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Folio Society edition of William Morris Rubaiyat Manuscript of 1872

October 28, 2018

The London based Folio Society has recently been publicising another edition of FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.  This is a facsimile of the manuscript edition, designed and calligraphed by William Morris, with figurative decoration designed by Morris and Edward Burne-Jones and painted by Charles Fairfax Murray.  The manuscript, created in 1872, is currently in the British Library in London.  We understand from The Folio Society that their facsimile was first produced in 2015.  There is an earlier facsimile of the Morris manuscript published by Phaidon in 1981 (no 21 in Jos Coumans’ Bibliography).  And the Society has published a number of other editions of the Rubaiyat with different illustrators and formats.

The latest Folio Society copy is 16.5 x 12 cm, roughly the same size as the original manuscript.  It is finely bound in red cloth decorated in gold, with a slip cover.  Images of the cover and some examples of the pages are shown below.  The book is available from The full cost is £29.95, but new customers before Christmas 2018 can get a £10.00 discount on their purchase plus a free Folio Society 2019 diary (quote voucher code KF262 with your order).  For anyone interested, this could make a good Christmas present this year!


3 Comments leave one →
  1. David Bullivant permalink
    October 28, 2018 10:17 am

    I’ve just had one of these delivered, unfortunately without the discount! It’s a beautiful little book, though. I have noticed that the (same) pattern on the cover of the Phaidon Press version is the other way up, by the way.

  2. Roger permalink
    October 29, 2018 11:55 am

    The Phaidon Press facsimile is not the first to reproduce Morris’s manuscript. A. G. Potter “published” a black-and-white edition of 7 copies in 1933. The copy I have was bound in full brown leather by McLeish.

  3. October 29, 2018 2:13 pm

    How interesting, Roger. That is news to us. We wonder whether any other reader has a copy of this ‘Potter edition’? We’d like to see it one day. Do you or anyone else know more about how/why Potter came to do the Morris facsimile?

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