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In July 2013 this important Haggadah was found in a routine house contents valuation.
It will be offered for auction on the 22nd November at The Cheshire Saleroom as part of a specialist one day auction of Judaica, Silver, Jewellery & Watches.
A rare and important 18th century Passover Seder Haggadah, written and illuminated on vellum by Aaron Wolff Shreiber Herlingen of Gewitsch, Pressberg, 5486 [1726 CE]. The pictorial title border depicts Aaron and Moses and is inscribed in Hebrew 'Written by Aaron son of Benjamin Wolff 1726 for Mendel Oppenheimer. This Aaron was a friend of Moses Mendelsohn'.
Original Viennese red-dyed vellum binding over pasteboard, 20-leaf, each 242mm x 162mm, containing 45 coloured vignettes of 27mm x 45mm and 11 coloured vignettes of 77mm x 120mm. Slight food and wine staining throughout.
It is thought that the manuscript was commissioned to mark the birth of Emanuel Mendel Oppenheimer (1726-80), the first child of Samuel Emanuel Oppenheimer of Vienna and a close descendant of the great banker and imperial court diplomat Samuel Oppenheimer (1630-1703).
Provenance: This was inherited by the current vendor in 2007. It has been in the family for over 100 years.
Aaron Wolff Herlingen was active 1721-1755 and held the position of official scribe at the Imperial Library in Vienna.