Eszter Könyve [BOOK OF ESTHER, FACSIMILE SCROLL]
Budapest: Helikon Kiadó, 1989. First edition thus. Box. 1 color facsimile paper scroll + 65pp. booklet. Scroll measuring a total of 15.5" high and 12.7 feet long when completely unfurled, on a wooden roller 20" tall. Accompanied by 65 page bibliographical and scholarly reference booklet by Marianna Harasztine Takacs. The scroll is in Hebrew, the booklet in Hungarian. Both items are housed in a blue cardboard box (21-1/2" x 2-1/4" x 3") top cover of box with silver lettered in Hebrew with the word 'Megilah'.
The scroll is a finely-printed full color facsimile of an original manuscript copy of Megilat Ester (Mss. Kaufman A 14) from the Kaufmann Collection at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, originally donated there by David Kauffmann (1852-1899). The original manuscript is a scroll made in the 18th century in Italy. It’s shaped on the model of scrolls made by Salom (or Salomon) d’Italia (1619-1665), an Italian artist who was active in Italy and the Netherlands. The original scroll measures roughly 15.5 x 15.25", and contains beutifully illuminated and decorated boarders from the period. Includes facsimiles of the traditional blessings preceding and after the reading of the scroll, both together on a small separate sheet laid in with the scroll. Box with minor to light rubbing at the corners. Scroll and booklet both in near fine condition overall. vg to near fine. Item #51648
Subtitle: Kiserofuzet a Magyar Tudomanyos Akademian a Kaufmann-Gyujtemenyben orzott Eszter-tekercs (jelzete, Kaufmann A 14) hasonmas kiadasahoz, mely a bibliai Eszter konyvet es Harasztine Takacs Marianna tanulmanyat tartalmazza.
Subtitle Translation: "Book of Esther: a small reference to the similar edition of the Esther Scroll (marked by Kaufmann A 14) found in Kaufmann-Gyujtemeny at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, which contains the biblical book of Esther and Marianna Harasztine Takacs' study book."