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Bidding Information
Lot #    24682
Auction End Date    9/22/2009 11:11:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    The Book of Esther
Title (Hebrew)    מגלת אסתר
Author    Arthur Szyk, Illustrator
City    Israel
Publisher    Sifriyat Maariv
Publication Date    1974
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   [40] ff., 268:208 mm., light staining, small erasure on fly. A very good copy bound in the original boards with dust jacket.
          
Detailed
Description
   Book of Esther illustrated by Arthur Szyk (1894–1951), illustrator, miniaturist, and cartoonist. Born in Lodz, Poland, he studied at Cracow and in World War I fought in the Russian army and was taken prisoner; afterward he fought under General Sikorski against the Bolsheviks. Subsequently in Paris, he illustrated books, among them The Book of Esther, Flaubert's Temptations of Saint Anthony, Pierre Benoit's Jacob's Well, and Ludwig Lewisohn's Last Days of Shylock. In 1934 the Polish government sent him to the United States, where he exhibited at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., and in many museums. His series of miniatures on the history of the American Revolution was sent as a gift by the Polish government to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In England, at the outbreak of World War II, he turned his pen to caricatures for British papers and periodicals. In 1940 he went to the U.S., where he drew cartoons lampooning the Nazi leaders. These were collected in a volume, The New Order (1941). He also illustrated books such as the Rubbiyat of Omar Khayyam (1940). Szyk was noted for his refined draftsmanship and calligraphy, in the style of medieval manuscript-illumination, as shown in an edition of the Charter of Kalisz, in a sumptuous edition of the Haggadah (executed 1932–36; published 1940), and in the highly decorated Declaration of Independence for the State of Israel (1948). These were executed in a close imitation of the illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages. His colors had the luminosity of Gothic stained glass windows. His Hebrew lettering was superbly decorative and his illuminations sometimes showed a close acquaintance with Jewish legend.
          
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Listing Classification
Period
20th Century:    Checked
  
Location
America-South America:    Checked
  
Subject
Bible:    Checked
  
Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica
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