Auction 83 PRINTED BOOKS, MANUSCRIPTS, AUTOGRAPH LETTERS, HOLY LAND MAPS, CEREMONIAL OBJECTS, FINE & GRAPHIC ART
Jun 20, 2019 (Your local time)
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LOT 32:

ALSHEICH, MOSESMasa’ath Moshe [commentary to the Book of Esther, with text]

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ALSHEICH, MOSES
Masa’ath Moshe [commentary to the Book of Esther, with text]



FIRST EDITION. Five woodcut illustrations on f. 83v depicting characters from the Esther narrative.
ff. 86. Trimmed, variously worn and stained, ff. 18-21 soiled, final leaf with taped repair along upper margin. Modern boards. 8vo. Vinograd, Venice 931
Venice: Daniel Zanetti 1601
The illustrations representing the four principle characters of the Esther story (King Ahasuerus, Haman, Mordechai and Queen Esther) had in fact been taken from di Gara’s Hagadah printed two years earlier. The fifth illustration was originally to represent the Passover Seder. Here it has been retitled to represent visitors bringing gifts of food (Mishloach Manoth) to celebrants seated at a Purim Banquet. See M. Friedman, Transplanted Illustrations in Jewish Printed Books, in: Jewish Art (1988) Vol. XIV pp. 44-55.
The illustrations representing the four principle characters of the Esther story (King Ahasuerus, Haman, Mordechai and Queen Esther) had in fact been taken from di Gara’s Hagadah printed two years earlier. The fifth illustration was originally to represent the Passover Seder. Here it has been retitled to represent visitors bringing gifts of food (Mishloach Manoth) to celebrants seated at a Purim Banquet. See M. Friedman, Transplanted Illustrations in Jewish Printed Books, in: Jewish Art (1988) Vol. XIV pp. 44-55.

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