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“It is unbelievable that such an unusual masterpiece now suddenly surfaces. I cannot wait to see TASCHEN’s facsimile. It promises to be a wonderful contribution to the field!”
Sharon Liberman Mintz

The Esther Scroll

Edition of 1,746Manuscript scroll, 64.2 x 33.5 cm, in wooden display, 6.4 kg, with commentary volume by Falk Wiesemann, 194 pages700Edition: English, French, German, IL Availability: In Stock
A publishing triumph, this reproduction of the Esther Scroll, held by the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Bibliothek in Hanover, is a richly illustrated continuous text. The original manuscript, measuring almost 7 meters long, forms the core and heart of the Jewish festival of Purim and is a unique artifact depicting the story of Esther in contemporary German, the only one of its kind. Delivered in a handcrafted walnut-veneer display case, this is a truly divine reading experience.

Limited Collector’s Edition of 1,746 copies, with a gilt-edged commentary volume
The Esther Scroll

The Esther Scroll


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 fifth 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
  • Clothbound 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
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.

The Esther Scroll
Edition of 1,746Manuscript scroll, 64.2 x 33.5 cm, in wooden display, 6.4 kg, with commentary volume by Falk Wiesemann, 194 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-1778-2

Edition: English, French, German, IL
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3 Ratings

Fantastic facsimile

Chris,February 14, 2022
I am delighted with The Esther Scroll! I can't read German (language of the 1746 original) nor am I Jewish, but the accompanying book (in English, French, Hebrew, German) is a fantastic history of the scribe & production of the original, and a detailed narrative of Esther's story within the scroll. The flip-open wood case & 2 handles make this a great, tactile/manual experience, turning the handles to advance the paper from within the protective cylinder. A fabulous Taschen edition!

Die Estherrolle -fast perfekt.

Marko,February 3, 2022
Aufwendige gestaltete Faksimile, mit einem sehr hochwertigen Buch mit Goldschnitt für alle die kein Althochdeutsch beherrschen. Leider stört, dass die Rolle in Glanzpapier gedruckt wurde.


Alfonso,November 15, 2021
Bellisima edicion facsimil del manuscrito editado en hanover en 1746 del rollo de ester.