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Artists of the Rubaiyat 1914-1929 – a request for information

October 30, 2017

We have received a request for information from Danton O’Day who is now working on the artists who illustrated FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat between 1914 and 1929.  If you can help him, please either comment below or send information to him at the e-mail address included below.

I’m trying to compile a catalog of artists of FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat from 1914-1930 as a follow-up to my books on the Golden Age of Rubaiyat Art. This book will focus on those artists who contributed to books published for the public. I’ve tried to find sources (e.g., University Libraries, WorldCat, Google search, eBay, Abe, etc., etc.) but have had no luck finding any for the works listed below. If anyone can offer to send me hi res jpgs or direct me to a source for any of the books, I would be very appreciative. Any info on the Private Printings would also be of interest. My goal is to continue the cataloging of the first artists of the Rubaiyat with the hope that others will add new information so that the era from 1884 to 1929 can be completely and accurately documented. With that in mind, please correct any errors in the information below and let me know.

Thank you, Danton O’Day (

Illustrators of Books Published for the Public, Looking for source for pictures

Year           Artist                               Pics     Type     Version        Publisher                          Potter #   

1922    Margrit Galambos2                 4          C               1st               Budapest, (Ltd ed)                        ?
[192x] Pichlah & Wazzeb lranih3  20         C               2nd              Oriental Agency search??            ?
[192x] Doughty2                                    6          C               1st                Mitre Press                                    No

PRIVATE PRINTINGS?? Need verification these were private and, if not, a source for pictures
1919    G.A. Pownall                              13         C               2nd              Pownall                                           No
1923    Racim Mahamad2                 Many?  C               4th               Private                                             176
1925    William Mortensen3              12        Photos ?                       Wescosco Studio                            ?

Decorators of Books Published for the Public, Looking for source for pictures

Year           Name                  Décoration/Type     Version              Publisher                      Potter #   

1914     F.E. Hiley                       endpapers                       1st                    Gay & Bird (N. Ault Ill.)         108
[1928] G.P. Micklewright     Frontis/B&W                  2nd                  Staple Inn                                 136

Private Printing?
1916    Leonard Jay   Decorated first page of quatrains, other?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 30, 2017 11:32 am

    We can provide information on some of the copies and artists that you mention, specifically on Galambos, Doughty, Pownall, Mahamad and Micklewright. We’ll send this to you directly. Mahamad’s illustrations are contained in the Life’s Echoes compilation by ‘Tis True. This has been the subject of several posts on this blog – use the search facility to find them – and several of our regular contributors have copies and may be able to help you. Good luck with this interesting work.

  2. October 30, 2017 1:42 pm

    In addition to this I can send some info and images about Pichlah, Hiley and Jay, but I hope you can wait until next week. Good luck.

  3. Maxine Gregory permalink
    July 10, 2020 7:27 am

    Have a pocket RoOK published by K C Acherya, Oriental Agency, 2B Shama Charan De Street, Calcutta. One of the Agency’s Rupee Series. Ten illustrations by Wazzeb and Pichlah Iranih. No publication date; printed by Gaya Art Press.

    • July 10, 2020 2:56 pm

      Hi Maxine, thank you for your reply. I’ve acquired my own copy of the Iranih’s book since I requested this information. take care, Danton O’Day

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