This edition published 1970 and this copy is fourth printing 1976. --English verse by Edward FitzGerald, French version by E'tessam-Zadeh, plus original Persian. 50 plates in color with extensive gilt-style decorations, by Iran's celebrated artist Hossein Behzad Miniatur. --Hardcover, printed on heavy glossy paper, 8.5x12 inches, with slipcase. Condition: near fine, with very good slipcase. Nice attractive book.
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.
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