[London]: Hodder and Stoughton, . Item #04357
One of the Most Glorious Illustrated Books of the Golden age
[BULL, René, illustrator]. [FITZGERALD, Edward, trans.]. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. N.p. [London]: Hodder and Stoughton, n.d. .
First trade edition.
Large quarto (10 15/16 x 8 7/16 inches; 277 x 214 mm). Seventy-eight unpaginated leaves. Ten tipped-in color plates on heavy stock within gilt printed frames with captioned tissue guards. Nineteen mounted color plates as headpieces, decorations and line drawings printed in blue.
Publisher's elaborately gilt pictorial tan cloth boards with blue borders decorated in gilt, spine decoratively lettered in gilt, top edge stained red. Engraved bookplate on front paste-down, neat, early ink inscription on front free endpaper.Spine very slightly darkened, small black stain on lower cover, minimal rubbing to extremities, otherwise a near fine copy.
Among the most glorious of illustrated books produced during the Golden Age of Illustration, complete with all seventy-five quatrains.
Illustrator René Bull (1872-1942) was born in Dublin to a French mother and an English father. He went to Paris to study engineering but veered into an artistic career after meeting and taking drawing lessons from the French satirist and political cartoonist Caran d'Ache (Emmanuel Poiré). Bull returned to Ireland to contribute sketches and political cartoons to various publications. Moving to London in 1892, Bull drew for "Illustrated Brits" and created cartoons 'Pick-Me-Up' from 1893. In 1896 Bull joined Black and White illustrated newspaper as a special artist and photographer. In 1898 he covered the Tirah Campaign in India and went on to Sudan for the campaign culminating in the Battle of Omdurman. He settled in England and drew cartoons for such magazines as 'Bystander', 'Chums', 'London Opinion' 'Lika Joko'. In 'The Sketch" Bull created cartoons of humorous inventions, predating those of Heath Robinson. From 1905 he illustrated books, starting with an edition of Fontaine's 'Fables'. Other major titles he illustrated included The Arabian Nights (1912), Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (1913), The Russian Ballet (1913), Carmen (1915), Andersen's Fairy Tales.