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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 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.
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.
Picturesque Palestine, Sinai and Egypt, edited by Colonel [Charles] Wilson. Engravings after illustration by Harry Fenn and J. [John] D. Woodward. New York: D. Appleton and Company, [1881-1883]. Two volumes. English.
Detailed and comprehensive guidebook to Palestine and the surroundings, accompanied by 42 engraved plates, two large maps in color (map of Palestine and map of Sinai and Egypt), and numerous illustrations within the text, depicting views, local garments, customs and more.
Two volumes in fine leather bindings, with gilt embossing and gilt edges.
Vol. I:  leaf, X, 480 pp +  engraved plates (including title); Vol. II: X, 476 pp +  engraved plates (including title) and  maps (double plates). 31.5 cm. Good condition. Some stains. Small tears to tissue guards. Bookplates on inside of both front bindings. Ink stamps on bottom margins of each of the title pages. Wear to bindings, mostly to spines and margins.
The Holy City, or historical and topographical notices of Jerusalem, with some account of its antiquities and of its present condition, by George Williams. London: J.W. Parker, 1845. English. First edition.
A research about Jerusalem by George Williams (1814-1878), an Anglican priest and teacher at Cambridge, who arrived in Palestine with the entourage of the first Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem. The book was written in an attempt to refute the research conclusions of Edward Robinson and Eli Smith in Jerusalem regarding the identification of biblical sites.
The book is accompanied by 15 plates, including eleven lithographs depicting views and sites in Jerusalem (one of the lithographs – a bird's eye view of Jerusalem – is printed on a large, linen-backed folding plate), a map of Jerusalem (double plate, partly colored), plan of the interior of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (double plate, hand colored), and more. Some small in-text illustrations.
XV, , 512 pp +  plates, 22 cm. Good condition. Some stains. Half-leather binding.
Ueber die Lehre des Spinoza in briefen an den herrn Moses Mendelssohn [On the doctrine of Spinoza in letters to Moses Mendelssohn] by Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi. Breslau: Gottl. Lowe, 1785. German and French. First edition.
A philosophic-polemic composition by Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi, about Spinoza's philosophy following the author's talks with Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. This book was part of the Pantheism controversy among the philosophers in Berlin about Spinoza's work and the relation between faith and reason.
, 215,  pp, 17.5 cm. Good condition. Some stains. Original leather binding. Blemishes and tears to binding and along the spine. Detached bookmark.
Two photographs of David Ben-Gurion by photographer Boris Carmi. Israel, [the second half of the 20th century].
1. Photograph of Ben-Gurion being greeted by a participant in a convention of Mapai party, [ca.1960]. Signed by Carmi.
2. Photograph of David Ben-Gurion in his study, in Kibutz Sde Boker. Not signed.
30.5X40.5 cm. Good condition. Pieces of adhesive tape on verso. A few stains on verso.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Stones of Palestine, Notes of a Ramble through the Holy Land, by Mrs. [Augusta] Mentor Mott, with a dozen photographs by Francis Bedford. London: Seeley, Jackson, and Halliday, 1865. English.
Impressions from a tour in Palestine, accompanied by 12 photographs by photographer Francis Bedford, including photographs of Jerusalem (Gethsemane, view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, Tomb of Absalom and the Dome of the Rock), Jaffa, Hebron and other towns.
The English photographer Francis Bedford (1816-1894) started photographing during the 1850s. In 1862 he was appointed by Queen Victoria to photograph Palestine and the vicinity while touring the area with Prince of Wales Eduard VII. The photographs in this book were taken during that tour.
On the front endpaper appears a dedication (in English) from 1865.
VIII, 88 pp +  photograph-plates, 20.5 cm (photographs approx. 10X7.5 cm). Gilt edges. Good condition. Some stains to leaves. Slight creases and tears at margins of a number of leaves. Minor blemishes to binding. Cloth strips pasted on top and bottom of spine.
Approximately 80 photographs of Ariel Sharon by different photographers. Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Beirut and elsewhere, ca. late 1960s to early 2000s.
The collection includes a large assortment of photographs, most of them press photos documenting Sharon's military service, his personal life and his political roles. Including: • Three photographs documenting Ariel Sharon's meeting with the Chief of the General Staff Rafael Eitan and head of the Military Intelligence Directorate Yehoshua Sagi near the refugee camps Sabra and Shatila, on the eve of the massacre in the camps. Inscribed by hand on the back of the photographs: "On the roof of the command and control post, morning of September 15, 1982, photographer: Uri Dan". • Arik Sharon and General Avraham Yoffe, both in IDF uniforms, standing with their wives near the Western Wall, apparently shortly after its liberation. • Encounters with artists and intellectuals from Israel and abroad (Gila Almagor, Yigal Bashan, Kirk Douglas and others). • Encounters with politicians from Israel and abroad (Martin Indyk, Abu Mazzen, Yitzhak Shamir, Rafael Eitan and others). • And more.
Most of the photographs are press photos with ink stamps, information notes for the press, descriptions and handwritten instructions for printing.
Total of 80 photographs, size and condition vary. Good overall condition. Stains, tears and blemishes to a number of photographs.
Full annals of the revolution in France, 1830, to which is added, a full account of the celebration of said revolution in the city of New York on the 25th November, 1830 by Myer Moses and William Hone. New York: J.& J. Harper, 1830. English.
A book about the 1830 Revolution, in which the middle class in France overthrew King Charles X and crowned King Louis Philippe. The first part of the book describes the events of this revolution in France. The second part of the book tells about the celebrations held in New York to mark the revolution, concurrently with the celebrations marking 47 years to the end of the American Independence War.
The author of the book, Myer Moses (1779-1833), was born to a Jewish family in the town of Charleston; worked as a bank director and in 1810 was elected to the state legislature of South Carolina. Moses was known as an American patriot. He served as an officer in the 1812 war and was involved in slave trade.
, 255, 151 pp, 18 cm. Fair condition. Numerous stains and creases. Some marginal tears. Ownership inscription on front endpaper. Leather binding, slight stains, blemishes and tears. Front binding slightly loose (detached at top from spine).
Not in NLI.
Palaestina ex Monumentis Veteribus Illustrata, by Hadriani Relandi. Utrecht (Trajecti Batavorum): Guilielmi Broedelet, 1714. Latin, some Greek, Hebrew and Arabic. Two parts in one volume.
Geographical survey of Palestine. Contains 16 engraved plates (of which nine are folded), including a portrait of the author, maps and plans, an engraved frontispiece and a number of small in-text engravings.
Adriaan Reland (also known as Adriaan Reelant / Hadriani Relandi, 1676-1718) was a Dutch geographer, cartographer and philologist and one of the first orientalists. Professor of oriental languages at the University of Utrecht from 1701 and lecturer on the history of the Jewish people.
 leaves, 391,  pp +  engraved plates;  leaf, , 396-511,  pp +  engraved plates; , 516-1068 pp +  engraved plate;  pp, 20.5 cm. Good overall condition. Stains. Some tears and tiny open tears at margins of a few leaves. Tears and minor blemishes to folded maps; a long tear to one of them. Leather binding with gilt decorations, damaged and detached. Front endpaper is detached.
Voices from the Hearth, A Collection of Verses, by Isidor G. Ascher, published by John Lovell, Montrewal / D. Appleton & Co., New York, 1863. English.
A poetry book by Isidore Gordon Gottschalk Ascher (1835-1914), Jewish author and poet, active in Britain and Canada, one of the founders of Temple Emanuel in Quebec and the Young Men's Hebrew Benevolent Society.
A number of poems in the book relate to Jewish subjects, among them: "Esther", "The Traveler and the Tree" (from the Talmud) and "To the Memory of Lady Montefiore". A number of poems are about subjects related to Canada and the United States, including poems about slavery and the American Civil War.
A dedication from 1864, handwritten by the author, appears on the first page (English).
168 pp, 18 cm. Leather binding with gilt decorations. Gilt edges. Good condition. Some stains. Blemishes to margins of binding, and to spine.
Nine early photographs of pioneers and colonies in Palestine. Nahalal, Degania and Kvutzat Kineret, [ca. 1920s].
The photographs depict, among other things: the farm and the eucalyptus orchard in Kvutzat Kineret; a pioneer among palm trees in Degania; different stages of paving a road near Nahalal – transporting rocks with horse carriages, shattering and crashing rocks to gravel with a "new machine"; and more.
Two photographs are signed in the plate: "Zalmania Z. Feigin, Haifa" [Zvi Feigin]. Two photographs are titled in the plate, and all the photographs are titled on the back by hand (German).
Approx. 14.5X9 cm. Good condition. Minor stains and blemishes (mostly to corners, margins and to the back). One photograph has a small open tear at margin.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.
Relacion verdadera del celeberrimo triunfo y victoria que ha conseguido la religion franciscana recuperando los santos lugares de Jerusalen [Relation of the true victory of the Franciscans in recovering the holy places in Jerusalem], by Gregorio Parghelia. Madrid: Juan Garcia Infanzon, [1690?]. Spanish.
A composition by Gregorio Parghelia, the custodian of the Franciscans in Palestine, about strengthening the Custody of the Holy Land in Jerusalem. The composition includes a letter written by the author to the Franciscan Father Juan Alvin.
11 leaves, 19 cm. Bound with a number of blank leaves in a new leather binding. Good condition. Stains. Trimmed margins. The top margins are trimmed with slight damage to the frame of the title page and to page numbering.
Two medals with the tetragrammaton. 17th century.
1. Medal commemorating 100 years since the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. [Saxony], 1617.
Obverse: Frederick III, Elector of Saxony, and Martin Luther, across from each other at a table with an open book. Above them is the tetragrammaton inside a rising sun and a Latin legend. Reverse: a furnace and a snake wound around a staff and the inscription "Egyptus et Israel" [Egypt and Israel], and another legend.
Diameter: 41 mm. Fair condition. Defective minting.
2. Silver medal, presumably minted for the new year. [Saxony?], 1626.
Obverse: the Earth, from which two hands emerge, one holding a sword and the other a spade. Above it is a book from which a third hand emerges, stretching upwards. Surrounding the image is the Latin legend "Perando Orando Laborando Consistit". Reverse: the tetragrammaton inside a rising sun and a German legend.
Diameter: 40 mm.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.
Epitome Historico-Chronologica Gestorum Omnium Patriarcharum, Ducum, Judicum, Regum, et Pontificum Populi Hebraici, by Bartholomaeo Gajo. Rome: Joannis Generoso Salomoni, 1751 (date on last page: 1752). Latin and some Hebrew.
Book in three parts, comprising 143 engravings. Those in the first part of the book present portraits, mostly of Biblical figures, including judges and kings (the portraits are arranged in chronological order, from Adam to Agrippa). The engravings in the second and third parts present portraits of the kings of Babylon, Persia, Greece and Egypt. Alongside the portraits, the engravings contain short biographical texts in Latin (with a few sentences in Hebrew). Red and black lettering on title page.
 leaves,  engraved plates,  leaves;  leaf,  engraved plates,  leaf;  leaf,  engraved plates,  leaf, 35 cm. Good condition. Stains (large dampstains in the beginning of the book). Creases and minor blemishes to margins. Tears to several leaves. Open tear, restored, to first title page. Ink stamps on first pages. New binding, with gilt decorations. New endpapers. Bookplate on inside front binding.
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.