The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam:
~1920s-1930s Crowell Company Pogany Edition

The Thomas Y. Crowell Company and Pogany team-up in this small, leather (that’s my guess) bound copy of the Rubaiyat. The lithographs are in black and white, which dulls Pogany’s expressive work. The typeface is ornate, similar to that of this 1900s Harrap edition. The artwork is seemingly the same, despite the lack of color. This is like a ‘lesser’ version of that one. Not as fantastic and put together, but quite gorgeous nonetheless.

The book is not dated, but there is writing from original giver to receiver that is dated 1930. It looks to have been sold by the Paul Elder & Co. Bookseller in San Francisco.

It was printed in Great Britain.

Update 07/2023: Updated the layout, added pictures.

The Book Itself

The Poetry

The Illustrations