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Omar Khayyam illustrated by Mera K. Sett.
Cambridge, Privately printed & published by Galloway & Porter, 1914.. One of only 250 copies printed. 8°. 5 nn. pages, illustrated titlepage, 15 unnumbered full-page, illustrations, 15 full-page illustrations with titled tissue-guards. Original, illustrated Hardcover (black cloth with gilt lettering on spine and cover). Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear. One corner stronger bumped. Interior in excellent condition with some minor traces of foxing. Extraordinary publication, highly underestimated in its originality of erotical illustrations in Beardsley-style.. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam is the title that Edward FitzGerald gave to his translation of a selection of poems, originally written in Persian and numbering about a thousand, attributed to Omar Khayyam (1048-1131), a Persian poet, mathematician and astronomer. A ruba'i is a two-line stanza with two parts (or hemistichs) per line, hence the word rubaiyat (derived from the Arabic language root for "four"), meaning "quatrains". (Wikipedia) In 1914, the Indian artist Mera K. Sett published his illustrated edition of The Rubaiyat. It was privately printed and published by Galloway and Porter of Cambridge, in a limited edition of 250 copies. On the second page of his Foreword, Sett tells us that some English publishers found the naked figures in his work too shocking and considered that they were likely to offend the sensibilities of "decent-minded English people." Since Sett refused to make them decent by adding strategically placed fig-leaves, publication was eventually financed by his father. (Source: Bob Forrest - check out his Homepage for more information on "The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam")
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