New York: The Heritage Press, 1946. Hardcover. Item #41938
4to ; 1st edition. Full leather in original magenta slipcase decorated in pattered orange paper mâché, matching the endpapers. Folio, 19 text pages + 74 single-sided plate leaves. Gilded lettering on the spine and black pebbled leather boards. Gilded top edge. Patterned endpapers. One of 1000 limited edition copies inscribed by the artist on the front colophon. Opens with a tipped in color frontis image of Szyk himself, surrounded by caricatures of Hitler, Goebbels, Göring, Himmler, General Franco, Hideki Tojo, and a trash can with the heads of Mussolini, Petain, and Pierre Laval. Ink and Blood is one of Szyk's most famous works. The forward was written by American novelist Maxwell Struthers Burt, with publication by the Heritage Press, an imprint of George Macy Companies. The work includes 70 monochrome and 5 tipped-in color reproductions of anti-Axis and anti-Nazi cartoons, with whimsical namesincluding: The Superkraut, The Great Fritz, Schicklgruber-Lohengrin, Hitler's Birthday in Tokyo, and The Cheerful Idiots. "Weapons of War" was how Arthur Szyk described his creations. In order to influence American opinion against the Nazis, he was dispatched from London to the United States in 1939. But his most famous works, such as Ink & Blood and the well-known Szyk Passover Haggadah,were produced by him after the war. Some fading to slipcase, with wear at open foot. Spine rubbed as often found, but gilt lettering remains sharp and bright. Small stain to margins of one monochrome plate, not affecting image; occasional light margin spotting in a few places. Leather boards, including corners, as well as batik orange endpapers and all text and illustration pages are clean and sharp and gorgeous. An attractive copy. (ART-28-5-ECC).