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Bidding Information
Lot #    19668
Auction End Date    1/8/2008 11:51:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    The Book of Isiah
Author    [Only Ed.] Chaim Gross, Illustrator
City    Philadelphia
Publisher    Jewish Publication Society
Publication Date    1973
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 192 pp., 285:255 mm., clean unread copy bound in the original cloth with dj, dj rubbed with fraying on edges.
   The book of Isiah with a new English translation by H. L. Ginsberg and numerous full page drawings by Chaim Gross (19041991), U.S. sculptor. A native of Kolomea, Galicia, Gross went to the United States in 1921. Supporting himself by selling fruits and vegetables, he attended night classes at the Educational Alliance Art School in Manhattan, and then went on to study for four years at the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design. He supported himself by his art from the time he joined the New York Public Works of Art Project in 1933. Gross taught at the New School of Social Research for 40 years, and at the Educational Alliance Art School for 68 years.

Gross made sculptures for public institutions, including the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. He wrote the book: The Technique of Wood Sculpture (1957). He produced a large number of works in different media - wood, stone, bronze, pen and ink, and water color - but his contributions to wood sculpture are the most outstanding. The forests of the Carpathian mountains near his birthplace first taught him the qualities and potentialities of wood. Gross used more than 80 exotic hardwoods in his work, his favorite being lignum vitae, an exceptionally hard South American wood. He never camouflaged or overpolished its surfaces and never disguised its colors but respected its texture and grain. Among his favorite themes are female acrobats and mothers playing with small children.

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    English
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica
Drawings:    Checked