The Petrarch Press is pleased to announce our latest fine-press book: Edward FitzGerald’s Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. Our text, that of the 1859 First Edition, is supplemented with six additional quatrains FitzGerald added to his later editions.
AWAKE! for Morning in the Bowl of Night
Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight:
The presswork on our Albion handpress, printing in two colors on both handmade paper and parchment, is complete. The handset Kennerley Old Style type, including accents and ornaments, was cast specially for this publication in our own type foundry.
Facing the gold-ornamented title page is a unique frontispiece portrait of Edward FitzGerald. This image – after the original watercolor in the National Portrait Gallery in London – was reproduced for us in Collotype by Benrido Atelier in Kyoto, Japan.
Endsheets for the parchment copies are hand-marbled paper, while handmade-paper copies have a printed abstract peacock feather pattern. The pages are bound in quarter-vellum and linen, with handmade-paper copies in a slipcase and parchment copies in their own clamshell box.
As with our previous fine-press books, our Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám is issued in a limited edition: 80 copies printed on handmade paper, and 15 copies printed on sheepskin parchment.
Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
The Petrarch Press, 2022
5½ x 6½ inches; pages x, 31, .
80 numbered copies (16-85) on handmade Twinrocker paper; printed endpapers; bound in quarter-vellum with linen boards & slipcase.
15 numbered copies (I-XV) on sheepskin parchment; marbled endpapers; bound in quarter-vellum with linen boards with clamshell box.
The Petrarch Press
PO Box 488
9690 Stackhouse Lane
Oregon House, CA 95962
+1 (530) 692-9531
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