BINDING - OMAR KHAYYAM Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald. With Illustrations by Edmund Dulac, NUMBER 285 OF 750 COPIES SIGNED BY THE ARTIST, SPECIALLY BOUND BY STANLEY BRAY, Hodder & Stoughton, [1909]
Lot 191
BINDING - OMAR KHAYYAM
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald. With Illustrations by Edmund Dulac, NUMBER 285 OF 750 COPIES SIGNED BY THE ARTIST, SPECIALLY BOUND BY STANLEY BRAY, Hodder & Stoughton, [1909]
Sold for £16,250 (US$ 21,832) inc. premium

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BINDING - OMAR KHAYYAM
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald. With Illustrations by Edmund Dulac, NUMBER 285 OF 750 COPIES SIGNED BY THE ARTIST, SPECIALLY BOUND BY STANLEY BRAY, 20 tipped-in colour plates with captioned tissue guards, full green crushed morocco gilt, sides with outer line and roll-tool borders, floral corner-pieces with white and red onlays, upper cover with elaborately tooled peacock at center, its tail set with 30 amethyst stones (of 31), and 6 smaller stones, green morocco doublures with inlaid floral (front) and desert sunset (rear) designs, inner gilt dentelles (signed Sangorski & Sutcliffe at rear), watered silk endpapers, g.e., preserved in dark red morocco-backed solander box,, gilt lettered spine in 6 compartments with raised bands, 4to, (296 x 235mm.), Hodder & Stoughton, [1909]

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  • A FOURTH 'GREAT OMAR', SPECIALLY BOUND BY STANLEY BRAY.

    The Great Omar was of course the legendary Sangorski & Sutcliffe binding that went down with the Titanic. Stanley Bray spent 60 years with the firm, under the tutelage of his uncle George Sutcliffe. After discovering the original drawings for the binding in 1932, Bray set about recreating the original, but sadly this too was destroyed, during the Blitz. Following his retirement from the firm in 1978, Stanley Bray dedicated himself to the creation of a 'third Great Omar'. This was also modelled on the original, and used some of the jewels which survived the bombs. Completed in 1989, it is now on permanent loan to the British Library. The present binding was created by Bray at his home with his own tools, and has remained in the family until now.
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