Item 76018. RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM. RENDERED IN ENGLISH VERSE BY EDWARD FITZGERALD.[ASSOCIATION COPY WARMLY INSCRIBED BY SZYK TO HIS PRINTER SYDNEY HOLLAENDER]
Item 76018. RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM. RENDERED IN ENGLISH VERSE BY EDWARD FITZGERALD.[ASSOCIATION COPY WARMLY INSCRIBED BY SZYK TO HIS PRINTER SYDNEY HOLLAENDER]

RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM. RENDERED IN ENGLISH VERSE BY EDWARD FITZGERALD.[ASSOCIATION COPY WARMLY INSCRIBED BY SZYK TO HIS PRINTER SYDNEY HOLLAENDER]

New York, The Heritage Press, 1940. Hardcover. Item #41942

, 1940. 1st edition Thus. Original Szyk-illustrated cover, 4to, [34] double (French-fold] pages. Includes 8 Full-Page Color Illustrations. Inscribed “very cordially” on front endpaper by Szyk to Sydney Hollaender, whom we were told (by Hollaender's daughter) was Szyk's printer. This first edition includes the 8 tipped-in, "color plus gold" plates by Szyk. This book was later reprinted in 1946 using only the inferior four-color process. Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat was made famous to English speakers by Edward Fitzgerald's translation in 1859. It comprises a group of quatrain-formatted Persian poems that are usually credited to the Persian poet Omar Khayyam, known as the Astronomer Poet. The poems' philosophical underpinnings are hotly contested, and Khayyam is sometimes seen as an impious author who wrote with an anti-religious bent. Szyk (1894–1951) was a leading 20th Century graphic designer, book illustrator, stage designer, and caricaturist Szyk. Born in Lodz, Poland, he spent his entire life producing images celebrating and encouraging resistance by Poland and the Jewish people. His work was well-known in Poland, France, and Great Britain prior to World War II. In 1937, he left Poland for London, where he worked for four years to produce the paintings that would comprise his famous Hagadah.His stinging caricatures of the Axis leaders Hitler, Mussolini, and Hirohito brought him great fame after he immigrated to the USA in 1940. His art was distinguished by its embrace of the Medieval and Renaissance and rejecting modernism. This rendition of The Rubaiyat shows how Szyk was influenced by Renaissance artists, notably those of illuminated manuscripts. Light wear and toning to covers. Very Good Condition. Rare association copy. (ART-28-9-ECC).

Price: $1,000.00

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