"A Walk In Iona," (Tiyul BeIona), a poem by Meir Wieseltier. [Kiltartan Publishing, Tel Aviv, 1963]. Wieseltier's first published work, printed in a limited edition of 200 numbered copies. Large cardboard sheet folded into four. Issue number 154.
17X25 cm (folded). Good condition - slight stains, water damage to back side, a bit faded.
First issue of "Pshita - Useful Literary Review For All," edited by Meir Wieseltier with Yona Wollach, Yair Hurvitz and others. The review was published in 1967, immediately following the Six-Day War, featuring wild, biting humor. It featured a poem by Wieseltier, one by Wallach (Lo Lebazbez Et Chodesh May), as well as a prose piece, "A Class in History," by Abraham Heffner, and many more satirical and humoristic pieces, as well as illustrations. The cover features a portrait incorporating Michaelangelo's Moses with Moshe Dayan and Rabbi Shlomo Goren. The editorial states that "Pshita's first assumption is common to all successful Hebrew publications… that the readers are insensitive idiots that will purchase anything offered as long as one demands payment in cash…
Not in National Library, or in other libraries in Israel.
49 cm. Fair condition. Worming and other damage by insects, with losses, but without damage to text. Folding line. Few stains, foxing and wear.
Gog, the only two issues of the poetry periodical edited by Meir Wieseltier, published five years apart from each other.
The first issue, from 1969, includes six Wollach poems including Mifletzet HaAyala, a copy of a drawing by Michael Druks accompanied by a Hanoch Levin text - "Singer Audrey Scissors", as well as poems by Dalya Herz, Yair Hurvitz, Avot Yeshurun, Menachem Braun (later Menachem Ben) and Wieseltier.
The second issue features poems by Zelda, Yair Hurvitz and Wieseltier, a short story by Dan Tsalka, and pieces by Aharon Shabtai and Nissim Calderon.
The first issue is probably from Adam Baruch's library, and includes a dedication by Yair Hurvitz, and the signatures of Menachem Braun and Wieseltier.
Good condition. First issue has partially faded cover.
Dedication by the poet Zelda [Mishkovsky], (1914-1984) to the orthodox Jerusalem poet Lea Tanzman on her 1978 collection of poems "Pnai / HaCarmel Ha Ee Nireh / Al Tirhak," Zelda wrote: "To Leah, from Zelda."
Very good condition. Tanzman's ex-libris on half title page.
Three handwritten letters sent by the poet Yehuda Amichai, between the years 1960-1974.
The first letter, dated 1960, was sent to the poet Avraham Broides, requesting that the latter transfer his request for a grant to The Fund for Encouraging Original Literary Works, so that he could complete a novel called "HaNekama," probably an earlier version of "Lo Achshav Lo MiKan," published in 1963.
The second letter, dated December 1963, was sent to the Hebrew Writers Association in Israel, but referred to The Lamdan Prize Foundation, and contained another request for a financial grant for the writing of a novel. The letter was written shortly after the publication of "Lo Achshav Lo MiMan," but Amichai did not publish another novel until "Mi Yitneni Malon," in 1971.
The third letter, dated 1964, was sent to Dov Chomsky, the secretary-general of the Author's Association, requesting help in collecting a debt from a school in Jerusalem, where Amichai taught. Amichai mentions in the letter a document, which should have boon attached to the the letter, but the document is missing.
Size and condition vary. One letter is in fair condition, with stains, the other two are in good condition with slight tears in the margins. All three letters have filing holes.
"The photo at the display window, Yehuda Amichai (part of the novel 'Skull on the Water,' soon to be published)."
Thirteen typewritten pages, a carbon copy with many handwritten corrections and changes, eventually published as the sixth chapter of Amichai's novel Lo MeAchshav Lo MiKan (Not of this Time, Not of this Place), published in 1963 (pages 35-46).
Some of the corrections are in Amichai's handwriting, others are in Ephraim Broide's handwriting. Broide was the editor of literary periodical Molad, and received the chapter for publication. This draft is different in many details from the final version of the chapter in the novel.
At the time the chapter was written, Amichai's working title for the novel was "Skull on the Water," the name deriving from a Mishna in Pirke Avot which is quoted on the book's half title page (see Hebrew). Eventually Amichai decided to call the novel Not of this Time, Not of this Place.
Written in the first person, this poetic novel is a juxtaposition of two possible, parallel realities, unravelling simultaneously. Yoel arrived in Palestine as child, joined the Palmach and fought in the 1948 War of Independence. In one of the parallel stories he returns to his hometown in Germany to avenge the death of a girl he loved who was murdered in the holocaust, while in the parallel story, he remains in Jerusalem, to cope with his unsuccessful and search for a new love.
13 pages, carbon copy of the period. Good condition, creases, few stains, slight damage to last pages.
1. A short, early, four-line poem by David Avidan, sent to Gabriel Moked (when the latter was still named Gabriel Munwes), on a New Year's greeting card (1952) of "The Peace Committee In Israel." Handwritten poem, punctuated. On the back, Avidan added a greeting: "To my friend (the year "Zarkor"!), David, PS, forgive the delay."
22X7 cm. Good condition. Worn, filing holes and tears, with no loss.
2-3. Two Issues of "Zofar, Bitaon HaTalmid," (titled "Kol Zofar" in the second issue), 1950-1951, featuring Avidan's first published writings, including, perhaps, a poem published under a pseudonym. The first issue features an article titled "Hollwood's Defense of Slavery," criticizing the US film industry after watching a Hollywood film. The second issue features a story by Avidan "Ktatta Shel Rechov" (A Stret Fight). A poem titled "VeHaShemesh Nachon…" is credited to "Azriel Morag," with the name David Avidan handwritten above it. This might be Avidan's first published poem.
Only three issues of Zofar were ever published.
David Avidan was born in 1934, and was 16 in 1950. Zofar, co-edited by Avidan's good friend Gabriel Moked, hoped to become a national, independent paper for high-school students. Other editors included future professor Shlomo Avineri and the poet Israel Pinkas.
Avidan's first poetry book, "Lipless Faucets" was published in 1954 (see item 9)_x000B_24X17 cm. Very good condition. Library stamp on one issue.
Four items related to David Avidan, three in his handwriting.
1. Detailed comments concerning typesetting, apparently for one of his books. The letter is addressed to 'Mr. Eckstein,' it is all in Avidan's handwriting, in green pen, with a full signature at the bottom. The comments are written on the reverse of a loose cover of a notebook.
2. Typewritten letter on Avidan's stationery, addressed to Gabriel Moked, and signed twice, full signature and initials. Verso written in Avidan's handwriting - "to Gabriel Moked". Creases and slight tears.
3. Letter addressed in Avidan's handwriting to Gabriel Moked, in green pen. On the envelope Avidan wrote "in case I don't come to Stern's - call me, 17:00." Instead of writing the name of sender, Avidan applied a sticker with his details, but it is missing. Also on the envelope, in Moked's handwriting - "a note to me from Avidan." Filing holes, creases and folding lines.
4. Envelope of "David Avidan - 30th Century Ltd," addressed to Gabriel Moked, typewritten. The word "by hand" is written on the envelope, apparently in Avidan's handwriting. Filing holes, tears, adhesive tape and staples.
David Avidan - Brazim Arufei Sfatayim, (Lipless Faucets) - Arad Publishing, 1954. Avidan's first book, published in 1954 is considered a revolutionary milestone in Israeli poetry. It includes HaRehovot Mamri'im Leat (later put to music by Assaf Amdurski), HaKetem Nishar Al HaKir, and Mot HaMeshorer.
68 pages. Flawed spine, mostly missing. Few foxing stains in the first and last pages.
Contract between Ms. Havatzelet Habshush, Mr. Pinchas Sadeh and Bezalel Tcherikover, concerning the publication of the book "Hitmasrut, Esrim Ve-Echad Michtavim LePinchas Sadeh” [Devotion, 21 letters to Pinchas Sadeh (Hebrew)]. November 1972. Signed by Habshush, Sadeh and Tcherikover (three times).
A contract arranging the conditions for publication of the book which was published by Tcherikover in 1973 (enclosed is a copy of the book). Havatzelet Habshush (1950-1984) had a relationship with Pinchas Sadeh (1929-1994) after being influenced by his book "HaChayim KeMashal" (Life as a Fable). Twenty one of her personal and intimate letters to Sadeh were published in the book (encouraged by him) and the book became a best-seller. Habshush committed suicide eleven years later.  leaves 32.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Filing holes.
Handwritten letter by Pinhas Sadeh, sent in 1960 to the Yitzhak Lamdan Foundation, requesting a grant which would allow him to complete the novel he was writing for the past year, and which, he believed, would take him another two years to complete. Full signature at the end of the letter.
25X20 cm. Very good condition. Filing holes and tear at the top of the page.
Eight books by Amos Kenan (also spelled Keinan), with dedications to Hanna, probably his lover, and two plays he authored in stencil - one of which was never published.
The books with dedications: BeShotim UveAkrabIm, (selections of Kenan's columns published in Haaretz , BaTachana (1963), HaDelet HaKchula (1972), Les Tireurs de Langue [1974?], Shoa II (1975), MiTachat LaPrachim (1979), El Artzech El Moladetech (1981), Amanut HaPisul BeYisrael, Hipus HaZehut (ed.), .
The plays: Chaverim Mesaprim al Yeshu (Friends talking about Jesus) , satire dealing with Jesus Christ in various situations in modern-day Israel - a child whose home was demolished by the army, an adolescent who is afraid of the deterioration of national security, and a veteran who fought in all of Israel's wars. Mostly gallows humor. 42 pages.
Hora Twist - musical, written with composer Yohanan Zarai, satirizing bourgeois Israelis, their mindlessness and pursuit of comfort. Numbered edition (11). Very rare play, never published and probably never staged. No copy in National Library of Israel.
Various sizes and condition. General condition: good.
Four handwritten poems and a letter by Amir Gilboa.
The poems are four of the seven poems of "Shiv'a" from his 1972 book Ayala Eshlach Otach. (for more details, see Hebrew)._x000B_Each of the poems is on a separate page, voweled, handwritten by Gilboa. The poems are numbered - 2 to 5, as they appear in the book.
The poems were sent to Ephraim Broide, editor of Molad.
Also included is a letter from Gilboa to Broide from 1962, dealing with a new version of a poem he already submitted for publication.
Good condition. Creases and folding lines. Slight tear on top of pages with no loss or damage to text.
Review by Lea Goldberg of J.D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey, published in 1961. Twelve typewritten pages with handwritten notes and corrections, by Goldberg and Ephraim Broide, editor of Molad. Two of the pages feature full paragraphs in Goldberg's handwriting.
The review is titled BeShivhei HaGveret HaShmena (In Praise of the Fat Lady). Goldberg is referring to a story Zooey heard from their brother Seymour who used to tell him to shine his shoes before a live radio show. When Zooey pointed out that nobody sees his shoes on the radio, Seymour told him to do it for the 'Fat Lady,' an imaginary, lonely listener who deserves his best. Goldberg uses the fat lady as her starting point, sharply criticizing Salinger's prose and materials, comparing him, unfavorably to her preferred authors - Dostoyevsky, Thomas Mann, Nabokov, Herman Broch and others. The essay underlines the gap between Salinger's world, and the generation and culture it represents, and Goldberg's world.
The final version of the essay appears in a book of Goldberg's collected essays Mador UMeever - Bchinot UTeamim BaSifrut Haklalit, Sifriyat Hapoalim, 1977.
Good condition. Creases and folding lines.
Sixteen letters written by Egyptian-born Israeli essayist to Molad editor Ephraim Broide, between 1957 and 1967. Carbon copies of three replies by Broide are included, as well as a copy of a letter Broide wrote to her husband.
Kahanoff's letters, mostly in English, deal with essays Kahanoff sent for publication in Molad, including essays about Dimona, integration of Jews from Muslim countries in Israel, and Jean Gottman's book Megalopolis.
Egyptian born Jacqueline Kahanoff, (1917-1979), lived in Israel since the 1950s, wrote mostly about the West's condescension as to the East, arguing against the 'melting pot' approach of the Israeli estasblishment. Kahanoff believed that Israel's denial of its Levantine character, is one of the reasons for the hatred between the peoples of the region, and an obstacle to peace between Israel and its neighbors. Kahanoff was also a feminist, dealing widely with the plight of women in Arab society in particular and patriarchal, conservative societies in general. She died of cancer in 1979, and only years after her death did her ideas begin reemerging among Israeli intellectuals, bringing on an interest in her writings.
11 handwritten letters and 5 printed letters, signed. Various sizes and conditions. General condition: good.
Three poems and three letters sent by 17-year-old Yossi Sarid, to Ephraim Broide, editor of Molad periodical between 1958-1960.
The three poems were sent in 1958, with a letter in flowery style, which reveals arrogance behind an appearance of modesty._x000B_Broide considered the poems very immature and wrote Sarid that 'if you wish to become a poet… you must write hundreds of verses each day, cross out many of them by yourself, show the best of them to those who understand and even then - not to publish them, but to grow, to understand, to gain knowledge, to look deeper, and then to learn much more, until you are able to write one good line…"
Sarid responded a year later, saying that Broide's criticism was 'sharp and insulting,' and sent him another poem (not included). Broide replied that he thought it wasn't a good poem: 'what can be said in prose with the same success… should be said inThree poems and three letters sent by 17-year-old Yossi Sarid, to Ephraim Broide, editor of Molad periodical between 1958-1960.
The three poems were sent in 1958, with a letter in flowery style, which reveals arrogance behind an appearance of modesty.
Broide considered the poems very immature and wrote Sarid that 'if you wish to become a poet… you must write hundreds of verses each day, cross out many of them by yourself, show the best of them to those who understand and even then - not to publish them, but to grow, to understand, to gain knowledge, to look deeper, and then to learn much more, until you are able to write one good line…"
Sarid responded a year later, saying that Broide's criticism was 'sharp and insulting,' and sent him another poem (not included). Broide replied that he thought it wasn't a good poem: 'what can be said in prose with the same success… should be said in prose.' A year later Sarid wrote Broide again offering poems to soon be published in his first poetry book (not included). Broide replied that these poems indeed show progress, 'but I did not find any convincing experience, portrayed in a unique manner…' and again refused to print them.
Broide's replies are carbon copies of the original letters.
Very good condition.
Yosi Sarid (1940-2015) was a Kenesset Member, a minister, opposition leader and the leader of the Meretz party, and also a journalist.
Two books dedicated by the author, Yehonatan Geffen to Aharona, the first wife of Geffen's cousin, Assi Dayan.
The first dedication, from 1985, is on his poem book titled . "26.11.85, to Aharona, for her birthday, poems of age [also translates poems of joy], with love from Yehonatan (and Nurit, of course)."
The second dedication is on Geffen's 2002 autobiography "Homer Tov," ("Good Stuff"). "TA, January 2002. To Aharona - who will always be for me the most beautiful in the world! Love, Yehonatan Geffen."
Aharona Dayan (née Melkin, 1945-2013), was Assi Dayan's first wife, and the mother of two of his children._x000B_Very good condition.
Ten volumes featuring issues 1-30, 43-73 of periodical Monitin, from 1978-1984. Altoghether 61 issues.
When it first appeared Monitin was considered innovative and high quality. It dealt with a wide variety of subjects, which indluded, aside from political coverage, culture and life-style - architecture, fashion, music, culinary and leisure culture. Its writing style, New-Journalism, was innovative for Israel of the period, in its personal and direct tone, and the use of thin sharp language, which was at the same time broad minded and opinionated. Its design was also innovative - it was printed on in color on chromo paper and its graphic design was deliberate, with a prominent use of photos and illustrations.
Its first editor was Adam Baruch, who very much who determined the character of the magazine. His line was continued by his successor, Ron Maiberg.
Contributors included, among others: Yaron London, Dan Ben Amotz, Nahum Barnea, Yaakov Rothblit, Meir Shalev, Rino Tzror, Yoram Kaniuk, Yona Wollach, Amnon Abramowitch and Danny Dotan.
In the late 1980s, after a decline in Monitin's popularity, it was sold to businesswoman Galia Albin. In 1993 it was closed.
Issues are bound in hardcover. Very good condition.
Three posters, two in Hebrew and one in English for productions of Hanoch Levin's classic play, Yaakobi & Leidental, directed by Levin and starring Zaharira Harifai, Yosef Carmon and Albert Cohen.
The first poster, designed by Cyla Menusy, features a large illustration of the female protagonist, with the two male characters heads underneath hers. The play is reffered to as "Yaakobi & Leidental (working title)", a co-production of the Cameri and Tzavta Theatres. This seems to be the earliest of the three posters.50x33 cm.
The two other posters, one in English and one in Hebrew, are based on the same design - a black and white photo of a scene from the play, with the title and credits on the top (on the right in the Hebrew, and on the left in the English poster). The words "working title" are omitted from the play's name, and Tzavta Theatre isn't mentioned. 48x33 cm.
The English poster is for one show at the  Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it received the First Fringe Award. Apparently the play was staged again in 1980 with the same cast especially for the performance at the Festival. Unknown designer. 78x41 cm.
This is Levin's third play, and the first he directed.
Good to Very Good condition. The first poster has darkening of the paper and some staining, the third has small holes and damage to margins.
Movie poster of Assi Dayan's debut film as director, Murder C.O.D., 1973. The film is a surreal crime movie dealing with a police inspector, suspended after using unorthodox methods to find a serial killer. When he figures out the killer's pattern he uses himself as bait, but his plan misfires. Starring Oded Kotler, Gabi Eldor and Avraham Mor._x000B_The film was never released on DVD, and is considered rare.
59X90 cm. Very good condition.
Movie poster for Assi Dayan and Naftali Alter's Chagiga LaEnayim (A Feast for the Eyes). The film's production was completed in 1973, but no cinema was willing to screen it. Only in 1975 did Menahem Golan find a way to help Dayan and Alter distribute the film.
Despite not being screened in cinemas the film entered several international film festivals and won critical acclaim, including the San Remo special award. The film's cast included Yosef Shiloach, Talia Shapira, Dori Ben Ze'ev, Mordechai Ben Ze'ev, Avner Hizkiyahu and Miriam Gavrieli. For Shiloach, usually a supporting actor, this is a rare leading role, for which he received rave reviews.
The film is a bittersweet comedy about a failed poet who arrives at a desolated town, planning to commit suicide. The locals save his life, but since they mistake him for an important poet, they believe that if he does commit suicide in their town, it will become a place of pilgrimage for his admirers.
Eventually the film flopped at the cinemas and both Dayan and Alter accumulated large debts. Furthermore, due to a legal dispute as to its distribution, the film was never issued on DVD, and was forgotten in spite of its importance.
The poster features a processed photo from film and the writing: "Finally allowed to be screened! Yosef Shiloach in Assi Dayan and Naftali Alter's film - Chagiga La'Enayim."
86X57 cm. Folding lines.
Movie poster for Assi Dayan's 1986 comedy. Starring Dayan himself, Yossef Shiloah, Moshe Ish Kasit and Gabi Amrani.
Design: Acherkan Daniel.
63X94 cm. Very Good condition - folding lines, tack holes.
Dedication by Moshe Dayan on a copy of the first edition of Tirza Atar's 1972 poetry book "Bein Sof LeVien Stav" (Between End and Autumn), to his son Assi Dayan and his first wife, Aharona. "To Aharona and Assi, with love, Father, 12.4.72."
Atar's poetry book includes, "Maarava MiKan," and "Shir HaNishmeret" which is a poem in response to "Shir Mishmar," which Atar's father, Nathan Alterman dedicated to her.
Good condition. Foxing, glued tear on spine.
Movie poster for the documentary feature directed by Uri Zohar, Joel Silberg and Nathan Axelrod. The film was produced by [Axelrod's] Carmel Films and A. Deshe (Pashanel), based on the Carmel documentaries, weekly news reels running from the 1930s up to the first Independence Day in 1949. The choice of clips presented the story of the Yishuv in a comic-nostalgic fashion. The narration was written by Haim Hefer and narrated by Haim Topol. The soundtrack was written and conducted by Yitzhak Gratziani. The name of the film was derived by the British-Mandate era term for heads or tails.
The color poster features two fists with scenes from the history of the Yishuv in the background, as well as the English title.
68X97 cm. Very good condition.