“In his dexterity Szyk recalls a bygone age of monastic scribes slaving over parchment pages. [His] illustrations are more intricate than Swiss watch works and sublimely obsessive. Reproductions hardly do the originals justice.”
— Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times
“Arthur Szyk’s drawings are evidence of an exceptional mastery of crafts and of artistic inspiration.”
— Katja Widmann and Johannes Zechner, Curators, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, 2008
“To call Arthur Szyk 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 with the care which it deserves.”
— Cecil Roth, Historian, London, 1940s
“[Szyk] makes not only cartoons, but beautiful composed pictures which suggest, in their curiously decorative quality, the inspired illuminations of the early religious manuscripts.”
— Thomas Craven, Art Critic, New York, 1940s
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The Szyk Haggadah
Editions & Pricing
The luxury limited edition of The Szyk Haggadah published by Historicana is available in two exquisite editions: the Deluxe Edition and the Premier Edition.
Each copy of The Szyk Haggadah includes:
The Szyk Haggadah
The luxury limited edition of The Szyk Haggadah is exquisite in every detail. The rich, royal blue leather and deep red cloth of the bindings are custom dyed to match the vibrant colors of Szyk’s paintings, reproduced here with state-of-the-art inkjet printing on the finest Bugra paper by Hahnemühle.
The Szyk Haggadah has 96 pages but is bound as if it were 192 pages: printed on only one side of the sheet, each leaf is actually two, folded at the fore-edge. The custom handmade paste papers are painted a vivid blue with red highlights. (The paste papers of the Premier Edition are enhanced with 24 carat gold flecks.) Measures 9.35 inches (23.7 cm) x 11 inches (27.9 cm) overall.
The Deluxe Edition is limited to 215 copies. The Premier Edition is limited to 85 copies.
Freedom Illuminated: Understanding The Szyk Haggadah (Historicana, 2008) is the official companion volume to The Szyk Haggadah. The book is hand-cased in the traditional way in beautiful blue Tsumugi silk cloth from Japan, and stamped in gilt on the spine and front cover.
The volume includes three original scholarly essays by noted curator Tom Freudenheim, Professor Shalom Sabar of Hebrew University, and renowned Szyk authority Irvin Ungar. Freedom Illuminated is profusely illustrated in full color, with extensive appendices. 248 pages. Measures 9.35 inches (23.7 cm) x 11 inches (27.9 cm).
To meet popular demand, Historicana is also pleased to offer Freedom Illuminated: Understanding The Szyk Haggadah for sale separately, in a red linen cloth binding with matching slipcase. Limited to only 400 hand-numbered copies. Purchase the stand-alone Freedom Illuminated: Understanding The Szyk Haggadah.
The artisan production of The Szyk Haggadah was captured in the original documentary film, “In Every Generation: Remaking The Szyk Haggadah,” directed by Emmy-nominated James Ruxin. Each copy of The Szyk Haggadah includes an official DVD of the film enclosed in a hand-painted wrapper that matches the paste papers of The Szyk Haggadah. Watch “In Every Generation: Remaking The Szyk Haggadah.”
The magnificent, handmade clamshell box housing The Szyk Haggadah is quarter leather and slubbed silk-rayon cloth, a perfect match to the binding of The Szyk Haggadah. The spine of the box is stamped in gold leaf and features an inset leather label on the front.
Portfolio Suite (Premier Edition only)
The Premier Edition includes an exclusive suite of twelve hand-numbered and hand-embossed Szyk prints in a special four-flap portfolio compartment. Like the pages of The Szyk Haggadah, these exclusive prints are inkjet on the finest Hahnemühle paper.
While ten of the images were chosen from The Szyk Haggadah itself, two others are never-before-published, alternate dedication pages for The Szyk Haggadah that Szyk created during his international search for a publisher. One page is dedicated to the Jews of Łvóv, with Polish and Yiddish text, and the other is dedicated to the Jews of Austria and Germany, written solely in Hebrew. Each is splendidly illustrated in Szyk’s highest style.