The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald

DULAC, Edmund

Wake! For the Sun behind yon Eastern height Has chased the Session of the Stars from Night

DULAC, Edmund The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald

Hodder & Stoughton, 1909.

First edition with illustrations by Dulac. 4to. White cloth with gilt lettering and design. Olive pictorial design to the endpapers. Twenty mounted colour plates under tissue guards, the illustrations are in wonderful rich colours and suit the mood of this verse so well. A fine copy, bright and clean.

The Rubáiyát was originally written in Persian by Omar Khayyam, a poet, mathematician and astronomer. This translation by Edward Fitzgerald made the poem popular with an international audience, written in quatrains the verse is a spirited and philosophcal celebration of life, love and fine wine. In June 1909 Hodder and Stoughton announced that their Gift Book for the year would be Dulac's Rubaiyat, to coincide with the centenary of Fitzgerald's birth. The dreamlike drawings by Edmund Dulac serve as a perfect foil to the text and Colin White (Dulac authority) considers the plate illustrating the opening quatrain to be "one of Dulac's finest works and a perfect preface to the text."

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