“BEYOND THE EARTH, BEYOND THE FARTHEST SKIES, I TRY TO FIND HEAVEN AND HELL. THEN I HEAR A SOLEMN VOICE THAT SAYS: "HEAVEN AND HELL ARE INSIDE”: Sangorski and Sutcliffe's Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam; ; In the Original Elaborate Binding
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
Fitzgerald, Edward; Illustrated by F. Sangorski and G. Sutcliffe.$750.00
Item Number: 102363
London: Siegle, Hill & Company, 1911.
First edition of this work reproduced in color from the manuscript written and illuminated by Francis Sangorski & George Sutcliffe. Folio, original tan cloth with the front panel elaborately stamped in gilt in a peacock motif, gilt titles and a floral motif to the spine, illustrated endpapers, top edge gilt. Translated by Edward Fitzgerald. Introduction by A.C. Benson. In very good condition.
The Rubáiyát is one of the most popular poems of all time. A collection of quatrains composed in the eleventh century by Persian poet and philosopher Omar Khayyám, it was first published in English-language translation by Edward Fitzgerald in 1859. Since then, its melancholy tone and enigmatic philosophy of mourning the painful brevity of life while celebrating what pleasures we may find have made it an inspiration to countless people.