Originally distributed in 1955, Sweetwater Editions republished this Isaac Bashevis Singer Satan in Goray in 1981 with some textual revisions, a new introduction by the author, and illustrations by Ira Moskowitz – 10 laid-in original etchings (one of which is illustrated here) and 40 drawings reproduced in the text.
The artist Ira Moskowitz (1912-2001), not as well known as Singer, was born in Poland. He and his family moved to New York City in 1927 where he trained at the Art Student’s League until 1931. He lived in Palestine from 1935-37, and then moved back to the United States. He is known primarily as a print maker working with Jewish and Indian/Native subject matter. Among many exhibitions, he has shown work at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum and the National Academy of Design.
This most attractive edition was limited to 500 copies, with this copy (272) one of 350 bound in “half Chieftain morocco and Dutch cloth with gold tooling.” The gold-stamped front cover has an attractive design and the author’s full name. The author and illustrator signed their names on the colophon page; and the artist signed each of the etchings in pencil. The book is in excellent condition; the accompanying slipcover (12 1/8 “, 19 3/8“, 1 3/8“) has some minor age discoloration. (books)