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Photoengravings used in the Offenbacher Haggadah

Identifier: CSC-0026

Scope and Contents

Photoengravings used in the Offenbacher Haggadah contains six copper photoengravings created from Fritz Kredel's original woodcuts, and used in printing illustrations and music in the Offenbacher Haggadah (Offenbach am Main: Guggenheim, 1927). The volume was edited by Siegfried Guggenheim and issued in an edition of 300. The plates here are for the text illustrations on pages 8, 28, 86, and 87, and for music on pages 41 and 75.

Also included is one copper photoengraving which was not used in the volume; it contains the text on the burning bush, which appears on page 26, enclosed within a decorative border like that on page 95.

These materials are accompanied by two related articles, "Die sammlung Siegfried Guggenheim im Klingspor-Museum," by Hans Adolf Halbey (1972), and "A survey of twentieth century artistic Haggadot," by Leila Avrin (1987).

Text found on one plate is in German.


  • Creation: 1927


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical information on Fritz Kredel

"Fritz Kredel (1900-1973) began his graphic education as an art student in Munich. In the early 1920s he studied with Rudolf Koch, type designer for Gebr. Klingspor in Offenbach, becoming Koch's assistant both at the foundry and at the Offenbach technical school, where he taught graphic design and developed his skills as a woodcut artist. After Koch's death in 1934, Kredel moved to Frankfurt and set up a studio in the Stadel Museum, where he was surrounded by a circle of artists interested in graphic design.

"In 1936, Fritz Kredel fled Germany, moving with his family first to Austria, then, with the help of Melbert Cary, to New York in 1938. In America, Kredel illustrated a number of volumes for George Macy's Limited Editions Club and established himself as a graphic arttist, illustrator, teacher and active typophile." (from Yale University Library at, accessed April 2020)


.63 Linear Feet (2 boxes)





Collection includes photoengravings from Fritz Kredel's original woodcuts, one unused photoengraving, and several articles.


7 copper photoengraving plates (in two boxes); 20 cm and smaller.

Physical Location

Cary stacks

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lili Cassel-Wronker, 2002.


Offenbacher Haggadah, Offenbach am Main: Guggenheim, 1927. Copy 238 is in the Cary Collection: cc094 K76 O32o (1927)

Processing Information

Collection processed by Cary staff, date unknown. Finding aid encoded by Ella von Holtum in April, 2020.

Photoengravings used in the Offenbacher Haggadah
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April 2020
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Repository Details

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