Folio. 183, pp (book),  loose leaves (Facsimile plates), as issued. Book and plates housed in a matching quarter leatherette over gilt and silver-stamped cloth chemise, with gold lettering and decoration to spine. Raised bands. Chemise housed in publisher's red cloth slipcase. On 16 August 1264, in the town of Kalisz, prince Boleslaw the Pious issued a statute (charter) for Jews living in Greater Poland, then under his rule. This piece of legislation, approved in the 14th century by Casimir the Great and then confirmed by subsequent rulers of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (Stanislaw August being the last of them), was intended as the core document regulating the legal situation of Jews in Poland for many centuries. The Statute tackled the issues of authority over the Jewish population and defined the rules under which Jews were allowed to engage in lending and trade, as well as norms related to their relations with Christians. The Statute provided for penalties for desecration of a Jewish cemetery or a synagogue. It also contained provisions concerning blood libel directed against Jews. Confirmed by subsequent rulers, the Statute of Kalisz became a symbol of Jews' safe living in Poland. The original document, modelled after similar acts adopted by rulers of Bohemia and Hungary, has not survived. In 1928, Artur Szyk (1894-1951), the renowned graphic artist and book illustrator from Lód , published a bibliophile edition of the Statute of Kalisz dedicated to Józef Pilsudski. This striking facsimile edition contains the text of the Statute in nine languages: Latin, Polish, Hebrew, Yiddish, French, English, German, Italian and Spanish, with Szyk's masterful illustrations in the style of 16th-century miniaturist illumination. The miniatures either relate directly to specific articles in the document, or illustrate some events from the thousand years of Jewish history in Poland. (From the publisher).Accompanying text volume in Polish, English and Latin. Tiny abrasion at upper fore-edge of first leaf. Binding, interior, plates, chemise and slipcase in overall very good condition. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Statut Kaliski (The Statute of Kalisz)
Publisher: Wydawnictwo Graf_ika
Publication Date: 2012
Book Condition: vg
Edition: Facsimile edition.
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