The Auction was held on 23/01/19
Ten Palestine Pounds banknote, Anglo-Palestine Bank. Israel, [1948-1951].
Graded PMG 53 NET, About Uncirculated.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.
Histoire du Vieux et du Nouveau Testament, enrichie de plus de quatre cens figures en taille-douce [History of the Old and New Testament, with more than four hundred illustrations], by Martin David. Amsterdam: Pierre Mortier, 1700. Two parts in one volume.
A History of the Old and New Testament, with 214 engraved plates (on most of them appear two separate images that depict Biblical scenes), five maps (a map of the world and maps of Palestine and its environs – double plates), and two title-page engravings.
The text and the foreword at the beginning of the book were written by David Martin, a French Protestant theologian. Since the book was published by the Dutch cartographer and engraver Pieter Mortier (1661-1711), it is often referred to as "Mortier's Bible."
, 282, ; , 154, 20 pp. + plates, approx. 41 cm. Leather binding. Good condition. Large dampstain on the first leaves of the book and a few stains on the subsequent leaves. A small number of tears. Minor worming. Some pages and plates are bound upside down. The binding is reinforced with paper strips on the inside (along the seam between covers and endpapers). Restored tears in the endpapers. Damaged binding, with restoration.
Passover haggadah. Jewish Transportation Unit 468, Royal Services Corps. Italy, 1945.
Non-traditional haggadah, mimeographed, with illustrations. Printed for the Jewish soldiers serving in Transportation Unit 468 of the British Army in Italy during World War II.
Contains traditional passages, including a special title page: "Masechet Yameinu" (Contemporary Matters), a text written as a play with characters, a chorus, songs and reading passages referring, dramatically and at length, to the Holocaust, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and immigration to Palestine.
 leaves (errors in pagination; without back cover, in other copies as well), 20.5X16 cm. Good condition. Stains. Small tears, some repaired with acid-free tape. Resewn with thread. A sticker bearing an image of JNF’s first stamp, containing the word "Zion" at the center of a Star of David, is affixed to the front cover.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.
"De toutes ces atrocités… nous ne devons pas oublier cela" [all those atrocities…we must not forget]. A poster published by Patrie, Journal des Combattants Français. Printed by Georges Dangon, Paris, [ca. 1945]. French and German.
A poster published by the journal Patrie (journal of French fighters) portraying the atrocities of liberated concentration camps in Germany. A caption in French and German in the center of the poster calls not to forget the Nazi crimes. Illustrations of barbed wire fences with names of concentration camps appearing on signs and very disturbing photographs, of bodies and prisoners released from Dachau and Bergen-Belsen. On the bottom of the poster appears a text in French about the camps (dated May 1945).
45.5X62 cm. Good condition. Some stains. Tiny hole to top corner. Small tears at margins. Poster is mounted on paper and linen-backed for display and preservation.
Passover Hagadah. Yehida Ivrit LeHovala 405 [Jewish Transportation Unit; probably Water Tank Company 405]. [Egypt], (1946).
Non-traditional Hagadah, with illustrations. Printed for use by Jewish soldiers who served in the Transportation Unit 405 of the British Army in Egypt in World War II and after the war.
The following text appears above "Shfoch Chamatcha": "On this day, the evil of which is unparalleled ever since we were dispersed, this day of unrelenting fears and insecurity for the survivors, a day that is like a long sacrifice, on which man was sold to the Moloch. The delicate souls decay in slavery and chains…".
Water Tank Coy. R.A.S.C. 405 was established in Egypt in 1942. Following the allies' attack in El-Alamein at the end of that year, this company was moved to Libya and stayed there. In 1945 it became a General Transportation Company. During its stay in Egypt, after World War II, the soldiers assisted the Haganah's Mosad LeAliya Bet in Egypt and took part in an operation to smuggle out of Egypt dozens of youth movement members on the eve of Pesach 1946, under cover as soldiers on leave for Pesach ("Operation Pesach 1946").
, 9 leaves, (no back cover; in other copies as well), 21X16 cm. Good condition. Stains and some creases, mostly at margins.
Six edicts and trade franchises issued by the kings of Sweden. Stockholm, 1745–1821. Swedish, German, and French.
The royal edicts deal with managing the justice system, the police, and trade in the Swedish colony on the island of St. Barthélemy in the Caribbean Sea, while the franchises deal with establishing trade and a maritime route to the American continent and the states of the Caribbean Islands, the sale of imported products such as tobacco and wine, and trade permits that were given to the West India Company and to private merchants.
A complete list will be sent upon request.
Approx. 21 cm. Number of pages and condition vary. Overall good condition. Notes and signatures at the edges of the first and last leaves of some of them. Wax seal on the last page of one of them.
Gedichten, parabelen en sjnoekes, of poëtische paarlensnoer voor de kale, Itzig Veitel Stern. Translated from "Jewish German" by W. S. Amsterdam: H. Moolenijzer, 1834. Dutch and a little Yiddish.
Collection of poems and sayings by Johann Friedrich Siegmund Holzschuher, a German Christian who used the nom de plume Itzig Veiter Stern for some of the anti-Semitic works that he wrote. The book, which presents invented and Jewish folklore for the purpose of mockery, is written in bad Dutch, which is supposed to be an imitation of the way Jews speak Yiddish, and is accompanied by Yiddish titles. The book is also apparently intended for readers from the Dutch Jewish community, which scorned the Ostjuden (Jews from the east), who immigrated to The Netherlands and did not assimilate into their new environment. The book includes four plates of anti-Semitic illustrations.
VI, , 153 pp. +  plates, 20 cm. Good condition. A few stains. Minor tears at the edges of the leaves. A long tear at the edges of one of the plates (with no damage to the illustration). Leatherbound, with scuff marks and blemishes (mainly on the spine).
25 undivided postcards. Published by P. G. i. F. [Paul Grodel], J. Hofmann/Z. Moch and other publishers. Frankfurt/Paris, Krakow and elsewhere. [Early 20th century].
On most of the postcards appear reproductions of paintings by various artists, including Moritz Oppenheim, Hermann Junker and Hugo Elkan, depicting views from Jewish life: a Jewish wedding, "Pidyon Haben", Havdalah, lighting Hanukkah candles, Kaparot ceremony, Yom Kippur, Tisha BeAv and more. Alongside these postcards appear two postcards with humorous illustrations portraying a Jewish wedding.
Average size: 9X14 cm. Good-fair condition. Creases, stains and minor blemishes. Three postcards were used.
Eight edicts and authorizations from the king of France. Paris and Greece (some may be from other locations), second half of the 18th century. French.
These include: An edict from 1767 regarding exports of fish from France to America; an edict from 1793 regarding important and export of goods from the French colonies via American sailing vessels; an edict from 1791 commanding that three civilian commissars be sent to the colony of Santo Domingo, and two civilian commissars to the colonies of Cayenne and French Guiana; two edicts dealing with goods from the districts of Lorraine, Brittany, and Franche-Comté; and more.
Two of the edicts do not appear in OCLC. A detailed list is available upon request.
Size and condition vary. Average size: approx. 25.5 cm. Stains, creases, small holes and minor tears (most of them at the edges and along the spine). Handwritten notes in the margins of some of them. One edict has large open tears in the lower left-hand area, repaired with paper (with no damage to the text).
Advertising poster – "Zel Korati" company – "The first Palestine saving and building corporation ltd." Linol: Gilboa. Hotza'at Eretz-Israel Ltd. press, Tel Aviv, [second half of the 1930s]. Design: Otte Wallish. Signed in the plate: "MW" [atelier Machner-Wallish], "Wallish". Hebrew and some English.
Photographs of buildings in various cities in Palestine (by Yitzhak Kalter), surmounted by the Hebrew inscription "We have distributed 60,000 Palestinian pounds as building loans… 200 families have acquired homes".
On the bottom right corner appears the logo of the company, in red and white.
92.5X62.5 cm. Good condition. Creases and folding marks. Some minor tears. The entire poster is mounted on thin acid-free paper.
Collection of approx. 260 pins from most of the cities, settlements and sites in Israel. Most of the pins are from the second half of the 20th century. A number of pins are earlier.
The collection includes, among others, pins of Tel-Aviv, Ramat-Gan, Bnei-Brak, Dimona, Ein Yahav, Hanita, Maon Region, Kafar Kama, Rahat, Mazkeret Batia, Ramat Rachel, Sderot, Nazareth, Neot Kedumim, Ovdat, Safed, Faran, Yarka, Yamit, and more. Some of the pins in this collection were given as Bar-Mitzva or Bat-Mitzva gifts or given to workers in the municipality, and some of the pins were created to commemorate the jubilee of a settlement or following the declaration of a settlements as a city.
The collection also includes a number of pins for summer camps or for children's and youth educational enterprises: summer camp "Peal U-Smach", Neve Nofesh, Migdal Or and more.
A number of pins were created prior to the establishment of the state of Israel, among them: "Tel-Aviv, 1909-1925", "Afula, city of Yizrael, 1925" and "Local Council Petach Tikva".
Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.
Passover haggadah, General Transport Coy. R.A.S.C. 179, Caserta-Capua (Italy), Passover 1946.
Non-traditional haggadah with impressive illustrations. Excerpts from the traditional text appear alongside passages for reading and songs. The opening text reads: "This haggadah is offered to the members of our unit and the guests who recline with us, in hope that this Seder – our third on Italian soil – is our last one in a foreign land. Our hope – to return quickly to our homeland and build it as a home for ourselves and the masses of our scattered ones who yearn for it". It ends with "Hatikva."
This haggadah was printed for Palestine Transportation Unit 650, which was stationed in Capua in the Province of Caserta, Italy. Shortly before Passover 1946, Unit 179 was transferred from Treviso (in northern Italy) to Caserta as punishment for its involvement in clandestine immigration activities. The haggadahs that were printed for Unit 650 were adapted for Unit 179 with a sticker made from a strip of paper containing the unit’s identifying information.
31 pages, 14X18 cm. Good condition. Stains. Creases. A note written in pen on the front cover.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.
Album with 16 photographs by Werner Braun documenting the First Decade exhibition which was held in Binyane HaUma in Jerusalem, 1958.
The First Decade exhibition was held in Binyane HaUma in Jerusalem in May-August 1958, as part of the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the State of Israel. This exhibition was considered one of the most important events of the year and was visited by about 600,000 people. However, it aroused much criticism, both for its organization and for its content (some claimed it was a propaganda exhibition, resembling exhibitions organized by the Soviet authorities).
The album contains sixteen photographs by Werner Braun, most are titled by hand on the album's leaves, among them: • Panoramic photographs of Binyane HaUma and the exhibition grounds (composed of three photographs). • Photograph of the opening ceremony with the participation of David Ben Gurion, Teddy Kollek and other dignitaries. • Photographs of different stands in the exhibition: Aliyah, health services, education and culture and more. • Panoramic photograph of a performance of the London Festival Ballet. • And more.
The album opens with a dedication signed by the exhibition director Yitzchak Roll "to Yitzchak Levi, a souvenir from great days of work in the First Decade exhibition, Jerusalem 5.6.58-21.8.58" [the recipient may have been Yitzchak Levi (1907-1994), commander in the Haganah and IDF and director of the government Publicity Center].
16 photographs, size varies. Average size: 13X17 cm. Album: 23X31 cm. Good condition. Minor stains. Some photographs are detached. The logo of the exhibition appears on the album's binding. Stains and worming to binding.
Four metal medals awarded in Betar sports competitions. [Presumably in China, 1935-1937].
Engraved on three medals, in Cyrillic letters, is the legend "Бетар" [Betar], the type of sport of this competition or the competing teams, a Hebrew letter and the year in which this competition took place: "Volleyball, "B", 1936"; "'A' Triatlon, 1937"; "'C against B, 1937". Engraved on the fourth medal: " Б.Т., VIII 1935 XII, K. III C., COP"ב.
Mentioned in the "Betar Book" about the history of the organization (published by "the committee for publishing Betar Book", Jerusalem-Tel-Aviv, 1969) is the fact that the "activity of both commissions [in China] was mainly a comprehensive and excellent activity in all the fields of sports, in closed halls and special fields, as well as in all of the camping and scouting fields – outdoors" (vol. 2, p.837). Members of the organization in China emphasized in particular sports exercises and physical fitness in order to be able to defend themselves against anti-Semitic assaults on the part of Russian immigrants who were members in organizations of anti-Semitic nature and even to counter-attack.
Approx. 3.5X2 – 4 X 2.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Scratches.
Official postcard of the Tenth Zionist Congress in Vienna, August 9-15, 1911.
The postcard is signed on the front by David Wolfssohn and on the back by Max Nordau, Alexander Marmorek, Yitzchak Yaacov Reines, Max Bodenheimer, Norman Bentwich, and Rabbi Jacob Boccara.
A portrait of Theodor Herzl is printed on the postcard, with a quote in German from a speech that he gave at the First Zionist Congress in 1897.
14X9 cm. Good condition. Minor stains.
16 postal orders. Palestine, Egypt and the United Arab Republic, 1940s-60s. Hebrew, English and Arabic.
1-12. "Palestine Postal Order", 12 Palestine postal orders in the value of 50 Mils to 1 Pound. 1945-1948.
13-15. "Egyptian Postal Order", three Egyptian postal orders in the value of 50-100 Mils. 1961-1967. With Ink-stamps: "Gaza" and "New Gaza". One order is stamped: "World Refugee Year, Palestine" (with illustration of Palestinian refugees and a map of the country).
16. "U.A.R. Postal Order", postal order in the amount of one Egyptian Pound issued by the United Arab Republic, the political union between Egypt and Syria between the years 1958-1971.
Size and condition vary. Average Size: 11X20 cm. Many ink-stamps. Filing holes and pen inscriptions. Some defects.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.
Consecration Service, Synagogue of the Spanish and Portuguese Congregation Shearith Israel, in the City of New York, Central Park West and Seventieth Street, Iyar 18, 5657-May 19, 1897. New York: [ca. 1897], Hebrew and English on facing pages.
An image of the new synagogue appears on the first page, and various officials in charge of the synagogue's management are listed on the tuitle page. They include Rabbi Dr. H. Pereira Mendes and Cantor Abraham H. Nieto. The Order of Service, Lighting of the Perpetual Lamp, and Circuits appear on the following pages.
Congregation Shearith Israel is the oldest Jewish community in the United States. It was founded in 1654 by several Jews who had been expelled from Spain and Portugal and arrived in New York. Until the building on West 70th Street was constructed – where the synagogue remains to this day - the community moved between five different places (which are listed on the front cover of the booklet).
15 pp., 28.5X 22 cm. Good-fair condition. All the leaves have been restored at their margins with acid-free paper and are bound in booklet form.
Unzer hilfe [our assistance], a periodical issued by the Jewish Aid organization EKOPO. Fifteen booklets bound together. Vilnius, 1921-1924. Yiddish.
EKOPO ("The Jewish Committee for Aid and Reconstruction"; ЕКОПО in Russian), was founded in 1914 as an umbrella-organization for the Jewish aid associations in the Russian Empire. After the foundation of the Soviet Union the operations of this organization slowed down and almost all of the Russian branches were closed when the war ended. The organization continued to operate after the war In independent Poland and assisted Jewish refugees throughout the 1920s.
Offered here is a bound volume compiling all of the organization's periodicals published in Vilnius between the years 1920-1924. The issues were printed in fifteen booklets (in some are more than one issue, total of 48 issues), and they include information about education, health, immigration and more, charts and tables (some folded) and a number of illustrations. In addition, bound at the beginning of the volume are four financial reports of the organization (from the years 1919-1920), and a brochure printed following a convention of the organization in September 1919.
On the front endpaper appears a handwritten dedication (Yiddish), for : "the general secretary of the management, M. Shneorson" from the "Association of the Orphans' Center", in memory of their visit to EKOPO building in Vilnius, on 23.12.1924. Below the introduction appear the ink-stamp of EKOPO Vilnius appears, an ownership inscription ("from the books of Aharon Menachem Mendel Shneorson") and an additional signature.
Varying number of pages, approx. 20.5 cm. Good condition. Some stains, creases and tears at margins. A number of leaves at the end of the book are detached. Binding is detached from body of book, with blemishes and wear.
Approximately 65 letters sent to Shemaryahu Remen, a post office clerk in Palestine, by his family members who survived the holocaust. Berlin, Munich, Siauliai (Lithuania), Lodz and other places in Europe, mid-late 1940s (mostly from 1946-1947). Yiddish, some Hebrew and German.
Most letters are long, and contain an interesting documentation of Jewish life in Displaced Persons Camps after the holocaust. Described in the letters, among other things, are the liberation by the Red Army soldiers, confiscation of property and parcels by Polish officials on the way to the Displaced Persons Camps, corruption and bribery among the managers, attempts to transfer letters by Jewish Brigade soldiers, insisting on assistance to get "certificates" for immigration to Palestine, and other topics.
Most letters are contained in the original envelopes. Two letters from earlier years and three letters are to other addressees (probably acquaintances and other family members). A few letters are written on postcards.
Enclosed: work agreement (printed and filled-in by hand) from 1936, between the Mandate government and Shemaryahu Remen as a post office clerk; nine letters sent to Shemaryahu Remen by the Mandatory postal authorities in Palestine (letters of appointment, change of position and other subjects); about 30 photographs of the Remen family members, from mid-1940s to the early 1950s (some earlier photographs).
Size and condition vary. Good-fair overall condition.
Constitution of the Universal Israelitish Alliance / Statuten der Alliance Israélite Universelle. New York: David’s Job Printing Office, 1864. English and German.
The first part of the booklet lists the goals and purpose of the Universal Israelitish Alliance and contains an "Appeal to All Israelites" (Paris, 1860). The second part of the booklet contains the organization’s rules, regulations, and management hierarchy.
8 pp., 22 cm. Good condition. A few stains. Small tears at the edges. Loose leaves. Tears, some of them open, at the edges of the cover. The back cover is detached. Copy from the Leeser Library (stamps on the front cover).
Approx. 60 photographs arranged in an album, prepared as a souvenir for Malka Teblinsky, a kindergarten teacher from Bialystok who immigrated to Palestine in the 1920s. Tel-Aviv, Tel-Hai, Acre and other locations in Palestine and Europe, ca. 1920s.
The album includes numerous photographs of Teblinsky with kindergarten children (during Hanukkah, during a visit to a dairy in Tel-Aviv, working in a garden and more); numerous photographs of workers and pioneers (preparing cement blocks, paving roads, building barracks and buildings, and more); and photographs of views in Palestine (group visit to the Roaring Lion memorial in Tel-Hai, bicycle ride in the fields, photographs from the beach, and more). The album also includes about twenty photographs from the period prior to her immigration to Palestine, documenting her life and work as a kindergarten teacher in Europe.
On the first page appears a handwritten dedication (in Yiddish, partially deleted) to Teblinsky from her cousin, Hannah.
Most photographs are divided on the back for use as a postcard. Four photographs are stamped by the photographers: "Z. Brill"; "Zalmania D. Pozen"; and A. Tikotskj". A number of photographs are titled and dated by hand (on the margins and on the back) or in the plate (in Hebrew).
Size and condition vary. Average size: approx. 14X9 cm. Good-fair overall condition. Stains and blemished (mostly slight). A number of photographs are mounted on album's leaves or attached with adhesive tape. One photograph is missing a corner.
Album size: approx. 35.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains, creases and small tears (at margins and at the openings for insertion of photographs, some restored with adhesive tape). Some worming. Decorated binding, rubbed, with tears and defects.
Five pins and badges of Betar (Brit Yosef Trumpeldor) youth movement and enlistment companies of Betar.
• Brit Yosef Trumpeldor", first symbol of Betar movement in Palestine – halved shield with a sickle. • Pin with an identical symbol and the legend "Betar /1927-1937", apparently commemorating ten years to the founding of Betar in Palestine. • Two different pins of the Enlistment Companies of Betar, with the legend "Charsheni Kirtzoncha". • Cap badge of Betar, with a Menorah and a Star of David on the background of a flower.
Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.
11 photographs, certificates and other items – Maccabi and the Maccabiah Games in Palestine. Magdiel, Tel-Aviv and Rehovot, late 1920s through ca. late 1950s.
• Three membership cards of a trainee in the Magdiel chapter of the Maccabi movement: "trainee membership card" from 1929, "trainee membership card" from 1931 and "Maccabi member booklet" from 1934.
• Participant card in the first Maccabiah Games, 1932.
• Five photographs of the Maccabiah Games (three are divided on the back for use as a postcard, and two are titled in the plate: "Maccabiah II 1935").
• Four stamps issued for the third Maccabiah Games. The emblem of the Maccabi movement and the legend "Maccabiade, 1950" are printed on the stamps.
• Invitation card on behalf of "Agudat Maccabi 'Yehuda' – Rehovot" for the opening of the Maccabiah Games in Rehovot.
Size and condition vary. Good overall condition. Stains, folding marks and small tears.
Psst…! By [Jean-Louis] Forain, Caran d’Ache [Emmanuel Poire]. Paris: E. Plon, February 1898 –September 1899. Volume of issues of the first and second year; all 85 issues consecutively (no additional issues were printed). French.
A French satirical anti-Dreyfus weekly that was published during the trial of Alfred Dreyfus. Hundreds of venomous illustrations by Forain and Caran d’Ache, considered among the worst anti-Semitic publications connected to the Dreyfus Affair.
85 issues.  pp. per issue. Volume: 39 cm. Good condition. Slight stains, folds, and creases. A few tears at the edges. Cardboard binding with a leather spine. Wear on the spine and at the edges of the binding.