London: Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1845. First edition. Hardcover. Fine binding by Riviere and Son, of translations from the work of sixteen classical Persian poets, which includes the first English language appearance of Omar Khayyam's quatrains, predating Fitzgerald's Rubaiyat by 14 years.
Costello (1799-1870) was an accomplished Anglo-Irish artist and prolific poet and author. "A collection of selections from Persian literature. The compiler was a miniature painter and one of the most voluminous and popular writers of her day. She was one of the first to call attention to the occupation of copying illuminated manuscripts and worked at this business both in Paris and London"--New York Public Library. Spencer Collection of illustrated books." (from OCLC: 5320330).
Fine binding by Riviere and Son. Full red morocco with gilt raised bands, gilt decorated compartments, boards with gilt rules, inner dentelles with gilt and floral rules. Orig. cream laid end papers.
8vo (12.5 x 18.8 cm).  xvi, 193pp,  pp. 11 illuminated pages with exquisite Persian motifs, text pages with varied and intricate red border designs. A smattering of light scattered foxing. Rubbed through on the corners; spine chip at top & bottom which is retouched, back board reattached. The binding a little delicate but a delight overall. Very good overall. Item #26495