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New York: Pantheon, (1954). First Edition. Hardcover. Slight foxing to endpapers; text and illustrations bright and clean. A little browning along the spine. About Fine in a Near Fine slipcase. Ben Shahn. Rough cream linen with a gilt-lettered black morocco spine label and large gilt-decorated black morocco label on the front cover. Illustrated with Hebrew letter calligraphy and designs by Ben Shahn, printed in brown ink, with the text in black ink. Copy #17 of 50 (of a total of 550 numbered copies) on Umbria hand-made paper printed at the Spiral Press and SIGNED by the artist. This smaller limitation of 50 includes an ORIGINAL DRAWING SIGNED by Shahn of a Hebrew letter, in this case Lamedh. From the colophon page: "THE ALPHABET OF CREATION is one of the legends from the SEFER HA-ZOHAR, or BOOK OF SPLENDOR, an ancient Gnostic work written in Aramaic by a thirteenth century Spanish scholar named Moses de Leon who presented the work, not as his own, but as mystic knowledge revealed many centuries earlier to the Rabbi Simeon ben Yohai. The present interpretation has been rather freely adapted by Ben Shahn from the English translation of Maurice Samuel and other sources."
Bookseller: Charles Agvent, ABAA [United States]
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