The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

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 bimn@blueyon­der.co.uk Please note that in­di­vid­ual let­ters can­not be ac­knowl­edged. Let­ters may be edited. The email ad­dress for cor­re­spon­dence is: let­ters@thejc.com. All cor­re­spon­dents are re­quested to sup­ply their postal ad­dress, even when writ­ing by email.

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