Very good. The slip case has minor shelf wear. The book itself appears new/ unread, and is in excellent condition inside and out. The pages are clean and crisp. Boards are solid, and spine is square and tight. Excellent condition inside and out. All items guaranteed, and a portion of each sale supports social programs in Los Angeles. Ships from CA.
Behzad, Hossein-50 Color Plates. As New. No Dust Jacket As Issued. Slip Cased. 8 1/2" X 12" 177 Un-numbered pages with color plates and text. Plus Eight Pages for Title, Publishing Information, Two Portraits, and a Three Page Prologue. Glossy pictorial gold boards. This is the March 1976 Fourth Printing of the 1949 Edition edited by H.A.N. Esfandiary. A beautiful, tight, square book of art and text with no defects noted. Slipcase has light edge and corner wear. There are 50 color plates by Iran's celebrated artist Hossein Behzad. Omar Khayyam was one of the greatest philosopher, scientist and mathematician that ever lived back in 12th century. He died in 1122. He was a scholar in law and medicine as well; a think tank of Persia. This book is highly philosophical and contains about 100 of Khayyam's quatrains or four line poems. Here is the first one--Awake! For the Morning in the Bowl of Night, Has flung the Stone that Puts the Stars to Flight, And Lo the Hunter of the East has Caught, The Sultan's Turret in a Noose of Light. Each page has a quatrain in English followed by the Persian texts together with the Arabic translation so that both the Arabic speaking people and Iranians who know Arabic can judge the fluency of the translations. Many if not most of the Khayyam quatrains are followed by a full page color plate by Behzad. Fitzgerald has been credited with introducing Omar Khayyam to the people of the world more than any other Iranian scholar. Scans available.
Rubáiyát of Omar khayyám, in English verse
by Omar Khayyam, Edward Fitzgerald
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