From the National Library of Israel:
Passover is just around the corner and the National Library of Israel has the honor and pleasure of presenting a rare item from the recently acquired Valmadonna Collection.
This Haggadah was published in 1556, of which only two copies survived the ravages of time and history. The only other copy can be found at the British Library in London.
The Haggadah was scanned and digitized this week, and has been uploaded in its entirety to the National Library of Israel’s website. Visitors and users will be able to view one of the earliest published and most beautiful Haggadot in the world.
Dr. Yoel Finkelman, the Judaica Collection Curator of the National Library, says the Prague Haggadah is significant not only due to its rarity and age, but also because the Haggadot of Prague show wood-cut illustrations and large, elaborate fonts. These elements have become standard in thousands of different versions of Haggadot all over the Jewish world.