LIMITED EDITION OF ARTHUR SZYK’S FAMOUS ANTI-NAZI CARICATURES, INSCRIBED BY HIMSZYK, Arthur. Ink & Blood. A Book of Drawings. New York: Heritage Press, 1946. Small folio (9-1/2 by 12-1/2 inches), publisher’s full black morocco gilt, hand-made patterned endpapers, matching slipcase. $2800.Signed limited first edition, one of 1000 inscribed copies, of this striking collection of Szyk’s wartime propaganda work, with color frontispiece and 74 plates, six in color and mounted (the rest printed in sepia duotone), inscribed, “In memory of Ronnie Gaskin, Arthur Szyk.”Polish-born Arthur Szyk considered his work to be “weapons of war.” Upon the German invasion of Poland in 1939, his life and career were altered forever. Syzk lived in London at the time, and, in an effort to sway American public opinion against the Nazis, British authorities dispatched him to New York City. There he was to assume the role of unofficial propagandist for the Allied powers, contributing a steady stream of anti-Nazi cartoons and caricatures for major U.S. publications, including Time, Collier’s, Esquire, The New York Times, the New York Post (where he eventually served as editorial cartoonist) and the Chicago Sun. For this mission, Szyk developed a new and different approach from his established style of “illumination,” creating caricatures that combined the precise detail and fine craftsmanship of his miniaturist illustrations with the barbed satire of political commentary. With a foreword by novelist, poet, and short-story writer Maxwell Struthers Burt, who authored a wartime manifesto in 1941 urging U.S. aid to England, and circulated it to well-known American authors for their signatures. Book designed by Richard Ellis and printed by the Aldus Printers.Text and plates fine, a few minor abrasions to original morocco, slipcase fine. A very handsome copy.
Ink & Blood
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