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The Sarajevo Haggadah

by Eugene Werber

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Illuminated manuscripts are almost unheard of in the Jewish faith. But somehow, the Sarajevo Haggadah survived the Spanish Inquisition, was saved from burnings, and was smuggled under a Nazi officer's nose. Fifty years later, the war in Bosnia nearly claimed the book again until a Muslim librarian rescued it.The oldest such Haggadah known, the Sarajevo Hagaddah has been appraised at hundreds of millions of dollars. This facsimile, created with the authority of the National Museum, Sarajevo, is the only reproduction of the complete work authorized for publication in America. The Sarajevo Haggadah's 288 pages of brilliant colors and exquisite lettering hold centuries of markings--wine that was spilled, notes that were made, hand after hand that touched and hoped. Perhaps what is most beautiful is the story of religious freedom, regardless of faith. No wonder it has endured.Now packaged in a beautiful gold-inscribed slipcase alongside a companion book with essays by author of The People of the Book Geraldine Brooks and editor of the Encyclopedia Judaica Cecil Roth, The Overlook Press presents The Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautiful facsimile of a treasured relic.… (more)
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Purchased this slipcased Hardcover reproduction of the famous very old book. Beautifully Illustrated with medieval plates and exquisite illuminated script. Purchased by us in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia ( )
  Kamerow | May 19, 2007 |
This is a complete facsimile; all pages of the manuscript are reproducted. It's cool to be able to see how a normal manuscript looked like, with illuminations half finished and left out as well as the random doodles on pages that never were written and decorated. The acompaning booklet on iconography and history of the manuscript are a bit boring and difficult to search in. ( )
  sven_and_malin | Sep 29, 2006 |
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Illuminated manuscripts are almost unheard of in the Jewish faith. But somehow, the Sarajevo Haggadah survived the Spanish Inquisition, was saved from burnings, and was smuggled under a Nazi officer's nose. Fifty years later, the war in Bosnia nearly claimed the book again until a Muslim librarian rescued it.The oldest such Haggadah known, the Sarajevo Hagaddah has been appraised at hundreds of millions of dollars. This facsimile, created with the authority of the National Museum, Sarajevo, is the only reproduction of the complete work authorized for publication in America. The Sarajevo Haggadah's 288 pages of brilliant colors and exquisite lettering hold centuries of markings--wine that was spilled, notes that were made, hand after hand that touched and hoped. Perhaps what is most beautiful is the story of religious freedom, regardless of faith. No wonder it has endured.Now packaged in a beautiful gold-inscribed slipcase alongside a companion book with essays by author of The People of the Book Geraldine Brooks and editor of the Encyclopedia Judaica Cecil Roth, The Overlook Press presents The Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautiful facsimile of a treasured relic.

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