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Ink & Blood. A Book of Drawings
Arthur Szyk. New York, Heritage Press,1946.
14], 18,  pp. + 4 color plates and 70 monochrome plates. Also with a color frontispiece depicting Szyk at work. With a prefatory text by Struthers Burt. 12¼x9, original morocco, top edge gilt, spine gilt-lettered; original batik-printed board slipcase. One of 1000 inscribed and signed copies.
This copy inscribed for Byron Nishkian. Important post-Holocaust drawings by Szyk. As Burt wrote in the introduction: “This book…these cartoons, the words that accompany them…have a much deeper purpose than to deride and reveal our recent enemies”…”this is NOT A WAR-BOOK, although most of the cartoons were drawn in the time of war. This is a PEACE-BOOK; a book for the parlous years that follow upon war…”