The Rubaiyats

Book and pictures courtesy of Joe Sheldon. Description courtesy of Paul Jackson.

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Title page, initials and drawings designed by W. W. Denslow
Binder Unknown, 1906
#19 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 originally 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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