“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life”: Fine Bayntun Binding of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
Khayyam, Omar; Fitzgerald, Edward.$975.00
Item Number: 39079
San Francisco: Paul Elder and Company, 1909.
Octavo, bound by Bayntun in full red morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt frontispiece to the front panel, marbled endpapers. Illustrated by Gilbert James. Edited by Arthur Guiterman. Eight full page tipped-in steel engravings by Gilbert James. In fine 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.