New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, (1966). Karlin, Eugene. 2nd Printing. Leather bound. Octavo size, 93 pp. Fine. Item #18081301
Omar Khayyam (1048-1131) was a Persian mathematician and astronomer, best known for his work on cubic equations and for designing the Jalali calendar; many poems are attributed to him (though with much skepticism and uncertainty in the academic world) in the quatrain style. English poet Edward Fitzgerald (1809-1883) created the first and most famous translation of Khayyam's poetry, "The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam", translated from Farsi to English, greatly popular among the Pre-Raphaelites during the Orientalism period at the end of the nineteenth century.
This text is accompanied by alluring line-drawings by Eugene Karlin (1918-2003), an illustrator and painter who created drawings for magazines and books, as well as landscape paintings; his delicate linework provides a gentle visual to the poetry. This edition is stated second printing; however, it is bound in full morocco as the deluxe first edition.
___DESCRIPTION: Full red morocco, gilt-stamped line drawing by Eugene Karlin on the front board, gilt lettering on the spine, top edge gilt, red marbled endpapers, frontispiece line illustration of a couple embracing by Karlin, black-and-white line drawings by Karlin throughout; Bembo type, octavo size (9.25" by 6.75"), pagination: [i-iv] v-ix [1-2] 3-80 [81-84]. In a brown paper slipcase with a glossy paper label on one side with black lettering and a full-colour illustration by Karlin.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings. The slipcase is very good, strong and sturdy, clean overall with minor soiling to the paper label and to the back board, and some rubbing to the bottom edges and to the corners of the opening.
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