Auction No. 098

Holy books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical & Admors letters, Americana & Judiaca

March 27, 2017
Opening $ 1,800
Estimate $ 3,000 - $ 5,000
Sold for $ 5,124
Including buyer's premium

Shir HaMa'alot L'David Haggadah [Song of David Haggadah], illustrated, facsimile on colored paper, breathtaking and numbered, two volumes, published by Bet Alpha. 

Specifications: Two volumes. Volume one - the facsimile of the Haggadah - 52 leaves, paper, 29x45 cm. Volume two - a volume of elucidations to the Haggadah in two languages - [55] pages, 52 leaves, 75 pages, paper, 29x45 cm. 550 numbered copies of the facsimile edition of the Song of David Haggadah were printed. The copy before us is number 48. 

Content: The Hebrew explanations are arranged from right to left, starting from the right-hand binding, and the English from the left, a copy (in black-and-white) of the facsimile of the Haggadah appears among the explanatory leaves in both languages. The explanation describes the work of preparing the Haggadah and offers various explanations on most of the Haggadah's piyutim. 

Background: The Haggadah was designed by the Jewish-American artist, David Moss, in 1983, as a private commission from the Judaica collector Richard Levy of Florida, USA. The president of the United States, Ronald Reagen, chose to give this Haggadah as a gift to Chaim Herzog, the president of the State of Israel. The 'Stamperia Valdonega' printing press in the city of Verona, Italy, which Moss considered to be 'The best printing establishment in the world' and which had extensive experience in complex and high-quality printing jobs, was chosen to print the Haggadah. The high-quality paper upon which the Haggadah is printed was also manufactured in Verona. The printing house is situated in proximity to the sites where Haggadot were printed in the Middle Ages. The cut-outs were done in Santa Rosa, California, and it was bound in Milan, Italy. Symbolically, this Haggadah was published five hundred years after the appearance of the first Haggadah containing any illustration.

Unique Features: The Haggadah contains breathtaking calligraphy, done by Moss, as well as micrographics of verses, which create fascinating and unique geometrical shapes. Some of the pages are decorated with gold foil stamping, done with a special process, and some of the pages contain paper cuts and wax impressions. Levy and Moss wanted to create the highest quality Haggadah, so, for example, each page was printed over twenty five times (!) to ensure printing quality and separation of the colors.

This Haggadah expresses the artist's desire to use artistic medium to describe the ingathering of exiles in the "New Jewish reality" and the existence of the State of Israel. And indeed, when he finished preparing the Haggadah, the artist decided to in-gather his personal exile and to immigrate to Israel. 

Condition: The set of the volume of the haggadah and the explanatory volume are preserved in excellent condition, with the original folder. 

Passover Haggadahs