Auction 65 Judaica - Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters, Ceremonial Art
Tuesday, 12.3.19 (Your local time)
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LOT 38:

Passover Haggadah - Amsterdam, 1695 - First Haggadah with Copper Engravings and a Map of Eretz Israel

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Passover Haggadah service, "with a beautiful commentary and fine illustrations of the signs and wonders G-d did for our ancestors", with the commentary of R. Yitzchak Abarbanel and a map of Eretz Israel. Amsterdam, [1695]. Two title pages, the first one illustrated with copper engravings. This Haggadah, illustrated by the artist Avraham HaGer (German priest from Rhineland who converted to Judaism in Amsterdam), was the first Haggadah to be illustrated with copper engravings, and one of the first Hebrew books to be illustrated with this printing method, which, as the second title page asserts, is infinitely superior to previously used woodcuts. This edition served as a prototype for many subsequent Haggadot, whether by including the map or by copying the illustrations it contains (see article by Cecil Roth, HaHaggadah HaMetzuyeret ShebiDfus, Areshet, III, 1961, pp. 22-25). Owner's signature on title page: "Esther B---" (?). Brief handwritten glosses and corrections. [1], 26 leaves, [1] folded map. 30 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Large tears to some leaves, professionally restored, including text replacement (repairs to inner margins of map and entire book. Damage to text of first leaves and to edges of title page engraving, with handwritten replacements). The map is complete apart from damage to right edge (repaired, at attachment to book). New, fine leather binding.

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