Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1930.
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1930. First Thus. First Revised American trade edition. Publishers orange silk cloth, front cover lettered in gilt with black and gold illustration, spine decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut. Original decorative tan paper dust jacket printed in orange. Original tan cardboard box decoratively printed in dark brown. Ink signature on front pastedown. Twelve tipped-in color plates, including frontispiece. Text leaves additionally decorated with an additional 46 mounted black and gold illustrations and head and tailpieces in black and white. A very Fine copy.
With the original Thomas Y. Crowell eight-page leaflet describing the work of Willy Pogany loosely inserted. "Had Omar Khayyam, the old tentmaker, visioned the beauty of his verses centuries later in Western dress, as
embroidered by a Hungarian artist, he might have had a new conception of the meaning of immortality. For Pogany,
the Hungarian, had made Omar, the Persian, live again" (Crowell). Willy Pogany had previously illustrated the Rubaiyat in 1909, but these later illustrations are quite a different interpretation, more westernized and modernized than the earlier ones. (Item #3692)