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Jewish printed books
  GFC Wilhelm Hass Paper Esther Scroll with Illustrations, Basel, 1806

© Gross Family Collection (GFC), Photographer: Unknown, -

The paper scroll was issued in the Basel printing house of Wilhelm Haas. It opens with a panel consisting of two frames including figurative scenes from the Book of Esther narrative between which three initial benedictions are placed. The illustrations are printed as woodcuts and they are believed to be based on the Biblical scenes designed by a Swiss engraver Mattheus Merian The Elder (1593–1650). The scroll and the text panels are framed by a band embellished with a design resembling the vertical parallel carvings. 

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Name/Title
GFC Wilhelm Hass Paper Esther Scroll with Illustrations | Unknown
Object Detail
Monument Setting
Unknown
Date
1806
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Artist/ Maker
Haas, Wilhelm (1766-1838, Publisher in Basel)
(Printer)
Active in Basel for nearly four decades starting from 1786.
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Material/Technique
Ink, letterpress, and woodcut on paper
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Measurements
The scroll: 230x3087 mm.
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Condition

The scroll is well preserved although its opening section was torn in several places and was repaired.

The paper of the opening part of the scroll is yellow and its remaining part is white.

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Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
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Languages of inscription
Unknown
Type of grave
Unknown
0
Ornamentation
Custom
Contents

The Book of Esther in Hebrew with the initial and final benedictions and the liturgical poem Asher Heni

Codicology

The scroll is formed of 10 sheets containing three initial benedictions + 17 text columns with 20 lines per each + the final panel with the benediction and the liturgical poem. Col. 14 is planned for 11 lines divided into two half-columns. 

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Direction/Location
Façade (main)
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Location of Torah Ark
Location of Apse
Location of Niche
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Direction Toward Jerusalem
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Signature
The name of the printing office and its location (באסעל בדפוס ווילהעלם האאס) are given in a short Hebrew inscription that is below the last text panel.
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Summary and Remarks

William Gross says: "In a rather extraordinary event in the history of Hebrew printing there existed in the first quarter of the 19th century a Basel printer of Hebrew texts at a time when there was hardly a market for these creations in Switzerland. it is interesting to note that almost all of his productions had illustrated elements, usually at the beginning of the publication. this example is a scroll of Esther published in a scroll form as one of the few such printed Esther scrolls recorded up to this period.  until this time printed Esther texts were published almost exclusively in codex format."

The text panels are numbered in the upper-right corners in tiny Arabic numerals from 1 to 17; the initial and final panels contain no numbers.

The text in the scroll is vocalized and in some places, between the text panels, alternative vocalization of words appears.

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Bibliography

No bibliography on the scroll is available.

Joseph Prijs, Die Basler hebraeischen Drucke (1492–1866), Olten–Freiburg 1964, 435-437, 445, object 301.

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Documenter
Dagmara Budzioch | 2021
Author of description
Dagmara Budzioch | 2021
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