The Rubaiyat

Book and pictures courtesy of Dick Blacher. Description courtesy of Paul Jackson.

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Rendered Into English by Edward Fitzgerald, 1900
Illumined by Elizabeth Wilkeson
Binding by Louis Kinder

#1 of 40 Copies

 This book measures 8 5/8" x 5 5/8" and has 51 pages. The regular edition of 1000 copies was printed on Boxmoor, hand illumined and bound in suede. The McKenna bibliography references Lane's book and states forty nine copies were printed on Japan Vellum and specially bound. As shown above, it is an edition of 40, rather than the 49 stated by McKenna and Lane. The text is in calligraphy. McKenna credits it to Sam Warner and states that the calligraphy was probably transferred to letter press for the run.
The edition 40 bound in ooze calf (suede) sold for $10.00 in the 1900 catalog. No mention is made of the full Levant edition. The 1901 catalog lists a Deluxe edition Rubaiyat bound by Louis Kinder at $25.00. It further states there is only one available.

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