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Haggadahs for Passover from the Museum Library

A Passover Haggadah 
Edited by Herbert Bronstein for the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Drawings by Leonard Baskin.
New York: Grossman Publishers

A Passover Haggadah  Edited by Herbert Bronstein for the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Drawings by Leonard Baskin. New York: Grossman Publishers

Haggadah for Passover by Ben Shahn. Cover.

Haggadah for Passover by Ben Shahn. Cover.

Saturday, April 4, begins the celebration of Passover.  We encourage your to visit the Museum Library and view one of the several Haggadahs including one of the most stunning modern interpretations, Haggadah for Passover illustrated by Ben Shahn, 1965. A first edition, signed copy #66 of only 228 copies. The spectacular double-page Menorah frontispiece is beautiful! The frontispiece is an original signed lithograph with additional colors and gold ink applied by hand through stencils.

Shahn interiorShahn created many of the illustrations for this Haggadah circa 1930 while working on  representations of his well-known series of paintings of the Sacco and Vanzetti trial. But it was not until thirty years later that Shahn reproduced his original watercolors for the limited Haggadah. Twelve additional brightly colored vignettes portray scenes from the text, expressing the spirit of the Seder meal with its powerful expressions of the Exodus from Egypt. Shahn continues the interpretation with calligraphy, sharing Hebrew passages from the service. Shahn has illustrated a charming folk song often sung after the Passover meal. “An Only Kid” is embellished with ten playful half-page line drawings. Without question this is one of the most beautiful books ever designed by an American artist.

Other Haggadahs available to view in the Museum Library include:

A Passover Haggadah  Edited by Herbert Bronstein for the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Drawings by Leonard Baskin. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1974.

A Passover Haggadah 
Edited by Herbert Bronstein for the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Drawings by Leonard Baskin.
New York: Grossman Publishers, 1974.

A Passover Haggadah  Edited by Herbert Bronstein for the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Drawings by Leonard Baskin. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1974.

A Passover Haggadah 
Edited by Herbert Bronstein for the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Drawings by Leonard Baskin.
New York: Grossman Publishers, 1974.

 

The Haggadah Executed by Arthur Szyk, edited by Cecil Roth Published by "Massadah" and "Alumoth," Jerusalem ; Tel-Aviv, 1967 [c1939]

The Haggadah
Executed by Arthur Szyk, edited by Cecil Roth
Published by “Massadah” and “Alumoth,” Jerusalem ; Tel-Aviv, 1967 [c1939]

Hagadah for Passover = [Hagadah shel Pesah]  by Saul Raskin New York : Printed by the Academy Photo Offset, 1941

Hagadah for Passover = [Hagadah shel Pesah] by Saul Raskin
New York : Printed by the Academy Photo Offset, 1941

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