New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1930. Item #02958
First Revised American Trade Edition in the Original Box
[POGANY, Willy, illustrator]. FITZGERALD, Edward. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. The First and Fourth Renderings in English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald. With illustrations by Willy Pogany. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, .
First Revised American trade edition. Quarto (9 13/16 x 7 5/8 inches; 244 x 193 mm). 171,  pp. Twelve tipped-in color plates, including frontispiece. Text leaves additionally decorated with an additional 46 mounted black and gold illustrations and head and tailpieces in black and white.
Publishers orange silk cloth, front cover lettered in gilt with black and gold illustration, spine decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut. Original decorative tan paper dust jacket printed in orange. Original tan cardboard box decoratively printed in dark brown. Ink signature on front pastedown. A very fine copy.
With the original Thomas Y. Crowell eight-page leaflet describing the work of Willy Pogany loosely inserted.
"Had Omar Khayyam, the old tentmaker, visioned the beauty of his verses centuries later in Western dress, as embroidered by a Hungarian artist, he might have had a new conception of the meaning of immortality. For Pogany, the Hungarian, had made Omar, the Persian, live again." (Willy Pogany and his Work. eight-page leaflet).
Willy Pogany had previously illustrated the Rubaiyat in 1909, but these later illustrations are quite a different interpretation, more westernized and modernized than the earlier ones.
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).