London and Edinburgh: T.N. Foulis, . First Thus. Fine Binding. Costello (1799-1870) was an accomplished Anglo-Irish artist and prolific, critically acclaimed and professional poet and author. These works by Persian poets include the first English-language appearance of Omar Khayyam's quatrains, preceding Fitzgerald's Rubaiyat by 14 years.
First Foulis edition. 12mo. 7 3/4 in (19.5 cm) tall; [xiv] 189  adverts pp. Rebacked blue morocco spine with four raised bands; rich gilt decorations to spine and to paper-covered boards. Top edge gilt; other edges untrimmed. 12 title and section illuminated pages and 4 tipped-in color plates from paintings by Frederick Gardner with captions; all with tissue guards. Decorated headpieces and tailpieces. Marbled endpapers. Printed on Japanese vellum. About 30 pages unopened. Introduction and chapter about Persian ornament followed by descriptive passages and translations of "all the most important Persian poets by various translators." Clear protective cover. Corners slightly bruised, verso of front free endpaper with small owner label, first blank with blind owner stamp. Well-preserved and luxuriously decorated. DNB XII. Elfick and Harris 73. Near fine with no dust jacket. Item #831