first edition Boards
1915 · Newark
by Omar Khayyam; Edward Fitzgerald, translator.
Newark : Printed for the Carteret Book Club by the Carteret Press , 1915. First Edition. Boards. Very good. 8 + 26pp., 22cm (8-1/2 x 5-1/2)in blue paper boards, linen back with title in gilt, in a marbled paper slipcase. One of two hundred unnumbered copies, the first book printed by the Carteret Club of New Jersey, with the assistance of William A. Baker. A reprint of Fitzgerald's Fourth translation, decoration of the title page: an engraving on wood in two colors by Rudolf Ruzicka. Potter 275
Ruzicka (schooled at Hull House) was a Czech/Bohemia born American wood engraver, etcher, illustrator, typeface designer, and book designer. Ruzicka designed typefaces and wood engraving illustrations for Daniel Berkeley Updike's Merrymount Press , and was a designer for, and consultant to, the Mergenthaler Linotype Company for fifty years. (Inventory #: 2246)