The Rubayait courtesy of Joe Sheldon
Book and pictures courtesy of Joe sheldon. Description courtesy of Paul Jackson.
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Note: #54 of 103 With Very Unique Spine Ornamentation
This book measures 7" x 6" and has 76
pages. The text body is set in Cheltenham and the limited edition of 103,
depicted above, was printed on Imperial Japan Vellum and bound either in
3/4 or full leather. The regular edition was printed in seven colors on Ruisdael
paper and bound in suede. For both editions, 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 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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