Jerusalem: "Massadah" and "Alumoth" 1956. First trade edition. Szyk's visual commentary on the ancient story of Passover uses the vocabulary and format of an illuminated manuscript; each of his 48 full-page watercolor and gouache illuminations contains the traditional text of the Haggadah (in Hebrew calligraphy), which is clarified and interpreted by the images and symbols on the same page.....The [original 1940 limited edition on vellum of Szyk's] Haggadah was cited by The Times of London as "worthy to be placed among the most beautiful of books that the hand of man has produced" (Wikipedia). Fine in gilt-stamped blue velvet boards with just two small stains on title page. Housed in publisher's gilt-stamped three-quarter black leather slipcase with blue cloth sides. The plain blue cloth on which the book would rest (opens from what English readers would consider the back) is unevenly faded with tanning and a bit of fraying to left edge but otherwise very good. Business card of Selig Lavon of "Workers Housing" (with printed Tel Aviv phone number and handwritten notation in Hebrew) pasted to bottom inside corner of Hebrew title page which appears as the first page when reading from back to front. THE SZYK PASSOVER HAGGADAH.