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The Rubàiyàt of Omar Khayyàm. The Astronomer-Poet of Persia. Rendered into English Verse.
London MacMillan and Co. Limited 1903 - 8vo., (4), 112pp., contemporary vellum binding by Cedric Chivers, Bath, gilt panelled with hand-painted decoration and inlaid with mother-of-pearl to both boards and spoine, gilt panelled dentelles and linings, top edge gilt, others untrimmed; with tipped-in A.L.s. from Oliver Howard of Bernard Quaritch to his Aunt Nannie (C. Nannie Quaritch Wrentmore) as a Christmas gift, dated December 22nd, 1928, the usual age-toning to the vellum, else fine, near contemporary slip-case mounted with ink manuscript label of provenance. This is not only a rare Chivers binding but with a very relevant provenance since the tipped-in letter is from Oliver Howard of Bernard Quaritch. Quartich first published Fitzgerald's translation in 1859, the company's eponymous founder was a friend of his and Fitzgerald was a regular visitor to the shop. In the letter Howard explains: 'I expect you already have a copy of Omar, but I feel sure the binding will interest you. It has a thin transparent sheet of vellum stretched over the painting and inlay, in the manner of Edwards, the eighteenth century Halifax binder, as a protection.' Cedric Chivers, established his business in 1878 in the premises formerly occupied by Robert Riviere in Union Street, Bath. They subsequently moved to a double fronted shop at 39 Gay Street and then, as the business expanded, to a large house at Portway in Combe Park where they operated until 1990. In its prime the company experimented and specialised in highly skilled and beautiful bindings; this example being one of them. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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