The Auction was held on 22/01/19
Download PDF VersionDownload PDF
Approximately 125 drafts, written by hand, typewritten or written on galley proofs, for decrees issued by Dov Yosef as governor of Jerusalem during the Israeli War of Independence. Jerusalem, [1948-1949]. Hebrew (one item in English).
The drafts in this collection are from various stages of editing (some are written on notes and some are typewritten and stapled as booklets), and they record the work done by Yosef during the war, the procedure of wording laws, and life in besieged Jerusalem. Among them: thirteen drafts for Order no. 1, announcing that Dov Yosef is the Governor and that Jerusalem and its inhabitants are under his command; eleven drafts to Order no. 2, that includes the "held area" in Jerusalem in the zone of the State of Israel; dozens of galley proofs of the compilation "Decrees, orders and notices", with comments and additions handwritten by Yosef; drafts for decrees concerning annexation of neighborhoods occupied by IDF, abandoned property, supervision of food supply, limitations on residential rent, curfew on neighborhoods on the border, cancellation of claims against the administration and its representatives, and other subjects.
Dov (Bernard) Yosef (1899-1980), jurist and minister in Israeli governments, born in Montreal. On August 2, 1948 he was appointed military governor of Jerusalem and was in charge of its civil, economic and military matters. Yosef became governor when the city was besieged, with its destiny pending, and saw himself being responsible for supporting the citizens and strengthening Jerusalem's status as the capital of Israel. In his book "Kirya Ne'emana…1948" (Schocken, 1960), Yosef told about his feelings when he undertook this mission: "Most of my life I sat in Jerusalem… at that moment I felt the wings of providence, and I was praying for success in this crucial position imposed on me" (Hebrew).
Size and condition vary. Good overall condition. Minor blemishes. Filing holes. Tears and open tears at margins of some leaves (mostly small).
Collection of Booklets, Photographs and Paper Items – Provisional Institutions for the Establishment of the State of Israel – The People’s Council, the People’s Administration, the Provisional State Council and more – 1948-1949
Twenty-one booklets, photographs and paper items documenting the activities of the provisional institutions for the establishment of the State of Israel. Tel Aviv and elsewhere, ca. 1948-1949.
Seven booklets, including: • People's Administration sheet, with directives and notices. Tel Aviv, 1 Iyar (May 10) 1948. • People's Council. Tel Aviv, 7 Iyar (May 16) 1948, "Printed with permission of the Provisional Government". Protocols of the four sessions of the People's Council, which took place between May 4th and May 14th. • Provisional People's Council, first session. Tel Aviv, 7 Iyar (May 16) 1948. Protocol booklet. • Makeup of the Provisional People's Council and its committees. [Tel Aviv?], Kislev (December) 1948. Booklet detailing the members of eleven committees of the Provisional People's Council: the defense committee, the constitutional committee, the state emblem and flag committee and other committees. • Records: The legal codex, issue no. 1. [Tel Aviv], 17 February 1949. • And more.
Three documents: • Order of the Constitutional Assembly (declaration of delegates) for 1949. Typewritten and mimeographed draft for the swearing-in procedure of the delegates of the State of Israel's Constituent Assembly. Includes one amendment in handwriting. • Declaration of the delegates of the Constituent Assembly. Typewritten and mimeographed note with the final version of the swearing-in text (apparently distributed to the delegates at the ceremony). • Currency order for 1948.
Seven photographs from sessions of the provisional councils, including: • Three photographs from the swearing-in ceremony of Chaim Weizmann as president of the Provisional State Council on September 30, 1948 (Chaim Weizmann's speech, David Ben Gurion's speech and Yosef Sprinzak's speech). • Two photographs from the swearing-in ceremony of Chaim Weizmann as President of the State of Israel, on February 17, 1949, attended by David Ben Gurion, Moshe Dayan, rabbis and ministers and other dignitaries (the photographs are identical; one is in a large format). • And more.
Four souvenir items: • Pin commemorating the establishment of the State of Israel, designed in the shape of the "Partition Plan" with the inscription: "State of Israel, 5 Iyar 1948". • "Musical postcard" (45 RPM) with a recording of the Declaration of Independence ceremony and "HaTikvah". • Souvenir card published by The Grand Rapids Press newspaper: on one side is an illustration of an Israeli family waving the Israeli flag, and on the other is a photograph of the newspaper issue reporting on the declaration. • "Shana Tova" card with a picture from the swearing-in ceremony of Chaim Weizmann as President of Israel.
Enclosed: • Announcement of the Chief Commander of the Irgun to the People of Zion. [Jerusalem, ca. 1948]. "Broadcast on 6 Iyar (May 15) 1948, on 'Kol HaHerut', the broadcasting station of the Irgun". • Letter from July 1, 1948 from Otte Wallish to the representative of Keren HaYesod regarding the Israeli flags and the portrait of Theodor Herzl lent by Keren HaYesod (apparently with regard to the flags and portrait hung in the hall during the Declaration of Independence).
Size and condition vary. Good-fair overall condition. Stains. Filing holes, creases and blemishes (mostly minor). Tears and restored tears to part of the items. Three missing pages at the end of the session of the Provisional State Council protocol booklet
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.
Approximately 400 letters, documents and paper items, belonging to Isser Pen, financial advisor to Chief of Staff and head of Supply Wing in the Ministry of Defense. Haifa, Tel-Aviv, Paris, London and other locations. Late 1940s to mid 1960s (a number of items from later years). Hebrew, some French and English.
The collection includes:
• Dozens of letters from leaders and military figures, among them: a letter signed by David Ben-Gurion, typewritten on official stationery of "State of Israel, Defense Minister Office", dated 29.2.1953; notice of appointment of Ya'akov Dori, first IDF Chief of Staff; Two notices of appointment and three letters signed by hand by Yigael Yadin, second IDF Chief of Staff; five letters hand-signed by Mordechai Maklef, third IDF Chief of Staff; two notices hand-signed by Moshe Dayan, fourth IDF Chief of Staff; as well as letters from deputy Chief of Staff Yosef Avidor, Head of Medical Corps Avraham Atzmon, Chief Communications officer Yitzchak Almog, Commander of Intelligence Binyamin Gibli, David Ben-Gurion's military adjutant Nehemia Argov, and others.
• About 20 letters and paper items from the Independence War period: two notices of appointment dated 16.4.1948, assigning Pen the task of "managing all wireless communication in the Haifa region"; two certificates of exemption from duty (different from each other), awarded to Penn in May-June, 1948. One ink-stamped with the "Haganah Haifa Headquarters" stamp and the other ink-stamped with the "Va'adat HaMatzav" stamp; "Urgent" letter, dated 24.11.1948, sent to Penn on behalf of Moshe Carmel, commander of north front. Appointment as investigation committee member to "investigate the horrible actions executed during Operation Hiram", and more.
• Dozens of letters and documents documenting Penn's role in acquisition operations in the 1950s, among them eight letters from Shimon Peres (then Director General of Ministry of Defense).
• Other items.
Size and condition vary. Good-fair overall condition.
Approximately 260 letters hand-signed by Israeli politicians, military and public figures, sent to the diplomat and ambassador Shimshon Arad. Ca. 1960s to 1990s (most are from the 1960s). Hebrew (a number of letters in English).
The collection contains, among other things letters from Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion; Prime Minister Moshe Sharett; Chiefs of Staff Moshe Dayan, Yigael Yadin and Haim Bar Lev; politicians and ministers Abba Eban, Pinchas Sapir, Shimon Peres, Teddy Kollek, David Hacohen, Beba Idelson, Yosef (Tommy) Lapid and others; Uzi Narkiss, head of the Central Command during the Six Day War; Mordechai Hod, commander of the Israeli Air Force during the Six Day War; Meir Amit, head of the Mossad; Supreme Court President Meir Shamgar; Gavriel Tsifroni, CEO of Habima Theatre; Moshe Zak and Shalom Rosenfeld, editors-in-chief of Maariv; author and translator Aharon Amir; and others.
The letters, which are handwritten or typewritten (many of them on official stationery), deal with a variety of personal and public subjects: the question of the territories; David Ben-Gurion's resignation from the Mapai party; the changing of generations in the Labor movement; the religious splinter groups joining Likud; the form of government in Israel; the presidential elections in the United States; Jewish communities throughout the world; the relations between Israel and other countries worldwide; and more.
Shimshon Arad (1923-2015) joined the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1948. He held high-ranking positions in embassies in the United States and was later named Israel's ambassador to Mexico City and The Hague. He retired from public service in 1973.
Enclosed: Camp David – The Unfinished Business by Abba Eban, United States, 1978. Printout from the periodical Foreign Affairs, hand-signed by Abba Eban.
Size and condition vary. Good overall condition.
Two intelligence reports concerning battles in Jerusalem - War of Independence. [Jerusalem?], 1948.
1-2. Report from April 9, 1948, typewritten and mimeographed, containing a preliminary report about the death of Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni, the commander of the Arab forces in Jerusalem, in the battle of the Castel. The report, which is addressed to "Eldad" and "Hashmonai" (apparently Eldad Orbach-Avidar, commander of the Nahshon Battalion, and intelligence officer Yaakov Eini) from "Tzaddik" (apparently intelligence officer Moshe Diskin), gives news that was received from "Yehiam" (Mordechai Gazit), commander of one of the companies that took part in the battle: "One Arab apparently lost his way and reached the headquarters, where he was killed, and a handgun, a Sten and important papers were found on him. His name – Abd El-Khadr Sulim….". A handwritten note in parentheses appears near that sentence: "Abdel Qadr Husayni". The report also refers to the troops’ exhaustion, the urgent need to replace them, and the fall of Haim Cohen, one of the combat soldiers (his personal information appears at the bottom, together with orders to notify his family of his death, and the handwritten note: "His body has not yet been found").
Two copies (the same handwritten additions appear on both).
 leaf, approx. 32.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Creases and slight stains. Filing holes and pinholes. Tears and open tears in the margins (not affecting text).
3. Report from March 13, 1948, typewritten, containing accounts by two combat soldiers who had returned from Operation Shmuel (an attempt by the Haganah to attack Arab vehicles on the Ramallah-Latrun highway). In their accounts, the two soldiers, Yitzhak Goldberger and Yitzhak Silberstein, describe the chain of events of the operation, the array of forces, the discovery of the ambush and the retreat under fire. The report also contains a handwritten sketch of the arrangement of the troops, with the names of the combat soldiers who took part in the action.
Only three of the nineteen combat soldiers who took part in Operation Shmuel returned alive. The writer of the report and those to whom it was addressed are the same people noted in the above paragraph, with two others: "Shadmi" [Issachar Shadmi?] and "Ben Yehudah" [Netiva Ben-Yehudah?].
2 pp, 33 cm. Good condition. Some creases and blemishes. Pinholes in the upper margin (not affecting text).
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.