BUCKLAND WRIGHT, John. DE BEZIGE BIJ (BUSY BEE PRESS). ~ Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. [Kwatrijnen van Omar Khayyam].
11 collotype copper engravings by John Buckland Wright. No. 206 of 500 copies. Printed by the Dutch Resistance Movement for private distribution. Printed in red and black with stars in blue on Dutch rag paper in Egmont type. Tall thin 8vo., original grey/blue wrappers with lettering and the stars of the Cassiopeia in red on the upper cover. Mild darkening to the edges, otherwise very good.
The 42 quatrains of the Rubaiyat printed here are a Dutch translation made by the poet ‘Ponticus’ (H.W.J.M. Keuls) from Fitzgerald’s English version. It is one of the extraordinary war-time productions of the Dutch Resistance and reproduces 11 engravings from the Golden Cockerel Press special.