The Sabbath – Its Meaning for Modern Man by Abraham Joshua Heschel with wood engravings by Ilya Schor, 1951.
A quote from the text:
Technical civilization is man’s conquest of space. It is a triumph frequently achieved by sacrificing an essential ingredient of existence, namely time…The power we attain in the world of space terminates abruptly at the borderline of time. But time is the heart of existence….The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space. Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the Sabbath we try to become attuned to holiness in time.
Ilya Schor has illustrated Heschel’s beautiful text with 12 relief prints, each one evocative of the text for its associated chapter, We offer here the full set of prints together with a copy of the book for a complete package. There are 4 images from the set shown here. However, we have been unable to reproduce the tonality and complexity of feeling these images have. For that you must see them in hand. Ilya Schor, while best known for his small sculptural pieces, is also a marvelous printer whose work in this genre has been sadly overlooked.
The images vary slightly in size, but all are approximately 4 ½ x 3 ½ in; they are printed on various shades of tan paper, signed (I. Schor) and numbered (11/51) in pencil. All the prints are in excellent condition.
The book is in good condition. The cover has been dinged at the corners, there is a small bleach line at the top of both covers, and a tape repair within the front cover. The title page has the handwritten name of a previous owner. All the pages are in excellent condition with no detected stains, tears, etc. (books,print)