Hagadah Shel Pesah, or Service for the Two First Nights of Passover
London: Printed for and by L. Alexander, 5566 . Fourth edition. Hardcover. Quarto. 5pp. [5 un-numbered pages], leaves 1-6, 4pp., leaf 7, 4pp., leaves 8-14, 2pp., leaf 15, 2pp., leaves 16-20, 2pp., leaf 21, [5 pages], 3pp., 3pp., 2pp. Interleaved throughout the pagination with a total of 8 un-numbered plates of copperplate engravings (including the frontispiece) and 3 folding maps. Black morocco boards. Covers bordered with decorative blind-stamped tooling. Pages uncut.
The scarce fourth edition of the Haggadah translated into English and assembled by pioneering British printer of works in Hebrew, Alexander Alexander (d.1807). The first edition, originally published in 1770 (London), was the the first in the English language, and was very popular, going through at least five editions. By the time of this fourth edition (published by Alexander's son Levy Alexander) the work had incorporated content from the other notable early British Haggadah by David Levi (1742–1801), originally published in 1794.
The text of the Passover seder is printed in English with the corresponding content in Hebrew printed on the verso of the leaves. A few sections including "Adir Hu", Ehad mi Yodea" and Had Gadya", contain brief translations and instructions in Yiddish, printed in Judeo-German script in small font. Interleaved throughout are an additional 23 pages of text commentary in English by Alexander, as well as the previously mentioned illustrated plates and maps. The work was originally issued with the frontispiece of the "High Priest", with the purchaser able to buy any number of the additional plates and maps offered. Some copies include an additional folding map titled "the Land of Canaan". There is a three page subscriber's list is printed at the rear.
Binding with some minor rubbing and bumping to extremities, including the hinges of the spine. Interior with sporadic minor to light foxing a water stains to a number of pages throughout, including some of the plates. Binding in very good-, interior in good condition overall. Scarce. g to vg-. Item #49113
Hebrew title: הגדה של פּסח
Bibliographic references: Yaari 345, Vingorad: London 172, Yudlov 498.