Haggadah for Passover, Copied and Illustrated by Ben Shahn. Ben Shahn.

Haggadah for Passover, Copied and Illustrated by Ben Shahn.

1966. Paris: The Trianon Press, 1966.

80 leaves. Large, unbound folio in stiff, glassine covered wrappers, housed in large, vellum box, stamped with gilt lettering on front, back, and spine, with double clasp closure, but one clasp is missing the hook. Some spotting on box. Includes an extra set of colored plates on Auvergne hand-made paper, a set of uncolored plates on Arches Verge paper, three each of the original guide sheets and stencils, and two proof states of the frontispiece, enclosed in paper folders in a linen portfolio with ties. Fine condition.

§ One of 16 copies numbered K to Z, with this being K. Signed and stamped with the artist’s cypher on the frontispiece. Ben Shahn (1898-1969) enjoyed a long career as a social realist artist and left wing visionary, widely recognized for his murals, paintings, commercial illustrations and photography. He collaborated with Diego Rivera and undertook commissions for the Farm Security Administration. Perhaps his most famous work, the Jersey Homesteads Mural, has also been linked to the Haggadah and the themes of slavery, the struggles of immigrants, deliverance and redemption were important throughout his career. Item #108013

Price: $12,750.00