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Fine edition of Rubaiyat decorated by Joyce Francis

September 12, 2018

We recently acquired a copy of FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam published by Ebenezer Baylis and Son at the Trinity Press, Worcester in 1934.  This is a fine limited edition of 100 copies, with decorations by an artist called Joyce Francis.  Some images from the book are shown below.  There are a total of six small black and white engravings as decoration, all similar in form to the three shown.

The book is listed as number 76 in Jos Coumans Bibliography, and we know that there are copies in two major libraries.  But otherwise we know nothing about the book, its publisher or the artist.  We wonder whether any readers of this blog have more information.  If so, we should be glad to know – please add your comments below.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Charles Mugleston permalink
    September 12, 2018 3:44 pm

    No further information, but simply to pass comment that the illustrations are very beautiful – simple and direct… most effective in their symbolic profundity : ‘Alpha – Omega’
    Thank you both as ever – for sharing.

    P.s The ‘Introduction’ to An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols’ by J.C.Cooper Pub by Thames and Hudson 1984 is a masterpiece of Spiritual understanding about Symbology of which the Chalice of The Ruba’iya’t overflows in abundance…

  2. Fred Diba permalink
    September 12, 2018 4:17 pm

    My collection holds no.17/100 of this item.

  3. September 12, 2018 6:50 pm

    This is about the fascinating information in your previous bog about Bob Forest’s research on Gilbert James. I would be very greatful if you could tell me how to contact him as I have information that he would be interested in including details about to original watercolours.
    With thanks,

    • September 13, 2018 12:42 pm

      Thanks, Nick, for your suggestion. We have forwarded your comment and request to Bob Forrest.


  1. More information on Rubaiyat artist Joyce Francis | Omar Khayyam Rubaiyat

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