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First Artists of the Rubaiyat, A Complete Illustrated Guide

June 28, 2022

Danton O’Day has sent us the following details of his latest book on the artists who first illustrated Edward FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. He writes as follows.

The book is a complete catalog of early artists of Edward FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and it offers a cornucopia of visual delights and discoveries. Hundreds of pictures by over 200 artists: photographs, oil paintings, watercolours, etchings, woodcuts, line drawings, calligraphy provide unique insight into the poetry and add beauty to one of the world’s most popular collections of verse. Many new artists are revealed with dozens of women artists identified. New revelations and discoveries plus new dates established for many artists make this not only a visually impressive book but also a unique and valuable document of this early history.

The following are some points of interest for Rubaiyat enthusiasts.

-Evidence Tearle 1910 was either inspired by or copied Sangorski 1906

-Ambrose Potter was also an artist

-Proper name of “Ad Marcel” revealed

-T.R.R. Ryder is not a true rubaiyat artist

-Gilbert James first pictures colourized by not one but two different artists

-Insights into numerous questionable publication dates

-Detailed information on Rubaiyat calendars

-See how Cade’s classic photo of FitzGerald is mis-credited.

Details of the book and its availablility.

First Artists of the Rubaiyat, A Complete Illustrated Guide by Danton H. O’Day
Softcover, 8”x10”, 213pp, ISBN 979-8-21-032614-0

Available from Amazon

And from Barnes & Noble

Readers may be interested to know that Dan is also Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto in Canada, with a specialism in Cell and Developmental Biology. He recently published a guide to Alzheimer’s, details of which are as follows.

Alzheimer’s Explained, An Illustrated Guide by Danton H. O’Day, PhD

eBook: ISBN 9781005973100 (Available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, AppleBooks);

Print: Softcover ISBN 9788210013699; Hardcover ISBN 9788210013705 (from AbeBooks & other online stores).

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