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[HAGGADAH]. SZYK, Arthur (illustrator); ROTH, Cecil (editor).

The Haggadah.

Stock Code
100238
London, Beaconsfield Press, 1939
£35,000

'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 by social and political comment, 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 Führer's caricatures as early as 1933; probably, the first work of the artist directed against the leader of the Third Reich was a drawing of Hitler, made in pencil, in which he was shown as a new pharaoh. These drawings anticipated

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Description

Number 75 of 125 copies signed by Szyk and Roth; large 4to., (28.8 x 25 cm), text in Hebrew and English, printed on vellum on one side only, in variously coloured inks; 14 full-page and numerous smaller colour halftone reproductions of Szyk's drawings including decorative initials, vignettes and border decorations; original blue levant crushed morocco gilt by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, covers elaborately tooled with image of a Hebrew prophet after Szyk, spine gilt in seven compartments, turn-ins gilt, silk doublures printed with a monochromatic illustration of Moses supporting the Ten Commandments; original three-quarter morocco solander box, slightly faded and with some minor wear to case).

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