Among The Most Beautiful Of Books That The Hand Of Man Has Produced
|Publisher||MASSADAH AND ALUMOYH|
Massadah and Alumoyh, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, 1962. FIRST EDITION, thus. Excellent condition, clean and tight throughout, plush navy blue velvet binding with brilliant gilt illustration to front and rear covers. Housed in original thick clamshell box, black spine with gilt decorations and titles and blue mottled covers. A beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully designed Passover Haggadah, with the illustrations of iconic artist Arthur Szyk. Double-paged unnumbered vellum leaves – forty eight (48) pages with the Hebrew text and forty four (44) pages with the English translation and commentary. Each of the Hebrew pages is magnificently illustrated in full color by Szyk, in addition to numerous full-page color illustrations. The pages in English are decorated with small, intricate, sepia-toned emblems, but the emphasis is on the illuminated Hebrew pages. The brilliant colors and striking combinations are jewel-like in affect. Printed in Israel. When first released as a limited edition of only 250 in 1940, one of the first copies being presented to King George VI, to whom it is dedicated. The London Times Literary Supplement called this work "worthy to be placed among the most beautiful of books that the hand of man has produced." Adolph Hitler put a price tag on Arthur Szyk's head. The American press called Szyk a "one-man army against fascism." Also includes a very scarce 1950 Israel First Day Cover with two Szyk designed stamps - hand signed by the legendary Arthur Szyk and laid in to the Haggadah. A spectacular addition to any collection or to present as a most special gift - destined to become an heirloom. 112 pages.--------------------------------------------------Arthur Szyk (1894-1951) brilliantly wielded paintbrush and palette in the great battles for freedom in his lifetime. Szyk (pronounced Shick) is considered by scholars and art critics to have been the greatest 20th century illuminator working in the style of the 16th century miniaturist painters. Americans first knew and loved Arthur Szyk's illuminated manuscripts and political caricatures as they appeared on and between the covers of their most popular magazines during the Second World War: Time, Esquire, Collier's and advertisements for U.S. Steel and Coca Cola. His subjects were as diverse as his uniquely combined styles of renaissance illumination and political caricature: The Declaration of Independence, Nazism, The Passover Haggadah and Book of Esther, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, the United Nations, American Cancer Society, and even coffee, steel and airlines. Szyk's art was not an end in itself. It was his means to promote tolerance, human dignity and freedom. In his time, he became widely known for the declaration: "Art is not my aim, it is my means."