Verona: Bet Alpha Editions, 1987. Limited edition. Hardcover. 207/500. Signed and hand-numbered by the artist in facsimile volume. Vol.1 (Facsimile volume): Folio. 52 leaves. Original red goat skin leather with gilt-stamped decorative ruling on cover, gilt lettering and ruling on spine. Vol.2 (Commentary volume): Folio. 75, pp, 52 leaves, , 55pp. Original grey cloth, with silver lettering on spine. Ribbon marker. Title page in red and black lettering with publisher's device. Both volumes housed in a matching grey cloth slipcase. Limited edition facsimile of the artist's richly illuminated interpretation of the Passover story.
In 1980 Richard and Beatrice Levy commissioned the artist David Moss to create a single hand-written and richly illuminated Haggadah on parchment for their personal collection of Judaica. Moss used the opportunity to create a wide-ranging visual commentary on Jewish history and experience. Using vivid and original metaphors, Moss confronts and illuminates some of the basic themes of Judaism: freedom, the passing on of tradition, persecution and the connection between the Passover story, the diaspora and the Land of Israel. Each page of Moss’s folio-sized Haggadah makes a visual and intellectual statement that surprises, delights and educates the viewer. Artistically, the work combines a spectacular variety of media: calligraphy, micrography, gouaches, gold leaf, acrylics and paper-cuts. This work accomplishes one of the original goals of the illuminated Haggadah: to stimulate the mind and the interest of the Seder's participants. More than a Haggadah, Moss’s creation evolved into a broadly researched, imaginative and intensely personal reaction to the events of the Exodus and the Passover celebration. The materials used in the facsimile reflect the publishers’ hope that it will be treasured and passed down for hundreds of years. The paper, made especially for this edition, is chemically neutral for longevity. The gold-stamped binding is in strong, full goat skin leather. The facsimile contains all the intricate paper cut-outs of the original volume; these were produced with lase3r technology. The finest craftsmanship and the best contemporary technology insure that the facsimile is as close as possible to the original. All artistic decisions were made by Moss who worked closely with Martino Mardersteig and his master printers at the Stamperia Valdonega in Verona, Italy. One of 500 copies, of which this is No. 207. Haggadah volume in Hebrew, Commentary volume in English.
Laid in a color prospectus for the Haggadah in each volume. Slipcase and commentary volume with very light wear along edges. A gorgeous copy of one of the great Jewish artist's books of the 20th century. near fine to fine. Item #50394