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“worthy to be placed among the most beautiful books that the hand of man has produced” – London Times on the Szyk Haggadah

SZYK, ARTHUR. (English) The Haggadah

London: Beaconsfield Press, [1940]

Large 4to.  Printed on vellum.  48 pages printed in color.  Original blue morocco gilt by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, with the original half blue morocco case, also by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. A fine copy.

FIRST EDITION of the greatest Haggadah of the 20th century, finely printed in color on vellum, one of only 250 numbered signed copies.  The entire edition of the celebrated Szyk Haggadah, was printed on vellum and signed by both Szyk and Roth.  The trade edition did not appear until 1956.

Szyk (1894-1951), a Polish Jew who left Europe for America in 1940, is the foremost modern artist to work in the style of medieval illuminated manuscripts. His works have been exhibited at libraries and museums throughout the world, and his Haggadah is a centerpiece of many leading institutional collections of the history of the book.

Szyk created the work’s watercolor and gouache illuminations between 1934 and 1936 while living in Poland. The Beaconsfield Press was established in London for the purpose of publishing the lavish and costly book, printed entirely on vellum and finely bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. The 250 copies printed were priced at $500.

The Szyk Haggadah, certainly the most beautiful Haggadah ever printed, is one of the greatest illustrated books of the twentieth century. 

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