Auction 83 - Part I - Rare and Important Items

Illustrated Passover Haggadah, with Judeo-Italian Translation – Venice, 1629

Opening: $5,000
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Sold for: $13,750
Including buyer's premium
Passover Haggadah, "in the Holy Tongue with Italian translation, with several illustrations of all the wonders performed for our forefathers...". Venice: Giovanni Caleoni for Bragadin, 1629.
Roman rite Haggadah, with the Tzeli Esh commentary by R. Yehuda Aryeh Modena (an abridgement of Abarbanel's Zevach Pesach), and Italian translation (in Hebrew characters). Each page of text set in an architectonic frame.
Many woodcuts throughout the Haggadah – woodcut initials, illustrations depicting the Ten Plagues, the stages of the Seder, and other scenes. Italian translation at the foot and on the sides of the pages.
On the final leaf, the piyyut Allmächtiger Gott – German in Hebrew letters.
Two additional versions of this Haggadah appeared concurrently, with Ladino and Yiddish translations. This Haggadah served as model for several subsequent editions. See: Cecil Roth, HaHaggadah HaMetzuyeret ShebiDfus – Areshet, III, 1961, p. 22.
[26] leaves. Approx. 35 cm. Fair condition. Several leaves in fair-poor condition. Many stains, including dampstains. Large, dark stains to many leaves. Tears, including open tears, affecting text and illustrations, repaired in part with paper and tape (dark tape in several places). Tears and open tears to title page, affecting border, repaired with paper (most of title page mounted on paper for reinforcement). Inner margins of most leaves reinforced with paper, with damage to text, frames and illustrations in several places. Worming affecting text and illustrations (several leaves with extensive worming). Censorship signature on final leaf. Loose leaves. Non-original binding, damaged. Tear to spine.
Yaari 41; Otzar HaHaggadot 55.
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