New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1946. Item #04102
The Greatest Poem of Ancient and Modern Times (Alfred Lord Tennyson)
Eight Magnificent Colored Illustrations by Arthur Szyk
[SZYK, Arthur, illustrator]. [BIBLE IN ENGLISH]. The Book of Job from the Translation Prepared at Cambridge in 1611 for King James 1 with a Preface by Mary Ellen Chase… [New York]: The Limited Editions Club, 1946.
Limited to 1,950 copies signed by Arthur Szyk (this being number 478).
Folio (12 x 8 1/2 inches; 304 x 216 mm.). 148, [2, blank], [1, limitation], [5, blank] pp. Eight mounted color plates by Arthur Szyk.
Publishers three-quarter creme leather over white paper boards, front cover pictorially stamped in gilt, spine title blocked in gilt, top edge gilt. Minimal rubbing to spine extremities otherwise an excellent copy housed in the original (slightly worn) red felt-lined metallic gold slipcase. Complete with the LEC Monthly Letter loosely inserted.
The Book of Job is a book in the Ketuvim ("Writings") section of the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh), and the first poetic book in the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. Addressing the problem of theodicy – why a good God permits evil, or more simply, "Why do the righteous suffer?" – it is a rich theological work setting out a variety of perspectives. It has been widely and often extravagantly praised for its literary qualities, with Alfred, Lord Tennyson calling it "the greatest poem of ancient and modern times".
LEC Bibliography, No. 173.