The Haggadah. Executed by Arthur Szyk. Edited by Cecil Roth.

AUCTION 80 | Thursday, March 28th, 2019 at 1:00 PM
The Valmadonna Trust Library: Further Selections from the Historic Collection. * Hebrew Printing in America. * Graphic & Ceremonial Art

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Lot 49

The Haggadah. Executed by Arthur Szyk. Edited by Cecil Roth.

<<One of 125 Numbered Copies issued for the British Empire. Printed Entirely on Vellum.>> Richly Illustrated in Color by Szyk. Full- and half-page color half-tone reproductions of compositions by Szyk, including numerous decorative initials, text ornaments and many small vignettes. Pictorial doublures on silk. Bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe: Royal blue morocco, gilt- tooled pictorial inlay. Housed in original matching solander-case, velvet interior. Text in Hebrew and English printed in black and sepia. Signed by the artist and editor. Extremities of box scuffed and discolored. Folio. Yudlov 3861; Yaari 2285.

London: Beaconsfield Press 1939

Est: $20,000 - $30,000
<<The most sublime of all Passover Hagadahs.>> Dedicated to King George VI of England, Szyk’s great illuminated masterpiece is a stunning work of the Book-Arts, conceived with extraordinarily high production values. “The Times Literary Supplement recognized Szyk’s masterpiece as one of the most beautiful works ever produced by human hands. When one considers the brilliant multi-layers not only of illumination and color, but of themes and sub-themes, Szyk’s Haggadah stands among Hebrew illuminated manuscripts in a moment in time, for all time, in a class by itself.” I. Ungar, Justice Illuminated: The Art of Arthur Szyk (1998) p.15. See also J.P. Ansell, Arthur Szyk: Artist, Jew, Pole (2004) pp. 96-100.