“ONE OF THE MOST ORIGINAL OF POLITICAL CARTOONISTS”: FIRST EDITION OF SZYK’S NEW ORDER, HIS DEADLY SATIRE OF NAZISM
SZYK, Arthur. The New Order. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, (1941). Quarto, original mustard cloth, original dust jacket. $700.
First edition of Szyk’s chilling satire of Nazism, containing 39 full-page cartoons (nine in vibrant color, including title-page vignette), scarce original dust jacket with cover color illustration by Szyk.
Polish-born Arthur Szyk was "one of the most original of political cartoonists… his designs are as compact as a bomb, extraordinarily lucid in statement, firm and incisive of line, and deadly in their characterizations… He concentrates his powers on people— on Hitler and his gang, fixing the guilt where it belongs and creating an immortal record of inhuman conduct and organized savagery" (Thomas Craven). Szyk's The New Order won high praise on publication for its collection of 39 "savagely effective anti-Nazi cartoons… The German torture and murder of millions of Jews before and during WWII, in which his mother was one of those slain, led Szyk to use his talents as a cartoonist as an anti-Nazi weapon. While his son, George, fought as a member of the Free French forces, Szyk struck hard and often against the Nazis with his art" (New York Times). Szyk, who arrived in the United States in late 1940, was "one of the first artists to show America the face of the war… [His] images were so powerful that Hitler placed a price on the artists's head" (Ungar, 82-4). Throughout his career, Szyk viewed his Jewish heritage as integral to his work: "I am but a Jew praying in art." Introduction by Roger W. Straus, Jr.; Foreword by J.J. Horowitz. Ungar 15. Faint trace of small bookseller ticket to rear pastedown.
Book fine; lightest edge-wear, tiny bit of soiling to price-clipped about-fine dust jacket.