Lot 691: Sett (Mera K., illust.). Omar Khayyam, 1st edition, Cambridge: Privately Printed & Published by Galloway & Porter, 1914, dedication leaf, 4-leaf Foreword, decorative title-page, fifteen text leaves, and fifteen numbered plates with captioned tissue guards, all stub-mounted and printed on rectos only, free endpapers browned, top edges gilt, remainder rough-trimmed, original gilt decorated black cloth, some markings, mostly to lower cover, 4to. Privately printed edition of 250 copies. One of the rarest of the early 20th century illustrated Rubaiyats. Showing apparent influences of both Beardsley and Pogany, the work was originally rejected by British publishers as being "too shocking" and "likely to hurt the susceptibility of the decent-minded English people". (1)
Dominic Winter's Children’s & Illustrated Books Auction June 2015
Thursday, 11th June 2015
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