SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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Seper Mateh Aharon [The Rod of Aaron.]

Aaron's rod refers to any of the walking sticks carried by Moses's brother, Aaron, in the Torah. The Bible tells how, along with Moses's rod, Aaron's rod was endowed with miraculous power during the Plagues of Egypt that preceded the Exodus. There are two occasions where the Bible tells of the rod's power. In Hebrew, with very little Yiddish and Ladino. The initial instructions appear in three columns, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino. The Birkhat Hamazon after the meal has two versions: Ashkenazic followed by the Sephardic. 14 fine copper-plate engravings

Frankfort, 1710.
Yaari 71; Yudlov 113.
Frankfort, 1710.

Folio, modern full black morocco with gilt to upper board and spine.vff.45. Handsome 1710 Frankfurt edition of the Haggadah, illustrated with 14 copperplate engravings, woodcut title page, and woodcut tailpieces. Attractively bound. SCARCE. Occasional minor paper repairs, a few marginal tears, not affecting text. Usual wine stains and general signs of use. An excellent example of this finely illustrated Haggadah. This early Frankfurt edition employs the same 14 copperplate illustrations used in the renowned 1695 Amsterdam Haggadah and precedes the 1712 second edition of the Amsterdam Haggadah. "This new technique allowed for a far more precise and detailed graphic image. In addition, Ben Jacob introduced a whole new iconographic approach to Haggadah illustration. Among his innovations was 'the image of the Temple' in Jerusalem" (Nanette Stahl). The 14 copper-engraved illustrations used in the Amsterdam Haggadah were engraved after designs by artist Abraham ben Jacob, a convert to Judaism. Ben Jacob adapted most of his illustrations from Mathaeus Merian of Basel, who, in the mid-17th century, produced a large number of illustrations for Bibles and history books. Merian executed most of his Biblical designs while he was resident in Frankfurt; thus, this Haggadah returns a number of his designs to the town of their origin, adapted for a Jewish audience by Ben Jacob. The main difference between the 1695 Amsterdam edition and this work is that they do not offer the same principal commentaries; instead of Isaac Abrabanel's 'Zevah Pesah,' this edition features the commentary of Aaron Teomin, which first appeared in 1678. The plates are not coloured, so they are not listed.