Boston: Houghton Mifflin & Co, 1886. Elihu Vedder. Early printing with illustrations by Vedder. Hardcover. Quarto [32 cm] Light gray cloth over boards with elaborate decorative stamping on the backstrip and front board. Top edge gilt. Beveled edges. The cloth at the edges of the spine and boards is a bit frayed. The front free endpaper is detached, but present. Good +. Item #62264
Omar Khayyam's spiritual and poetic classic.
Illustrated by Elihu Vedder.
American symbolist artist Elihu Vedder (1836-1923) was born in New York City. He spent a vast portion of his life in Rome, and went on to become one of the most imaginative American expatriate painters of the second half of the nineteenth century. His reputation is founded primarily on paintings derived from dreams and fantasies which often evoke a sense of melancholy. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, which so supremely demonstrates his imaginative style, is his most famous work.