Chad Gadya

AUCTION 22 | Tuesday, January 27th, 2004 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts and Works of Graphic Art Including Holy Land Maps, Illustrated Books, Photography and Graphic Art from The Collection of Daniel M. Friedenberg of Greenwich, Conn

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Lot 186

Chad Gadya

Second edition. One of 1,000 copies. pp.(1),10,(1). Upper cover rubbed, ink stamp on verso and title with paper label on extreme upper edge. Original color pictorial stiff wrappers bound into modern boards. Sm.4to cf. Busch-Reisinger Museum Catalogue, El Lissitzky (1987) no. 1930/1; Israel Museum Catalogue, Tradition and Revolution (1987) no. 91 i-xi (illustrated)

Warsaw: I. Hendlera for Kultur Lige 1923

Est: $5,000 - $6,000
“Lissitzky’s most splendid Jewish work...While the traditional Chad Gadya story demonstrates the ultimate power of God over evil and death, Lissitzky illustrates the story in such a way as to also include his new messianic view of redemption through the Communist revolution.” See R. Apter-Gabriel, El Lissitzky’s Jewish Works (in IM Cat.) pp.111-18 The exceptionally rare first edition appeared in 1919. This second edition with a two-color cover (blue with red letters), is otherwise entirely similar to the first edition, although the illustrations are accomplished in black-and-white