The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam:
1950s Peter Pauper Press Vera Bock Edition

A small, ornate copy by the Peter Pauper Press. It has a beautiful cover with an elegant interior. The artwork was done by Vera Bock. I’ve marked it as approx. 1950s as there’s an inscription that looks to be dated 1957 (I have trouble with cursive) and the McPharlin Peter Pauper Press edition was ball-parked the same.

This edition was donated by Bill Cloutier. Thank you!

The Book Itself

The cover artwork wraps around the entire book. The interior has beautiful containing decorations that add color and intrigue to each page. It is tiny but robust.

The Poetry

Baskerville font! It looks great. I wish they had like ‘X Quatrain’ markers, but it works. Looks good and reads well.

The Illustrations

Striking sketches from Vera Bock. Some of them are quite abstract and odd. I appreciate the strange minimalism of them, but not necessarily in love with them.