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Scrolling through history
 
A true discovery: The Esther Scroll of 1746
 
The use of scrolls dates back to ancient times, and one of the best known examples in history is the Esther scroll, or Hebrew megillah, which is devoted solely to the story of Queen Esther and is read on the feast of Purim. An uninhibitedly joyful festival, Purim celebrates the salvation of the Jews in the Persian empire of the 5th century under the rule of King Xerxes I. The word Purim is derived from the Hebrew "pur," meaning "lot," and refers to the fact that the Persian minister Haman determined by lot the time that all Jews should be destroyed. This circumstance, related in the Hebrew Bible’s Book of Esther, is publicly read out from the megillah in the synagogue at Purim.

TASCHEN’s facsimile of the Esther scroll is a major achievement in publishing history. It is produced from the very fine manuscript scroll held by the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Bibliothek in Hanover, dated 1746 and measuring 6.5 meters long; this particular megillah is stunning not only in terms of its lavish illuminations but also because it contains a contemporary German version of the story of Esther. For many centuries, the creator of the Hanover scroll was unknown. Piecing together information from various sources, and performing his own stylistic analysis of this and other works of art from the period, author Falk Wiesemann recently made an enthralling discovery: the artist of the Hanover scroll was Wolf Leib Katz Poppers, a Jewish scribe and illustrator from Hildesheim.
  • Limited edition of only 1,746 copies
  • Facsimile scroll in a handcrafted walnut veneer display case
  • Richly illustrated, continuous text, 6.5 m (over 21 ft) long, unfurls right to left from a leather-bound cylinder
  • Cloth-bound and gilt-edged commentary volume by Falk Wiesemann contains an introductory essay, the biblical text of the Book of Esther in four languages and a fold-out sheet with an overview of all the illustrations
Text in English, French, and German

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A facsimile of the exquisitely illuminated 1746 Hanover Scroll of The Book of EstherThe use of scrolls dates back to ancient times, and one of the best known examples in history is the Esther scroll, or Hebrew megillah, which is devoted solely to the story of Queen Esther and is read on the feast of Purim. An uninhibitedly joyful festival, Purim celebrates the salvation of the Jews in the Persian empire of the 5th century under the rule of King Xerxes I. The word Purim is derived from the Hebrew "pur," meaning "lot," and refers to the fact that the Persian minister Haman determined by lot the time that all Jews should be destroyed. This circumstance, related in the Hebrew Bible’s Book of Esther, is publicly read out from the megillah in the synagogue at Purim.

The Esther scroll in the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library in Hanover, dated 1746 and measuring 6.5 meters long, is a very fine and rare example and serves as the original from which TASCHEN's exacting facsimile is produced; this particular megillah is unique not only in terms of its lavish illuminations but also because it contains a contemporary German translation of the story of Esther. For many centuries, the creator of the Hanover scroll was unknown. Piecing together information from various sources, and performing his own stylistic analysis of this and other works of art from the period, author Falk Wiesemann recently made an enthralling discovery: the artist of the Hanover scroll was Wolf Leib Katz Poppers, a Jewish scribe and illustrator from Hildesheim.

TASCHEN's facsimile of the scroll is a major achievement in publishing history.

  • Limited edition facsimile scroll of 1,746 copies
  • Richly illustrated, continuous text, 6.5 m (over 21 ft) long, unfurls to the

    left from a leather-bound cylinder

  • Companion volume in a protective slipcase contains the biblical text of the Book of Esther in three languages and a fold-out sheet with an overview of all the illustrations

About the Author

Falk Wiesemann studied history and German language and literature at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. From 1979 to 2009 he taught at the Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf and was Professor of Modern History. He is a specialist in German-Jewish history, the history of Jewish books and 20th-century German social history.

Product Details

ISBN:
9783836517782
Author:
Wiessmann, Falk
Publisher:
Taschen
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Judaism - Sacred Writings
Edition Description:
Other (Undefined)
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
1
Dimensions:
13.2 x 236.2 in 20 lb

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A facsimile of the exquisitely illuminated 1746 Hanover Scroll of The Book of EstherThe use of scrolls dates back to ancient times, and one of the best known examples in history is the Esther scroll, or Hebrew megillah, which is devoted solely to the story of Queen Esther and is read on the feast of Purim. An uninhibitedly joyful festival, Purim celebrates the salvation of the Jews in the Persian empire of the 5th century under the rule of King Xerxes I. The word Purim is derived from the Hebrew "pur," meaning "lot," and refers to the fact that the Persian minister Haman determined by lot the time that all Jews should be destroyed. This circumstance, related in the Hebrew Bible’s Book of Esther, is publicly read out from the megillah in the synagogue at Purim.

The Esther scroll in the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library in Hanover, dated 1746 and measuring 6.5 meters long, is a very fine and rare example and serves as the original from which TASCHEN's exacting facsimile is produced; this particular megillah is unique not only in terms of its lavish illuminations but also because it contains a contemporary German translation of the story of Esther. For many centuries, the creator of the Hanover scroll was unknown. Piecing together information from various sources, and performing his own stylistic analysis of this and other works of art from the period, author Falk Wiesemann recently made an enthralling discovery: the artist of the Hanover scroll was Wolf Leib Katz Poppers, a Jewish scribe and illustrator from Hildesheim.

TASCHEN's facsimile of the scroll is a major achievement in publishing history.

  • Limited edition facsimile scroll of 1,746 copies
  • Richly illustrated, continuous text, 6.5 m (over 21 ft) long, unfurls to the

    left from a leather-bound cylinder

  • Companion volume in a protective slipcase contains the biblical text of the Book of Esther in three languages and a fold-out sheet with an overview of all the illustrations

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