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

FITZGERALD, Edward; Carol SCHWARTZOTT, Artist. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

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FITZGERALD, Edward; Carol SCHWARTZOTT, Artist. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Freeville, New York: Carol Schwartzott, 2007.

Imperial 8vo., (17 x 28cm approx.); duck-egg japanese cloth boards, with inlay of intricate die-cut wood over decorated paper to front board, with a window showing through to the title, translator and date printed; handmade marbled endpapers on japanese paper, title printed in pastel purples behind translucent paper; sections divided by translucent paper with diecut windows and decorative marbled papers; with hand-painted artworks mounted behind card frames; the text printed printed with archival ink onto Mohawk via vellum and Moab Entrada paper; with the prints finished with colour pencil, paint, and gold/silver leaf; unpaginated; housed in the original matching cloth clamshellcase, backstrip with handmade printed paper label; fine.
Limited to just 25 copies, with illustrations, design and binding by Carol Schwartzott, signed and numbered 25.
In her artist's statement, Schwartzott writes that as a collector of Rubaiyats she began to toy with the idea of creating her own version in 2006. "The book is divided into seven segments, each separated by a divider of hand-marbled Japanese paper. The first contains the title page and introduction and the last an artist's statement, bibliography and colophon. The remaining five are dedicated to the seventy five quatrains of Fitzgerald's first edition. Each contains a vellum window, reminiscent of a Persian archway that opens to reveal my version of a miniature painting."
An incredibly scarce, and very beautiful publication, more of an artwork than a book.

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