Vienna: Alfred Hölder, 1898. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto. "Texband": 316 pp. "Tafelband":  35 plates. Rebound in full brown textured leather boards, with blind-stamped ruling on the covers, raised bands and black lettering on the spine, housed in a brown cloth slipcase. Beveled edges. This single volume contains both the "Texband" (text volume) and the "Tafelband" (plate volume) bound together. Color frontispiece reproduction with gilt over-painting.
The Sarajevo Haggadah, an illuminated manuscript originating in Barcelona circa 1350, is among the oldest surviving Sephardic Haggadah in the world. The work is notable in that it is the only illuminated manuscript Haggadah that depicts the biblical story, from the Creation of the world in the Book of Genesis through to the Passover story. The work written on bleached calfskin and illuminated in copper and gold is considered by many to be the single most beautiful and elaborate manuscript of the Sephardic tradition, and one of the most prized articles of Jewish art in general. The Haggadah got its name from National Museum in Sarajevo, where it resurfaced in 1894.
This first volume contains text providing scholarship commentary, and in-depth analysis on the original work, including historical and cultural context and translation of the text in German. It is illustrated throughout with 38 plates reproducing content from the Haggadah, in addition to other related examples of Jewish art, all in sepia-toned photogravure, as well as as a number of head and tailpieces reproducing images and motifs from the Haggadah in color printing with gilt. The second volume reproduces content from the Haggadah in 35 illustrated plates including sepia-toned photogravure and color offset printing with gilt over-painting (2 plates).
Text in German.
Slipcase with a few minor smudges. Binding with minor to light wear at extremities. Interior with starting at a few pages throughout and a few sporadic minor to light water stains and/or smudges. Binding tight overall. Slipcase in near fine, binding in very good+, interior in very good condition overall. vg to near fine. Item #45503