Stamp made from gold (signed) and mother of pearl, in the shape of a Magen David, with the name of Dr Theodor Herzl and six stars at the six points. Made by personal order of Theodor Herzl for commemoration of the First Zionist Congress in Basel, 1897.
The stamp's handle is studded with ten lengthwise units of mother of pearl and its upper part is decorated with patterns of plants and stars. Its upper part is curved and etched with the inscription "Zionisten Congress, Basel, 29-31 August 1897" - in commemoration of the First Zionist Congress in Basel.
After the stamp was prepared, Herzl gave it as a gift and token of appreciation to Frederick I, the Grand Duke of Baden (Groֳherzog Friedrich I. von Baden 1826-1907), who was the sixth Grand Duke of Baden, uncle of German Caesar Wilhelm II, and Herzl's acquaintance and supporter of the concept of Zionism. Because of the family relationship of Duke Frederick I and Kaiser Wilhelm II, he succeeded in assisting Herzl to have a short meeting with the Kaiser when traveling to Eretz Israel on October 28, 1898.
Enclosed is a copy of a letter by Prince Joseph Clemens of Bavaria, (1902-1990), son of Alfons Maria Franz Clemens Maximilian von Bayern of Bavaria, (1862-1933), from 1985, that testifies that his father purchased the stamp (and a kippa - "yarmulke") from the estate of Frederick I Grand Duke of Baden and he knows that the two items were made by Herzl's order and given by Herzl to Duke Frederick I. Since the estate of Prince Joseph Clemens of Bavaria was sold, the stamp has been in the possession of private collectors. Height: 7.5 cm. Weight: 57 gram. Good condition. Two mother of pearl units covering the stamp's handle are cracked.
Hanna Szenes, a short handwritten note, addressed to Gusta [Gusta Strumpf-Rechav]. [Eretz Israel], probably, March 5, 1944.
"Gusta! I must thank you for everything, regards to all, from Hagar". "Hagar" is the code name given to Hanna Szenes prior to her departure on a mission and served her when she arrived in Yugoslavia and Hungary. Hanna Szenes signed by this name, a short while before her departure, a letter to Yehuda Barginsky, member of HaKibutz HaMeuhad secretariat, who took care of her departure on mission to Europe, before leaving Eretz Israel. [See: Braslavsky, Moshe (editor): Hanna Szenes, diaries, poems and testimonies. HaKibutz HaMeuhad publishing, 1994 - "Letters by Hanna Szenes - on the Verge of Departure"].
Gusta mentioned in the note is Gusta Strumpf-Rechav (1891-1982), one of the first pioneers who made Aliya from Germany following World War I, member of Kvutzat Kineret during the early 1920s. Worked with David Remez in "Solel Boneh" management, edited "Davar" newspaper in German, established and managed the first Beit Hachalutzot in Haifa, and managed the maritime and fishing company "Nachshon" for tens of years. Attached is the original envelope in which the letter was found. An inscription on the envelope reads "Last letter from Hanna Szenes, keep!!". Note 8.5x7 cm, fair-good condition. Staining. Missing corner, creases. Envelope 12x9.5 cm, minor damages and omissions.
The Survey of Western Palestine, Memoirs of the Topography, Orography, Hydrography and Archaeology, by Lieut. C. R. Conderm R.E., and Lieut. H. H. Kitchener, R. E. London: The Committee of The Palestine Exploration Fund, 1881. English. Eight volumes + a folder of maps. The Committee of The Palestine Exploration Fund dealt with professional mapping of Eretz Israel and for the first time produced exact maps in the 1870s. The comprehensive survey was done by a group of surveyors of the Ordinance Survey. The whole survey and especially the maps are of great value because of their uncompromising preciseness and the wealth of information they convey about the state of Eretz Israel in the second half of the 19th century. Presented here are eight volumes:
1. Volume I - Galilee
2. Volume II - Samaria
3. Volume III - Judaea
4. Jerusalem, by Warren and Conder
5. Special Papers on Topography, Archaeology, Manners and Customs, Etc.
6. The Arabic and English Name Lists
7. The Fauna and Flora of Palestine, by H. B. Tristram
8. A General Index to The Memories (Vols, 1-3); The Special Papers; The Jerusalem Volume; The Flora and Fauna of Palestine; The Geological Survey; The Arabic and English Name Lists
And a folder of maps:
Map of Western Palestine in 26 Sheets, From Survey Conducted for The Committee of The Palestine Exploration Fund by Liutenants C. R. Conder and H. H. Kitchener, R. E. During the Years 1872-1877. London, 1880. The folder contains 26 hand-colored maps 64x55 cm + a title leaf of the maps (slightly stained) + two additional maps (smaller, 34.5x25 cm.) - in the original folder.
All the volumes are from a Special Edition, are numbered and signed by the chairman of the operating committee. Good condition. Few stains and minor tears to map margins.
Passover Haggada, Ya'akov Agam. 58 original silk prints, hand printed on Ribs paper 270 gram (Arjomarie-Prioux( by Atalia Arkai in Paris, 1985.
Leaf of introduction signed by Agam and numbered, 22/27 AP. The first and last prints are signed by Agam, as well. "All of the separation of colors was done by the artist, all the print screens used for each print were destroyed".
Fancy velvet cover, in original matching box 52x42.5 cm. Very good condition.
1-26. CorriereIsraelitico, Periodicomensilepel la storia. La spirit e ilprogresso.del gudaismo, A di S. Curiel e Prof. Leone Rocah. 1-26. [Monthly Magazine on Jewish History and Spiritual Matters]. First five volumes (1862-1866) and twenty one non-consecutive volumes from 1884-1913. Some have notes in Italian handwriting.
27-41. CorriereIsraelitico, Israel, weekly magazine published as sequel to monthly magazine.
Fifteen volumes, issues from 1916-1928 (Years 7-21). The ninth year volume is missing.
42-67. VessiloIsraelitico, rivistamensile per la storia, la scienza e lo spirit del giudaismo. [The Jewish Educator, Weekly Magazine of History and Religion]. Twenty one consecutive volumes, 1853-1874.
Various sizes and conditions. Many double volumes.
Collection of official and personal documents of Leon and Stephy Reischer. Leon, Austrian native, lived in Poland and Russia, and eventually immigrated to Argentina.
The collection includes various documents (birth certificate, identity card, marriage certificate etc.); official documents from Austria, Russia and Argentina, including a document from 1939 from the Jewish community of Vienna with details of the instructions and guidelines for the Jews of the city who were expelled to Poland after the Anschluss; postcards; personal letters received by Stephy Reischer during World War II, and more items. Total of approximately eighty items. Various sizes and conditions.
Drawings for the Bible, by Marc Chagall. Text by Gaston Bachelard. Verve, Vol. X - Nֲ° 37-38. Distributed in Great Britain and the Dominions by A. Zwemmer Ltd London. Verve Publishers, Paris, 1960. English.
Album format. Ninety six high-quality black and white reproductions and twenty four original colored lithographs for works on Bible topics created by Chagall during 1958-1959. Cover design by Chagall especially for this edition. Handwritten dedication on full page, for Dr. Norbert Moschytz, about his contribution to the Jewish community of Wֳ¼rttemberg-Hohenzollern (West Germany). Enclosed are paper clippings with articles about Chagall. 35.5 cm. Very good condition. Minor damage to cover edges. Celluloid cover slightly torn.
Tsanin, M. Motele Mazik. Tel Aviv, July 1946.
Children's story, about Itche-ber, who has two professions: a shoemaker and a beggar. Manuscript with colorful illustrations. Ink, colored pencil and aquarelle on paper. This story, most probably, has never been published. On the title page, under the book's title, appears a dedication to Tsanin's son, Itzchak.
Mordechai Yeshaya Tsanin (1906-2009) - founder of Yiddish journalism in Israel, linguist and Yiddish writer, cultural leader of Yiddish in Israel; author of the Yiddish-Hebrew-Yiddish dictionary, founder and editor of the newspaper "Letste Nayes" - one of the most popular newspapers in Israel. Tsanin was born in Poland. Served in the Polish Army during World War II. Arrived in Eretz Israel in 1942 and lived in Tel Aviv until his last day.  leaves (six with illustrations only) bound as a notebook 19x15.5 cm. Good condition. Foxing-marks.
Comments and Dedication in Handwriting by Abba Kovner
Combat leaf, Givati Brigade. Album containing forty three publications printed by the combat staff of the Givati Brigade (South Region) during the War of Independence with routine updates of events in the various combat zones during the War of Independence; daily orders of the brigade's commander and a number of additional items.
This album was arranged by Abba Kovner, Cultural Commissar, Politruk of the of the Givati Brigade during the War of Independence, and given as a gift to Tzvi (Chera) Tzur, the sixth Chief of Staff of the IDF and commander of jeep battalion "Shimshon wolves" during the War of Independence. On title page is a dedication handwritten by Kovner to "Tzvi, commander of the sister-brigade, with much appreciation, Abba" [end of the 40s]. Likewise, a number of sections of the album are titled in Kovner's handwriting and several leaves have notes in his handwriting " censored " / "also censored ": Four "combat leaves" that were printed and censored afterwards appear in the album (two in Hebrew, one in Yiddish and one in French).
Album 35 cm. with the brigade's symbol. Good condition. Foxing. Tears to spine, minor damage to binding edges.
Three photo albums documenting a journey of the British couple, the Wronkers in Morocco, 1958. 406 photographs, including visits to many cities and villages throughout Morocco: Marakesh, Casablanca, Goulimine, Safi, Agadir, Tinzit, Mazagan, Skoura and other places. The photographs document the big cities, hotels, roads and modern streets side by side remote settlements and rural inhabitants, craftsmen and workers doing various traditional works. Some photographs document Jewish life in Morocco: the house of the righteous Rabbi Shlomo Ben Lhens in the Ourika Valley, a cemetery and its gate - "built by Chevrat Chesed VeEmet in Nisan 1926", a sign "Talmud Torah", elderly Jews, and more. Ninety three of the photographs are in color. Size varies, 11.5x9 cm to 23.5x17.5 cm. Very good condition. Three leather albums 31.5x22.5 cm.
Beit-Lehm [Bethlehem], photograph by Auguste Salzman from his second visit to Eretz Israel. France, .
Salt prints. 32.5x23 cm. Attached to paper with description of photograph and details of printer. 62.5x45 cm. Good condition. Tears and slight creases to paper margins. Photograph slightly faded.
Relief Map of Jerusalem, Originated and Made by Fr. Vester & Co., The American Colony Store. Relief map of Old City in Jerusalem. Product of Fr. Vester & Co., American Colony, Jerusalem [early 20th century].
Impressive topographic model of the Old City and its surroundings - hand painted and decorated plaster casting. Model placed within original wooden case. Inner side of case cover contains index of 27 selected sites marked on the map. "Jerusalem" printed upon case cover. Case 18x16.5 cm, height: 6 cm. Good condition.
Sixty four autographs and dedications by conductors and soloists, members of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, 1960s.
Twenty three programs, thirty photographs and other items, with handwritten dedications to Idith Klein, director of the Philharmonic Orchestra Guest House.
Dedications by: Arthur Rubinstein - a warm dedication on a concert program, Daniel Berenboim, Zubin Mehta, Jacqueline Du-Pre, Sergiu Commissiona, George Solti, Kenneth Macdonald, Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazi, Colin Davis, Paul Klecki, Richard Tucker, Nathan Milstein, Charles Munch, Carlo Maria Giulini, Ilan Rogoff, Dimitri Bashkirov, Paul Paray, Paul Torthlier, Eliahu Inbal, Jacob Flier, Istvan Kertesz, Don Garrard, Cvetka Ahlin, Oralia Dominguez, Antal Dorati, Matislav Rostropovich, Leonard Bernstein, Itzhak Perlamn, Richard Lewis, Erna Spoorenberg, Janet Baker, Joseph Rouleau and others. Lot of sixty four items. Various sizes and conditions.
Writings of Chaim Nachman Bialik and a selection of his translations. Berlin: Chovevei HaShira Ha'Ivrit, 1923.
Writings of Chaim Nachman Bialik in a fancy edition, high-quality leather bindings decorated with gold, with golden upper leaf-cuttings. Each of the volumes is signed at the end by Chaim Nachman Bialik and by the artist Yosef Bodko.
Volume 1 - poems; Volume 2 - Stories and literature; Volume 3 - translation of Don Quixote; Volume 4 - translation of William Tell.
"3,200 copies of this book were printedג€¦ the book's decorations and illustrationsג€¦ done by Yosef Bodko in Berlinג€¦ the first 200 copies were printed on very heavy paper, and the wood-cuttings are from the artist's original cuttings, all marked according to order in letters from aleph to resh, signed by the author and the artist, bound in parchment and not for sale on the marketג€¦". Volumes 25.5 cm. Very good condition.
Onomasticum veteris testamenti sive tractatus philologicus.Halle: Johann Simonis, 1741.
Lexicon (dictionary) of the Old Testament with Philological treatise by Johann Simonis. Halle, 1741. Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, Ethiopian and Greek.
Frontispiece etching of a map of Eretz Israel, marked with important Biblical sites, mountains, cities, and the division of the twelve tribes, in Hebrew. Decorated with grapevines and grapes symbolizing the fertility of the country, andframed in an elaborate frame. Cartographer not mentioned.
One of the earliest and most important maps of Eretz Israel printed with Hebrew writing prior to the 19th century. The map was inspired by the verses from the Book of Psalms referring to planting grapevines in Eretz Israel. The grapes symbolize the People of Israel, the exodus from Egypt and the conquest of Eretz Israel. On the grape leaves appear the names of Kings, Prophets and other outstanding biblical figures. The name "Israel" appears on the vine.
The map is oriented to the north and its northern borders are Lebanon and Mount Hermon. In the south the map reaches the estate of the tribe of Yehuda, the city of Hebron and the Dead Sea. In the west, "the Big Sea" with several vessels, and in the east - Trans-Jordan. The River Jordan flows from Lebanon southward, through the Hula Lake ("May Marom"), the Sea of Galilee and into the Dead Sea. The cities are geographically located incorrectly, for example Be'er Sheba is located north-west of Jerusalem. The author of the book, Johann Simonis (1698-1768), was a professor of Theology and History of the Church in Halle University, a Hebraist, Orientalist and philologist.
Bound with: Onomasticum Novi Testamenti (Halle, 1762).
Wajntraub - Hebrew Maps of the Holy Land, 1992, p. 67. Laor 730.
644, ; 206,  pp. The book - 21.5 cm, map - 18.5x14 cm. Map and book in good condition. Foxing-marks. Ink stamps. Some stains on the map. Original parchment binding.
Map of Israeli-Egyptian agreement signed with initials on September 1st, 1975
Printed map, which displays the deployment of the Israeli and Egyptian forces in the Sinai Peninsula.
On side of map, signed in handwriting: American Minister of Foreign Affairs, Henry Kissinger; Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin; Commander in Chief of the Israel Defense Forces Motta Gur and Defense Minister Shimon Peres (two signatures, one in English and one in Hebrew). 50x35 cm. Very good condition. Creases.
"The military forces of the parties shall be deployed in accordance with the following principles:
(1) All Israeli forces shall be deployed east of the lines designated as lines J and M on the attached map.
(2) All Egyptian forces shall be deployed west of the line designated as line E on the attached map.
(3) The area between the lines designated on the attached map as lines E and F and the area between the lines designated on the attached map as lines J and K shall be limited in armament and forces.
(4) The limitations on armament and forces in the areas described by paragraph (3) above shall be agreed as described in the attached annex.
(5) The zone between the lines designated on the attached map as lines E and J will be a buffer zone. In this zone the United Nations Emergency Force will continue to perform its functions as under the Egyptian-Israeli Agreement of 18 January 1974.
(6) In the area south from line E and west from line M, as defined on the attached map, there will be no military forces, as specified in the attached annex.
B. The details concerning the new lines, the redeployment of the forces and its timing, the limitation on armaments and forces, aerial reconnaissance, the operation of the early warning and surveillance installations and the use of the roads, the United Nations functions and other arrangements will all be in accordance with the provisions of the annex and map which are an integral part of this Agreement and of the protocol which is to result from negotiations pursuant to the annex and which, when concluded, shall become an integral part of this Agreement".
(Clause 4 of the Interim Agreement, from the Knesset website).
Sixty-three black and white photographs, by photographer Adelbert Bartlett. Eretz Israel and its Surroundings, ca. 1928-1934.
Bartlett (1887-1966), an American photographer, was director of the Near-East Relief Fund in Los Angeles. His work in the Middle East on behalf of this fund yielded the photograph collection presented here.
Unique photographs of the Samaria area, Nazareth, Jerusalem (the Dome of the Rock, Allenby Hotel, Jaffa Gate and other sites), Acre, Megiddo, Tiberias, Nablus, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Cairo, Beirut, Sidon and Cyprus. All photographs are signed on the reverse or ink-stamped by the photographer, annotated in pencil, some in great detail, in print. 25.5x20.2 cm. Fair-good to very good condition. Tears at borders of some photographs.
The University of California in Los Angeles maintains a significant part of the photographer's archive.
Thirteen "stamps" on behalf of Prince Ludwig of Darmstadt and his son, Earnest Ludwig. Darmstadt, 1639-1790. German.
Regulations regarding the Jews' civil and religious obligations. Includes: limitations on trade and business transactions with Christian citizens, laws regarding the establishment of Batei Knesset and cemeteries, the version of the Hebrew oath for Jews who reach the courts, etc. Various sizes and conditions.
Von Gottes Gnaden Wir Ernst Ludwig, Landgraf zu Hessenג€¦. Ten official regulation-documents issued by the Duke Ernst Ludwig of Hessen-Darmstadt, 1722-1767 (most of them of the 1720s). German.
The regulation-documents concern various aspects of collecting/taxing protection fees from Jews who are citizens of the dukedom, fining those who do not pay, fixing the amounts that women (widows) are obliged to pay after their husbandsג€™/fathersג€™ passing, the amount to be paid by Jews when their daughters marry Jews who are not citizens of the dukedom, fines enforced on foreign Jews who illegally cross the borders and stay in the dukedome without permission and not paying protection fees, regulations concerning collection of the above taxes in case of disputes between Jews and Christians, etc. Each document: 1-3 pp, 35 cm. Good condition, minor stains.
Sixty-nine black and white high quality photographs from all over Eretz Israel, arranged in an album for JNF use. Unknown photographer. Eretz Israel, [1930s].
Every photograph is pasted on a separate paper; all the photographs are described on a printed label pasted on the paper: Safed, Haifa, a house in Chulda, Kiryat Anavim, the Mekor Baruch neighborhood of Jerusalem, the train station in Kfar Baruch, school for young women in Nahalal, women workers' farm in the Borochov neighborhood, beehives in Ein Charod, grape harvest in Rishon LeZion, Wadi Fo'ara (Gedura River), Mrs. Mond planting a tree in the Balfour Forest, Mrs. Chancellor planting a tree in the Balfour Forest, Czechoslovakian Consul planting a tree in the Masrik Forest, Kish speaking at a planting festival in Masrik Forest, Ussishkin speaking at the house-warming celebration of the JNF House, stonemasons in Jerusalem, concert in Migdal David, etc. Average size 16x11 cm. Very good condition. Some album leaves are empty; several photographs are missing. Album 25.5 cm, tied with a lace. Good condition.
Shell case from World War I decorated with Damascus work (setting of copper and silver on brass), made by Bezalel, [c. 1918]. Signed on bottom: "Bezalel Jerusalem".
Six etched lines note the primary battles of Field Marshal Allenby on his way to conquer Eretz Israel from the Ottomans during World War I: March 1917 - first Gaza battle; April 1917 - second Gaza battle; October 1917 - conquering Be'er Sheva; November 1917 - Khuweilfen; December 1917 - conquering Jerusalem; February 1918 - conquering Jericho. Height: 27.6 cm. Good condition.
Emigracya do Ameryki Album / Auswanderung nach Amerika Album, nach Aquarellen von J. Kruszewski [Immigration to America Album]. Illustrations by J. Kruszewski. Krakow: Fr. Ryszarda Wernera, [19th century].
Eight plates with illustrations in color, lithographic printing, describing the mass immigration to America in the 19th century. The illustrations refer to the immigration attempts by citizens of Poland and Eastern Europe and describe them in a humorous manner. The Polish are sometimes presented in a ridiculous light, and the Jews appear with long side-locks and large noses. Each of the plates is annotated in Polish, German and Hungarian. The plates are in the original paper envelope. Rare and bibliographically unknown, no additional copies located. 49x32 cm. Plates in good condition, minor tears at borders. Tears to envelope.
Circular with Theodor Herzl's signature. Vienna, January 1902. German. Sent on behalf of the Va'ad HaPoel of the Histadrut Labor Federation. Content: Call of action to realize the decisions of the Zionist Congress and request to send written lists of Jewish organizations for delivery of weekly Die-Welt (Zionist movement journal), to spread the concept of Zionism and to unite worldwide Zionist organizations and activists. Leaf 28 cm. Good condition. Tears to file holes.
Ofra Haza, portrait photograph by fashion photographer Mula Eshet. Signed by photographer on reverse side and numbered, 1/5. 60x49 cm, framed 78.5x65 cm. Very good condition.