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ROTH, Cecil (Ed.).
The Haggadah.

Published
Massadah and “Alumoth”. Jerusalem/Tel Aviv. 1962.
Plates
56
Binding/Size
M=4to
Value
0-5000
Published
Massadah and “Alumoth”. Jerusalem/Tel Aviv. 1962.
Ref
1538

Quarto, Unpaginated (56 double-leaved pages). Blue faux velvet binding in gold-lined three-quarter over blue cloth clamshell box with blue faux velvet lining. Beveled edges. Front and rear of book as well as front of clamshell box decorated with gold-stamped Kiddush Goblet motif, gold-embossed decoration on spine of box. Inside of front and back board illustrated with b/w reproduction of a drawing by Szyk. Colour frontispiece. English & Hebrew title-pages.Clamshell box in very good+, binding in near fine, interior in fine condition. vg. Hardcover. The Haggadah is profusely illustrated with reproductions of exquisite illuminations and drawings by renowned illustrator Arthur Szyk. Szyk worked upon these illustrations between 1932-1938, a time of great tragedy for the Jewish population. On Arthur Szyk, illustrator: “To call him the greatest illuminator since the sixteenth-century is no flattery. It is the simple truth which becomes manifest to any person who studies his work in the care it deserves. Alone perhaps among modern artists (for he is an artist above all) Szyk considers his art in terms of books, and books in terms of his art. He does not illuminate a page, as many before him have attempted to do, considering it to be a unit in itself. He thinks of each page in its relation to the text and to the volume, integrating calligraphy, illumination, illustration and narrative into one harmonious whole...”