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New booklets on Rubaiyat Artists from Bob Forrest

November 4, 2017

In earlier posts, we have drawn attention of some of Bob Forrest’s research on particular artists who have illustrated the Rubaiyat and the editions of their work. One example is the very early artist Gilbert James – see https://omarkhayyamrubaiyat.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/gilbert-james-1865-1941-new-research-provides-important-insights-into-the-life-and-work-of-a-major-illustrator/. Bob has already published this material, with much else of interest on his own website http://www.bobforrestweb.co.uk/The_Rubaiyat/index_of_the_rubaiyat_archive.htm .

Now Bob has produced some of this valuable material in the form of a series of booklets on Rubaiyat Artists.  These have only been distributed privately, but copies have been given to the main legal deposit libraries and some other libraries in the UK and can be consulted through them.  The booklets currently available are as follows.

No.1  Gilbert James (1865-1941) plus an Addendum on additional material

No.2  Cecil G Trew (1897-1958)

No.3  Helen M Sinclair (1892-1986)

No.4  Charles Conder (1868-1909)

No.5  John Buckland Wright (1897-1954) including an account of the Rubaiyat of Anthony Reid

plus an Addendum on The extra-illustrated copy of the Golden Cockerel Rubaiyat.

The booklets are very well produced, with many illustrations in colour as well as black and white.  They can be accessed via the following UK libraries.

  • the British Library,
  • the National Library of Scotland,
  • the National Library of Wales,
  • the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford,
  • the University Library, Cambridge,
  • the Library of Trinity College, Dublin,
  • the Library of the Courtauld Institute, London,
  • the National Art Library, London,
  • the Library of the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

If you can’t get to see this material at one of these libraries, the content is still available on Bob Forrest’s website – see the link above.

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