Bergamo: Istituto Italiano D'Arti Grafiche, 1913. Item #02221
A Scarce Italian Edition
[DULAC, Edmund, illustrator]. KHAYYAM, Omar. Le Quartine. Riduzione Ritmica di Diego Angeli dalla Traduzione in Inglese di Edward Fitzgerald. Illustrazioni di Edmondo Dulac. Bergamo: Istituto Italiano D'Arti Grafiche, n.d. [c. 1913].
First reprint of trade edition in Italian of Dulac's Rubaiyat. Quarto (10 7/8 x 8 1/4 in; 277 x 208 mm). Unpaginated. Seventeen color plates tipped-in to cream vellum-like paper, framed with gilt over light green design, with captioned tissue guards.
Publisher's original dark green cloth with elaborate decorative peacock frame in gilt, a variant not noted by Hughey who records only a red binding to this issue. Neat ink ownership note to half-title. A fine copy.
"A reprint edition (#21jj) was exactly like #21ii except that only 17 plates were included and it was issued in a dark red cloth binding."
"In point of excellence of art, popularity, distinction and profit the crowning achievement... was the publication of the Fitzgerald version of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam illustrated by Edmund Dulac. The book was a joy and treasure. Its public acceptance was immediate and great' (George H. Doran, American publisher).