RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM.

(London: Susan Allix, 1973). 275 x 200 mm. (10 3/4 x 7 3/4"). [23] French-fold leaves.Translated by Edward FitzGerald. No. 30 OF 75 COPIES SIGNED BY SUSAN ALLIX.

Original rose-colored morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe with gilt decorations and titling, untrimmed edges. In a (nicely felt-lined but somewhat tired) cloth box. WITH 27 EMBOSSED ETCHINGS BY SUSAN ALLIX, each with tissue guard and signed by Allix. ◆Spine and small adjacent areas on covers just slightly sunned, otherwise in mint condition.

This is a beautifully packaged, strictly limited modern take on FitzGerald's immortal work from book artist Susan Allix, who is responsible for the printing and illustrations here, with typography by Lewis Rouse Jones. According to the artist's website, "This book uses embossed prints to present a tactile set of pages that use geometrically inspired shapes to interpret the poetry." Born in 1943 and educated at the Royal College of Art, Allix began her career as a printmaker before creating her first hand-crafted book in 1973. Mark Dimunation, then Chief of the Rare Book Division at the Library of Congress, wrote in the journal "Parenthesis" in 2007 that "those familiar with the work of Susan Allix know that her books launch you on a visual journey. Each book is a voyage propelled by color, texture, image, impression, and material. . . . Because she insists on creating the entire book--from letterpress to illustration to binding--her work has a certain recognizable aesthetic; a malleable signature that responds to the particular character of a piece, but is still unquestionably hers. Allix conceives each book visually. . . . The real narrative of her books is the flow of color and image as they move throughout the piece." Her works are held in the collections of The British Library, National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and many other public and private libraries.
(ST17640-128)

Price: $4,000.00