Balkema - Omar. Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.


Balkema - Omar. Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

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Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. [Reprinted from the first edition of Edward FitzGerald's translaion.] Small 8vo, [28]pp. + colophon, Printed by Enschede en Zonen, Haarlem, for A.A. Balkema, Amsterdam, 1945.
Printed in 16-point Cancellaresca Bastarda on Van Gelder paper. Single decorative initial. Marbled paper wrappers, predominantly green and cream, printed label on the front cover. Slight foxing to prelims, extremities a trifle worn and darkened. A very good copy.
A beautiful piece of design and printing by Jan van Krimpen, produced in association with the university bookseller A.A. Balkema. During the war, the pair had been responsible for the underground (yet always lovingly produced) books of the famous Five Pound Press. At an exhibition of books printed in the Netherlands during the occupation; and in the year of liberation, the City of Amsterdam made its first ever Award for Typography to Van Krimpen.

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