This facsimile of the Esther scroll preserved in the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library in Hannover (Germany) is a real publishing landmark. It is a continuous text, profusely illustrated, whose original measures almost seven meters and is the central element of the Jewish holiday of Purim. A unique work that features a contemporary German text about the story of Queen Esther and is delivered in a handmade walnut case. A truly divine reading experience.
Limited Collector’s edition of 1,746 copies with an accompanying volume of golden borders
The use of rolling materials as text support dates back to antiquity, and one of the best known examples is the so-called Esther scroll (‘megillah’ in Hebrew), devoted exclusively to the story of Queen Esther and read during the festival of the Purim, a festival of overflowing joy commemorating the salvation of the Jewish people in the Persian Empire of the fifth century BC, under the reign of Xerxes I. The word Purim is derived from the Hebrew pur, meaning ‘luck’, and alludes to the fact that the Persian minister Haman decided to draw lots on the date in which he would annihilate all Jews. This circumstance, reported in the Book of Esther of the Hebrew Bible, is read in public in the synagogue during the festival.
The facsimile of the parchment that Taschen has made is a remarkable event in the publishing world. The Esther scroll of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library in Hannover is dated 1746 and measures 6.5 meters in length. It is an exceptional issue, whose original has served to make this careful facsimile. This megillah in particular is unique, not only in its sumptuous illustration, but also because it includes a German text that is contemporary with Esther’s story. For many centuries, the authorship of the Hanoverian parchment was a mystery. Through information collected from various sources and the style analysis of this and other works of art of the time, the writer Falk Wiesemann came to an exciting conclusion recently: the text of Hannover is the work of Wolf Leib Katz Poppers, a scribe and Jewish illustrator from Hildesheim (Germany).
Beautiful facsimile edition, numbered and limited to 1,746 copies. Facsimile roll presented in a case plated in walnut wood. Profusely illustrated, continuous text, 6.5 meters in length, unrollable to the left and presented in a cylindrical leather case. Closed furniture format: 24 x 53 x 19 cm. Open furniture format: 47.5 x 53 x 14 cm.
The accompanying text written by Falk Wiesemann, bound in cloth with golden edges, includes the text of the Book of Esther in four languages (German, French, English and Hebrew) and a drop-down with a sketch of all the illustrations. Landscape format 34.5 x 23 cm. 184 illustrated pages.
Exemplary new, brand new, complete.
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