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Lot 36: Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam from a Manuscript by Sangorski and Sutcliffe (1910)

Books, Manuscripts, Photographs and Maps

by Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers

August 28, 2016

Adelaide, Australia

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Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Translated into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald. With an Introduction by A.C. Benson.... Reproduced from a Manuscript written and illuminated by F. Sangorski and G. Sutcliffe.

London, Siegle, Hill and Co., [1910]. Folio (343 x 262 mm), [92] pages of facsimile manuscript calligraphy plus 12 full-page colour plates of pages of illuminated manuscript. Heavily gilt-pictorial full vellum (featuring a large and elaborately-figured peacock), with a gilt-lettered leather title-label on the spine; top edge gilt, others uncut; vellum a little marked; front board a little bowed; front flyleaf lightly creased; overall a very good copy (internally fine).

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Number 115 of 550 copies signed by both Francis Sangorski and George Sutcliffe. The pair are better known as the founders of the eponymous firm of bookbinders established in London in 1901, considered to be one of the most important bookbinding companies of the 20th century. Francis Sangorski (1875-1912) died prematurely in a drowning accident. This copy is inscribed on the initial blank 'C.H. & L.E. Angas from Bob & Beryl'; the Angas family armorial bookplate is mounted below the inscription. The book was a gift to Charles Howard Angas (1861-1928; a grandson of George Fife Angas) and his wife, from their daughter and son-in-law, Major Hon. Robert Nathaniel Dudley Ryder (1882-1917). Ryder, a Boer War veteran, was killed in action on 30 November 1917 at Villers-Faucon, near Peronne on the Western Front.

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