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Joe Isom Illustrates The Rubayyat of Omar Khayyam

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I found a remarkable little book at a local thrift shop last week. Published by Hallmark Cards Inc. in 1967, it's beautifully illustrated throughout by an artist named Joe Isom.

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(Above; the dust jacket image and below, the hardcover artwork)

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"Chester Joe Isom Jr. grew up in Kansas City and started his freelance career at Hallmark among other great artists/friends of the time. He worked as a freelance illustrator for over 35 years. In November of 2000, our dad passed away unexpectedly at the young age of 58." ~ Matthew Isom (Joe Isom's son)

Thanks to Dave Groff for locating the brief biographical information above, originally posted in a comment on this blog.

5 comments

  1. I like the background washes and his incorporation of pattern. Would love to see the original artwork as I suspect the printing quality does not do his work justice.

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  2. that is so beautiful!

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  3. Thank you for sharing this. A few originals exist though we are not able to find them all.
    Joe was my Dad. Incredible artist, wonderful father and irreplaceable friend. He is dearly missed. How timely that this is posted as on May 28th he would be 71.
    He most certainly left a legacy that will remain in and around us always...

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  4. He would be 71, turning 72 today, that is.

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  5. Someone recently gave me a box of old cookbooks and I found this same copy mixed in today. It is beautiful and im glad I found it.

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