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The Szyk Haggadah, Deluxe edition
DELUXE BOX SET. Burlingame, CA, 2008. Luxurious new limited edition of Szyk's Passover Haggadah, including Companion Volume and documentary film.
LIMITED EDITION. The new edition of The Szyk Haggadah from Historicana is a tour de force of fine bookmaking. It takes advantage of every recent advance in photography, color reproduction, papermaking, and typography—and even goes several steps beyond. It also showcases an original translation and commentary that sheds new light on Arthur Szyk's brilliant art and on the Passover celebration as never before.
Szyk, the greatest 20th century illuminator and —in the words of historian Cecil Roth—“the greatest illuminator since the sixteenth century”, considered the Passover Haggadah his masterwork. The 48 miniature paintings of this luxurious fine art book are the modern culmination of medieval tradition of illuminated manuscripts (illustrated Haggadahs, in particular). As with the finest books of the Middle Ages, every page of The Szyk Haggadah—from the illuminated capitals to the calligraphy to the painting itself—is a virtuosic work of artistic accomplishment and deep scholarship.
On the final dedication page of the volume, Szyk writes in French: “I am but a Jew praying in art, and if I have succeeded in any measure, if I have gained the power of reception among the elite of the world, I owe it all to the teachings, traditions, and eternal virtues of my people.”
This is truly one of the most magnificent illuminated books of all times, and certainly the greatest illuminated Haggadah in centuries. It is the first book to be published on this scale entirely with ink jet printing.
The new edition of The Szyk Haggadah, Deluxe edition. Executed by Arthur Szyk. Edited by Byron L. Sherwin. Hebrew and English Text. Burlingame, CA: Historicana, 2008. Large quarto, 96pp. with 48 in color. Printed by Epson ink jet on custom finished Bugra paper by Hahnemühle. Exquisite blue three-quarter leather binding with red Japanese silk-rayon cover boards and gilt-panel spine, inset gilt leather label; leather in-lays at the head and tail of spine. Paste papers hand-painted in blue with red spatters. Custom clam shell box in full Japanese silk-rayon cloth with in-laid gilt leather labels on spine and front panel. Limited to 215 copies. New condition.