London: Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1845. First Edition. Fine Binding. 8vo (7 1/2 in, 19 cm tall).  xvi 193  pp.
Green morocco with lavishly gilt-decorated spine and sides with red accents; tail gilt-stamped 1845; gilt dentelles. All edges gilt. 11 illuminated pages with Persian motifs: half-title plus opening each of 10 chapters. Text pages with red border designs. "It is richly embellished in the Oriental taste; glittering with golden arabesques, in every fanciful form and changing rainbow-hue," according to Tait's Edinburgh Magazine XII p. 808. Marbled endpapers. Silk placeholder. Provenance: front pastedown with armorial bookplate of Edmund Sydney Williams; front free endpaper with illustrated bookplate of J.J.H. by bookplate artist William Fowler Hopson; rear pastedown with small label of American collector Albert A. Howard as AHA; rear free endpaper with 20th-century penciled ownership. Mildly rubbed along extremities.
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. Well-preserved, luxuriously decorated first edition. Copac. NCBEL III 374. DNB XII. Near fine. Item #857