Columbia Marches On, 1934-1935
[GRAPHICS] [SZYK, Arthur] COLUMBIA PICTURES
Price: 2,500.00 USD
[New York]: Columbia Pictures, 1934. Lushly produced promotional work for the 1934-5 season of the production company. Films include One Night of Love, starring the soprano Grace Moore; The Black Room, starring Boris Karloff; and spreads devoted to Columbia stars Claudette Colbert, Jack Holt, Edward G. Robinson, and others. Syzk's artwork was produced during a seven-month stay in the United States and is considered to be one of his only purely commercial commissions. Reference: Joseph P. Ansell, "Arthur Szyk: Artist, Jew, Pole" (2004), pp. 86-7. Slim folio (36cm.); publisher's pictorial gold foil-covered boards, cloth spine; pp.; chiefly color lithographic plates. Boards quite rubbed with some shallow loss of foil along extremities, hinges cracked, bottom half of front free endpaper starting to separate along gutter. Good or better, the plates in near fine condition. Upper cover, title page, and colophon unsigned but correctly attributed to anti-fascist Polish-Jewish illustrator Arthur Szyk by the National Library of Poland (OCLC no. 838865834). OCLC additionally locates three copies in North America, at Columbia, Arizona, and Yale, incorrectly attributing the artwork to Boris Artzybasheff. First Edition.