New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., 1910. Item #02957
First American Trade Edition
[POGANY, Willy, illustrator]. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. Presented by Willy Pogany. New York: Thomas Y Crowell & Co. .
First American trade edition. Quarto (10 7/8 x 7 1/2 in; 277 x 190 mm). 128 unnumbered pp. Twenty-four tipped-in color plates, including frontispiece, all mounted onto heavy stock card.
Publisher's tan buckram over pictorial paper boards, spine decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut, pictorial endpapers. A few of the tipped-in color plates have a light crease on the lower corner and a couple of the heavy card mounts have been neatly repaired with archival tape. Otherwise this is a very fine copy in the original brown paper dust jacket decoratively printed in dark brown. Housed in a cloth slipcase.
The card mounts in this edition are notoriously fragile.
Willy Pogány, born in Szeged, Hungary, in 1882, studied at Budapest Technical University and in Munich and Paris. His reputation as a muralist, painter and illustrator was well established in Paris, London and Munich before arriving in the United States in 1915, at the age of thirty-three. Skilled in an unusually wide range of media, he had won gold medals at exhibitions in Budapest, Leipzig, and at the Panama Pacific International Exhibition.
"Among Pogány's many murals are those for the Heckscher Children's Theatre in New York City and the Niagara Falls Power Station. As a painter he did portraits of famous people in all walks of life. An expert on scenery design and lighting effects, Pogány also designed sets for ballets and operas, including "Le Coq d'Or," and for many films, such as Modern Times for Charlie Chaplin as well as animated cartoons based on his children's books.
"Among his other artistic endeavors Pogány was an accomplished book illustrator. It was this phase of his career, especially as an illustrator of children's books, which gives this collection special relevance for Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Oregon Libraries. Pogány designed and illustrated more than 150 books. His illustrations include those for the Rubaiyat and the Sonnets from the Portuguese, The Song Celestial, The Adventures of Odysseus, Gulliver's Travels, and many others, both classic and original.
"Working tirelessly right up until the end, Willy Pogány died in 1955" (University of Oregon, Guide to the Willy A. Pogány Papers 1910-1967).