Limited Editions Club, New York. Illustrated with 8 tipped-in color plates.
Signed by Arthur Szyk on the limitation page. Slipcased in gold paper covered boards. Slipcase is chipped and worn. Glassine DJ is lightly chipped and worn.Bound in a white quarter leather and gilt-decorated white boards, top edge gilt. Text is clean and free of marks, binding tight and solid, boards clean with no wear present. The Book of Job is a book in the Ketuvim ("Writings") section of the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh), and the first poetic book in the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. Addressing the problem of theodicy - why a good God permits evil, or more simply, Why do the righteous suffer? - it is a rich theological work setting out a variety of perspectives.
It has been widely and often extravagantly praised for its literary qualities, with Alfred, Lord Tennyson calling it "the greatest poem of ancient and modern times". Arthur Szyk Signed Limited Editions Club 1945 The Book of Job Hardcover w/DJ.
Up For Sale Today is. From the Translation Prepared at Cambridge in 1611 for King James I. Preface by Mary Ellen Chase Illustrations by Arthur Szyk. Text is clean and free of marks, binding tight and solid, boards clean with no wear present The Book of Job is a book in the Ketuvim ("Writings") section of the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh), and the first poetic book in the Old Testament of the Christian Bible.
Arthur Szyk (June 16, 1894 - September 13, 1951) was a graphic artist, book illustrator, stage designer and caricaturist. Arthur Szyk was born into a Jewish family in Lódz, in the part of Poland which was under Russian rule in the 19th century. He always regarded himself both as a Pole and a Jew. From 1921, he lived and created his works mainly in France and Poland, and in 1937 he moved to the United Kingdom.
In 1940, he settled permanently in the United States, where he was granted American citizenship in 1948. Arthur Szyk became a renowned graphic artist and book illustrator as early as the interwar period - his works were exhibited and published not only in Poland, but also in France, the United Kingdom, Israel and the United States. However, he gained real popularity through his war caricatures, in which, after the outbreak of World War II, he depicted the leaders of the Axis powers. After the war, he also devoted himself to political issues, this time supporting the creation of Israel.
Szyk's work is characterized in its material content by social and political commitment, and in its formal aspect by its rejection of modernism and drawing on the traditions of medieval and renaissance painting, especially illuminated manuscripts from those periods. Unlike most caricaturists, Szyk always showed great attention to the colouristic effects and details in his works. Today, Szyk is a well-known and often exhibited artist only in his last home country - the United States.
In Europe, since the late 1990s exhibitions of his art has been mounted in the Polish cities of Kraków, Warsaw and Lódz, as well as in Berlin, Germany. The recent publication of a Polish-language edition Szyk's biography and public broadcasts of the documentary film Arthur Szyk - Illuminator Marta TV & Film, Telewizja Polska (Lódz), 2005 also have improved Szyk's stature in his mother country, Poland. Szyk's drawings and paintings became even more politically engaged when Hitler took power in Germany in 1933. Szyk started drawing Führer's caricatures as early as 1933; probably, the first work of the artist directed against the leader of the Third Reich was a drawing of Hitler, made in pencil, in which he was shown as a new pharaoh. These drawings anticipated another great series of Szyk's drawings - Haggadah, which is considered to be his magnum opus.
The Haggadah is a very important and popular story in Jewish culture and religion about the departure of the Israelites from ancient Egypt, which is read every year during the Passover Seder. These referred to, in particular, the parable of the four sons, in which the "wicked son" was portrayed as a man wearing German clothes, with a Hitler-like moustache. The expression of the series was even stronger in its original version: the drawings showed snakes with swastikas, there were also heads of Hermann Göring and Joseph Goebbels. In 1937, Arthur Szyk went to London to supervise the publication of Haggadah. However, the artist had to agree to many compromises during that work which lasted three years, including painting over of all swastikas.
It is not clear whether he did it as a result of the pressure by his publisher or the British politicians who pursued the policy of appeasement in relation to Germany. Finally, Haggadah was published in London in 1940; the artist dedicated it to King George VI. The work was widely acclaimed by critics; according to The Times, it was "worthy to be placed among the most beautiful of books that the hand of man has ever produced". The last big presentation of Szyk's works before the outbreak of the war was the presentation of his paintings at the 1939 New York World's Fair, which was opened in April 1939. Szyk's twenty paintings, which were exhibited in the Polish Pavilion, depicted the contribution of the Poles to the history of the United States, and different connections between both countries.
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