The Rubaiyat Courtesy of Brian Cornish
Plate #28 in Wolfe's Bio of Kinder. Owned by Paul McKenna. 1906 Rubaiyat "possibly by Kinder"
Plate #29 in Wolfe's Bio of Kinder. Owned by Dick Oinonen. 1906 Rubaiyat "attributed to Kinder"
design similarities in the 3 books above. All based upon the rectangular
frame with flower and leaf surrounds. The top book being the finest of the
3 in execution and style in my opinion.
Book and pictures courtesy of Brian Cornish. Description courtesy of Paul Jackson.
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Title page, initials and
drawings designed by W. W. Denslow
Binding by Louis Kinder, 1906
#14 of 103
This book measures 7" x 6" and has 76
pages. 103 copies were printed on Imperial Japan Vellum and bound in either 3/4
or full leather. The book has a 2 stanza introduction by Charles P. Nettleton
and a reprint of the John Hay address delivered at the Omar Khayyam Club Dinner
in London on December 8th 1897. The initial letters and title page were designed
by W. W. Denslow and were first used in the September 10 1899 Rubaiyat, McKenna
#50. The title page and colophon seen above although Denslow designed were
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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