Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam presented by Willy Pogany
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co, .
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co, . First American edition. Publisher's tan buckram over pictorial paper boards, spine decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut, pictorial endpapers. 128 unnumbered pp. Twenty-four tipped-in color plates, including frontispiece, all mounted onto heavy stock card. A few of the tipped-in color plates have a light crease on the lower corner and a couple of the heavy card mounts have been neatly repaired with archival tape. Otherwise this is a very Fine copy in the original brown paper dust jacket decoratively printed in dark brown. Housed in a cloth slipcase. The card mounts in this edition are notoriously fragile.
"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 #3693)