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  • Item Category: Fraternal, Political, Organizations
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 03, 2009
  • Channel: Auction House

1 IN THIS AUCTION, I AM OFFERING THE VERY FAMOUS ARTHUR SZYK HAGGADAH , WITH A RARE AND EXQUISITE METAL COVER , THE HAGGADAH WAS WRITTEN AND ILLUSTRATED BY THE KNOWN ARTIST Artist Arthur Szyk (1894–1951) earned an international reputation during his lifetime for his richly detailed illustrations and illuminations of Jewish themes. Szyk (PRONOUNCED SHICK) was a skillful caricaturist and a passionate crusader for political causes. From his early childhood in the Polish city of Lodz until his death in New Canaan, Connecticut, he drew inspiration from the history of his people. Szyk found strength in biblical stories of Jewish bravery and martyrdom, and in more modern examples of courage.
During World War II, Szyk (pronounced “Shick”) devoted his energies to defeating Nazi Germany and its allies and calling the world’s attention to the mass murder of Europe’s Jews. His incisive wartime cartoons and caricatures filled the pages of American newspapers and magazines, earning him a reputation as a “one-man army” in the Allied cause. His moving portrayals of Jewish suffering and heroism bespoke a political activism that demanded “action—not pity.” By 1943, Arthur Szyk had become perhaps America’s leading artistic advocate for Jewish rescue from Nazi Europe. His images appeared in leading magazines and newspapers such as Collier’s, Esquire, Time, Look, Liberty, the New York Post, and the Chicago Sun. During the darkest periods of the war, Szyk’ s images reached millions of Americans, helping to boost morale by unmasking the threat that Nazism posed to Western civilization. The Szyk Haggadah was described by the London Times as "a book worthy to be placed among the most beautiful of books that the hand of man has produced , IT WAS ORIGINALY CRAFTED IN 1939-1940, THE FIRST COPY WAS PRESENTED TO KING GEORGE VI OF ENGLAND, THIS EDITION WAS PUBLISHED IN ISRAEL BY THE MASADA AND ALUMOTH PUBLISHING COMPANY, I DON'T KNOW THE EXACT YEAR, BUT IS SEEMS TO BE FROM THE MID 1960'S, IT IS PRINTED ON DOUBLE UNCUT PAPER, IT HAS A COMPLETE ENGLISH TRANSLATION AND INTRODUCTION BY PROF. CECIL ROTH, WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THIS COPY , IS, THAT IT HAS A BEAUTIFUL METAL COVER , (SILVER, NOT STERLING) IT HAS THE SYMBOLS OF THE TWELVE TRIBES OF ISRAEL, AND FAMOUS LANDMARKS IN ISRAEL, LIKE THE TOWER OF DAVID, THE WESTERN WALL, THE TOMB OF RACHEL, AND MORE, CHASED AROUND THE FRONT AND BACK OF THE METAL COVER, AND A GREAT SPINE, PLEASE LOOK AT THE PHOTOS TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF ITS BEAUTY , IT IS IN GREAT CONDITION, IT DOES NOT HAVE ANY SIGNS OF USE, THE COVER MAY NEED A POLISH, BUT I WILL LEAVE THAT TO THE BUYER, IT IS A GREAT FIND AND A GREAT COLLECTORS ITEM, THE FRONT AND REAR FREE END PAPER HAS SOME CREASES, WHICH IS NORMAL FOR METAL COVERED BOOKS, BOOK IS COMPLETE, 7 X 9 INCHES. PLEASE NOTE THAT I DO ALL MY SHIPPING ON FRIDAY'S, ALL AUCTIONS PAID BY FRIDAY MORNING, ARE SHIPPED THAT DAY. PLEASE CHECK MY OTHER AUCTIONS FOR RARE AND ANTIQUE JUDAICA, THANK YOU FOR LOOKING. Check out my other items ! Be sure to add me to your favorites list !

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