The Esther ScrollEdition 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
Limited Collector’s Edition of 1,746 copies, with a gilt-edged commentary volume
The Esther Scroll700
Scrolling through History
A true discovery: the Esther Scroll of 1746
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
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 ScrollEdition 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 978-3-8365-1778-2Edition: English, French, German, IL