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Lot #    28933
Auction End Date    1/25/2011 10:04:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Haggadah Shel Pesah
Title (Hebrew)    הגדה של פסח
Author    [Haggadah - Illustrated - Map]
City    Amsterdam
Publisher    Solomon Proophs
Publication Date    1712
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1], 31, [1 foldout map 304:490 mm.] ff., 304:200 mm., wide margins, usual age, food & wine staining, many plates colored by contemporary hand, map with paper repairs. A rare, very good copy bound in contemporary half vellum and marbled paper over boards, professional recent repairs.
   Scarce 1712 second edition of the Amsterdam Haggadah ion the original binding, illustrated with engraved title page, 16 copper engravings - colored by contemporary hand, numerous woodcut initials, Don Isaac Abravanel's commentary, and engraved folding map of Israel. The plates were engraved by the righteous convert Abraham ben Yakov. Of all the early printed illustrated Passover Haggadot, the Amsterdam Haggadah had the greatest impact on subsequent editions. This Haggadah served as the model for almost all of the subsequent printed Haggadot as well as most of the hand illustrated Haggadot of subsequent dates. Indeed, many of the plates in this edition are copied to this day.

The map orientation is to the southeast. At bottom right is a female figure on the back of a crocodile, protecting herself from the sun with an open parasol. The inscription above her indicates both the geographic location and what the figure represents, "The Land of Egypt." In the center of the sea is a large fish, mouth open ready to swallow a man being cast from a ship, but a further depiction shows Jonah spewed out of the fish's mouth, safe on dry land-saved! At bottom left are illustrations touching upon the dual theme of this map as stated by an inscription at its top: "This [map] is to inform every knowing person of the route of the forty-year journey in the desert, and the breadth and length of the Holy Land from the River of Egypt to the City of Damascus and from the Valley of Amon to the Great Sea, and within the land, the territory of each tribe as your eyes will see, and the wise will understand." An eagle with wings outstretched under a verse stating, "Ye have seen what I have done to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on the wings of eagles, and brought you unto myself" (Exodus 19:4), and leafy trees, marked "The Festival of Sukkoth," touch upon the Exodus theme. Four cows with the inscription "milk," and three honeycombs with the word "honey" refer to the Land of Israel, a "Land of milk and honey." The theme of the land dominates the map, an emphasis fortified by a vignette not found in other maps, sailing ships towing barges. An inscription describes them as "Rafts of cedars of Lebanon, sent by Hiram, King of Tyre, on the sea to Jaffa, from whence Solomon brought them up to Jerusalem." We have thus the introduction of a later period of Jewish history and a foreshadowing of later Jewish cartographers' interest in the city of Jerusalem and the Temple of Solomon.

The cartographer's name at the bottom is Abraham bar Jacob. A Christian pastor in the Rhineland who had converted to Judaism and become a copper engraver in Amsterdam, he provided the illustrations for the Haggadah of 1695, which have appeared in many Haggadot up to the present day. The map is in Hebrew. A special feature of this map, that seems heretofore not to have been noticed, is bar Jacob's treatment of the Exodus not as leaving but as 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.

Paragraph 2    ...הדפסנוה בביאורים ופירושים ... הפירוש האברבנאל שנתארך ביאורו במקומות הצריכין לו ... ונתוספו בו כמה עניינים ... ועוד ... באו הפי' ... מעשה[!] ה' [לר' אליעזר אשכנזי] ... מטה אהרן [לר' אהרן תאומים ] ... חבל בני יהודה [לר' שמעון חביליו] ושאר מפרשים לקטנו קיצורי ביאוריהם ... ומחובר לזה טעם סימני סדר פסח ופי' על ברכת המזון. ואדיר הוא. ואחד אלהינו. וחד גדיא ... הצבנו ציונים וציורים ... תבנית המקדש ומסעי בני ישראל במקומותם למושבותם (חרות על לוחת נחשת ע"י אומן היותר מהיר במלאכת חרש וחושב לפתח פתוחי חותם) ... בשנת ה'ל'ל'ו' א'ת' שם ה'

קדם שער פיתוח-נחושת. נוסח ההגדה אשכנזי וספרדי, כהגדת אמשטרדם תנ"ה. הדינים באשכנזית, באותיות צו"ר, ובלאדינו. תרגום אשכנזי באותיות צו"ר של הפיוטים "אדיר הוא", "אחד מי יודע" ו"חד גדיא". על הציורים עיין: ב' רות, ההגדה המצויירת שבדפוס, ארשת, ג, תשכ"א, עמ' 24. שמו של האמן שעשה את פיתוחי הנחושת נזכר על המפה: אברהם בר יעקב.

   CD-EPI 0118988; Yudlov 120; Yaari 73
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Holland:    Checked
Haggadah:    Checked
Other:    Map
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica