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“The Golden Age of Rubáiyát Art, 1884-1913”: A Complete Catalog

March 20, 2017

Danton O’Day has sent us details of his major new contribution to the study of Rubaiyat illustration.  He writes as follows.

For the past three years, I have been compiling a book on the artwork done for books of Edward FitzGerald’s Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám published from 1884-1913. This was an intense period that not only included artists who illustrated the quatrains with two or more pictures but also those who decorated or embellished the books. This era, that began with the illustrations and decorations of Elihu Vedder in 1884 and ended with the artwork of René Bull and Edmund J. Sullivan in 1913, was arguably without equivalent in the history of the Rubáiyát. It is cataloged in three volumes in “The Golden Age of Rubáiyát Art, 1884-1913”.

My friend Ronald Falcioni, an artist and retired art instructor, suggested the name because of the numerous talents who illustrated the Rubáiyát during this first thirty years of artistry. The well illustrated series is divided into three volumes: I. The Illustrators (artists who did two or more pictures to illustrate the verses); II. Popular Themes, verses and popular topics that were most frequently illustrated; and, III. The Decorators, artists who decorated or otherwise embellished the books.

In addition to the majority of pictures that have not been seen since they were originally published over 100 years ago, a multitude of new facts and details are presented. Charts and tables provide additional information and timelines for the artistry. In addition, a new illustrator and a new page decorator, which were introduced in earlier blogs to this site, are detailed.

One goal of completely cataloging this artistic era in the history of FitzGerald’s Rubáiyát was to stimulate new interest in detailing the complete artistic history of the amazing collection of Fitz’s and Omar’s four-line verses. Another was to provide in one place detailed examples of each of the artists who contributed to “The Golden Age of Rubáiyát Art”.

The book is published as a hardcover with photo-quality paper and a printed cover. For more information, please follow the URLs listed below or contact me (

Available in an 8 x 10” hardcover photo-quality editions with printed cover:

I.    The Illustrators.

II.   Popular Themes.

III. The Decorators.

Volume                          ISBN                            # Pages            Hardcover

I. The Illustrators            9781366232786                168                   US$84.99

II. Popular Themes         9781366232717                  68                    US$59.99

III. The Decorators         9781366232656                  90                   US$64.99

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 11, 2017 8:34 am

    Danton O’Day tells us that, for a short period only, the distributors of his books are offering a 25% discount on all their publications. You need to follow the links to Blurb shown above, and enter the discount code SHINEON25 (All capitals). The offer lasts only until this Thursday 13th April, so act now if you are interested.


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