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24 April 2001
HAGGADAH -- Seder Haggadah shel Pesah. Amsterdam: Asher Anshel and partners, 1695.
2o (309 x 194mm). Hebrew types. Letterpress title with woodcut vignette. Engraved additional title depicting Moses and Aaron below 6 vignettes depicting biblical scenes, 14 engraved illustrations, double-page folding engraved map of the Holy Land, all by the proselyte Abraham ben Jacob. Woodcut tailpiece. (Second leaf with margins renewed and closed tear, occasional light spotting, browning or marking on the text.) Original publisher's speckled sheep, the covers with blindstamped central armorials bearing the title, blind-tooled borders of broad and narrow fillets, the spine divided into compartments by raised bands (lightly rubbed and scuffed).
RARE. THIS COPY INCLUDES THE MAP, ONE OF THE EARLIEST COPPER-ENGRAVED MAPS OF THE HOLY LAND WITH HEBREW TEXT. The present work is also the first Haggadah to be illustrated with engravings on copper: both the map and the illustrations are by Abraham ben Jacob, a Christian Pastor in the Rhineland, who had converted to Judaism and become a copper engraver in Amsterdam. Abraham J. Karp notes that 'a special feature of this map, that seems heretofore unnoticed is bar Jacob's treatment of the Exodus not as leaving but returning. He depicts the traditional Goshen to the Jordan route, but adds another one beginning in Hebron and ending in Goshen, the route the family of Jacob took to Egypt. The route is marked by the only historical vignette on the map, a wagon representing those which Joseph sent to bring his family to Egypt' (From the Ends of the Earth Judaic Treasures of the Library of Congress (New York: 1991), p.80). The map is frequently lacking. Fuks 521; Laor 876; Yaari 59; Yerushalmi 59-62; Yudlov 93.
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