Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

London: Siegle Hill & Co., 1910.

Among the most quoted and most influential works in translation during the Victorian period

(Item #5756) Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Edward Fitzgerald, Sangoski and Sutcliffe.

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

London: Siegle Hill & Co., 1910. First thus. Bound in full vellum boards with lovely full gilt peacock design to the front board. Brown morocco spine label intact. A lovely, Near Fine example of this limited production, number 133 of 550 copies produced. This edition reprints the famous Sangorski and Sutcliffe, illuminated edition, with both Sangorski and Sutcliffe signing on the limitation page. Complete with all 12 color plates. Very slight bowing to the boards and a bit of foxing throughout.

Fitzgerald attributed the original work to the famed astronomer and mathematician Omar Khayyum, and this collection of quatrains rapidly became a favored text of the Pre-Raphaelites. "Like the Odyssey or the Vita Nuova [it] was once the most widely known and quoted work of Victorian poetry in the world," and its place in Western culture at the time was secured by Fitzgerald's "epigrammatic, sophisticated, often mordant verses [that] display Fitzgerald's adroitness in handling this stanza form" (Warner). Yet with rise of Modernism, the Rubaiyat fell out of style for a time, its lush and romantic orientalism considered out of step with the concerns of those who were living through a devastating World War. But the beautiful surviving copies in exceptional vellum, silk, and leather, alongside recently released critical editions, have helped draw attention back to the Rubaiyat's beauty and its role in inspiring so many monumental pieces of Victorian art and literature.
Near Fine (Item #5756)

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

“Yon rising Moon that looks for us again—How oft hereafter will she wax and wane…”