Item 266611. [PRINTS] THE VISUAL HISTORY OF NATIONS SERIES. FRANCE, GREAT BRITAIN, SWITZERLAND, POLAND, CANADA, THE UNITED STATES, ISRAEL, CHINA, [AND] AIR TRAVEL. ALL BOLDLY SIGNED BY SZYK IN THE LOWER RIGHT CORNER [LACKING USSR] [9 PRINTS TOTAL, OF 10]
Item 266611. [PRINTS] THE VISUAL HISTORY OF NATIONS SERIES. FRANCE, GREAT BRITAIN, SWITZERLAND, POLAND, CANADA, THE UNITED STATES, ISRAEL, CHINA, [AND] AIR TRAVEL. ALL BOLDLY SIGNED BY SZYK IN THE LOWER RIGHT CORNER [LACKING USSR] [9 PRINTS TOTAL, OF 10]
Item 266611. [PRINTS] THE VISUAL HISTORY OF NATIONS SERIES. FRANCE, GREAT BRITAIN, SWITZERLAND, POLAND, CANADA, THE UNITED STATES, ISRAEL, CHINA, [AND] AIR TRAVEL. ALL BOLDLY SIGNED BY SZYK IN THE LOWER RIGHT CORNER [LACKING USSR] [9 PRINTS TOTAL, OF 10]
Item 266611. [PRINTS] THE VISUAL HISTORY OF NATIONS SERIES. FRANCE, GREAT BRITAIN, SWITZERLAND, POLAND, CANADA, THE UNITED STATES, ISRAEL, CHINA, [AND] AIR TRAVEL. ALL BOLDLY SIGNED BY SZYK IN THE LOWER RIGHT CORNER [LACKING USSR] [9 PRINTS TOTAL, OF 10]
Item 266611. [PRINTS] THE VISUAL HISTORY OF NATIONS SERIES. FRANCE, GREAT BRITAIN, SWITZERLAND, POLAND, CANADA, THE UNITED STATES, ISRAEL, CHINA, [AND] AIR TRAVEL. ALL BOLDLY SIGNED BY SZYK IN THE LOWER RIGHT CORNER [LACKING USSR] [9 PRINTS TOTAL, OF 10]
Item 266611. [PRINTS] THE VISUAL HISTORY OF NATIONS SERIES. FRANCE, GREAT BRITAIN, SWITZERLAND, POLAND, CANADA, THE UNITED STATES, ISRAEL, CHINA, [AND] AIR TRAVEL. ALL BOLDLY SIGNED BY SZYK IN THE LOWER RIGHT CORNER [LACKING USSR] [9 PRINTS TOTAL, OF 10]
Item 266611. [PRINTS] THE VISUAL HISTORY OF NATIONS SERIES. FRANCE, GREAT BRITAIN, SWITZERLAND, POLAND, CANADA, THE UNITED STATES, ISRAEL, CHINA, [AND] AIR TRAVEL. ALL BOLDLY SIGNED BY SZYK IN THE LOWER RIGHT CORNER [LACKING USSR] [9 PRINTS TOTAL, OF 10]
Item 266611. [PRINTS] THE VISUAL HISTORY OF NATIONS SERIES. FRANCE, GREAT BRITAIN, SWITZERLAND, POLAND, CANADA, THE UNITED STATES, ISRAEL, CHINA, [AND] AIR TRAVEL. ALL BOLDLY SIGNED BY SZYK IN THE LOWER RIGHT CORNER [LACKING USSR] [9 PRINTS TOTAL, OF 10]
Item 266611. [PRINTS] THE VISUAL HISTORY OF NATIONS SERIES. FRANCE, GREAT BRITAIN, SWITZERLAND, POLAND, CANADA, THE UNITED STATES, ISRAEL, CHINA, [AND] AIR TRAVEL. ALL BOLDLY SIGNED BY SZYK IN THE LOWER RIGHT CORNER [LACKING USSR] [9 PRINTS TOTAL, OF 10]

[PRINTS] THE VISUAL HISTORY OF NATIONS SERIES. FRANCE, GREAT BRITAIN, SWITZERLAND, POLAND, CANADA, THE UNITED STATES, ISRAEL, CHINA, [AND] AIR TRAVEL. ALL BOLDLY SIGNED BY SZYK IN THE LOWER RIGHT CORNER [LACKING USSR] [9 PRINTS TOTAL, OF 10]

New York: Printed by Herman Jaffe, 1949-1951. Item #42669

1st printed editions. Matted and framed in period gilt frames and glass. Eight of the Nine prints from the series "Heritage of the Nations," plus the special print celebrating air travel, all created by Arthur Szyk between 1945-1951 and commissioned by the Canadian stamp dealer Kasimir Bileski.
“The Visual History of Nations Series consists of nine highly illuminated and brilliantly designed visual histories of selected individual founding and member countries of the United Nations. This series of images was commissioned in 1945 by Canadian philatelist Kasimir Bileski and originally referred to as The United Nations Series. Each print was created as an exquisite frontispiece and title page for a unique international stamp album. All images reflect the artistic genius of the 20th century’s greatest miniaturist illuminator. Of the approximately sixty colorful and highly detailed images commissioned by Bileski only nine countries [plus “Air Travel,” designed as a frontispiece for the album’s section for rare air mail stamps] were completed and printed prior to Szyk’s sudden death in 1951” (Wikipedia).
A recent traveling Exhibition of Szyk’s work, entitled “In Real Times. Arthur Szyk: Artist & Soldier for Human Rights,” features several of these works; a video of the exhibit shows their presentation starting at 0:31 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrvVSN-h-44). A catalog of all the images in the exhibit can be viewed at https://www.flickr.com/photos/magnesmuseum/albums/72157711582760267/with/48 992807398
Szyk (1894–1951) was a leading 20th Century graphic designer, book illustrator, stage designer, and caricaturist Szyk. Born in Lodz, Poland, he spent his entire life producing images celebrating and encouraging resistance by Poland and the Jewish people. His work was well-known in Poland, France, and Great Britain prior to World War II. In 1937, he left Poland for London, where he worked for four years to produce the paintings that would comprise his famous Hagadah. His stinging caricatures of the Axis leaders Hitler, Mussolini, and Hirohito brought him great fame after he immigrated to the USA in 1940. His art was distinguished by its embrace of the Medieval and Renaissance and rejecting modernism.
Szyk’s depiction of Israel,has received particular recognition in the 75 years since it was created:
“Four thousand years of Jewish history come to life in Arthur Szyk's Visual History of Israel, completed by the artist in 1948, the year of Statehood, and printed in 1949. Biblical King David (top left) and his son King Solomon (top right), shown holding a copy of 'Song of Songs', flank three famous Biblical personages: the warrior Hur, Moses the deliverer, and Moses' brother and high priest, Aaron.
The blue Star of David dominates the print, with the 'Crown of the Good Name'; directly above, and Hillel's dictum 'If I am not for myself, Who will be for me?' below. The clusters of grapes symbolize the historic bounty and productivity of the land. This is a direct reference to the large grapes Joshua and Caleb brought back after a brief spy trip into the Land of Israel, before Joshua led the Israelites into Canaan.
The phrase, 'The time of our freedom', also appears with the Star, referring to the Deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt.Bar Kochba sits to the left of the Star. He led a temporarily successful revolt against the Romans 65 years after they had destroyed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem (in 70 C.E.). His shield displays the Star of David, which symbolizes God’s security and strength. The prophet Ezekiel sits to the right. He foretold the return of the Jews to their Homeland after their 70 years of captivity in Babylon.
The two tablets containing the Ten Commandments anchor the lower section, flanked on the right by the pioneer builder (chalutz) and on the left by the soldier of the Jewish Brigade. The activity of both has been essential to the well-being and success of Israel, especially since 1948.
The oranges next to the soldier, now exported worldwide, mirror the grapes on the opposite side as a contemporary expression of Israel's accomplishment. Two fierce Lions of Judah sit poised at both sides of the base of the Decalogue.The Hebrew language script both above and below Bar Kochba and Ezekiel proclaim: 'Praise be You God, our God, King of the Universe, who had kept us alive, sustained us, and enabled us to commemorate this time.' This prayer for newness and celebration refers to the blessing of the creation of the New State of Israel.
The historic organization of Israel into twelve tribes is depicted throughout the painting by the twelve yellow colored symbols, one for each of the twelve tribes. Interspersed among the four vertical columns, these signs of the tribes integrate the composition just as the tribes they symbolize represented the heart of the Nation of ancient Israel long ago.” (Wikipedia)Bielski, the stamp dealer, reflected on his decision to commission Szyk, writing,“It is a curious story. But here is how it all began….Looking at a particularly lovely reproduction of miniature art work by the world-famous artist Arthur Szyk, the thought came: ‘Why not use art such as this, capable of saying so much in so little space, to create frontispieces or title pages which, on a single sheet of paper would symbolize some specific nation. The stamps, mounted by collectors on the following pages, would then elaborate the story of that nation.’
So Mr. Szyk was approached in 1945, and he was quite willing to create such frontispieces. The very first one drawn was for the United States of America.
Then began a rather futile struggle to try and explain in words, a vast panorama of associations and ideas, miraculously compressed by the genius of Szyk's art into an exquisite drawing six inches wide, eight inches high. Seat yourself before a blank sheet of paper and try to visualize on it that nation known as the United States of America. Or Great Britain. France. Take 5,000 years of history, culture and art, a people's serene outlook on eternity, yet always the awareness of the ever bitter present. Put all this on your sheet of paper….Visualize as you will, then, take a look at what actually has been created by Arthur Szyk. After that try and explain what you see and feel.”
One stamp collector commented, “ It is a wonder to me how a man can put so much minute detail in such a small space. The more one studies these drawings, the more details there seem to be” (from Bielski’s promotional booklet for the project).
Not examined outside of frames, which though all appearing to be from the period, are not identical. Glass in one frame is cracked across the lower corner (easily replaced). Some light spotting to mats as expected. Colors and signatures are bright and attractive. A beautiful rare set. (PAINT-2-11-PFFIINNQQ) [Extra Shipping Costs].

Price: $1,200.00