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KHAYYÁM, Omar) HAY, John.
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám) In Praise of Omar. An address before the Omar Khayyám Club. By the Hon. John Hay. 16mo.
Printed for Thomas B. Mosher, & published by him at XLV Exchange Street, Portland, Maine. 1898. [6], 9, [5]pp, with 6pp blanks at beginning & end. 12 x 14cm. Half title, some initials printed in red. Sl. later full dark turquoise crushed morocco, profusely blocked in gilt with geometric design of lines, dots, leaves & flowers, spine up-lettered in gilt "IN PRAISE OF OMAR - HAY". Binder's gilt stamp on following turn-in: '19.L.G.W.05'. t.e.g. A beautiful copy in custom-made pale blue cloth box with fleece lining. One of 925 copies on Van Gelder paper. An extremely attractive copy of Hay's brief address, bound in the Arts and Crafts style in 1905, by 'L.G.W.', Lucy Gilchrist Wrightson. Wrightson, 1872-1945, was a noted and evidently highly accomplished bookbinder, who was active in the early part of the 20th century. She was recorded as a pupil at Sangorski and Sutcliffe in 1904, alongside Eleanor Joachim and Isobel Logan (a prominent suffragette), and exhibited her works for the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society in 1906 and 1910. Based in Ockenden Sussex, she was the recipient of several prizes for her work. See: TIDCOMBE, Marianne, Women Bookbinders 1880-1920, 1996, p.172 & 190. The Mosher Press, started by Thomas Bird Mosher in 1891, was one of the first significant private presses in America and was inspired by the Chiswick Press and The Bodley Head. This copy bears the signature on leading pastedown of R[obert] A. Fitzsimons, 1892-1978, an Irish-born fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. He was, according to an obituary in The Times, an avid reader of poetry. [Attribut … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Jarndyce, The 19th Century Booksellers [London, United Kingdom]
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