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Heroes of Ancient Israel: The Playing Card Art of Arthur Szyk Deluxe Limited Edition Box Set

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Heroes of Ancient Israel: The Playing Card Art of Arthur Szyk Deluxe Limited Edition Box Set

PLAYING CARDS-DELUXE BOX SET. Burlingame, CA, 2011. Limited edition box set of the never-before-published playing card art of Arthur Szyk.

Price: $895

LIMITED EDITION. In the 1930s Arthur Szyk joined a storied artistic tradition by illustrating an exquisite set of playing cards.

Painted in his highest style in watercolor and gouache on paper, the twelve court cards—four Kings, four Queens, and four Jacks—each feature a different Jewish hero from the Bible or ancient history. Every idealized portrait includes the hero’s name in Hebrew calligraphy and a symbolic element alluding to his or her story.

One of his finest contributions to the applied arts, Szyk’s design showcases not only the rich aesthetic potential of playing cards but also the artist’s commitment to celebrating the history and virtues of his people in his art.

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SZYK, Arthur. Heroes of Ancient Israel: The Playing Card Art of Arthur Szyk Deluxe Limited Edition Box Set. Burlingame, CA: Historicana, 2011.

Consists of:

Suite of twelve (12) numbered and embossed Limited Edition Fine Art Prints, printed on imported German Hahnemühle paper using an ultra-high resolution, eight-color ink jet process;

Heroes of Ancient Israel: The Playing Cards of Arthur Szyk [Collector’s Deck], gilt-edged playing cards with full-length courts on cream background, with matching tuck box;

Heroes of Ancient Israel: The Playing Cards of Arthur Szyk [Player’s Deck], playing cards with double-ended courts on white background, with matching tuck box; and

Heroes of Ancient Israel: The Playing Card Art of Arthur Szyk by Allison Claire Chang [Companion Volume], a numbered limited edition hardbound book with dust jacket.

Housed in custom hand-crafted box in Japanese blue silk-rayon and fine leather measuring approximately 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches.

Limited to 1000 copies. New condition.


Heroes of Ancient Israel: The Playing Card Art of Arthur Szyk Deluxe Limited Edition Box Set