Digitized Rothschild Haggadah available online

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The Rothschild Haggadah (Ms. Heb 4° 6130; also called : "Murphy Haggadah") is a "Passover Haggadah according to the Ashkenazi rite." [The] Manuscript on parchment. Northern Italy. ca. 1450. 47 fols. 33.5 x 23 cm. Ashkenazi square script. Copied and illuminated by (or in the workshop of) the famous scribe-illuminator Joel b. Simeon. [...]
[The Haggadah] has a fascinating history. Until 1939 it was in the possession of the Rothschild family, but during World War II it was looted by the Nazis and disappeared. After the war, the Haggadah was acquired by a distinguished Yale alumnus, Dr. Fred Towsley Murphy who bequeathed it to the Yale University Library in 1948. In 1980 it was identified as a Rothschild manuscript and returned to its former owners who donated it to the Jewish National and University Library (now the National Library of Israel) where it is now preserved."(JNUL Digitzed Manuscripts Website via H-Judaic)

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