English First Edition 1922 'Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám' with 20 Pochoir Colour Art Deco Prints by English Illustrator Anne Fish
A beautiful English circa 1922 first edition of Fitzgerald's translation of the Persian manuscript, the 'Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám,' with decorations & 20 illustrations by English illustrator Anne Fish. 🌿 This is a first edition with hard back binding in the publisher's original quarter navy cloth over slate grey cloth covers, gilt title and author lettering to the spine. It features cream & orange paisley designed end papers, plates printed by the specialist colour printers George Gibbons and Co., of Leicester. In very good condition, corners of the cover lightly bumped, missing tissue guards on illustrations, brilliant colour to the illustrations, very clean edition, a few faint spots to borders, not illustrations. Printed on heavy stock, rather more like 'print' stock than book stock. There are some areas throughout the book where the interior binding is slightly seperating & between page 48/49 one print is loose.
Measures 11 3/4 x 9.5."
The Rubáiyát has 108 pages comprising 75 quatrains enriched with 20 full-page single-sided colour plates, including the second half title and elaborate initial capitals in orange and black by English illustrator Anne Harriet Fish.
Omar Khayyam, a 12th-century Persian mathematician and philosopher, was a renaissance man long before the dawn of the European renaissance. He was an expert in subjects as diverse as mathematics, law, and philosophy. “The Rubaiyat” contains observations on complex subjects such as love, death, and the existence of God and an afterlife.
English illustrator Anne Harriet Fish. Annie Fish (1890 - 1964) was a British cartoonist and illustrator. Her illustration of "Eve" in The Tatler spawned films, theatre and books. In total, Fish contributed to American Vanity Fair, Vogue, The Sketch, Eve, Punch, and Tatler. In her nearly 15-year career at Condé Nast, she produced 30 covers and hundreds of illustrations depicting modern society, often cynically.