"The book Shelom Yerushalayim [Peace of Jerusalem], In which I Respond to Those who Mocked what is Written in my Book Darchei Noam [Pleasant Paths], printed in the city of Bilogrado [Belgrade]", by Rabbi Judah Alkalai. Ofen (today Budapest), . Ladino (in Rashi script). "Shelom Yerushalayim" [Peace of Jerusalem] by Rabbi Judah ben Solomon Chai Alkalai (1798-1878), rabbi and writer, one of the precursors of Zionism in the 19th century. The greater part of the work is dedicated to hints and evidence from the Bible regarding the salvation that is at hand, and is to begin in the year 1840. Throughout the book the author responds to the mockery voiced against similar writings in the introduction to his work "Darchei Noam". The book also contains in the introduction a first reference on Alkalai's part to the Damascus Blood Libel, which occurred in the same year. Rabbi Alkalai was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia, studied the Torah with his father who was a dayan in the Sarajevo community and with Rabbi Eliezer Papo, author of the "Pele Yoetz". At 27 he was appointed rabbi of the Sephardic community in Semlin (today part of Belgrade), where he also served as a melamed (for which position he wrote his first book, "Darchei Noam", for the instruction of Hebrew). In 1840, following the Damascus Blood Libel, he began to consolidate a plan for solving the problem of the Jewish Exile, based on immigration to Palestine. He disseminated his doctrine regarding settlement in Palestine in various works, and on trips he took to different communities throughout Europe. In his book "Goral la-Adonai" (A Lot for the Lord) he presented a detailed political-Zionist plan for establishing a home for the Jewish people in Palestine [this book, which was certainly familiar to Theodor Herzl since his father had been a pupil of Rabbi Alkalai, greatly influenced Herzl's conceptions and the writing of "The Jewish State"]. Rabbi Alkalai died in 1878, four years after immigrating to Palestine. 10 pp, 102 leaves, 18.5 cm. Good condition. Original leather binding. Stains and creases. Some pen inscriptions. Tears to binding.
Der Judenstaat, Versuch Einer Modernen Lösung Der Judenfrage [The Jewish State: Proposal of a Modern Solution for the Jewish Question], by Theodor Herzl. Vienna-Leipzig: M. Breitenstein, 1896. First edition. German.
"The Jewish State: Proposal of a Modern Solution for the Jewish Question". Herzl's famous book in which he presents the Jewish problem and the need for a political-national solution.
In 1896 a number of German editions of "The Jewish State" were printed, identical except for a slight difference in the floral decoration printed on the last page and on the back cover (see enclosed material). The present copy is accompanied by a printed leaf written by Shlomo Shva: "This is the very first edition, published in 300 copies. In the same year, a second edition of 3,000 copies was published, and a third edition, also of 3,000 copies. The first edition can be identified by the printer's device at the end of the booklet, which contains one flower and points to the left. In the second edition there are two flowers pointing left and right…" (Hebrew).
86 pp, 23.5 cm. Good condition. One leaf is cut in the bottom right corner (without damage to text). Pencil inscriptions, pen notations on two leaves. Small tears to margins of some leaves. Stains to title page and endpapers. A few light stains to main text. New leather binding.
Provenance: Shlomo Shva collection.
Tel Aviv, a Story, by Theodor Herzl. Hebrew version by N. S. [Nahum Sokolow]. Published by the Russian Zionist Organization, "HaTsfira" printing press, Warsaw, 5662 (1902) [on the front cover: 5663; on the reverse of the title page there is a censorship approval from 1903].
First Hebrew translation of Theodor Herzl's utopian novel "Altneuland", published in German in the same year. The Hebrew title is explained on p. 80: "And Friedrich whispered: Tel Aviv! (Altneuland: Tel - an ancient ruin, aviv [spring] - revival, something new blossoms, and that is the place's name). - Indeed! You aimed well. This had been a tel of ages, a tel of ancient ruins, and now it is a tel of spring and of life. On our ancient land we have founded a new state".
 leaf (front wrapper), 319 pp [back wrapper missing], 21 cm. Good-fair condition. Detached binding (with defects). Detached leaves. Stains and tears to some leaves. Stamps. Worming.
Provenance: Shlomo Shva collection.
Tapestry with a portrait of Theodor Herzl gazing at Jerusalem. [1920s]. Machine weave.
The tapestry design is based on an illustration by Ephraim Moses Lilien to the "Lieder des Ghetto" by Morris Rosenfeld. Lilien's illustration, called Der Jüdische Mai [The Jewish May], shows an Exilic Jew entangled in a thicket of thorns seething with snakes, gazing longingly towards the sun rising above Jerusalem.
In the tapestry, Herzl replaces the Exilic Jew. He stands on the left, his hands stretched forward, towards Jerusalem which is on the right (in the East). Between them are mountains and trees, and in the middle is the Dome of the Rock topped by a Star of David. The tapestry's margins are decorated with floral motifs and Stars of David.
Approx. 80X160 cm. Fringes. Good condition.
See: "Herzl in Profile, Herzl's Portrait in the Applied Arts". Tel Aviv Museum, 1978 (Hebrew). This catalogue notes that the tapestry was produced in Eastern Europe.
Carpet with a portrait of Theodor Herzl. [First decades of the 20th century].
On the upper left part of the carpet is a portrait of Theodor Herzl gazing from the balcony in Basel towards the Tower of David and the walls of Jerusalem, beneath them a procession of new immigrants. On the lower part of the carpet is a seven-branched menorah. Surrounding these is a frame decorated with Stars of David.
101.5X60.5 cm. Fringes on upper and lower margins. Good condition. Slight defects. Slightly faded.
Provenance: Willy Lindwer collection.
Portrait of Theodor Herzl in profile, painting on cloth. [Ca. mid-20th century].
137X107 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Unraveling to margins. Some holes and tears.
"Conference of the Zionists, Basel 1897" (Hebrew). [USA, early 20th century].
Portraits of 162 participants in the first Zionist Congress - a picture in a unique format: on the reverse, alongside a New Year Greeting in Hebrew, English and Russian, appear dozens of photos of rabbis, poets and leading Jewish figures, photos of Palestine and of Jewish life. Some of the photos can be folded and conceal other photos. The entire sheet was designed to be folded into a notebook-like pamphlet.
Size of Congress photo when open: 52.5X50 cm. Folded: 9.5X13.5 cm. Fair condition. Tears to folding lines, creases and some stains. Pen inscription beneath the portraits of the congress delegates.
Stenographisches Protokoll der Verhandlungen des II. Zionisten-Congresses gehalten zu Basel vom 28. bis 31. August 1898 [Stenographic Protocol of the Negotiations at the Second Zionist Congress in Basel...]. Industrie Press. Vienna: Verlag des Vereines "Erez Israel", 1898. German.
Proceedings of the sessions of the Second Zionist Congress, held in Basel in 1898. Fine, unique leather binding, embossed with the book's title in golden letters and two groups of seven silvered Stars of David (apparently in reference to the "seven-starred flag" conceived by Herzl).
257,  pp, 22.5 cm. Top edges gilt. Endpapers illustrated with golden flowers. Good condition. Some stains. Stains and slight damage to binding.
Medallion commemorating the Second Zionist Congress, 1898.
Obverse: Five portraits. In the center - Herzl's portrait surrounded by those of Max Nordau, Bernard Lazar, Max Emanuel Mandelstam and Rabbi Moshe Gaster (the name in Hebrew appears under each portrait). The portraits are surrounded by vegetal decorations.
Reverse: a Star of David, in the center of which is the verse "I shall take the sons of Israel and bring them to their land". Surrounding inscription in Yiddish: "Presidium dem 2-tn kongres der tsayonistn in Basel 28-30 August 1898" [Second Zionist congress in Basel].
Diameter: 29 mm. Suspension loop and chain.
Three paper items from the Fourth Zionist Congress in London, August 13-16,1900.
1. Delegate card (blank). On the card is an illustration by D. Willenberg depicting the destruction of Zion, with the verse (in Hebrew), "Zion shall be redeemed by justice, and those in her who repent, by righteousness" (Isaiah 1, 27). Facing is an illustration showing farmers cultivating the land of Palestine, with the Hebrew inscription "Rishon Le'Zion". The card's edges are gilt. 12.5X20 cm. Good condition. Some stains, slight defects to edges.
2. Official postcard. The postcard shows exiles gazing towards the Land of Israel, to which an angelic figure is pointing. Riemer no. 5. 9.5X14 cm. Good condition. Stains, light creases to edges. Has been posted.
3. Programme of Music, the music program for August 16, 1900. 22X29 cm. Good-fair condition. Holes, slight tears and stains. Vertical folding mark. Ownership stamp on reverse.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Simon Cohen.
"The Fifth Zionist Congress in Basel" - official postcard from the 5th Zionist Congress, held in Basel in 1901, with an illustration by E.M. Lilien.
Undivided postcard. Riemer no. 6. Good condition. Stains.
Five postcards with caricatures of the participants of the 19th and 20th Zionist congresses, by Jacob Bickels, a psychiatrist and caricaturist born in Lvov. Switzerland, 1935-1937.
1-4. Four postcards with portraits (caricatures) of the participants of the 19th Zionist Congress. [Lucerne, 1935]. Portrayed are Berl Katznelson, Menachem Ussishkin, David Ben-Gurion and Selig Brodetsky. On the reverse of the postcards is the caption "Caricatures of the Zionist Congress" (Hebrew) - Kongress-Karikaturen. Apparently out of a series of 20 postcards. 15.5X10.5 cm.
5. Postcard with a caricature inspired by the 20th Zionist Congress. Zurich, 1937. Portraits of Haim Weizmann, David Ben-Gurion, Ussishkin and others. Approx. 9.5X14 cm.
Handwritten letter from the Jews of the village of Peki'in to the directors of the Anglo-Palestine Bank. Heshvan 5671 (1910). Hebrew.
In the letter, the Jewish settlers of Peki'in request aid in acquiring land plots around the village and tell of the grim situation of the Jewish settlement in Peki'in, saying that many settlers have left the country.
"We, the Jews of the village of Peki'in, the last survivors of the rural settlements in which our brethren formerly resided from time immemorial, turn to you today… to be our mouthpiece and represent our impoverished, failing community. You should know, our brothers and honorable ministers, representatives of the national bank, that just thirty years ago most of the lands of this village belonged to Jews, and it is only due to the heavy taxes imposed then by the government on our land and produce that nearly all our lands here passed into the hands of strangers… and therefore, since then and until today, our settlement has grown ever smaller and many of us have strayed abroad, for they have no land to sow at all… we thus turn to you now with a request, honored directors, that you attempt to purchase for us land here around the village, in a manner which will be proper to both sides, us and the bank…"
The letter is hand-signed by representatives of the Jewish families in Peki'in, including the Zinati family [according to family tradition, the Zinati family has resided in Peki'in for two thousand years. Margalit Zinati, born in Peki'in in 1931, is today the only Jewish person to live in the village], the Oudi family, the Mizrachi family, the Toma family and others. The letter is also signed with the "Stamp of the Holy Community of Land Laborers in the Village of Peki'in near the Holy City of Safed".
 leaf, folded in half (written on both sides), 29 cm. Good condition. Folding marks and creases, stains, some tiny tears, filing holes (with damage to text).
Provenance: Shlomo Shva collection.
15 items related to the first Maccabiah. [Palestine, early 1930s].
Including: booklet titled "Maccabiah 1932" with a selection of essays by the founders of the "Maccabi" organization and plans of the halls under construction; tickets to the Maccabiah's opening and closing ceremonies; booklet of playing exercises for the Maccabiah orchestra, composed and arranged by Puah Grinshpun; proclamation by Yosef Yekutieli, founder of the Maccabiah, calling on the public to elect Israel Rokach, a member of the organization and its supporter, as mayor of Tel Aviv; leaves of "Yedioth HaMaccabiah", advertisements, and more.
Size and condition vary. Good overall condition. Stains, creases, folding marks and small tears. Ink stamps. Filing holes. One of the booklets is missing two leaves.
Three paper items related to the construction of the Tel Aviv Port, 1937-1938.
1. Share certificate of the "Otzar Mifalei Yam" company, issued on January 15, 1937, with vouchers.
2. "Tel Aviv Port March", booklet of "Otzar Mifalei Yam" with a march set to music (lyrics and notes) by Avraham Aharonov. "Arieli" press, Tel Aviv, 1938.
3. "News! New Song Sold Here: 'The Tel Aviv Port March'". [Tel Aviv, 1938]. Small advertising poster printed on thick paper.
Size and condition vary. Good-fair overall condition.
About 95 different booklets published by Pinchas Grayevsky. Jerusalem, 1920s-1930s.
Including booklets from the series "MiGnazei Yerushalem" ("From Jerusalem's Archives"), "Avnei Zikaron" ("Stones of Remembrance"), "Zikaron LaHovevim HaRishonim" ("Remembrance of the First Hovevim"), "Bnot Tsiyon VeYerushalayim" ("Daughters of Zions and Jerusalem"); the booklet "Haharash VeHaMasger B'Yerushalem" ("The Blacksmith and the Metalworker in Jerusalem"), booklet titled "Album of the Land's Natives" (Hebrew), and more.
Pinchas Grayevsky (1873-1941), scholar and writer, born in Jerusalem. Grayevsky collected historical documents, pictures, personal memoirs and the histories of persons and families in the old yishuv, publishing them in the journal "MiGnazei Yerushalem" which he edited and published, and in many other publications.
Some of the items appear in two copies. Size and condition vary. Fair overall condition. Cover missing or detached on a number of booklets.
Trilingual poster, in Hebrew, Arabic and German, calling the Jews in Palestine to cease their armed struggle and live in peace under Arab rule. [ca. 1917].
The poster, written in Arabic, German and faulty Hebrew, addresses the Jews in the country in an appeasing tone asking them to refrain from the Zionist fight: "thousands and millions of Jews lived and will now live in Arab towns and they have laws… and at the same time we ask the Jews to refrain from doing evil…"
50X35.5 cm. Good condition. Folding marks, some stains and tears at margins.
"Almanshurat Alcharbia Albritania Walalmania Makarna Bin Antantin Manha" - poster on the occupation of Jerusalem by the British. [ca. 1917]. English, French and Judeo-Arabic (Arabic written in Hebrew script).
The poster is printed with the official declaration of Edmund Allenby of a military regime after the occupation of Jerusalem, in English, alongside a proclamation published by the Germans after occupying the city of Holnon, France in 1915. Beneath the two proclamations is a paragraph clarifying and emphasizing the differences between them, particularly the positive attitude of the British occupiers compared to that of the Germans with respect to the native residents of Holnon. At the bottom of the poster is a translation of the two proclamations to Judeo-Arabic.
48.5X75 cm. Fair-good condition. Folding marks, creases and tears to poser margins. Stains.
Provenance: Sassoon family collection.
A.B.C. of the Arab Case in Palestine, by Aziz B. Shihadeh. Jaffa: The Modern Library & Stationery Store, . English.
Short essay on the condition of the Arabs in Mandatory Palestine, from the perspective of the country's Arab public. The essay addresses the Balfour Declaration, the policies of the Mandate government granting privileged status to the Jewish population, the Arab Revolt and more, and contains harsh words against the Jews and their conduct.
46 pp, 19 cm. Good condition. Stains to cover and some leaves. Creases to title page.
About 195 paper items from the archive of Dr. Arthur Brin, a Tel Aviv doctor from Germany, member of the organizations "Brit Shalom" and "Ichud" (founded by Y. L. Magnes) who was active in many organizations for rapprochement between Arabs and Jews. Palestine, 1930s to 1950s. Hebrew, German and English.
Rich and diverse collection from the estate of Dr. Arthur Brin, including: · Some 95 documents in Arthur Brin's hand (mostly in German), with names of contact persons in the Arab leadership and intelligentsia circles, their countries of origin and summaries of their positions. · 36 personal letters, including an extensive correspondence between Dr. Brin and members of the editorial board of the journal "Ba'yot" (Problems) (published by Martin Buber), personal letter signed in the hand of Mordechai Avi-Shaul (listing the reasons for his resignation from the "League for Jewish-Arab Cooperation") and three letters in the hand of Nathan Chofshi, one of the movement's spiritual leaders. · Internal circular summarizing secret meetings between organization members Chaim Kalvarisky and Aaron Cohen and civilian Arab parties in Lebanon. · Large poster of the "Thou Shalt not Kill" League and seven additional posters conveying a message against aggression for all the country's residents. · List of regulations of the "Kedma Mizracha" Association for promoting ties between the Jewish Yishuv and the Near East culture. · "Proposal for Joint Medicinal Work between Jews, Englishmen and Arabs" - draft for a collaborative enterprise between the three medical communities in Palestine in the interests of eradicating epidemics and improving sanitation. · 27 official invitations to conferences, lectures and evening discussions of the "League for Jewish-Arab Cooperation" and "Ichud" in the years 1946-1949; and more.
Size and condition vary. Good-fair overall condition. Stains, creases and tears to some items.
Extreme pressure of international finance on Great Britain's policy, constitutional crisis. Pamphlet in a large format on the subject of British policy in Palestine, published by the National League. London, [1930s]. English.
Memorandum on British Policy in Palestine, specifically - the license to extract salts and minerals from the Dead Sea, granted in 1930 to the "Palestine Potash Company" managed by Moshe Novomeysky. The memorandum, worded harshly, calls for the imposition of British rule on the Dead Sea and urges the British authorities to take steps to settle the "Palestinian problem", "To maintain the pledges given to the Arabs and our long and honoured friendship with the Moslem World". The memorandum is signed (in print) by Margaret Farquharson, the president of the National League.
The National League (National Political League) was founded in 1911 as a non-partisan organization by Margaret Milne Farquharson and Mary Adelaide Broadhurst, both of them activists for women's rights in Britain. Beginning in 1918 the organization focused on a publicity campaign against Bolshevism and in favor of the rights of the Arabs of Palestine. Among other things, the organization struggled to change the principles of the Balfour declaration in favor of the Arabs.
 pp (one sheet folded in two), 43 cm. Good condition. Folding marks and some creases. Some stains.
Only one copy in OCLC.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Simon Cohen.
Six proclamations on behalf of the Jewish yishuv against the British government. Palestine, early 1940s.
Including: · Transcription of the opening broadcast of the "Am Lochem" radio station. · Commemorative notice on behalf of "Mishmar HaYishuv" honoring the fallen in the British sinking of the "Patria". · Proclamation calling for the transformation of the "Jewish Brigades" into a Jewish fighting force. · Proclamation of protest against the "Rule of the White Paper" by "HaNo'ar HaIvri". · Proclamation of protest against the British government's efforts to thwart Jewish immigration to Palestine. · Proclamation calling for the continued struggle against the British government even during the Second World War.
Size and condition vary. Good overall condition. Folding marks, creases, some stains and small tears.
Seventeen proclamations of protest printed in response to the "White Paper" and the limitations imposed in the "Land Transfer Regulations". Palestine, 1940s (most are from 1940). Hebrew and English.
Pamphlets and notices printed by the "Tel Aviv Labor Council" and the "Jewish Community in Jerusalem", calling for a general strike and a protest demonstration, a statement of the "People's Council Assembly", a notice protesting the censorship imposed on the Hebrew press and two harsh notices implicitly calling for a violent struggle. Seven of the notices are large and were intended to be pasted on billboards.
The "Land Transfer Regulations", legislated in February 1940, prohibited Jews from purchasing land and were applied to 95% of the lands of Palestine.
17 proclamations. Size and condition vary. Good overall condition.
105 paper items of the Etzel (Irgun), Lehi and the yishuv leadership. Palestine, 1940s.
· 69 items of the Etzel: 31 issues of the movement's newspaper "Cherut"; 19 proclamations for hanging on billboards and handing out, including transcriptions of the broadcasts of "Kol Tzion HaLochemet"; "HaEmet", booklet with a statement of the "organization's commander" [Menachem Begin] from June 22, 1948; special notice of the newspaper "HaMashkif" regarding the mitigated sentence of two underground movement members, from a death sentence to life imprisonment; "Hine Da'ati", polemic booklet by a member of the organization from Kislev 5708 (1948); 4 round paper labels with an emblem of the organization and slogans; and more.
· 27 items of the Lehi: 11 issues of "HaMa'as"; 4 issues of "HeChazit"; "From the Trial to the Hanging", booklet describing the last hours of the assassins of Lord Moyne, Eliyahu Bet-Zuri and Eliyahu Hakim, prior to their hanging in Egypt; "The Accused Accuse", booklet reviewing the appearance of the organization's members before the English military tribunal in 1944; "Notice regarding the Abuse of a Dying Freedom Fighter by the British Criminals"; and more.
· 9 paper items of the Haganah and yishuv institutions: "At this hour…", single-issue newspaper of the Mapai Central Committee condemning both the underground movements and the British authorities; "To the Hate-Mongerers", speech of David Ben-Gurion from October 4, 1943, printed as a booklet; "Facts and Conclusions", two polemic proclamations condemning the underground organizations in the name of the Jewish authorities; and more.
Size and condition vary. Good-fair overall condition.
Provenance: Shlomo Shva collection.