Finding a paper equal to the art and a publication of such distinction proved very difficult. We ultimately discovered a specially treated version of “Bugra,” a mould-made paper made in Germany by Hahnemühle, a renowned maker of fine papers since 1584. Hahnemühle agreed to make a paper especially for this book in the weight and finish we require. Bugra, which has a rich texture and creamy color, is an acid-free, pH neutral sheet and exceeds all established standards for durability.
The endpapers of The Szyk Haggadah—that is, the leaves added by the binder at the beginning and end of a book—are made with the finest custom paste papers. Artist Sage Reynolds of Four Hands Design Studio painstaking hand painted and patterned each leaf for both the Deluxe and the Premier editions. The paste paper design employs Szyk’s signature blue and red hues, and, in the Premier edition, is flecked with stunning 24 karat gold.
Watch Sage Reynolds work on the paste papers in his studio using the player below.