Hagadah shel Pesach - L’Haggadà Illustrata.

AUCTION 75 | Thursday, March 08th, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Auction of Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Antiquities, Ceremonial Objects & Graphic Art

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Lot 154

Hagadah shel Pesach - L’Haggadà Illustrata.

Finely illustrated by C. Kirchmayr with 58 copper-plates. Edited by Abraham Vita Morpurgo. Hebrew text with Italian translation. Musical arrangements on final leaf pp. (4), 64, (2). Stained in usual places, wear to opening few leaves. Contemporary cloth-backed marbled boards, rubbed. Folio.


Est: $800 - $1,200
“The Trieste Hagadah is undoubtedly the most distinguished illustrated edition produced in Europe during the nineteenth century.” (Yerushalmi 102-105). Different in format and design from any edition that preceded it, the Trieste Hagadah’s engraved illustrations, though inspired by the iconographic themes of the past, display a welcome freshness of design. Two issues were published simultaneously, one entirely in Hebrew and the other accompanied by an Italian translation. A direct depiction of God appears on p. 52, a most unusual occurrence in Jewish art: Moses kneels before the Burning Bush in which God’s bearded face is clearly discernible. See C. Roth, Printed Illuminated Haggadoth, in: Aresheth, Vol. III, pp. 27-8; British Library Exhibition Catalogue, Sacred (2007) p. 160.