The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Edward Fitzgerald Translation, George G. Harrap & Co. (1930)

Edward FitzGerald‘s nineteenth century translations (or what he called his “transmogrification”) of poems known as The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, originally written in Persian by the poet and mathematician Omar Khayyám (1048–1131), have become enormously influential in the Western Canon as a classic work of English Literature. Fitzgerald’s Rubaiyat has lent itself to scores of fine press editions, as artists and illustrators such as Edmund Dulac, … Continue reading The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Edward Fitzgerald Translation, George G. Harrap & Co. (1930)

The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939/1940)

William Shakespeare. The mere name puts students around the world into a state of fear and grief, sends conspiracy theorists into excited revelry and draws nervous shame from the masses who have never experienced Shakespeare. Yet, for lovers of literature, especially those who have read and re-read Shakespeare after reaching a mature age, hearing his name excites one’s soul while stimulating intellect, recalling scene after … Continue reading The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939/1940)