London: George G Harrap & Co., 1908. Adelaide Hanscom (later Hanscom Leeson). Reprint of the 1905 edition. Hardcover (26.5 x 19.5cm), (unpaginated) pp. [4, blank], 196, [2, blank]; apricot cloth covered boards; embossed lettering in yellow and black on the spine and front cover; embossed decorations in blue, red, yellow and black on the front cover; richly illustrated by Adelaide Hanscom Leeson with 28 black and white photographic plates; colour dedication page; decorative borders throughout; printed with brown ink.
Head and tail of spine gently pushed; a 10mm vertical section of cloth is very slightly raised along the hinge at the bottom of the front cover; edges lightly scuffed, top edge a touch dust toned; corners gently bruised, top corners abraded, bottom corners lightly worn; cloth covers are mostly clean with just a hint of dust toning; a 2mm insect mark, 2mm pink stain and 1-2mm faint patches of rubbing in the bottom corner of the front cover; lettering mostly bright; decorations very gently rubbed; edges of textblock a touch toned, deckled fore edge; gutters are just a little tender, binding is firmly held together, however the paste downs are starting at joints; endpapers a touch scuffed; three faint 1-2mm spots and one distinct 5mm spot on ffep, 3mm horizontal closed tear along fore edge; inscription on first title page; 15 x 15mm patch of surface abrasions in the gutters of the dedication page and on the verso of the blank facing page, colour ink has caused toning to verso of facing page; 20 x 30mm smudge on verso of plate 12; 3 x 10mm horizontal black smudge on page containing verses XXXV & XXXVI; faint 8mm mark on plate 26; very occasional single flecks on pages; edges of pages are occasionally darkened with age; borders have caused faint toning to verso of blank facing pages; otherwise pages are mostly very clean. Item #1071
'The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam' gained popularity in the second half of the 19th and early 20th century after Edward Fitzgerald (1809-1883) translated a selection of Khayyam's (1048-1131) work from Persian into English, initially published in 1859. This 1908 edition is decorated with fine art photographs by Adelaide Hanscom Leeson (1875-1931) who was one of the first artists to use photography as a mode of illustration in literary works. Hanscom Leeson viewed 'The Rubaiyat' as, "an expression of the struggle of the human soul after the truth, and against the narrowing influence of the dogmatic religions of our time." Her images in this edition are thought to be some of the first in America to depict male nudity photographically.