Lot 182 of 446:
With sepia collotypes by Adelaide Hanscom  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$480
Estimate:
$200 - $300

Title:
The Rubaiyát of Omar Kháyyám - three copies

Author:
Omar Khayyám

Place:
New York

Publisher:
Dodge Publishing Company

Date:
1905

Description:

3 volumes together. Translated by Edward Fitzgerald. With 28 tipped-in sepia-toned  collotype plates from photographs by Adelaide Hanscom. (Small 4to) three variant bindings. First Hanscom Editions.

The book is notable for its Arts-and-Crafts design, the subjects (nudes, Joaquin Miller, George Sterling, George W. James et al.), and the fact that the photographer was a woman. Hanscom heavily manipulated her glass plates to affect a painterly, pictorialist style. Her images are allegorical tableaux, featuring figures in ancient costume, enacting parts of Kháyyám's verse. In 1906, the San Francisco earthquake and fire destroyed Hanscom's entire studio, including her Rubaiyat negatives. A decade later she provided similarly dreamy illustrations for an edition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnets from the Portuguese.


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Condition:
Varying states of wear; generally very good, photographs near fine or better.


 
Item number:
312782
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