pictorially stamped in gilt, decorative endpapers. Slight foxing to edges of text block otherwise a near fine copy.In his autobiography, George Doran, the book's American publisher, noted "In point of excellence of art, popularity, distinction and profit the crowning achievement. was the publication of the Fitzgerald version of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám illustrated by Edmund Dulac. The book was a joy and a treasure. Its public acceptance was immediate and great."Continuing, Mr. Doran recalled the following amusing incident: "Over the weekend Mr. Hodder had taken occasion to read for the first time Omar's Rubaiyat; also for the first time he had reviewed the art of Edmund Dulac?fresh from the exhausting exhilaration of an evangelically active Sabbath, he thrust himself into the office and presence of [Hodder's grandson and the firm's manager] J.E.H.W. In his shaking hand he held a copy of Dulac's Omar Khayyam?Mr. Hodder: 'Ernest, what is this pagan book you have dared to publish over my imprint?'J.E.H.W.: 'Why Grandad, that is one of the greatest classics of all time.'Mr. Hodder: 'Classic or no classic, I will not tolerate the publication of such heathen rubbish.'J.E.H.W.: 'Grandad, it is beautifully illustrated by one of the very great artists of our day - it is a proud production.'Mr. Hodder: ' The artist only abets the author, whoever he is, in the production of a purely pagan and disgusting book. I will have none of it.'J.E.H.W.: 'But, Grandad, we made a profit of £800 on that book in the last twelve months.'"Mr. Hodder's anger cooled, his indignation evaporated. The matter was settled.Hughey 21a. Bookseller Inventory # 03039

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Book Description London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1909, 1909. One of 750 Copies, Signed by the Artist[DULAC, Edmund, illustrator]. OMAR KHAYYÁM. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. Rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald. With Illustrations by Edmund Dulac. London: Hodder and Stoughton, [n.d., 1909].Limited to 750 copies, numbered and signed by the artist (this copy being No. 68). Large quarto (12 5/16 x 9 7/8 inches; 313 x 250 mm.). [124] pp. (including inserted title). Twenty color plates mounted on buff vellum-like paper with gilt over tan decorative borders. With descriptive tissue guards. Text printed on rectos only within a brown decorative border.Original vellum over boards pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt on front cover and spine. Later silk ties. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Tan end-papers stamped in light olive green with a repeated peacock feather design. Ink name on front paste-down. Minimal discoloration to vellum, front board very slightly 'bowed', otherwise a near fine copy."In point of excellence of art, popularity, distinction and profit the crowning achievement. was the publication of the Fitzgerald version of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám illustrated by Edmund Dulac. The book was a joy and a treasure. Its public acceptance was immediate and great."Hughey 21. Bookseller Inventory # 03457

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Book Description London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1909, 1909. One of 750 Copies, Signed by the Artist[DULAC, Edmund, illustrator]. OMAR KHAYYÁM. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. Rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald. With Illustrations by Edmund Dulac. London: Hodder and Stoughton, [n.d., 1909].Limited to 750 copies, numbered and signed by the artist (this copy being No. 59). Large quarto (12 5/16 x 9 7/8 inches; 313 x 250 mm.). [124] pp. (including inserted title). Twenty color plates mounted on buff vellum-like paper with gilt over tan decorative borders. With descriptive tissue guards. Text printed on rectos only within a brown decorative border.Original vellum over boards pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt on front cover and spine. Later yellow silk ties. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Tan endpapers stamped in light olive green with a repeated peacock feather design. Six of the 'tipped-in' color plates with very slight crease in lower corner, otherwise a near fine copy. "In point of excellence of art, popularity, distinction and profit the crowning achievement. was the publication of the Fitzgerald version of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám illustrated by Edmund Dulac. The book was a joy and a treasure. Its public acceptance was immediate and great."Hughey 21. Bookseller Inventory # 02527

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