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Forrest, Bob

Isabel Hawxhurst Hall (1887-1952). Bob Forrest. Manchester : [Bob Forrest], 2019. 16 pages, 12 pages of plates : illustrations (some in colour) ; 30 cm.
Rubaiyat Artists No. 11.

A rare and interesting edition of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam is that which was published by the Alice Harriman Company of New York in 1911. It is #272 in A.G. Potter’s Bibliography of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (1929). Using the text of FitzGerald’s fourth edition, the book was illustrated with eighteen charcoal drawings, plus title page and cover illustration, by Isabel Hawxhurst Hall. Though the style of presentation clearly owes much to the great – and popular – Vedder edition, the drawings show considerable originality, especially when one considers that the artist was a young woman of only 23.

Online available in the Notes and Queries Index