Offenbach am Main: Verlag des Herausgebers Doktor Guggenheim, 1927. First edition. Hardcover. 1/300. Quarto. 97pp. . 3/4 beige pebbled leather over tan buckram. Gilt-stamped tooling, ruling and raised bands on the spine. Original brown printed front wrapper bound in. Publisher's device in red on the title page.
The scarce first edition of the acclaimed illustrated Haggadah produced by Dr. Siegfried Guggenheim (1873-1961) in Offenbach, Germany. Printed in a limited edition of 300 copies, this gorgeous Passover Haggadah contains hand-colored woodcut illustrations by artist Fritz Kredel (1900-1973), including two illustrated maps of the Holy Land. German text throughout is printed in "Bible Gothic" typefont, specifically created for this publication by acclaimed German type designer and calligrapher Rudolf Koch (1876-1934), who was an early teacher of Kredel's at the Offenbach School of Art and Design. Includes text printed in black as well as orange color, with many sections of musical notation and lyrics to Passover prayers and songs, with printed in German translation as well as transliterations from the Hebrew.
Guggenheim was initially inspired to produce the work as a result of his need to spark his passion for Jewish traditions in his own children, and by extension the need to create a new and visually engaging work to inspire the younger generation of German Jews. It was compiled from a huge number of stories, anecdotes, and songs collected by Guggenheim over a 14-year period. These were eventually paired down into the final work, which was so-named in order to tie it to the rich history of past printed haggadahs in the city, dating back to at least the early 18th century.
Text throughout in German and Hebrew.
Binding with some smudging to the beige leather. Gilt on the Star of David motifs on the spine has been mostly rubbed away. Interior with sporadic minor to light water staining and/or foxing to pages throughout, though mostly in the margins. Most images throughout are clean and vibrant. Binding in very good, interior in very good- condition overall. vg- to vg.
Offenbacher Haggadah. New edition [BLACK & WHITE EDITION]
1/500. Quarto. 133pp. . Blue cloth over gray paper boards. Black lettering a tan paper label pasted on the spine. The second edition of the acclaimed Offenbacher Haggadah (originally published in 1927) saw the book printed in the America, in a slightly shorter and thinner format. From an edition of 500 copies with b/w illustrations. In the years preceding the Second World War the two most central figures in the production of the original edition, publisher, editor, and compiler Dr. Siegfried Guggenheim (1873-1961) and illustrator Fritz Kredel (1900-1973), had both emigrated to the United States, fleeing the Nazis.
This edition replaces Kredel's original woodcut illustrations for the 1927 edition with many more numerous newly-created images by the artist, especially for this edition, which are here lithographically printed in black. Additionally, the original gothic typefont created by Rudolf Koch for the first edition has been replaced here by a more standard font, and more passages in Hebrew have been added. All of the text content of the original edition has been faithful preserved here, including all of the sections of musical notation and lyrics to Passover prayers and songs, with printed in German translation as well as transliterations from the Hebrew. A newly written foreword for this edition by publisher Siegfried Guggenheim, is included along with his foreword from the first edition. Text throughout in German and Hebrew. Binding with minor to light rubbing/bumping to corners, and some very minor smudges and scratches to the front boards. Light stains to the blue cloth along the spine. Binding in very good- condition, interior in near fine condition overall.
Offenbacher Haggadah. New edition [COLOR EDITION]
1/600. Quarto. 133pp. . Brown cloth over beige paper boards. Black lettering a tan paper label pasted on the spine. The second edition of the acclaimed Offenbacher Haggadah (originally published in 1927) saw the book printed in the America, in a slightly shorter and thinner format. 1 from an edition of 600 copies with colored illustrations by the Schauer & Silwar coloring company in Darmstadt. Near fine condition overall. Item #49117