November 20, 08:47 PM GMT
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PASSOVER HAGGADAH ACCORDING TO THE ASHKENAZIC RITE, AMSTERDAM: SOLOMON PROOPS, 1729
40 folios (5 3/4 x 3 3/4 in.; 145 x 93 mm) on paper. Printer’s device on ff. [1r], 38r, 40v; one large woodcut illustrating bedikat hamets (after those in Minhogim books) on f. [1v]; nineteen woodcut initials distributed throughout, often illustrating scenes from the Seder. Staining and soiling; some dogearing and creasing; short tears in upper margin of f. 1 and in lower margins of ff. 2, 5, 25; minor tear in outer edge of f. 19, affecting a few letters. Modern blind-tooled yellow leather; stamped emblem at center of upper and lower boards; spine in four compartments with raised bands; title lettered in blind on spine; modern paper flyleaves and pastedowns.
An early children’s Haggadah with numerous illustrations.
This diminutive edition of the Passover Haggadah, based on a similar imprint issued by the same firm in 1712, features twenty charming woodcuts among which depictions of children are particularly prominent. The publisher explains on the title page that he included these illustrations “especially for the minors reclining at their parents’ table / so that they not fall asleep but instead ask about the differences [in the night’s rituals].” Presumably for the same reason, he printed many of the instructions for the Seder in Hebrew with Yiddish translation. The volume ends (ff. 38v-40v) with the text of Akdamot, the Aramaic liturgical poem recited on the first day of Shavuot before the Torah reading in the synagogue.
Vinograd, Amsterdam 1344
Avraham Yaari, Bibli’ogerafyah shel haggadot pesah me-reshit ha-defus ve-ad ha-yom (Jerusalem: Bamberger & Wahrman, 1960), 12 (no. 103).
Isaac Yudlov, Otsar ha-haggadot: bibli’ogerafyah shel haggadot pesah me-reshit ha-defus ha-ivri ad shenat 720 (Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 1997), 17 (no. 165).