Jerusalem, Ramat-Gan, Tel-Aviv: "Massadah" and "Alumoth" No date [c. 1960s]. Arthur SZYK, designer and illustrator. Metal. [RELIGION] [JUDAISM]. Arthur SZYK, designer and illustrator. Octavo; [96pp]; hard silver-colored embossed metal jacket inset with Persian turquoise, accented with red, green and white coloring; braided silk bookmark; color illustrated and color text; leaves are French-folded; light tarnish to metal, rear endpaper has light creasing from catching on the metal jacket; near fine. Near fine. Item #1202
The Haggadah sets forth the order of the Passover Seder and is traditionally read at the table to obey the command in Exodus, the second book in the Torah, to "tell your sons" or "teach your children well"; it is the story of the exodus of the Israelites from ancient Egypt. Illustrated by, Arthur Szyk (1894-1951), a noted Polish-Jewish artist. Szyk's early work was done in Poland and France, but he moved to England just prior to the outbreak of WWII, and in 1940 he moved to the United States and was granted citizenship in 1948. Szyk's exuberant and colorful illustrations have become a classic in retelling the Exodus story, and close inspection will show the political influence of WWII on some of the caricatures.