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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 770

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Collection of Pins and Medals – IDF and Israel’s Wars – The Six Day War

Collection of lapel pins, medals and keychains marking various occasions and events, most of them connected to the Six Day War.
In the collection: • Many medals containing portraits of Yitzhak Rabin and Moshe Dayan. • Medals marking Israeli Independence Day from 1967 to 1971. • Lapel pins with portraits of IDF commanders from the Six Day War. • Medal of the 492nd Communication Battalion. On the reverse of the medal: "Peace for the Galilee 82" and a map of Lebanon. • Medal commemorating the Yom Kippur War. • Medal from Kibbut Yad Mordechai. A monument on the kibbutz is depicted on the obverse; the reverse depicts an Egyptian tank that was repulsed .• Key holder with the symbol of Egypt. On the reverse: "Rabin Met Nasser, 5.6.67." • And more.
Approx. 65 items in all. Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 428

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Henry Raczkowski – Survey of the Agriculture in Jaffa District on behalf of the Mandate Government – Maps

Agriculture and Soils of the Jaffa sub-district, by H. E.Z. Raczkowski (Henry Raczkowski). Published by the Department of Agriculture and Forests. [Palestine, 1931?]. English.
A booklet recounting the results of a survey held by Henry Raczkowski (Elchanan Zvi Raziel, son-in-law of Nachum Sokolow) for the Department of Agriculture and Forests of the government of Palestine. The survey examined different kinds of soil and ground-water in two regions in the Jaffa District. The booklet includes a number of tables and three large color maps (folded).
10 pp, [3] maps, 33.5 cm. Good condition. Some stains, creases and folds. Tears at margins of maps and margins of cover. Back cover partly detached.
Enclosed: • Copy of letter to Raczkowski written following his retirement from the Agriculture and Forests Department of the Mandate government. • A letter to Raczkowski, on official stationery of Lawes Agricultural Trust, Rothamsted Experimental Station, with questions about results of the survey. • Three clippings from a hand-colored map of the Gaza region.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 785

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Collection of Pins – Local Councils / Operation Yitzuv Pin

Collection of pins, most of them of local councils in Israel. Some of the pins bear symbols of local councils, while others belonged to various high-ranking officials.
The items include: • Pins of various officials in the Jerusalem municipality. • Two pins from 1965 bearing the symbol of the Upper Galilee Regional Council, the sculpture of the roaring lion, Mount Hermon, a fruit tree, and sheaves of wheat. A legend in French appears on the pins. They were evidently created on the occasion of a twin cities agreement with province of Québec. • Pins bearing the symbols of Or Yehuda, Acre, and Ma’ale Adumim. • A pin marking the 25th anniversary of employment in the Haifa Municipality. • And more.
Enclosed: A pin from the month of Adar (February-March) 1949 depicting Masada. The pin was evidently created to commemorate Operation Yitzuv, which was fought by the Alexandroni Brigade from March 2 to 9, 1949 (1-8 Adar 5709), which resulted in the capture of large amounts of territory in the eastern Negev and Dead Sea regions, including Masada and Ein Gedi.
22 pins in all. Size and condition vary. One of the pins appears in two copies.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 464

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Map of Palestine – Engraving – Antwerp, 1632

Chorographia Terrae Sanctae in Angustiorem Formam Redacta, Et Ex Variis Auctoribus A Multis Erroribus Expurgata. Map of Palestine – engraving (most probably after Christian van Adrichom). [Antwerp, 1632].
Large map of Palestine, showing the territories of the Tribes of Israel, on both sides of the Jordan River. An oval map of Jerusalem appears on the lower part of the map. On the margins appear eighteen rectangles with illustrations of ancient coins, Illustrations of the Temple interior and a view of its façade, the Temple vessels, and more.
From the book "Commentarius in Vetus et Novum Testamentum", by Jacobus Tirinus.
Engraving: approx. 84X32 cm (two attached sheets). Fair condition. Folding marks. Creases and minor stains. Small tear at the top. A piece is cut out of the bottom. Worming (mostly slight, partially restored with pasted pieces of paper on the back).
Laor 771.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 535

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Issue of Telehor Dedicated to the Work of László Moholy-Nagy – Brno, 1936

l. moholy-nagy [Issue 1–2 of Telehor: The International Review New Vision, edited by František Kalivoda]. Brno, 1936. Czech, German, English, and French.
A quadrilingual issue of the Telehor art journal edited by the architect and cinema theoretician František Kalivoda, dedicated wholly to the work of László Moholy-Nagy. This is the journal's only issue.
The issue contains an introduction by the art historian and critic Sigfried Giedion, and brief essays written by Moholy-Nagy about various issues relating to his work (in Czech, German, English, and French). The issue centers around dozens of photographs and reproductions, some of them in color, of Moholy-Nagy's diverse oeuvre in various fields, including graphic arts, sculpture, chiaroscuro, photography, and photomontage, accompanied by text in Czech.
The issue is spiral-bound and has a paper cover. The front side of the cover is black, with the title "l. moholy-nagy" printed upon it. Other copies of the issue were published with a different cover, in color.
László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946), a Jewish constructivist interdisciplinary artist born in Hungary, worked in various fields including painting, sculpture, photography, cinema, and graphic design. He studied with the avant-garde artist Róbert Berény, and upon his arrival in Berlin in 1920, he was invited to teach at the Bauhaus school, where he worked until 1928. When the Nazis came to power, he left Berlin and eventually arrived in Chicago, where he founded the New Bauhaus school in 1937, and became its head. The school closed shortly thereafter due to lack of funds, and was reopened as the Chicago School of Design in 1939.
[1] leaf (front cover), [1] 3–133, pp., [1] page (back cover) + [1] page (order forms for a subscription to the journal), 30 cm. Different pagination is noted in some libraries (138 pp). Good–fair condition. The front and back covers, and one of the pages, are detached from the spiral binding. Tears and open tears on the cover. Stains. Slight damage, tears, and open tears at the edges of the pages, not affecting the text or the photographs.
Not in NLI.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 600

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Givat Hachol by S.Y. Agnon – Berlin, 1919 – Author’s Dedication to Moses Marx

Givat Hachol' by S.Y. Agnon. Berlin: Jüdischer Verlag, 1919.
On the first page appears a dedication handwritten by the author to Moses Marx: "to my friend R' Moshe Marx, with a good greeting, the author, Nissan 5680".
Moses Marx (1885-1973), a Jewish bibliographer and librarian, one of the founding members of Soncino Geselschaft. His sister, Esther, was Agnon's wife (they married in May 1920, one month after this dedication was written).
77, [2] pp, 15.5 cm. Good condition. Some Stains minor blemishes to cover. Tears along the spine. Front cover and first leaf are loose.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 796

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Collection of Pins – Ports in Israel

Ten pins of different ports in Palestine, some from the Mandate Period.
• A Tel-Aviv port pin, with the image of Zebulun, and the legend "Zebulun shall live by the seashore, Tel-Aviv Port". • A Tel-Aviv port pin, with the emblem of the city and the legend" "when you cross the shore I am with you" (Hebrew). • Pin – Jaffa port; a lighthouse and an anchor. • Four Haifa port pins, including a pin commemorating 25 years to the establishment of the port. • Pins of Eilat and Ashdod ports. • "Mishmar HaNamal" pin. • "Ports Authority" pin - with an anchor, sea waves and two cranes. A legend: "thou shall spread to the west" (Hebrew).
Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 791

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Large Collection of Pins – Educational Institutions in Israel

Collection of approx. 300 pins and symbols of educational institutions in Israel, reflecting a variety of education movements in Israel.
In the collection: A badge of the Technion and pins of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Beit Berl, Oranim College, the Open University, the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Ben-Gurion University, Bar-Ilan University, the Reali School, Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium, the night school of the Working Youth movement, the Kadoorie Agricultural High School, Mikve Israel, the Ruth Ballet School, the Avuka Religious School for Girls, Judea Region, the Abu Gosh School, Emek Hahula Comprehensive High School, Lady Davis High School in Tel Aviv, and other learning institutions.
Size and condition vary. Some of the pins appear in several copies.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 673

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Twenty Three Bank Checks – Anglo-Palestine Bank – Type Set of Checks Issued Prior to the Establishment of the State of Israel

Two specimen forms of "Imperial Ottoman Bank". [1863-1924]. French.
Both are marked "Specimen" in red.
1. Promissory note –the bank promises to pay to the holder of this certificate an agreed upon amount after the date appearing on the note. The digits "18" are printed in the space designated for the date.
24X13 cm. Good condition. Stains. Creases and folding marks. Filing holes (slightly affecting text). Uneven trimming at right margin.
2. "Certificat de Dépôt" (deposit certificate). In the space designated for the date appears the digits "19".
24X15 cm. Good condition. Stains. Creases and folding marks. Filing holes. Uneven trimming to right margin.
Imperial Ottoman Bank, founded in 1863 by a consortium of financial companies from England and France, was a private corporation, holding the franchise to issue banknotes and serve as the banking agent of the Ottoman Government. In 1873 the Swiss missionary and banker Johannes Frutiger, opened a bank in Jerusalem and served as the representative of the Imperial Ottoman Bank in Palestine until 1896 when he went bankrupt. In 1905 an official branch of the bank was opened in Jerusalem, and during the following year other branches were opened in Haifa and in Jaffa. In 1924 the bank changed its name to Ottoman Bank. The bank continued to operate in Palestine until 1953, when it was purchased by Bank Mercantile LeIsrael.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 699

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Specimen of a Share Certificate – Ellern’s Bank – Tel-Aviv

Specimen of a share certificate issued by Ellern's Bank Limited. Hebrew and English.
With two embossings of the bank's logo and the inscription "Specimen".
Ellern bank was an Israeli commercial bank founded in 1934 by immigrants from Germany and operated mainly in the areas of industry, investments and commerce.
23X33 cm. Good condition. Some stains and creases. Small tears at margins. Traces of pasting on the back.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 641

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“Help!” – Linocuts by Anatol Gurewitsch, 1939

Help!! Sauvez! Hilfe!! Anatol Gurewitsch . Tel-Aviv: "Fidea-Humanistic Publishing House", 1939.
A poem and 15 impressive linocuts, in the spirit of German expressionism, by Anatol Gurewitsch, dealing with the persecution of Jews in Germany.
Anatol Gurewitsch (1916-2005), born in Russia, studied in Germany, France and Italy and with the Israeli painters Miron Sima and Yitzchak Frenkel. He immigrated to Palestine in 1934, where he painted and designed stage decorations and costumes for the theater.
[1] leaf + [15] linocuts. 32.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains and creases. Many dampstains. Tears along the spine. Signs of pasting along the spine (from binding?).

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 728

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Medal with the Tetragrammaton – Crimean War, 1854

A medal struck to commemorate the victories of the allied forces of France and England in the Crimean War. [France], 1854.
Obverse: Portrait of Queen Victoria and Emperor Napoleon III, surmounted by a triangle with beams of light and the Tetragrammaton. A legend in French appears around the portraits: "Reine D’angleterre, Empereur Des Francais", and the artist's signature – Monatagny F. On the bottom appears a legend in French commemorating the treaty signed between France and England in 1853. Reverse: Legend in French commemorating a number of outstanding victories of the allies – breaking into Bomarsund fortress and battles in the area of Sevastopol. Legend on the rim: "Cuivre".
Diameter: 52 mm. Good condition. Slight defect to rim, near the legend.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 708

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Collection of Share Certificate and Bonds – Commerce, Industry and Construction Companies – Palestine, 1921-1938

Seven share certificate and bonds of construction, trade and agriculture companies. Palestine, 1921-1938.
1. Certificate in the amoount of 25 shares – "Haboneh, Anglo-Palestine Building Company". Details filled-in by hand, 1921.
2. "Hamashbir, the Palestine Workmen's Co-operation Society for Supply and Marketing of their Products", share certificate in the amount of one Egyptian Pound, 1923.
3. "Solelboneh, Jewish Workers Cooperative Association for Public Works, Building and Manufacture ", share warrant for one preference share in the amount of Half an Egyptian Pound from 1925.
4. "Nir, Jewish Agricultural Cooperative Labourers Association", one preference share certificate in the amount of one Palestine Pound, 1934.
5."Agriculture and Building Bank", bond certificate from 1934.
6. "Agrobank, bank for agriculture and building in Palestine", bond certificate, 1938.
7. "Loan and Savings Fund for Workers", home building fund certificate in the amount of 1 Palestine Pound, 1937.
Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 749

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Collection of Pins – Betar

12 pins of Betar movement, some enamel plated, mostly for conventions in Israel and in Poland. Ca. 1930s-1970s.
• A pin designed as a shield from "Betar convention, Haifa 1933". • A pin in the shape of a shield with the legend "World Convention B" (Betar congress in Krakow,1935). • A pin designed as a shield from "Betar convention, Pesach 1935". • A pin designed as a shield with Betar emblem. The emblem is surmounted by a wall of a city, on the sides is a chain and an olive wood leaf and on the bottom is the legend "25". It is possible that this pin is from the Independence War.• Three pins with the emblem of the "Betariada"– Menorah and a globe. • "Betariada" pin from 1973, commemorating 50 years to the foundation of Betar. • Three pins from the "World Betar Convention" in the years 1954-1966. • Pin commemorating 50 years to the foundation of Betar in Palestine and the tenth anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem.
Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 774

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Collection of Pins and Cloth Badges – “HaZofim” Movement

Approximately 45 pins and cloth badges of "HaZofim" (Boy scouts) youth movement.
The collection includes: • A pin with the boy-scouts symbol within a cross surmounted by a crown; surrounded by the legend: "Archibishop Maximos Salloum's Scouts Group Yafa Village". • A pin with the boy-scouts symbol and a legend in Arabic. • Pins of the boy-scouts commemorating trips and journeys – "Eilat journey" and "Massada – Judean Desert trip". • A pin of marine boy-scouts". • Pins commemorating the boy-scouts day from the years 1963 and 1965-1967 (Ramat-Gan boy-scouts). • Two pins shaped as a head of an ibex with the legend "Heye Nachon" (Be prepared). • Five cloth badges, some indicating different ranks.• More.
Size and condition vary. A number of pins appear in several copies.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 700

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Collection of Share Certificates – Israeli Companies – 20th Century

Ten certificates of small Israeli companies. Israel, 20th century.
Among the companies: "Hakineret, company for construction and industry in Tiberias and the surroundings Ltd.", "Beth Sefer Reali Ivri Haifa", "Company for economic and cultural enterprises of government officials", "Enterprises of Assis and Bejerano Brothers" (2 shares), "Geha, Self Supply Company", (2 shares), "Sharon Hotels Company".
Total of 10 items. Size and condition vary. Good overall condition.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 756

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Collection of Pins – Haganah and Palmach

Four pins – Haganah and Palmach.
• Palmach pin. • Etzioni Brigade pin (emblem of the Haganah on the background of a wall and the legend "Jerusalem"). • Pin – "Haganah Member Petach Tikva" (emblem of the Haganah and a Menorah on the background of a Star of David). • Pin with the Haganah emblem on the background of a shield, and the legend: "Jerusalem".
Enclosed: three pins of Palmach fighters' reunions in the years 1963-1968.
Total of 7 items. Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 799

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Collection of Pendants and Brooches – Stars of David, Menorahs, “Zion”, Tablets of the Law and more – United States and Israel

33 pendants, medals and brooches with Jewish motifs and texts, for good luck, blessing and success. [United States and Israel, 20th century].
In the collection: • Five pendants and brooches set with enamel, designed as a Star of David and as the Tablets of the Law. • Ten pendants and medals decorated with Stars of David, Tablets of the Law, and a Menorah, with various texts – "Mazal", "Zion", "Baruch ata Bevo'acha uBaruch ata Betzetcha", "Beracha veHatzlacha", priestly benediction and more. One medal was granted on behalf of "United Institutions of Jerusalem, Israel", and an additional medal on behalf of "Yeshivah Meah Shearim". • Pendants and brooches designed as a Star of David, Tablets of the Law, Menorahs, and more.
Size and condition vary. Good-fair overall condition (a number of items in poor condition).
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 682

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Large Collection of First Day of Issue Envelopes – Second Half of the 20th Century – Stamps with Zionist and Jewish Subjects from All Over the World

Approximately 370 first day of issue envelopes with stamps honoring figures and events from Jewish and Zionist history. Vienna, Berlin, Warsaw, Paris, London, Washington, Mendoza (Argentina), and other locations, the second half of the 20th century (some envelopes are from earlier years).
The envelopes contain stamps marking, among other things, Israel’s Independence Days, the unification of Jerusalem, well-known figures (Albert Einstein, Franz Werfel, Yitzhak Rabin, Anne Frank, Simone Michel-Lévy, and many others), the events of the Holocaust, Jewish communities, stamp exhibitions in which Israel participated, and more.
The envelopes are stamped with first-day cancellations. Some contain addresses for delivery.
Enclosed: Several postcards with first-day cancellation stamps.
Size and condition vary. Overall good condition.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 500

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Petah Tikva – Postcard Published by Y. M. Shisha-Halevy – “Hospitality”

"Petah-Tikva, No. 10, Hospitality," postcard published by Y. M. Shisha-Halevy. Petah Tikva, early 20th century.
Sent by post to the agricultural colony of Rosh Pina. On the back are a brief letter in Hebrew, an ink stamp, and a postage stamp of the Turkish postal service. The address is written in French.
Approx. 13.5X 8.5 cm. Good condition. Minor stains and blemishes.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 545

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Jacob Steinhardt (1887–1968) – Woodcut

Street in Old Part of Jerusalem, 1935. Woodcut by Jacob Steinhardt (1887–1968)
Signed, dated, and numbered 17/30.
48X39 cm. Good condition. Creases. Blemishes to the leaf, not affecting the print. Pieces of tape are affixed to the edges of the leaf on the back.
Literature: The Woodcuts of Jakob Steinhardt, edited by Leon Kolb. Item No. 150.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 776

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Large Collection of Pins – Sports Organizations and Sports Events

Collection of approx. 150 pins of sports organizations and various sports events in Israel.
The collection includes:
• Set of pins – "Independence Race" from the years 1950-1956. • Pins of associations of various sports types: bowling, chess, Karate, target shooting, tennis and more. • Pins of soccer teams, among them Bnei Yehudah, Betar Yerushalayim and more. • More pins.
Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.

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