WHAT PRINCESS ELIZABETH THOUGHT ABOUT THE SZYK HAGGADAH
The Szyk haggadah, from which you reproduced an illustration ( JC, April 4), was a joint effort between Arthur Szyk and my uncle Professor Cecil Roth, the celebrated Anglo-Jewish historian, who wrote the introduction, annotations and explanations and edited the entire publication.
The first edition of 125 copies was completed in 1940 and cost £100, a very considerable sum in those days. However Szyk, not knowing Court protocol, had included a dedication to King George VI on the title page without first obtaining royal permission. My uncle had to embargo the copies whilst he sent his personal copy to the librarian of Windsor Castle with a note expressing his hope that the dedication would be approved. Although acknowledged, there was no mention of the dedication. After many weeks, a somewhat diffident enquiry was made to the librarian which produced an immediate response saying that the King thought the copy was a personal gift to him. He was delighted with the publication and had kept it on his desk to show visitors as well as his daughters, who were most impressed. Joseph F Roth email@example.com Please note that individual letters cannot be acknowledged. Letters may be edited. The email address for correspondence is: firstname.lastname@example.org. All correspondents are requested to supply their postal address, even when writing by email.