Világosság Felé [Towards the Sun]. Pressing Issues.
Világosság Felé [Towards the Sun].
Világosság Felé [Towards the Sun].

Világosság Felé [Towards the Sun].

Oradea, Romania: Bihar, 1936. Ruzicskay, György. Small quarto. (33)ff. One of 500 copies. Through three poems and twenty-eight plates printed from drawings, each accompanied by a protective tissue guard on which is printed a caption, György Ruzicskay presents a vision of humanity rising from the ruins of World War I and capitalism into a new civilization centered on work, justice, and unity. Ruzicskay’s devotion to humanism is explicit from the outset; at the edition statement, he notes that the publication was crafted in its service. Indeed, the overwhelming despair in the first half of his images reflects not a lack of hope in the resilience of compassion or dignity, but a pained outlook on an early 20th-century world ravaged by mass production, poverty, prejudice (though one of Ruzicskay’s illustrations uses racist depictions of Asians and indigenous people), and war. The belief in equality, solidarity, and kindness borne out in the latter half of the narrative espouses a deep commitment to hope, which translated to Ruzicskay’s own life. Throughout the far-right Arrow Cross government in Hungary, Ruzicskay sheltered persecuted Jews in his apartment and studio, for which he was awarded a Righteous Among the Nations by the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre Yad Vashem. Bound in white cardboard covers with gilt titling. Exterior stained with some rubbing, but internally bright and clean. Near fine. Quite rare, with only two institutional copies recorded in OCLC. Item #30526

Price: $750.00