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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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 18א

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Chovevei Zion and Mazkeret Moshe – Important Historical Documents – The Establishment of Hadera

1. The Committee of the Mazkeret Moshe Association in Riga – a copy of a handwritten document in lithographic print, with handwritten additions. Doblen by Riga, 1886. Deals with organizational problems and with the demand to call a large meeting and to distribute this letter to all the committees. At the end of the letter, a handwritten addition by the association's secretary, Ze'ev HaCohen Kaplan. The committee dealt with collecting contributions for the establishment of the Jerusalem neighborhood Mazkeret Moshe named after Moshe Montefiore.
[3] printed pages, [1] handwritten page, 27.5 cm. Fair condition. Minor tears, folding marks and stains.
2. Protocol of the Chovevei Tzion Convention in Druzgenik [Kovno region], 1887. Twenty three of the movement's central members participated in the convention, including: Pinsker, Moshe Leib Lilinblum, Ussishkin, Rabbi Samuel Mohaliver and others. The protocol contains the names of the participants, Pinsker's resignation, the manner of collecting funds and people for purchasing land in Eretz Israel in general and in Hadera in particular, etc.
[3] pages, 35.5 cm. Folding marks, minor tears. Stains.
3-4. Handwritten letter, sent from Jaffa to the Chovevei Tzion members in Europe in 1891. "Last week, we were in Hadera, we traveled with approximately ten people… [including] Tiomkin, head of the Executive Committee. All our travels were by day and this was very beneficial for ascertaining the essence and the nature of the land… and in Hadera we tarried for about 40 hours… Hankin… showed us the way to seek the fields… and the property, there we saw and were convinced that there is no place like it for beauty and good nature amongst all the property that we have seen along the way…". The lands of Hadera were purchased in 1890 by Hankin's mediation and were settled in 1891. The letter includes descriptions of the lands surrounding Hadera, plans for paving roads, planting various trees, agricultural development etc. Attached is a handwritten draft, with corrections and erasing.
[4] pages, 28cm. Good condition. Folding marks and stains.

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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.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 108

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Zionist Organizations in Europe – Large collection of Photographs

36 photographs of Zionist or Jewish Organizations. Europe, 1920's to 1940's.
Israel Zionist Union, Koznitz; “Chalutz” [Pioneer] Union in Poland, Colana branch, 1929; women exercising with Maccabi shirts; “Hapoel” exercisers in Riga, 1933; “Palates” summber Moshava, 1933; group of pioneers, Brody, 1924; “Shomeri” carnival for Keren Kayemet L’Yisrael [JNF], Purim 1926 (two subjects photographed holding blue charity boxes); Jewish scout battalion in Riga, 1924; Maccabi soccer game, 1926; fourth grade in a Hebrew school in Horodenka ; Keren Kayemet L’Yisrael activists at the end of World War I, wearing ribbons and many labels; meeting of the “HaShomer HaTza’ir” in Palanga, 1933; "Shomr" group in Berezhany, 1923; photograph of the committee for the assistance of victims of the pogroms, 1919; and more.
The majority of the photographs are important and rare group photographs from the 1920's and 1930's; single photographs of post World War II conventions of Zionist organizations.
Various sizes and condition.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 8

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Herzl – Collection of a Variety of Items

A large collection of items connected to Herzl, in which his name is mentioned or his picture appears:
7 booklets about Theodor Herzl, some with photographs (Israel and Zurich); 25 plates and photographs with Herzl's portrait, family or sites connected to Herzl, on various occasions. Amongst them: a certificate for the contribution of trees to KKL, a record with a colored print of the ceremony of the Declaration of the State of Israel etc; c. 70 envelopes, stamps, labels and a number of photographs with Herzl's portrait or reference to his name, arranged in an album.
C. 100 items. Varied size and condition. In general, 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 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.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 246

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Moshe Montefiore – Signed Letter and Envelope

Moshe Montifiore, hand signed letter and envelope. Ramsgate (England), [1879].
Thank you letter to the author of “Lua’h Israel”, who had sent him a copy of his book. Montefiore added 2 Pound Sterling to the letter as a token of his gratitude. The body of the letter was not handwritten by Montefiore. Montefiore’s hand signature appears in Hebrew and English at the end of the letter. The envelope is enclosed and includes the recipient’s address (in Zhitomir) as well as Montefiore’s English signature.
Letter 12X20 cm, good condition, folding marks; envelope 9X14 cm, stamp is torn out, few stains, wrinkles. Come in a fine 38X48 cm. frame.

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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.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 357

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Moshe Murro – Jews by the Tomb of Rachel – Copper Plaque

Moshe Murro, copper plaque with figures of three elderly Jews and a young one, against a background of the Tomb of Rachel. Signed at the bottom: "M. Murro" in Hebrew and English.
12.5x8 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 114

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Eastern European Jewry Prior to and During World War II

35 photographs of rabbis and Jewish figures in Eastern Europe, prior to and during the Holocaust [1930's and 1940's].
Many photographs of rabbinic and Jewish figures wrapped in prayer shawls, Jewish shops, streets of the villages and towns, Jews dressed in traditional garments and conducting a routine lifestyle. Photographs of the Warsaw Ghetto, anti-Semitic notices, pile of corpses, Nazi propaganda.
Diverse and important collection of photographs which represents the flourishing era of Eastern European Jewry in contrast with its dejected period.
Various sizes and condition.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 569

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She’erit Ha-Pleita in Germany – A Collection of Books

A collection of Yiddish books, printed in Germany, 1940's.
1. Kleine Menchelach mit Kleina Hasogos, Shalom Aleichem. Menorah Publishing, Berlin, 1943.
2. Em Shtarbet a Shtetl, Avraham Weisbrod. Munich, 1948.
3. Di Religieze Kvutza in Eretz Yisroel [The Religious Group in Eretz Yisrael], Chanoch Ch. Hakibbutz Hadati Publishing, Munich, 1947.
4. Churban Letland [The Destruction of Lithuania], Max Kaufman. Munich, 1947.
5. Problemen fun Kinstlerishen Shaffen [Problems of Artistic Creativity], Ephraim Shreier. Nievelt Publishing, Munich, 1948.
6. Partisaner Gein!.., S. Katsherninsky. Histadrut Pachach Publishing, Vilna (Vilnius), 1944.
7. Zein Lirer, Shlomo Wazager. Nievelt Publising, Munich, 1948. A poetry book signed by the poet.
8. Azoi Zeinou Mir Geshtarben [So We Died], Levi Shalit. Munich, 1949.
9. Geviter [The Flood], Malsha Mali. Bafreiyong Publishing, Munich, 1948.
10. A leben geit Oif, S. Berlinsky. Bafreiyong Publishing, Munich, 1948.
11. Farchtige Teg [Short Stories], Leib Korland. Landsberg, 1948.
12. Farvalkente Tog [Dark Day], M. B. Gutman. Alein Publishing, Bergen Belsen, 1949.
13. Ber Borochov 1881-1917, [Biography]. Poalei Tzion Publishing, Germany, 1946.
14. Klasen Interesen Un Di Nationale Frage, Ber Borochov. Poalei Tzion Publishing, Munich, 1947.
15. Dreisik-yoriker Vikuach, Zerubavel. Nievelt Publishing, Germany, 1947.
16. Di Yidden Frage [The Jewish Problem], Nachman Sirkin. Poalei Tzion Publishing, Munich. 1947.
17. A Collection of Material, A. D. Gordon. Poalei Tzion Publishing, Munich, 1947.
18. A Dor Fun Bereishis, S. Berlinsky. Munich, 1947.
19. Ainer Kegen Alemen, Berl Katznelson. Poalei Tzion Publishing, Munich, 1947.
20. Oisgevilte Shriften, Berl Katznelson. Poalei Tzion Publishing, Munich, 1948.
Varied size and condition.

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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.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 215

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Memory Plaque – Herzl – “Agudat Achim” – Romania, 1904

31. Share certificates, Solel Boneh Company. Jerusalem, 1925. Name of owner: Dr. Gershom Shalom.
2. Bill in lithographic print, “General soup kitchen and hostel in Jerusalem”, value of one dollar. Monsohn Lithographic Printing.
3. Stock certificate in lithographic print, designed by Meir Gur Aryeh and Ze’ev Raban, “Association for the settlement of Yeshivah students in Israel”. Jerusalem, [1930's?].
4. Share certificate, “Bank Kupat Am Ltd.”. Tel-Aviv, 1955.
Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 281

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Hebrew Grammar – Extremely Rare Book – Milano, 1761

Grammatica Hebraica, Bonaventurae Giradeau. Milano, 1761.
Hebrew Grammar book for the beginner. Large, folded conjugation chart at the end of the book.
The author, Bonaventurae Giradeau (1697-1774), was a priest and language teacher in Germany.
CXIX, 24 pages, [1] folded chart, 23.5 cm. Very good condition. Wide margins, original binding. Few stains. 2 ex libris stickers. Modern cardboard box.
Extremely rare, according to the Worldcat, only one copy known, at the Congress library.

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