The Rubaiyat courtesy of Joe Sheldon
Pictures and description courtesy of Joe Sheldon.
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
translated by Edward Fitzgerald
McKenna #140 (1906)
Unlimited edition plus an additional 103 copies on Japan Vellum
This book measures 6 3/4" x 5 3/4" and has 75 pages. The text is printed in Cheltenham and bound in suede.
The title page and text initials were designed by W. W. Denslow and were first used in the September 10 1899 Rubaiyat, McKenna #50.The title page seen above although Denslow designed was modified for the square format of this book by John Comstock. These designs are both taller and narrower than the Denslow originals and lack his seahorse signature as seen in the 1899 design. The sea horse which was located below and between the K and h in Khayyam has been replaced with the ornamental descender on the K as seen above. The tailpiece or colophon as seen above was not used in the 1899 edition and is a new design utilizing the Art Nouveau ornaments designed by Denslow.
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