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    One of 292 Signed Copies of Shahn's Haggadah

    Ben Shahn. The Haggadah for Passover Copied and Illustrated by Ben Shahn. Paris and London: The Trianon Press, [1966].

    Edition limited to 292 copies, this being number 92, signed twice by Shahn, once on the title page and again on the page "Concerning This Haggadah." Folio (folded sheets measuring approximately 15.5 x 12 inches). [xxiv], 135 pages. Text of the Haggadah with Shahn's artwork and Hebrew lettering. Frontispiece and title page drawn by the Artist and printed in original lithography from stones by the Imprimerie Mourlot, with additional colors applied by hand through stencils. Preface by Stephen S. Kayser. Translation, introduction, and notes by Cecil Roth. Book designed by Shahn with Arnold Fawcus. Printed on pure rag Arches Vergé paper especially manufactured to match the paper used by the Artist. Text in Hebrew and English.

    Unsewn sheets as issued, laid into gilt-lettered stiff wrappers in the original glassine. Housed in the original gilt-lettered clasped parchment box, which is lightly soiled and has some minor foxing. Fine.

    From Shahn's introduction: "The making of this book has proceeded much more in the manner of a painting perhaps, than of a proper book. It reflects my memoirs of the Passover in my father's house. It reflects my early impressions and feelings; the images that were always invoked in my fancy by the majestic and meaningful ritual." A lovely book.


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