The Story of the Great Omar bound by Francis Longinus Sangorski and Its Romantic Loss - John Harrison Stonehouse 1933 - Piccadilly Fountain Press, London - First Edition, number 35 of 100. Signed by the author. Written and signed by John Harrison Stonehouse, managing director of Sotheran’s, the man who commissioned Francis Sangorski to produce the £500 bejewelled Rubáiyát, stating - ‘Do it, and do it well; there is no limit, put what you like into the binding, charge what you like for it; the greater the price the more I shall be pleased; provided only that it is understood that what you do, and what you charge for, will be justified by the result; and the book, when finished, is to be the greatest modern binding in the world; these are my only instructions.”

Stonehouse arranged to present the finished binding in New York, but on learning that U. S. customs were going to charge duty, Mr. Sotheran lost patience in the endeavour and instructed that it be sent to Sotheby’s for auction, with an estimate of £1,000. The Great Omar was sold to a Mr. Gabriel Wells for just £405, who in turn passed it to a friend journeying to New York on the Titanic.

The rare first edition of this beautifully produced account, in original green dust jacket. With fifteen black and white illustrations. Printed by the University Press, Oxford, and sold by Henry Sotheran, one of only 75 that were for sale. In 2001 a larger limited printing of 750 was published by Shepherds, Sangorski & Sutcliffe and Zaehnsdorf.
  Small folio (32 x 26.3 cm) pp. [10] 28 [10] illustrated plates included in numeration. In publisher's green cloth lettered in gilt to front panel, bevelled edges, top edge gilt. Green heavy paper dust jacket titled to front panel, with publisher’s logo.   Condition: Fine, very faint foxing to endpapers, in near fine jacket showing some wrinkling to front panel.   Ref: 107009   Price: HK$ 11,000