SZYK, Arthur (illus.); ROTH, Cecil (ed.)

The Haggadah.

Stock Code
96316
The Haggadah.

London, Beaconsfield Press, 1939.
£37,500
Superb example of the deluxe edition, limited to 125 copies and signed by both Szyk and Roth.

'The book is a masterpiece, one that should increase the happiness of every one of its possessors, who will find new interest and new delight every time he opens its pages' The Jewish Chronicle .

Arthur Szyk, a Polish Jew, produced works characterised in their material content by social and political commitment, and in their formal aspect by the rejection of modernism and drawing on the traditions of medieval and renaissance painting, especially illuminated manuscripts from those periods. Unlike most caricaturists, Szyk always showed great attention to the colour effects and details in his works.

Szyk's drawings and paintings became even more politically engaged when Hitler took power in Germany in 1933. Szyk started drawing F hrer's caricatures as early as 1933 probably, the first work of the artist directed against the leader of the Third
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Description

One of 125 copies signed by Szyk and Roth (number 22), large 4to., (28.8 x 25 cm), text in Hebrew and English, printed on vellum on one side only, in variously coloured inks, 114 printed pages with 48 in full colour; 14 full-page and numerous smaller colour half-tone reproductions of Szyk's drawings including decorative initials, vignettes and border decorations. Original Blue Levant morocco, sewn on laced-in-cords, by Sangorski and Sutcliffe; covers tooled with image of a Hebrew prophet after Szyk, spine gilt in compartments, gilt lettered in two, turn-ins gilt, silk doublures printed with a monochromatic illustration of Moses supporting the Ten Commandments; original solander box recovered but retaining spine, front panel and velvet linings. This copy additionally inscribed by Szyk to friends Minnie and William Salzman "whom I love so much" from New Canaan, [Ct.], 1950.

Bibliography

C. Roth, 'A Bibliographical Note on Szyk Haggadah' in Studies in Bibliography and Booklore, Vol. 9, No. 1, 1969, p. 50 ("Avignonese").   Stock ID: 96316

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