New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1947. Item #04103
Eight Magnificent Colored Illustrations by Arthur Szyk
[SZYK, Arthur, illustrator]. [BIBLE IN ENGLISH]. The Book of Ruth 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, 1947.
Limited to 1,950 copies signed by Arthur Szyk (this being number 478).
Folio (12 x 8 1/2 inches; 304 x 216 mm.). Forty-eight double-fold leaves with 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. Spine tips a little rubbed otherwise an excellent copy housed in the original red felt-lined metallic gold slipcase. Complete with the LEC Monthly Letter loosely inserted.
The emotionally moving story of Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi is here beautifully illustrated by Arthur Szyk's highly detailed illuminations. Ruth is remembered for her complete loyalty to her family and when tragedy makes her a widow, she refuses to abandon her adopted people, saying to Naomi, “Your people shall be my people, and your God my God." The two women rebuild their lives in Bethlehem, with Ruth ultimately finding happiness with her late husband's relative, Boaz.
LEC Bibliography, No. 184.