10--With me along some Strip of Herbage strown / That just divides the desert from the sown, / Where name of Slave and Sultan scarce is known, / And pity Sultan Mahmud on his Throne. 11: Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough, / A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse—-and Thou / Beside me singing in the Wilderness— / And Wilderness is Paradise enow. --Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Trans. E. Fitzgerald, Illust. E. Dulac
Edmund Dulac (1882-1953) was one of the great figures from the Golden Age of Illustration. Born in Toulouse, France, Dulac was artistically inclined from adolescence. He switched from law to art and moved to London where he was in tremendous demand from publishers. Dulac's most famous works of art include beautiful illustrations for books like the Arabian Nights, Sleeping Beauty, Stories from Hans Christian Andersen and the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.