Rubaiyat1Michael Sassen of N1 Books will have for sale at the Bloomsbury Summer Book Fair : (The Rubaiyat of) Omar Khayyam illustrated by Mera K.Sett. Privately printed and published by Galloway and Porter, Cambridge, 1914. Bound in the original cloth with gilt-blocked decoration to the front cover. Dedication page, 4 page foreword, decorative title page, 15 un-numbered leaves of text and illustration, 15 numbered plates with text printed onto the tissue guards. All leaves stub-mounted and printed on one side only. Illustrated in an idiosyncratic style reminiscent of Aubrey Beardsley by the Indian artist Mera Ben Kavas Sett and privately printed in an edition of 250 copies, the original artworks having been rejected by British publishers as being “too shocking”. One of the rarest of the early-20th century illustrated ‘Rubaiyats’, this is a clean, bright copy in good condition. £1000.  Check the Exhibitors List later on in the week for Michael’s stand number.

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