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Auction 11 Lot Number 443

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Kolieb Family of Vienna – Collection of Documents and Synagogue Photograph

Kolieb family of Vienna collection of documents. Late 19th century – early 20th century.
Collection of personal documents, certificates and letters, related to David Leon Kolieb (1858-1913) and his son, Dr. Siegfried Kolieb of Vienna (both doctors, served the Austro-Hungarian army).
Collection includes amongst other items: decorated military discharge certificates granted to David by his army units; a photograph of David Leon Kolieb's tomb stone; a Ketubah of Vienna of the year 1885 for the marriage of David son of Aryeh Kolieb and Sarah Hendel; envelope with 20 greeting cards and calling cards, mostly of Jews; invitation to Siegfried's Bar Mitzvah, 1898 (later Siegfried became a doctor in Vienna); large photograph (38X28 cm) of the Great Synagogue of Vienna interior, and more documents.
More than 50 items, various sizes and conditions.

Opening600$ Sold For7,380$ Including buyers premium

Auction 11 Lot Number 220

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Salamandra – Original Copy With Author’s Corrections

Salamandra, Ka Tzetnik 135633. [1946]. Yiddish.
The original copy of the book “Salamandra”, typewritten on thin paper, with many remarks in the author’s handwriting. The first edition of the book is apparently based on the present manuscript.
Yehiel Denur (1917-2001), native of Poland, was among the Auschwitz Death Camp survivors, where he lost his entire family. He immigrated to Israel via Italy with the “Brycha” and devoted his life to writing about his life experiences at the camp, while remaining completely anonymous and using the pseudonym K. Tzetnik. His identity was revealed at the Eichmann trial, as he was summoned to the witness stand. His first book Zwei Un Zwanzig was published by “Kultur Lige” (Warsaw, 1931), however he did whatever he could to destroy copies of this book. He took three weeks to write “Salamandra” right after his release from the camp, apparently during his stay at the Machaneh Akurim in Italy. The manuscript was brought to Israel, translated into Hebrew and first published in 1946.
[2], 97; 129; 45; 48; 10; 18 leaves (a total of 349 leaves). 33 cm. Typewritten on one side of the leaf. Good condition. Few stains and wrinkles. Plain, damaged binding.

Opening5,000$ Sold For7,380$ Including buyers premium

Auction 11 Lot Number 577

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Cyprus Detention Camps – Photo Album

Kfar HaNoar at the illegal immigration camps in Cyprus, 1947-1948. A photo album of Detention Camp No. 65, photographed by Yehuda Kavish.
94 rare photographs that show the way of life in the detention camps:
The dining room, tents, watchtowers and barbwire fences; separation from those immigrating to Israel (once a month); agricultural work; "physical education" and fitness exercises in the camp; a wedding; taking care of the children; group photographs; quartet of string-instruments; workers of various occupations: a watchmaker, a tailor, a shoemaker; a Mapai (Workers' Party of Eretz Yisrael) exhibit; parades in the camp with people raising signs and a banner with "Kibbutz Lohamei Haghetaot" drawn by members of the Shomer HaTzair movement; a group with a sign "Markin Group at the Cyprus Expulsion"; the visit of the Jewish Agency; Golda Meir's visit; photographs of Detention Camp 68 in Kraolos, photographs of "the bridge between Camps 65-67 and 64-68", that "awakened memories of the ghettos and their walls served as a bulletin board".
The photographs are in a wooden album decorated with stone, with the inscription "Cyprus 1947" and decorated with a ship, barbwire fence and a flag (artwork done in the detention camp).
Average size: 5.5X7.5 cm, pasted to album leaves, some with descriptions. Good condition. Album 14.5X22 cm. Good condition.

Opening1,500$ Sold For6,765$ Including buyers premium

Auction 11 Lot Number 360

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Kibbutz Alonim – 10 Haggadot

10 Non-traditional Passover Haggadot. Kibbutz Alonim, 1930's until 1949.
Haggadah of the Youth Group of the Sheikh Abreik Hills [later named Alonim], 1937; Passover hagaddot, Kibbutz Alonim, from the years: 1939; 1940; 1941; 1943; 1944; 1945; 1948; 1949; a Haggadah without date of printing.
Varied size and condition. Fair-good condition, many Haggadot with tears on margins of cover and foxing. The 1948 Haggadah has tears with damage to text.
Most of the Haggadot are stenciled copies, with illustrations.
Dov Meisel collection.

Opening1,200$ Sold For4,305$ Including buyers premium

Auction 11 Lot Number 81

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Unique Collection of Photographs – “Gelgor” Photo

Large collection of unique and exceptionally high quality photographs photographed by Eliezer Gelgor, a photographer in Grodno, Poland and owner of “Gelgor” photo shop in Bialik St. in Ramat Gan.
The collection includes:
~ Two original albums, including 155 high-quality photographs: series of photographs of immigrants on a ship, c. 1925; various buildings in Tel-Aviv, including the casino on the sea-shore, a cemetery; caravan of camels on sea-shore; Tomb of Rachel; David’s Citadel and David’s Fortress; the Western Wall; panorama of Jerusalem and its surroundings – various views; Mt. Zion; panorama of Judean Desert; twelve photographs of the Hebrew University including photographs of the university inauguration ceremony; masonry and terrace building workmanship; tours to archeological sites; Tiberius and Lake Kinneret; Moshava Rishon L’Zion and the winery; and more.
~ XI Olympiade Berline 1936, souvenir album of the Olympics in Berlin 1936. Including seven small photographs by Gelgor. In the photographs flags bearing crosses throughout the city of Berlin appear, alongside flags of the Olympics. In one of the photographs Gelgor himself appears.
~ Assortment of 43 photographs, among them: caravan of camels on the sea-shore of Tel-Aviv; the Judean Mountains; a package of tobacco in Rishon L’Zion; Prof. Boris Schatz near a carpet and Menorah produced by “Bezalel”; unique portraits of a girl; Tel-Aviv port; “Tomb of Captain Trumpeldor” prior to the erection of the gravestone; Independence Day parade; and more.
Some of the photographs bear the stapo of the photographer.
Total of 205 photographs. Varying sizes. Generally in good condition.
Attached is an authorization of sale from the inheritors of “Gelgor” which also includes rights for use and publication of the photographs.

Opening3,000$ Sold For3,690$ Including buyers premium

Auction 11 Lot Number 273

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Bücherei des Schocken Verlags – Complete Set

Bücherei des Schocken Verlags 1-92 – complete set of an important book series, which had a great impact on German Jewry under the Nazi Regime.
The series was Zalman Schocken’s idea and was edited and designed by Dr. Moshe Spitzer with the cooperation of Lamberdt Schneider, Martin Buber and Walter Benjamin.
The series’ idea was to bring the best of Jewish culture to the German public, in a popular, carefully designed edition. The 83 books were published between 1933 and 1938, quite a rare achievement in quality and quantity.
Book 68, Die Judenbuch, was censored by the Nazis and replaced by a different book.
The present set is complete (and includes the two books numbered 68) and is in very good condition.
92 books in 83 volumes. 19 cm.
Complete set in very good condition, extremely rare.

Opening3,000$ Sold For3,690$ Including buyers premium

Auction 11 Lot Number 280

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A Description of The Shabtai Tzvi Episode – London, 1669

The History of the Three Late Famous Imposters, viz. Padre Ottomano, Mahomed Bei and Sabatai Sevi, John Evelyn. London, 1669.
Important source documenting the Shabtai Tzvi False Messiah historical episode. Most of this book is devoted to that topic and represents an early and crucial testimony as it was written while Shabtai Tzvi was still alive.
Apparently, this may be the first English book ever written about Shabtai Tzvi and his activity (there are additional chapters in the book).
The author, John Evelyn (1620-1706), was English industrial, botanist and researcher. Documented important events of his time through his diaries and books he published.
There is a slightly cut signature on the title page “TH. Newcomen”; it is possible that it refers to the father of “the Industrial Revolution” and inventor of the steam engine (unchecked).
126, 13, 1 pages, 16.5 cm. Very good condition. Leather binding. Stains. Antique sticker, ancient owner’s signature.

Opening2,200$ Sold For2,706$ Including buyers premium

Auction 11 Lot Number 318

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Ze’ev Ben Zvi – Impressive Sculpture, 1929

Sculpture of a Jewish boy (Yemenite) sitting with folded legs, holding a book. Signed on the side: "Ze'ev Ben Zvi 1929". White ceramic painted black.
Sculptor Ze'ev Ben Zvi (Koyavsky, 1904-1952), Jewish artist born in Poland. In 1920-1923 studied painting in the school of arts in Warsaw. Made aliyah to Eretz Yisrael in 1923 and studied in "Bezalel" until 1925 with the guidance of Boris Schatz. In 1928 went to study in France where he was exposed to cubist art of Picasso and George Braque: in the following years created many realistic portraits (protomes) in a half-cubist style (amongst them Bialik, Tchernichovsky, Dizengof, Shemaryahu Levine, Aharon Meskin and others). Established a sculpting and copper-hammering workshop in the retention camps in Cyprus with the artist Naftali Bezem; since 1949 served as a teacher in "The New Bezalel" (David Palombo was one of his students). His works were exhibited in exhibitions in Israel and abroad.
The sculpture in front of us is of the period prior to his typical cubist creation.
"He totally mastered the material, easily solved problems and shaped the creation, which floated before his eyes since he had a remarkable plastic ability…". (Gavriel Talpir).
Height: 24 cm, maximum width: 34 cm. Good condition. Minor damages.

Opening1,000$ Sold For2,706$ Including buyers premium

Auction 11 Lot Number 568

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Jews of the Partisan Movement – Rome, 1948

Der yidisher antayl in der partizaner-bavegung, Moshe Kaganovich. Rome, 1948.
Jewish participation in the partisan movement of Soviet Russia. The author – head of historical committee Pachach [Partisan, Soldiers, Chalutzim] in Italy.
[8], XI, 404 pages, 24 cm. Fair condition. Foxing. Stained cover.

Opening100$ Sold For2,337$ Including buyers premium

Auction 11 Lot Number 559

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Ilya Ehrenbeurg – The Black Book – Romania

Cartea Neagra, Ilya Ehrenbeurg. Romania, [1946?].
The first volume of "The Black Book", that documents the crimes against the Jews during World War II, and the active struggle fought against the Nazis. Ilya Ehrenbeurg and Vasili Grossman edited the book; both were Red Army reporters during World War II, amongst the first reporters to expose news of the death camps. At the end of the book there is an appendix that contains rare pictures of the life of the Jews in the ghettos. Romanian.
290, [2] pages, [15 photograph plates]. Fair condition.

Opening200$ Sold For2,214$ Including buyers premium

Auction 11 Lot Number 612

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Scroll of Esther

Handwritten Scroll of Esther, scrolled on a handle made of white bakelite.
The scroll is sewn to two types of fabric, scrolled on a fine white-ivory color bakelite handle, with various decorations.
Height: 46 cm. Good condition.

Opening400$ Sold For1,845$ Including buyers premium

Auction 11 Lot Number 531

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“Gravediggers of Russia” – Munich, 1923

Totengräber Rußlands, Otto von Kursell, Dietrich Eckart. Munich, 1923.
Caricatures aimed at Jews, Communists and Anarchists, including: Trotzki, Lenin, Emma Goldmann and others. Caption beneath each picture denoting the role of that particular personality.
Otto von Kursell (1884-1967), anti-Semitic cartoonist, member of the Reichstag, Adminisrater of Univerity of Arts in Berlin. Introductory article: Jewish Bolshevism, by Alfred Rosenberg. German.
32 leaves, 25.5 cm. Good condition, slightly creased, foxing.

Opening150$ Sold For1,722$ Including buyers premium

Auction 11 Lot Number 44

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A Map of the World – Antwerp, 1571 – Christopher Plantin Printing

A map of the world, by Benito Arias (Montano). Christopher Plantin Printing, Antwerp, 1571.
Two halves of Earth on two sides of the sheet. Four directions illustrated with human faces. In the oceans, there are many illustrations of ships and animals. The explanations and names of places appear in Hebrew and Latin.
The first Hebrew map that shows part of the Australian continent.
34.5X55 cm. Good condition. White and clean paper, with margins. Restored moth damage near the vertical folding line and on margins. On back side glued paper for strengthening.
Wjantraub no. W.12, does not appear in Laor.

Opening700$ Sold For1,599$ Including buyers premium

Auction 11 Lot Number 257

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Alexander and Sarah Epstein Archives

Archives of British Officer Alexander Epstein and his wife, Sarah.
Great documents and photos archives with about 1000 photos (mostly arranged in albums), dozens of documents, letters, journalism fragments, honorary certificates and more.
The content of the archives reflects the couple’s life and activities in Palestine and abroad, and includes many thank you letters and photos from Palestine and from family trips abroad – Egypt, Crete, Italy, France and more.
The pictures from Palestine are of great documentary value and include, among other things, a documentation of the Prince of Sweden’s visit, photographs with Herbert Samuel, Balfour’s visit to Israel, an event at the opera in 1933 with the Queen of Ethiopia, and many photos from the 20’s and the 30’s. (Among the pictures, there are 2 photographs by Soskin, 3 photographs of Sabounji and a postcard made by Ordman featuring Epstein).
Alexander Epstein (1886-1971), was born in Liverpool. Emigrated to Palestine in 1919 and was appointed as the Industry and Business Supervisor by the Mandate government. He served as the Jaffa District Officer between 1920 and 1945. In 1937. Was appreciated and greatly valued and was one of the most famous Jewish functionaries of his time.
Sarah Epstein headed “Wizo” Tel Aviv for many years and was active among women, young men and soldiers. She was greatly appreciated and was awarded a silver medal by King George V and was an honored member of “Wizo” Israel and worldwide.
Varying sizes, most of the archive is in good condition.

Opening1,200$ Sold For1,476$ Including buyers premium

Auction 11 Lot Number 204

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The Jewish Brigade – Otte Wallish, 1945

3"To me belongeth vengeance, and recompense!" Ernest Mechner and Otte Wallish. The General Hebrew Labor Federation in Israel, 1945.
Poster for the first of May, 1945. A flag of the Jewish Brigade displayed upon the upper section, beneath is an illustration of soldiers with the emblem of the brigade on red background.
Designed by the graphic artist Otte Wallish (1903-1977) – among his designs are “Hebrew Post” stamps as well as additional stamps, Israeli bills and coins and it is quite possible that he is the one who actually wrote the Declaration of Independence as well.
48X33 cm. Fair condition, very delicate paper with tears and holes of various sizes (mainly in margins), most of the poster is clear and complete.

Opening800$ Sold For1,476$ Including buyers premium

Auction 11 Lot Number 207

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Collection of Ex-Libris – Lilien, Budko, Struck, Raban

38 Jewish Ex-Libris by the artists E. M. Lilien, Joseph Budko, Hermann Struck and Ze’ev Raban.
Four of the Ex-Libris are designed by Budko and signed in his handwriting in pencil.
Various sizes, very good condition.

Opening320$ Sold For1,476$ Including buyers premium

Auction 11 Lot Number 198

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For the Protection of our Products

330 days of Israeli production, designed by: Zvi Bergman. Stroud printing press, 1930's.
Poster published by the Center for the Benefit of Israeli Products. Linoleum tricolor print.
Signed: B., and in lower left section: Linol. Zvi Bergman.
95X63 cm. Good condition. Glued upon cardboard. Ink-stamp, folds and few creases.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 425

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Regulation Concerning a Special Ink-Stamp for Marriage Certificates of Jews – Vienna, 1764

Law addenda detailing documents which necessitate a special ink-stamp. Document issued by order of Empress Maria Teresa. Vienna, 1764.
Regulations detailing five documents for which a special ink-stamp is requested. Paragraph 5 states that marriage certificates of Jews necessitate a special stamp, "Gulden-Stempel". Handwritten note appears over the leaf.
Large single leaf, 43X53 cm. Good-fair condition. Folded into 4, folding marks and minor tears. Ink stains, no text damage.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 426

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Regulations for Jewish Merchants – Vienna, 1764

Law regulations aimed at protecting local manufacturing against imported competition. Detailed list of many imported items forbidden for trade or subject to restricted trade. Including: fabrics, buttons, mirrors, threads, swords and more.
Chapter 6 refers to Jewish merchants, restricting their commerce to trade-fairs in the cities and forbidding any import of goods. German.
11, [3] Pages, 32 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 2

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Zionist Congresses

1. The second Zionist Congress in Basel, official postcard, [1898]. Sent from Basel to Vienna. Rimer 3.
2. The 12th Zionist Congress in Karlsbad, [1921]. Illustrated by Joseph Bodko. Rimer 36-37.
3. The 13th Zionist Congress in Karlsbad, [1923]. Illustrated by Joseph Bodko. Rimer 44.
Very good condition.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 590

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Sabbath Lamp – India

Bronze Sabbath lamp. India (Cochin?), c. 1900.
A circular Sabbath lamp, with seven spaces for hanging small glass oil cups. The lamp is suspended by four poles with loops at their ends that connect to hooks at the base of the lamp. The cups are made from yellow tinted glass. The middle cup is larger than the rest of the cups.
"Until less than a hundred years ago, Cochin Jews still had the custom of celebrating the inauguration of the Sabbath by lighting stone lamps at the entrance to each home. The synagogue beadle would go from house to house lighting the lamp with a torch kindled from the Ner Tamid that hung before the ark. Simultaneously, the women would kindle the Sabbath lamp. The lamp... was suspended from the ceiling and had seven oil cups fixed in a metal ring".
(The Jews of India – a story of three communities, Orpa Slapak (ed). The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1995, page 91). See attached material.
Height: 136 cm. (including cups). Very good condition. Cups not original.

Opening650$ Sold For1,353$ Including buyers premium

Auction 11 Lot Number 326

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Ya’akov Steinhart – Signed and Numbered Engraving

Ya'akov Steinhart, Jewish characters in the village around a candle. Engraving signed in pencil, dated 1920 and numbered 9/30.
24x19 cm., framed without glass 42x35 cm. Good condition. Much foxing.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 20

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The Archives of the Establishment of the Ruchama Settlement in the Negev – The She’erit Israel Association

A collection of letters, documents, printed pages and postcards connected to the establishment of the settlement Ruchama (Jammama) in the Negev, from the archives of Abraham Kaminer Volkovsky, one of the heads of the She’erit Israel Association and one of the settlement’s founders. 1911 until the 1940s.
Most of the archives contain original material from the time of the establishment of the settlement (second decade of the 20th century), postcards that were sent to Abraham Kaminer, list of the names of the first settlers, demands of payment, information on the development of the settlement, building structures, agriculture etc. Includes letters and postcards from " the Association for Purchase of Land" of Bialistok, the" She’erit Israel Association" in Moscow, The Neta’im Association, Arthur Rupin and other organizations and people.
The archives include a number of letters from the 1940s, regarding Kaminer family’s claim on the dismantling of the lands of Ruchama and inheritance rights and land ownership.
The settlement Ruchama was established in 1911 by the " She’erit Israel Association" of Moscow and was the first of the settlements in the Negev in the new era. In the beginning, the settlement was called Jammama after an Arab village in the vicinity.
C. 50 items, varied size and condition.

Opening500$ Sold For1,353$ Including buyers premium

Auction 11 Lot Number 166

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Collection of Synagogue Postcards

28 postcards with illustrations or photographs of synagogues. The majority from Germany, some from Poland. Including synagogues from the cities:
Meckenheim; Heilbronn; Sulz; Hannover; Bodenbach; Weisbaden; Ulm; Bamberg; Göppingen; Oppeln; Głogów; Kattowitz; Dortmund; München; Breslau; Beuthen, and others.
9 undivided; 6 not postmarked. Good condition, varying.

Opening840$ Sold For1,230$ Including buyers premium
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