Online Auction 018 – Jewish and Israeli History, Art and Culture

January 23, 2019

Miniature Illustrated Psalms Book – Tel-Aviv, 1949 – Gift to Soldiers of the Religious Company in Kiryati Brigade in Posts Opposite Gush Etzion

Opening: $100
Sold for: $125
Including buyer's premium
Psalms, illustrations by Shlomo Cohen [Abarbanel]. Tel-Aviv: Sinai, [1948].
A miniature Tehilim (Psalms) book, with illustrations by Shlomo Cohen-Abarbanel (1921-1981), Israeli illustrator and intelligence agent who served as deputy to the head of the Mossad.
On the front endpaper appear the ink-stamp "Brigade 4, religious service unit" and a handwritten dedication to soldiers of the "Religious Company in posts opposite Gush Etzion, 20 Tevet 5709".
"The Religious Service" was the first entity founded by IDF to supply the religious needs of soldiers in the army. This book was given to the soldiers in the religious company of Brigade 4 (Kiryati) who were stationed in posts in the Jerusalem mountains.
[2], 161 pp, 6 cm. Good condition. Some stains, mostly to first and last leaves. Ownership inscriptions on front endpapers. Loose and torn spine.
Category
Palestine, British Mandate and Underground Movements, the State of Israel