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Voyage dans le Levant by M. Le C.te [Louis Nicolas Philippe Auguste] Forbin. Paris: L'imprimerie Royale, 1819. French. First edition printed in 325 copies only. Two parts in one volume.
A large-format travelogue documenting the journey of Baron Louis Nicolas Philippe Auguste de Forbin to Near Eastern countries – starting in Greece, along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, throughout Palestine, and finally to Egypt. The first part of the book describes de Forbin’s journey, and the second contains 70 lithographs after the paintings of many artists, eight aquatints after watercolor drawings by de Forbin, and two engravings depicting the architectural plan of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and sketches of the Great Pyramid in Giza, archaeological artifacts, and the Catacombs of Milos.
According to Jacques Charles Brunet, the book was printed in 325 copies.
The engravings and lithographs depict antiquities, landscapes and scenes from everyday life in the cities and various sites throughout the East: holy sites and inhabitants in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Acre, Jaffa, Ashkelon and Gaza; the pyramids and other antiquities in Egypt; sites in Athens, Constantinople, Alexandria and Cairo; and more. The lithographs, by Godfroy Engelmann, were prepared after paintings by Carle Vernet, Émile Jean-Horace Vernet, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Claude Thiénon, Jean-Pierre Granger, and others. The aquatints were prepared by Philibert-Louis Debucourt.
Baron Louis Nicolas Philippe Auguste de Forbin (1779-1841), a neo-Classical painter by training, was appointed Director-General of the Louvre Museum in 1816. Soon afterward, in 1817, de Forbin set out at the head of a delegation to the East in order to purchase antiquities for the museum (including a statue of the goddess Sekhmet that is on exhibit at the Louvre). The delegation included, among others, an engineer, a cartographer, and painters.
 leaves, 132 pp; 78,  plates, 72 cm. Good-fair condition. Many stains, including foxing and dampstains. Some tears and open tears at margins, some medium tears at margins of plates. Long tear to plate no. 10, restored. A widthwise tear to plate no. 18, reinforced with adhesive tape. Some worming at margins of leaves. Creases. New leather binding.
De Abbreviaturis Hebraicis, Dictionary of Hebrew Abbreviations in the Talmud, by Johannes Buxtorf. Basel: Conradi Waldkirchi, 1613. Latin and Hebrew. First edition.
The important book by the Hebraist and scholar Johannes Buxtorf (1564-1629), explaining Talmudic abbreviations. At the end of the book is a bibliography of about 300 works from the Literature of the Sages, an index of abbreviations appearing in the Mishna, a short review of the history of the Talmud and other parts.
 leaves, 335 pp, 16.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Creases. Folding marks to corners and blemishes. Tear to margins of title page and open tear to one leaf. On the inside of the front binding are handwritten notes (in Hebrew, Arabic, Greek and other languages). Worn and damaged binding, with tears to spine, corners and margins. A label is glued to the bottom of the spine.
E. M. Lilien, Eine Künstlerische Entwickelung Um Die Jahrhundertwende [E.M. Lilien, Artistic Development at the turn of the century], by Lothar Brieger. Berlin-Vienna: Benjamin Harz, 1922. German.
A monograph about the artistic work of Ephraim Moshe Lilien, by the journalist and art historian Lothar Brieger-Wasservogel. The book is accompanied by 226 reproductions of works by E.M. Lilien. Copy no. 36 out of an edition of one hundred numbered copies; signed by the author. An etching by Lilien at the opening of the book, signed in pencil.
260 pp +  plate (etching), 29 cm. Leather binding with gilt title and decorations. Good condition. Minor blemishes to binding and spine.
Les Antiquités Judaïques et le peintre Jean Fouquet [The Antiquities of the Jews and the Painter Jean Fouquet], by Paul Durrieu. Paris: Librairie Plon, Plon-Nourrit et Cie, 1908 [on the last leaf: 1907]. French.
Book by art historian Paul Durrieu about the illustrations by French painter Jean Fouquet (1420-1481) to Josephus Flavius’ "The Antiquities of the Jews." Copy number 18 of an edition of 50 copies, printed on thick, high-quality paper sheets, unbound.
At the end of the book are 27 plates, with prints of illustrated pages from the original work: the marriage of Adam and Eve, the Israelites in the desert, David learns of the death of Saul, and other images. Each plate is accompanied by a tissue guard on which is printed a description of the illustration and the number of the page on which it appears.
, 132,  pp +  print plates (numbered), approx. 41 cm. Good condition. Stains and slight damage (mostly to first and last leaves and to margins). First and last sheets with paper covers. Restored tear to paper cover of first sheet. Inserted in folder (modern), with pieces of the original folder.
Four pins – "Mishmar HaAm", [Jerusalem, ca. 1948].
• Two pins with figures of two soldiers on the background of a Star of David, with the Tower of David behind. • Pin with the legend "Mishmar HaAm, Hevel 4, 1948". • Pin with the legend "Mishmar HaAm / Jerusalem, 1948-1949".
Enclosed: a pin with a figure of a fighter, on the background of Jerusalem, and the inscription "Mezuda".
"Mishmar HaAm" – a unit of volunteers formed in Jerusalem in 1947 to maintain public order. The unit was composed of people not recruited for age or health reasons. Units of "Mishmar HaAm" were also active in Haifa, Tel-Aviv and Safed.
Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.
Six broadsides and leaflets concerning the plan of the British to deport illegal immigrants on the ships Milos, Pacific and Atlantic to Mauritius, and five postal items sent from and to Mauritius detention camp. Palestine, 1940; Mauritius, 1941-1945.
The ships Milos, Pacific and Atlantic arrived at the shores of Palestine between November 15 and November 24, 1940, carrying 3,500 refugees from Europe, among them refugees who were imprisoned in concentration camps. The journey was organized by Berthold Storfer on behalf of the Central Office for Jewish Immigration established by the Nazi authorities in Vienna. The three ships were captured by the British at sea and led to Haifa. On November 25, after the passengers of Pacific and Milos and some of the Atlantic passengers boarded the Patria deportation ship meant to sail to a British detention camp in Mauritius, the Haganah organization sabotaged the ship; it sank, taking the life of more than 250 immigrants. The Jewish Yishuv managed to leave the Patria survivors in Palestine, while the rest of the Atlantic passengers, 1700 persons, were deported to Mauritius and were detained there until the end of World War II.
1-6. Six broadsides and leaflets: • Broadside dated 8.11.1940, to the "Jewish Yishuv", publicizing the intention of the British to "deport those who escaped torture… to an island near Madagascar". The broadside also declares that the "Yishuv will not let those who escaped from exile be deported to a second exile" (Hebrew). • Two broadsides on behalf of "Mishmar HaYishuv" announcing a general strike on 20.11.1940. • Protest leaflet on behalf of "Mishmar HaYishuv", dated 9.12.1940, against the British plan to deport the Atlantic passengers to Mauritius. • Leaflet on behalf of "Mishmar HaYishuv" dated 10.12.1940, calling for a general strike "against the deportation of 1700 of Atlantic immigrants". • Broadside announcing that passengers of Atlantic boarded the deportation ships.
7-11. Four postal envelopes and a postcard, with postal stamps and ink-stamps, sent by prisoners in Mauritius and to them: • Envelope sent from Canada to Mauritius detention camp in 1941. • Two envelopes sent from Mauritius detention camps to Palestine in 1943. • Envelope sent from Mauritius detention camp to a soldier in the Jewish Brigade, 1945. • Postcard with a handwritten letter (German) sent from Mauritius detention camp to Haifa, 25.2.1945. In the letter, the sender, Adolf Gerstl, informs his daughter Kathie that he was released from the detention camp with all the other detainees, however there are not enough ships and if the Yishuv will not assist, they might stay on the island for much longer.
Size and condition vary. Good to fair overall condition.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.
75 photographs portraying Haifa, Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv and other Jewish settlements in Palestine. Palestine, [ca. 1920s].
In the collection: • 24 photographs of Haifa, including photographs of the Hejaz railway station, the memorial constructed in honor of the train, Haifa bay prior to the construction of the port, HaCarmel Street in Haifa, cemetery for World War I casualties and more. • 17 photographs of Jerusalem - Valley of Josaphat, Nablus Gate, Tiferet Israel synagogue, Allenby hotel, Bezalel buildings, Alliance school, Rachel's Tomb, and more. • Galei Aviv casino in Tel-Aviv. • Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium in Tel-Aviv. • 29 photographs of colonies and settlements – Kineret; the great yard and the cowshed in Merhavia; main building and Karl Netter's grave in Mikve Israel; Ben Shemen; Great synagogue; palm tree boulevard and water tower in Rishon LeZion; Rehovot; and more. • Factory for cardboard boxes in Tel-Aviv. • More.
Some of the photographs were retouched by hand, probably for printing purposes. Numerous photographs are titled on the back, a small number in pen and the majority in pencil (Hebrew and German).
The provenance: archive of Gershon Ben, owner of "Pirsum Ben" advertising agency in Tel-Aviv.
Enclosed: Gershon Ben's business card.
Average size: 16.5X11.5 cm (one 14X9.5 cm photograph and one 17X14 cm photograph). Good condition. Minor blemishes and tears to a number of photographs. A tear reinforced with adhesive tape on one photograph.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.
Six etchings by Yosl Bergner (1920-2017), for "The Vulture", a short story by Franz Kafka. [Australia: Port Jackson Press], 1989.
Six etchings out of a series of seven etchings by Bergner, inspired by Kafka's story "The Vulture". The etchings are all hand-colored in watercolors, dated and hand-signed by Bergner, in pencil. By one of the etchings appears a dedication handwritten by Bergner (English), with a drawing of two apples, dated 1996.
 etchings (out of 7) + printed leaf – English translation of "The Vulture". Etchings: 15X10 cm; leaves 28X38 cm. Good condition. Minor stains.
About 30 certificates, documents and forms, documenting the life of a Jewish couple in Poland after the holocaust. Warsaw, Lublin, Szczecin and other places, 1943-1950 (most items are from the second half of the 1940s). Polish. Some German, Hebrew and Russian.
These documents and certificates belonged to Norbert Majewski and his wife Sofia Nina, and they include an interesting documentation of Jewish life in Poland after the holocaust. Among the documents: Identity Card (zaswiadczenie tożsamości) given to Norbert Mjewski on 23.8.1945, with his photograph; certificate issued by the Central Committee for Polish Jews (Centralny Komitet Zydow Polskich), given to Norbert Majewski on 28.12.1945; Three registration cards (Karta Rejestracyjna) in the Polish Tax Authority (Urzad Skarbowy), from the years 1947-1948; two certificates (Zaświadczenie) on behalf of the Israel State representative in Poland (Poselstwo Państwa Izrael), from 1949; Two identity cards (Dowod Tożsamości) given to the couple by the Polish Government in 1949 (with their photographs and personal details), with various border stamps (used, most probably, by the couple as passports); and more documents. In addition, the collection includes a "Service Card" (Dienstausweis), issued in 1943 for another family member, by the German authorities in Warsaw (with his photograph, personal details and Nazi Germany ink-stamps).
Enclosed: "Mein Lebenslauf" (My Biography), two typewritten pages (German), detailing the biography of Norbert Majewski from the day of his birth until his arrival in Israel; three documents issued to the couple in Israel.
Size and condition vary. Fair-poor overall condition. Stains, creases, folding marks, tears and open tears at margins (some long). A number of items are torn lengthwise or widthwise.
Nine pins for submarine flotilla soldiers.
Among them: • Three early pins – pin of a soldier in one of the early submarines. One pin is gold plated (commander's pin?). • Two pins given to soldiers with ten years seniority.
Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.
Ten photographs of immigrants in their country of origin and in Israel. [ca. 1950s].
The photographs portray a Yemenite woman by her tent in Habban; a girl from Habban in Moshav Bareket; A Moroccan woman in Moshav Lachish and other immigrants from various countries in transit camps ("Ma'abarot") and with representatives of the Israeli authorities.
Eight of the photographs are signed by hand, by Carmi.
30X24 cm to 40X30.5 cm. Good condition. Minor creases and blemishes to margins of some photographs.
Melbourne Hebrew Congregation. Form of Service for the Consecration of the K"K She'erith Israel Synagogue Bourke Street West. Melbourne: Walker, May & Co., . English.
Prayer Service booklet for the reopening of the She'erith Israel Congregation Synagogue in Melbourne, Australia.
The Melbourne Hebrew Congregation, the oldest Jewish community in Melbourne, was founded in 1841. In 1847, the congregation's first synagogue was founded on Bourke Street, containing 100 seats. In the 1850s, 300 Jewish families arrived in Melbourne from London and Prussia, and the need arose to expand the synagogue. It was newly inaugurated in 1877, with over 600 seats.
 leaf (printed front cover), 16 pp,  leaf (blank back cover), 21 cm. Good condition. A number of light stains to cover. The booklet, with the original paper cover, is bound in a new nylon cover.
Not in NLI.
Haggadah shel Pesach mit a sotsyalistishn nosach [Passover Haggadah – socialist version]. Podgórze: Binyamin Geizhals for "Der Sotsyaldemokrat", 1919. Yiddish.
A Yiddish parody of the Passover Haggadah, with a socialist interpretation. The characters are from a Jewish Shtetl: R. Shmuel owns a factory, R. Meir is a banker, R. Zerach is a moneylender, and R. Tudris is a Rabbi. They discuss socialist matters thus interpreting the story of Passover and the Exodus from Egypt.
According to the Haggadah, it was first published in Krakow in 1900 by the Bund; an additional edition was published in the United States in 1910. This is one of the earliest non-traditional Haggadot.
23 pp, 15 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and creases. Minor tears and blemishes. Tears along the spine, reinforced with three pieces of tape.
Souvenirs d'Orient, Terre-Sainte, album pittoresque des sites, villes et ruins les plus remarquables de la Palestine, Photographié et édité par Félix Bonfils [Souvenirs from the Orient, the Holy Land, Photograph Album… Photographed and Edited by Felix Bonfils]. Alais (Alès, France), 1878. French, German and English.
"Souvenirs from the Orient - the Holy Land", a small-format album with thirty photographs of Palestine by Felix Bonfils. The photographs are mounted on thick sheets (printed beneath each photo is its title, in French), and accompanied by leaves of text about the photographed sites (in French, English and German).
The photographed sites include: Jaffa; Jerusalem's various sites, including the Western Wall, the Valley of Josaphat, David's Tomb, the Mosque of Omar on the Temple Mount, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Gethsemane and the Church of Saint Anne; the Dead Sea, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Mount Carmel, and more.
, 1-24, 26-30 text pages + 30 plates of photographs. One text leaf is missing. Photos: 9.5X7.5 cm, leaves: 17X12.5 cm. Gilt edges. Good condition. Some stains and creases. Minor blemishes to binding.
Ten prints of photographs by Alexander Ganan. Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Hebron. [1930s-40s].
Prints on thick paper, mounted on paper sheets. Among them: • The Old City of Jerusalem: Nablus Gate, a lane on the way to the Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, and more. • Bethlehem and Hebron. • Portrait of an Arab boy. Nine prints are signed in pencil, "Ganan". Some are titled by hand.
Alexander Ganan, an Israeli photographer born in Hungary, opened a photography studio in Jerusalem in the early 1930s and specialized in portrait photography and outdoor photography in a romantic-pictorial style. Died ca. mid 1970s.
Ten prints, 12X17 cm. Mounted on paper sheets: 22X29.5 cm. Good condition. Some stains and blemishes.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.
Dix Dessins de la Vie Juive [Ten Drawings of Jewish Life], a portfolio of ten prints by Abraham Goldberg. Paris: La Triangle, [ca. 1932]. One of a limited edition of 100 numbered copies. First edition.
The portfolio contains ten prints depicting Jewish figures. The prints are mounted on thick paper plates, and each print is hand signed and numbered by Goldberg. This is copy no. 2 from an edition of 100 copies; signed and dedicated by Abraham Goldberg on the inner front cover: "To dear Steinberg, Abraham Goldberg. Paris 23 October 1932."
Abraham Goldberg (1906-1980) was a Jewish artist who immigrated to Palestine from Poland as a youth. He studied in Paris and in the United States; during the Holocaust he hid out in occupied Paris.
Rare. No copies on OCLC (which lists only copies from the second edition, printed in 1934 in 500 copies).
Prints: 23.5X21.5 cm to 27.5X21.5 cm. Plates: 56X37 cm. Cardboard portfolio cover with cloth ribbons. The prints are in good condition. Some stains, creases and small tears to the plates, not affecting the prints. The tissue guards are partly torn and stained and some are missing. Light tears and stains to portfolio cover. Ribbons mostly missing.
A footed goblet. [United States], dedication from 1863.
Silver (not marked), engraved.
A footed goblet, engraved with vegetal patterns. A dedication in engraved within a medallion surround by a wreath of leaves: "Grace Louise, from Lizzie F. Broun. Feb 6th 1863".
Height: 12 cm. Diameter of base: 5.5 cm. Good condition. Slight bends.
"Athlit Salt", enamel sign. [Palestine, 1930s or 1940s].
Large enamel sign with the logo of the salt factory in Athlit (a deer inside a red triangle) alongside the inscription "Athlit Salt" in Hebrew, English and Arabic.
The Palestine Salt Co. Ltd. Athlit was founded in 1922 by Mordecai Surdin and Israel Kassel, after the Jewish Colonization Association obtained a permit for this enterprise from the British Mandate authorities. Today the company operates under the name "Israel Salt Industries" and the brand "Salt of the Earth".
60X30 cm. Good-fair condition. Scratches. Breaks to enamel, especially to the sign's edges. Stains. Bends. Foxing. Holes for hanging at the sign's four corners.
Manuscript – lectures about Judaism and the Hebrew language. Rhydygors [south-west Wales], 1781-1782. English (written in shorthand, except for the title page and the table of content), with some Hebrew. Second volume.
The manuscript is divided into chapters (lectures) dealing, among other subjects, with the Temple and its vessels, the synagogue, Hebrew orthography, and more. The volume opens with a title page: "Dan. [Daniel] Daviess… / Written at Rhydygors / Dom. 1781 1782 / Tom II". The manuscript is bound in a leather binding with a title on the spine: "Jewish Antiquities 2". It seems that this is a volume with summaries of lectures written by an academy student in Wales.
, 270-274, 1-187,  leaves (most are written on one side), 15.5 cm. Good condition. Thick paper. Some stains. Stains, small tears and blemishes to binding.
Volume containing two books on the geography of Palestine. Amsterdam, 1704-1707.
1. Geographia Sacra ex Veteri et Novo Testamento Desumta, by Nicolas Sanson. Amsterdam: Franciscus Halma, 1704. Latin.
The book "Sacred Geography" by French cartographer Nicolas Sanson (1600-1667). The book includes four folded maps (engravings) including a map of Palestine (with a division into tribal lands) and a map of Judea, Samaria and the Galilee. Appearing in the beginning of the book are two additional engraved plates, one with a portrait of the author.
2. Onomasticon Urbium et Locorum Sacrae Scripturae. Amsterdam: Franciscus Halma, 1207 [i.e. 1707]. Latin and Greek.
Book on the places of settlement mentioned in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. With a large map of the Land of Israel (folded engraving).
Two books bound together: 15, , 111, 16, 51,  pp +  plates; , 192 pp +  plate, 44.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Worming and a few small tears. Paper pasted to margins of some leaves at the beginning of the volume (for restoring the worming holes). Ink inscription on verso of title page of the first book. Fine vellum binding. Paper label glued onto inside front binding.
A token in the value of 1 Karb, issued by the Jewish community in the town of Shepetivka (Kamieniec Podolski, Ukraine).
Obverse: Legend in Ukrainian ("Jewish public council of Shepetivka") and the denomination. Reverse: The legend "Jewish public of the town" in Hebrew characters, vowelized. The letter "ל" is reversed.
Diameter: 28 mm.
Plate decorated with figures of the spies. Product of Bezalel, the SHARAR group, Jerusalem, [first half of the 20th century].
Repoussé and embossed copper.
At the center of the plate is an embossed medallion presenting the figures of two spies carrying a cluster of grapes. The plate's edges are decorated with stalks of grain and medallions recalling ancient coins. Soldered to the back of the plate is a thin platelet with the inscription: "Made in Palestine at the Art Workshop SHARAR, Bezalel Jerusalem".
Diameter: 22 cm. Good condition. Bends. Minor blemishes. Corrosion. Hanger on the plate's back.
A Class Book for Jewish Youth of Both Sexes, by H. A. Henry. New York: L. H. Frank, 1866. English. Second Amercian edition.
A textbook for Jewish children containing excerpts from the Bible, religious laws, customs, stories, and Jewish history.
The author, Henry Abraham Henry (London, 1800/1806 – U.S., 1879), was a rabbi and teacher in London. He served, among other positions, as the principal of the Jewish Free School. In 1849, he immigrated to the United States, where he served as the rabbi of various communities, including Shearith Israel in San Francisco.
V, , 8-124 pp, 19 cm. Good condition. Small tear at inner margins of first page. Cloth-covered cardboard binding, slightly faded, with slight tears and blemishes. Tears to spine.
Five medals with the tetragrammaton. Holland, 1574-1602.
1. Medal from 1574. Obverse: a triangle with Holland's coat of arms below it, and the legend "Lapis Reiectus Caput Anguli". Reverse: the tetragrammaton surrounded by a legend.
2. Medal from 1592, commemorating the liberation of the towns Steenwijk, Ootmarsum and Coevorden by the Dutch army. Obverse: a hand holding a scepter, emerging out of a cloud with the tetragrammaton in it, above town houses. On the margins appears the legend "Zelus Domini Exercituum Fecit Hoc". Reverse: legend in Latin.
3. Medal from 1598. Obverse: three men (representing Spain, Germany and the Catholic inhabitants of Holland), pointing spears and lances towards the sky, surrounded by the legend "Coelum Stolidus qui Territat Armis". Reverse: the three men lying on the ground while fire and lightning are pouring out of a cloud with the tetragrammaton.
4. Medal from 1599. Obverse: the army of Cardinal Andreas von Österreich by the Rhine River. Above them appears the tetragrammaton within a cloud and on the margin appears the legend "Frustra Conatur Inpius". Reverse: the Cardinal with his consultants, surrounded by a legend.
5. Medal from 1602, most probably commemorating the occupation of Grave in Holland. Obverse: the tetragrammaton within flames. Reverse: legend in Latin.
Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.