ROTH (CECIL) The Haggadah, A New Critical Edition with English Translation, Introduction, and Notes
Lot 46
SONCINO HAGGADAH RUTHERSTON (ALBERT, illustrator) The Haggadah. A New Critical Edition with English Translation, Introduction, and Notes Literary, Historical, and Archaelogical by Cecil Roth. With Drawings by Albert Rutherston, NUMBER III OF 9 COPIES PRINTED ON ROMAN VELLUM, SIGNED BY THE EDITOR AND ILLUSTRATOR
Sold for £13,200 (US$ 20,507) inc. premium

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SONCINO HAGGADAH
RUTHERSTON (ALBERT, illustrator) The Haggadah. A New Critical Edition with English Translation, Introduction, and Notes Literary, Historical, and Archaelogical by Cecil Roth. With Drawings by Albert Rutherston, NUMBER III OF 9 COPIES PRINTED ON ROMAN VELLUM, SIGNED BY THE EDITOR AND ILLUSTRATOR, from an overall edition of 110 copies, parallel text in English and Hebrew, 15 full-page illustrations and numerous head and tailpieces, all stencilled in colours under the supervision of Harold Curwen, bookplate of Sir Frederick Richmond, original green crushed morocco by Henry T. Wood, lower cover with gilt-stamped illustration, morocco and brass clasps, g.e., spine slightly faded, 4to, [Curwen Press for the] Soncino Press, 1930

Footnotes

  • "In issuing this new edition of the Haggadah, the publishers have aimed at giving to this time-honoured liturgy a setting of consummate beauty, a fitting testimony to the almost filial affection in which it is held by the Jewish people" (Publisher's Note, by J. Davidson).

    The present copy is one of only nine printed on vellum, none of which appear to have sold at auction since 1975.

    Albert Rutherston, younger brother of Willliam Rothenstein, studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and his friends came to include Augustus John, William Orpen, Charles Conder, Walter Sickert and Wyndham Lewis. He began his teaching career at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, and went on to become Ruskin master of drawing at Oxford (1929 to 1949). In 1936 he was one of the founder members of the Pottery Group, along with Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Paul Nash, Ben Nicholson and Graham Sutherland.
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