Rewolucja w Niemczech [Revolution in Germany]
by Juljan Tuwim
Łódź /Warsaw: Książka i Sztuka, 1919
A collaboration with the Polish poet Julian Tuwim, Szyk’s first published book of political satire mocks the policies of post-World War I Germany.
Pieśń nad Pieśniami [Song of Songs]
Translated by Zygmunt Bromberg-Bytkowski
Łódź: M. Szajniak, 1924
Szyk’s delicate black and white line drawings accompany the ancient love poetry of Song of Songs.
Le livre d’Esther [The Book of Esther]
Paris: L’edition d’art H. Piazza, 1925
The story of Esther’s rescue of her people from Haman’s murderous plot is told through richly colored illustrations executed in the style of Persian miniatures, text in French and Hebrew. Limited edition of 950 copies. (A Hebrew-only volume was published the same year for distribution in America, limited edition of 520 numbered copies.)
“In his dexterity, Szyk recalls a bygone age of monastic scribes slaving over parchment pages. [His] illustrations…are more intricate than Swiss watch works and sublimely obsessive.”
– Michael Kimmelman, chief art critic of the New York Times, 2008
The New Order
New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1941
A volume of Szyk’s anti-Nazi political drawings, the first book of its kind published in the United States, with a striking dust jacket.
Andersen’s Fairy Tales
by Hans Christian Andersen
Translated by Mrs. E.V. Lucas and Mrs. H.B. Paull
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1945
The most republished of any illustrated edition of Andersen’s Fairy Tales, this book’s striking illustrations have delighted and haunted generations of American children.
The Ten Commandments
Philadelphia/Toronto: The John C. Winston Company, 1947
Szyk illuminates the Ten Commandments given to the ancient Israelites in the style of stained glass panels. First 1000 copies numbered, signed by Szyk.
The Arabian Nights Entertainments
Translated by Sir Richard Francis Burton
Ipswich, England: Limited Editions Book Club, 1954 [published posthumously] Fifty-nine luminous miniatures illustrate sixty-five of Scheherazade’s thousand and one tales.
The Book of Esther
Tel Aviv: Maariv Book Guild & American Israel Publishing Co., 1974 [published posthumously] Szyk revisits the story of Queen Esther through the lens of the Holocaust, imagining the wicked Haman as a Nazi. (This book is completely different from the 1925 limited edition book Le livre d’Esther.) Five hundred copies are numbered and signed by Szyk’s daughter, Alexandra Szyk Bracie.
Edited by Cecil Roth
London: Beaconsfield Press, 1940
Szyk’s masterwork contains 48 jewel-like illuminations that follow the order of the Passover Seder, in Hebrew and English text. Limited edition of 250 copies printed on vellum, signed by the editor and Arthur Szyk. After the first edition, The Haggadah was reproduced in Israel numerous times from 1956 to 2003, with the first U.S. printing in 2008.
The Story of Joseph and his Brothers
Adapted by Jean Hersholt
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1949
Szyk’s characteristic color and detail bring to life the tale of Joseph, the slave who became Pharaoh’s right hand man. One of three books in a series called The Evergreen Tales (the other books, Aladdin and theWonderful Lamp and The Three Bears, are not illustrated by Szyk). Limited edition of 2500 copies, signed by the editor.
Ink & Blood, A Book of Drawings
New York: Heritage Press, 1946
Stunning limited edition fine art book collecting Szyk’s finest World War II caricatures, with a foreword by Maxwell Struthers Burt. The title is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the famous “Blut und Eisen” [Blood and Iron”] speech given by German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck in 1862. Limited edition of 1000 copies, signed by Arthur Szyk.
The Book of Job
New York: Limited Editions Club, 1946
Szyk reframes the biblical poem on human suffering as an allegory of World War II and the Holocaust. Limited to 1950 copies, signed by Arthur Szyk.