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Auction 38 Lot Number 118

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Remarkable and Extensive Autographs Collection

Collection of about 820 autographs – signed letters, dedications and signatures, by a variety of prominent Jewish figures of the past one hundred and fifty years, in numerous and diverse areas: letters and dedications from authors and poets (some of the Haskala generation), prominent and important Zionist leaders, key-figures in the history of the Yishuv in Eretz Israel, Jewish artists, politicians, book publishers and owners of book shops, bibliographers, book dealers and researchers, persons from the areas of trade and industry, Jewish societies and organizations in Eretz Israel, Europe and Eastern countries, and more.
Amongst the various items are letters from the following: Theodor Herzl, Ahad HaAm (a letter to Mendele Moicher Seforim and Ben-Ami), Nahum Sokolov, Max Nordau, Heinrich Loewe, Kalonymos Ze'ev Wisotsky, A"zar, Menachem Sheinkin, Menachem Ussishkin, Yehoshua Hankin, Eliyahu Golomb, Dov Hoz, Meir Dizengoff, Haim Arlozorov, Herbert Samuel, Ze'ev Jabotinsky, Henrieta Szold, Arthur Rupin, Dr. Chaim Hisin, Dr. Hilel Yaffe, Dr. Moshe Wallach, Zalman David Levontin, Yossef Klausner, Shalom Aleichem, Marc Chagall, Itzik Manger, Avraham Sutzkever, David Frishman, Uri Zvi Greenberg, Martin Buber, Gershom Scholem, Eli Weisel , Stefan Zweig, (two letters, in one of them Tolstoy is mentioned), Haim Nachman Bialik, S.Y. Agnon, Asher Barash, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Avraham Yehoshua Heshel, Leah Goldberg, Yehudah Amichai, Shalom Asch, Avraham Shlonsky, Shaul Pinchas Rabbinowitz (SHE"FER), Herman Struck, Boris Schatz, David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin, Moshe Dayan, Binyamin Netanyahu, Shimon Peres and other famous personalities.
Many of the letters presented here are interesting per se, some long and personal letters of several leaves, or personal postcards. The documents are arranged in four albums. Sizes and conditions vary.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 117

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Album of Autographs and Personal Dedications – Authors, Composers and Intellectuals – Vienna, 1899-1900 – Dedication from Herzl / Autographs by Tolstoy and Many Others

Album of autographs and dedications by authors, composers and intellectuals. Vienna, 1899-1900.
The album belonged to Mr. Sigmund Milch of Vienna, who gathered the collection with much devotion, autograph after autograph, integrated postcards that were sent to him by famous persons within the album, got artists to sign in the notebook or on cards, added their photos and even perfumed the album.
The album contains more than one hundred autographs and handwritten dedications. A majority of the signatories signed within the album and even added illustrations next to their autograph, while some autographs were on Bristol cards, pasted or attached to the album. Most autographs are dated by the signatories.
The album contains autographs and dedications by:
• Theodor Herzl – A handwritten dedication (in German): Wer nicht wenigstens / eine Idee hat, für / die er zu sterben / bereit ist, der ist / nicht werth zu leben. / Th. Herzl / 2 Juni 1900 (Who has not an idea, for which he could die, is not worthy to live). June 2,1900. • Author Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy. • German author Julius Stinde (with a long handwritten dedication). • German author Wilhelm Raabe. •Austrian author Marie Ebner-Eschenbach (with dedication). • Danish literary critic and researcher Georg Brandes. • Composer Siegfried Wagner, son of Richard Wagner. • Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi (autograph on a receipt). • Italian composer Giacomo Puccini (fine autograph with an illustration of notation staff). • German composer Richard Strauss. • Spanish violinist and composer Pablo de Sarasate (next to his autograph Sarasate added an illustration of notation staff). • Burgtheater actors (national Austrian theater in Vienna), opera singers and many others.
About 121 autographs in an album 13X20 cm. Good condition. Minor spots and tears. Damages to binding (spine partly detached, loose binding).

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Auction 38 Lot Number 147

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“Tsveyuntsvantsik” – Book by Yehiel Di-Nur (Ka-Tsetnik) Warsaw, 1931

Tsveyuntsvantsik – lider [22 – poems], Yehiel Feiner. Warsaw: Kultur-Lige, 1931. Yiddish.
Poetry book published by Yehiel Di-Nur (Ka Tsetnik) in Warsaw, before the war, when he was 22 years old (“Tsveyuntsvantsik Lider; Tsveyuntsvantsik Yoren” = twenty two poems, twenty two years”). Illustration on last page by the artist Yitzchak Broyner.
Author Yehiel Di-Nur (formerly Feiner, 1909-2001), native of Sosnowiec, Poland, an Auschwitz concentration camp survivor (where he lost all his family), is known as one of the most important authors who wrote about the Holocaust. Di-Nur arrived with “HaBricha” to Israel, through Italy, and there devoted his life to writing about his experiences in the camp. While writing his books, Di-Nur was said to go back to “the planet of Auschwitz”, secluded in his room, dressed in his prisoner’s clothes, without showering, eating nor sleeping for days. His books, including some very disturbing depictions, were written while he remained totally anonymous, using his pen name “Ka Tsetnik”.
Di-Nur’s identity was revealed during the Eichmann Trial when he was summoned to testify. When the prosecutor asked: “why are you hiding behind your pen name ‘Ka Tsetnik’?” Di-Nur replied: “This is not a pen name. I do not consider myself an author writing literature. This is the chronicle of the Auschwitz planet. I was there for about two years. Time there is not like here, on our planet. Each fraction of a minute turns on a different time wheel. The inhabitants of that planet did not have names. They did not have parents or children. They did not dress like we dress here. They were not born there and they did not give birth…they did not live by the laws of this world and they did not die. Their name was the number “Ka Tsetnik”.
During the years after the war, whenever Di-Nur learned about the existence of copies of his early book Tsveyuntsvantsik, he destroyed the copies he came across with by burning or cutting them. In the end of 1993, in a letter to Shlomo Goldberg, the head of the circulation department of the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem, Di-Nur wrote: “In 1953 I was informed, while being in New-York, that ‘the book’ by the author who perished in Auschwitz is exhibited in the National Library as a rare exhibit, under glass, I went to the library, presented my Pen card [PEN – International organization of authors, editors and poets] and said that I am an Israeli author who writes the life story of this author who perished, I got the book, walked out of the library and burned the book.
About thirty years ago, someone in Tel-Aviv told me that ‘the book’ exists in the National Library in Jerusalem. I went to Jerusalem, and it turned out that the director of the library knew who I was. I did not need to ‘cheat’ in order to get the book, I left the library and burned ‘the book’.
A few months ago I heard from two students, who follow the life of Ka Tsetnik, that ‘the book’ is in the National Library in Jerusalem. And the rest is known […].
I have one more request: as a token and testimony I attached here remainders of ‘the book’, please burn them just as my world and all that was dear to me was burnt in the Auschwitz crematorium”.
In the year 2011 the remnants of “Tsveyuntsvantsik” shreds were exhibited in the National Library in Jerusalem in an exhibition “Unrivaled Unrevealed – Select Treasures of the National Library” (Jerusalem, 2011; pp.52-53), side by side with manuscripts by the Rambam, Isaac Newton, Martin Buber, Franz Kafka, S.Y. Agnon and some other very rare items.
62, [1] pp, 11.5X17.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Spots and moisture marks. Professionally restored tears. Dark spots where binding pins were (removed). Adhesive tape on title page. Inscriptions in pen on page 10 (ink spread on nearby pages). Missing corner on last leaf. No cover. New binding.
Very rare, we do not know of any other existing copies.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 56

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Travel Book Through Holy Scriptures, Heinrich Bünting – Magdeburg, 1597 – Including the Cloverleaf Map and Other Maps of Eretz Israel and the World

Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae. Das ist Ein Reisebuch, Uber die ganze heilige Schrifft, in zwei Bücher getheilet. Printed by Paul Donat (in Vorlegung Ambrosii Kirchners). Magdeburg, Germany, 1597. German. Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae [Travel book through Holy Scriptures], by Heinrich Bünting, (1545-1606), a German pastor, theologian and cartographer, native of Hanover. This is one of the most important travel books, and when first published in 1581, provided the most comprehensive description of biblical geography available. Since then, the book has been printed in several editions and has been translated into many languages. The book describes the Holy Land by following the travels of various notable people from the Old and New Testaments. Four parts (separate title pages for each part, with the exception of the first part): Part 1 is the longest and deals with the Old Testament recounting the travels of the Prophets, Kings, Judges and various other Biblical figures. Part 2, Itinerarium Noui Testamenti, describes the travels of Joseph, Maria and other figures from the New Testament. Part 3, Uber das Buch Josua, deals with the Book of Joshua; Part 4, De Monetis et Mensuris Sacrae Scripturae is about money and means of payment mentioned in the Holy Scriptures. The book includes 12 maps (woodcuts), most of the maps are double-spreads (printed on two pages), depicting the world and Eretz Israel. Three of the maps are figurative maps drawn by Bünting: The first and most well known is the map which portrays the world in the shape of a cloverleaf with three points (the cloverleaf appears on the emblem of the city of Hanover, where Bünting was born). The triple cloverleaf represents three continents, Asia, Europe and Africa. In the center of the leaf, representing the center of the world is the city of Jerusalem. The second map presents the Asian continent in the shape of Pegasus (a winged horse that appears in Greek mythology). On the third map, the European continent is drawn in the shape of a queen wearing a cape and a crown (depicting the Phoenician princess, Europe). In addition to these figurative maps, the book also contains more conventional maps: a map of the African continent, two world maps, four maps of Eretz Israel, a map of Jerusalem and a sketch of the Holy Temple. Part 1: [14], 240, [7] pages (lacking another title page?); Part 2: [6], 102, [8], pages; Part 3: [1], 34, pages, [one empty]; Part 4: [6], 15, [2], 14-21 pages. Many mispaginations. Volume 30 cm. Spots, moth damages, minor tears. Some leaves (primarily with the maps), have ancient repairs – tears restored with glued paper. The first title page is detached and damaged, glued on paper for reinforcement. The maps are in fair condition. Most have stains and restored tears (ancient restorations). Some have cutoff margins. The cloverleaf map is detached, with spots, minor tears to margins, paper glued on folding mark. The margins of the queen-shaped map of Europe and the Pegasus map are slightly cut off. Spotting. Restored damage to the folding marks. Restorations with glued paper and tape (the Pegasus map has two strips of tape, 8 and 4 cm. long). Contemporary binding, with clasps for closing (one clasp is lacking).

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Auction 38 Lot Number 282

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Diary-Notebook from the Holocaust Period, 1943-1945 – Austria and Germany

Notebook containing a diary written in pencil and in pen. Austria and Germany, July 1943 through 1945. German.
A first hand shuddering testimony, by a young woman, whose name is not clear from the diary (possibly her name was Erna), native of Brunn, Czechoslovakia.
The diary was written in labor camps and in Bergen Belsen concentration camp, in a simple copybook, at first in pencil and the last leaves were written in pen. Dating is general and only here and there appears a specific date. The writer delineates in detail different happenings, clings to memories common to her and to her beloved one ("addressee" of the texts), and hopes with all her heart to stay alive and unite with him when war ends. A recurrent motif throughout the diary is that past memories and hopes for the future fill her with superhuman forces to survive the present.
First part: Description of forced labor in slavery conditions in Austria, trips in cattle wagons, and malnutrition.
The second part was written mainly in Bergen Belsen. The writer tells about the day of arrival in the camp as a particularly difficult day: a march of seven kilometers with thousands of people, and arrival at the camp of 70,000 people. At first she struggles for a place to sleep but later is appointed as a "Blockleiter" – in charge of a bloc. Her position grants her different rights and she notes that she is happy with her role and that she is the only woman fulfilling this role; now, according to what is said in the diary, she suffers less than others and even is complimented for her good looks. The last half leaf – in pencil – she writes with much pain about the hunger, despair, lack of force, and the great love for her beloved one. 68 pp, 55 written pages. Fair condition, two detached leaves, spotting to cover.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 331

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Bitzaron Factory – Poster Designed by Otte Wallisch

"Bitzaron Factory", poster in color designed by Otte Wallisch. M. Schultz printing press, Prague [1930s]. Signed in the plate: MW, Wallisch.
An impressive illustration portraying a pioneer holding a rifle in one hand and a sickle in the other, protecting the Jewish Yishuv. A verse from the book of Nehemiah "A load in one hand and a weapon in the other" appears on the lower part of the poster, and in German: " Verteidigung, Sicherheit, Aufbau" [defense, security, building].
61X94.5 cm. Good condition. Spotting, folding marks. Professionally restored tears. Cloth-backed for display and preservation.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 51

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“History of Egypt under the Government of Mohammed-Aly” – Volume of Lithographs – Paris, 1823

Histoire De l'Egypte sous le gouvernment de Mohammed-Aly, ou Recit Des Evenements Politiques et Militaires qui ont eu lieu depuis le depart des Francais jusqu'en 1823. Atlas.[History of Egypt under the government of Mohammed-Aly, or depiction of the political and military events since the French departed in 1823]. Paris: A. Bertrand, 1823. French.
The volume of lithographs which accompanies the “History of Egypt under the government of Mohammed-Aly” by Félix Mengin. The volume contains 13 illustration-plates and maps: • Portraits in color of Mohammed-Aly, Egyptian ruler, The Mameluk governor Murad Bei and Abdallah Ibn Saud, ruler of the first Saudi state. • Large map, folded, of the Nejd area (etching). • Large map (folded), in color, of the Mahmudiya Channel in Alexandria. • Additional illustrations of figures and sites in Egypt. • Table with information about import-export between Egypt and Europe. [15] leaves, 40 cm. Good condition. Foxing marks, minor creases. Minor tears to borders of folded maps. Front binding detached.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 10

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Der Judenstaat – Theodor Herzl – First Edition, 1896

Der Judenstaat, Versuch Einer Modernen Lösung der Judenfrage, Theodor Herzl. M. Breitenstein publishing, Vienna-Leipzig, 1896. First edition. German.
“The Jewish State: Proposal of a modern solution to the Jewish problem”. The famous book by Theodore Herzl, in which he portrays the Jewish problem and the need to find a political-national solution.
86 pp., 21.5 cm. Good condition. Ink stamps on title page. Title page and end-paper are reinforced with adhesive tape. Back end-paper is missing. A tear between pages 16-17. Spotting and damages on cover. Hard cover.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 479

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David Palombo (1920-1966)

Model of the Knesset Gates / Copper sculpture on a wood base / Height: 6 cm, width: 44 cm / signed by Herbert Goldman on the bottom
Exhibition: Exhibition of the Knesset Artists in Goldman Gallery. Haifa,1966.
Estimate: $2500-3500

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Auction 38 Lot Number 260

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Le Petit Journal – 24 Issues Concerning the Dreyfus Affair – Paris, 1894-1899

24 issues of Le Petit Journal concerning the Dreyfus Affair and the Zola Affair. December 1894 – September 1899. French.
Issues of the illustrated supplement to the Parisian daily newspaper, Le Petit Journal. On the first and last page of each issue appear illustrations in color, most of them depicting the Dreyfus Affair events: Dreyfus in a court martial; the military ceremony of tearing off his army ranks (the illustration features a French officer breaking Dreyfus's sword – sign of expelling him from the army); Dreyfus in prison, a guard serving him food; Dreyfus in Devils' Island; General Pellieux and Esterhazy; Esterhazy in court – reading the verdict; arrest of Colonel Picquart; "scandal in the French House of Commons"; Major Henry accuses Picquart of lying in court; duel between Henry and Picquart; Zola Affair – Court; Departure of Emil Zola; Military prison in Rennes; Dreyfus and his lawyers; attempt to assassin Dreyfus's lawyer; etc.
Most of the illustrations are by the French illustrator and caricaturist Henri Meyer (1844-1899). Other illustrations are by the illustrator and etching artist Fortuné Méaulle (1844-1901), painter Lionel Royer (1852-1926) and Eugène Damblanc (1865-1945).
During the Dreyfus Affair the power of journalism increased, and caricatures were published to transmit messages to the masses who grabbed the papers as soon as they appeared. In issue no. 217 of January 13, 1895 appears an illustration most identified with the Dreyfus Affair, (by the illustrator Meyer) – "The Traitor: Removal of Dreyfus's ranks". This humiliating ceremony was planned ahead of time (the sword was broken in advance to avoid mishaps during the ceremony). The illustration features the moment of breaking the sword, after Dreyfus was forced to march around the formations arena while the masses cried “Death to the traitor! Kill Him! Dirty Jew! Judas Iscariot!” The caption next to the illustration “Dreyfus in Devils’ Island” protests that Dreyfus was not forced to shave his moustache. The moustache (according to the caption) is a national symbol of France and it
is appropriate that whoever stole bread should be forced to shave it, not to mention whoever sold his homeland.
“Le Petit Journal” was one of the extreme opponents to Alfred Dreyfus and expressed its attitudes harshly. Presented here are issues Nos. 214, 217, 218, 306, 370, 372, 375, 376, 377, 380, 381, 383, 387, 400, 402, 403, 430, 431, 451, 452, 457, 458, 460, 462. 43 cm. 4 leaves per issue (issue 372: only first and last leaves). Most of the issues in good codition. Spots. Minor tears to borders of leaves. Several loose or detached leaves.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 316

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Elections Poster for “Russian Jewry Convention” – Petrograd, 1917

Elections poster for Russian Jewry Convention ("alruslandishn yidishn tzusamnfar"). M. Pivovarski printing press. Petrograd, [1917]. Yiddish.
The February 1917 Revolution, after which civil limitations imposed on Russian Jews were cancelled, aroused hope amongst Jews and some Jewish parties were set up and aimed at achieving national autonomy. Even though each party defined "autonomy" differently, many felt the need to found an umbrella organization for all of Russian Jews. In 1917 elections for "Russian Jewry Convention" were declared. This convention was meant to form the umbrella organization. The elections were conducted but the convention did not take place since, following the Bolshevik Revolution in October of the same year, the attitude of the Russian regime towards the Jews degraded.
The poster presented calls for electing the "Zionist List No. 6", in the elections for "Russian Jewry Convention". The illustration depicts an Eretz-Israeli landscape; a woman, in the center, dressed in a biblical garment gathering stalks of grain (probably inspired by Ruth the Moabitess). On the left side appears and inscription in Yiddish: "To all believers in the revival of the land through Jewish Labor".
Another poster, in an additional version, was printed in the same year, in which the text is somewhat different from the one which appears on the poster presented here.
44X56 cm. Framed 58X70 cm. Good condition. Creases and folding marks. Not examined out of frame.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 475

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Ernst Albert Fischer-Coerlin (1853-1932)

Biblical Scenes / Ten paintings / Watercolor and gouache on cardboard / 41X30 cm / Some titled (Dutch) / Nine are signed, one is dated (1922)
Estimate: $3000-5000

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Auction 38 Lot Number 123

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Six Certificates Signed by Jabotinsky / Ben Zion Spitz Archive – Beitar Official in Vienna

Documents archive of Berthold (Ben Zion) Spitz, Beitar official in Vienna (b. 1908).
Spitz held different roles in Beitar branch in Vienna, starting as a guide being promoted to secretary of the Austrian Commissionership. Made Aliya in 1938.
Amongst the documents: six Beitar Member Card of the years 1933-1938. All of the cards are signed by Beitar leader – Ze'ev Jabotinsky; delegate card for the founding convention of the "Histadrut Zionit Hadashah" (September 1935) and Aliya certificate of 1938. In addition, various certificates related to Jewish Zionist organizations in Austria. The archive contains tens of documents. Documents signed by Jabotinsky – average size: 14X10 cm, good condition. Other documents – sizes and conditions vary.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 239

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Dedications Album for the Boy Yona Shabtai Bing – Germany and Holland, 1867-1878

A fine album with tens of dedications for the boy Yona Shabtai Bing. Hannover, Frankfurt and Amsterdam, 1867-1878. German and Hebrew.
Interesting dedications appear in the album, including a dedication in an acrostic and poetic Hebrew from Akiva Lehren (one of the Pkidim Ve-Amarkalim organization heads); a long handwritten dedication from the painter Moritz Daniel Oppenheim; a dedication in Hebrew from rabbi Zekl Bamberger Halevy, Rebbe of Kissingen; a dedication in Hebrew from Moshe Malka, emissary of the Sephardic and Morrocan congregations to Europe (native of Meknes), who, at the time, stayed in Yona's father house, rabbi Klonimus Bing; and other dedications many of which are from the Bing family members. [48] pp with dedications, album 15.5X22.5 cm. Good condition. Spotting. Original binding.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 83

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Photo-Album – “American Colony” and E.M. Lilien

Album with about 470 photos of Eretz Israel and the vicinity [1920s].
Photos portray the Old City of Jerusalem, Hurva Synagogue, Rachel's Tomb, Western Wall, Tower of David, Gethsemane, churches in Jerusalem, numerous photos of the Temple Mount, main streets in the new city of Jerusalem (Jaffa, Ben Yehuda, King David, etc) and prominent buildings ("Bezalel", Sun Dial of Zoharey Hama Synagogue on Jaffa Street, Yeshurun Synagogue, YMCA, Hebrew University and the Military cemetery on Mount Scopus, Government House and Rockefeller Museum); landscape photos and photos in the city's neighborhoods; about 40 portraits of Jerusalemite characters, some identified as photos taken by E.M. Lilien (some of which are used by Lilien for etchings); numerous photos (mainly of Jerusalem and the vicinity) were taken by "American Colony" photographers. Within the album are photos of Arab villages, the cities of Jaffa and Haifa, Jericho and the area of Wadi Qelt, Arnon spring, settlement in the Galilee (Metula area), Tiberias, Naharayim, Kinneret area, Safed and nearby cities in the Galilee, archaeological sites, Petra. Average Size 9.5X7.5 cm, album 25X33.5 cm. Photos in good condition. Several detached photos. Album binding – detached.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 157

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Biblical Dictionary in Four Volumes – Augustinus Calmet, 1725-1731 – Etchings

Het algemeen groot historisch, oordeelkundig, chronologisch, geografisch, en letterlyk naam- en woord-boek van den gantschen H. Bybel. Versierd met noodige landkaarten en koopere plaaten, dienende tot de gedenk-stukken der Jooden en andere oudheden, ter opheldering der H. Schrift. [Etymological, encyclopedic, geographic, chronologic dictionary of the bible with copper plates etchings], Augustinus Calmet, Leiden-Amsterdam 1725, 1727,1731. Dutch with additions in Hebrew. Four volumes of Calmet's dictionary present an anthology of articles, in alphabetical order, about biographies, archaeology, geography and other biblical themes. Augustinus Calmet (1672-1757) – French Catholic theologist, historian and bible researcher. Calmet was a pioneering researcher who scientifically studied the bible and his studies served other researched through the 19th cent.
First volume: 1725, 321, 40, 19 pp + [48 plates, one map detached]; second volume:1727, 604, 230 pp + [65 plates]; third volume: 1731,[18],392 pp + [29 plates]; fourth volume: 1731, 393-924, [24] pp + [23 plates]. Volumes 41.5 cm. Good condition, contemporary leather bindings, worn corners and spine. Minor tears and spots, some handwritten comments, professional restoration to some leaves.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 474

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Yaacov Agam (b. 1928)

The Agam Passover Haggadah / Atelier Arkai in Paris, 1985 / 58 original silk-prints, hand printed on 270 gram Ribs paper (Arjomarie-Prioux) / 34X34 cm / Introduction page signed and numbered 170/180 / Elegant velvet binding, in a matching original case
Estimate: $2500-3500

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Auction 38 Lot Number 256

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Collection of Documents – French Consistories, 1842-1849

Collection of handwritten documents, concerning the French Consistory. Paris, 1842-1849. French.
"The Central Jewish Consistory of France" (Le Consistoire central israélite de France) was founded in 1808 by Napoleon, organized by the French Ministry of Religions, aimed at governing the Jewish congregations in France. Side by side with the Central Consistory, regional consistories have been founded under its supervision. The consistories consisted of congregation members who were not religious figures, and who appointed the rabbis and directed the Jewish religious life.
The collection includes:
• Handwritten letters, on official stationery of "Ministry of Law and Religions, administration of "Non-Catholics" in Paris, most of the letters of 1843.
• Handwritten booklet, concerning the administrative organization of the consistory, with regulations determined when the consistory was founded: regulations that state that the Jewish religion will be organized in regional consistories as well as by a central one; a central consistory will be established in any area where 2000 Jews reside; if the minimum number of 2000 Jews does not inhabit one area it will be united with a neighboring one, etc.• Handwritten booklet – a table presenting "The Old Division" into districts and "The New Division" of the various consistories. Lot of 38 documents. Ca. 33 cm. Condition varies. Overall good condition.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 461

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Alima (1932-2013)

Untitled / 1958 / Oil on canvas / 81X100 cm / Signed and dated
Estimate: $2000-2500

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Auction 38 Lot Number 343

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The Histadrut – Otte Wallisch and Rudolf Sidner

Poster issued by the Histadrut. Lit. Press "Dafna", Bnei-Brak, December 1948. Design: Otte Wallisch and Rudolf Sidner.
An impressive illustration in color portraying two arms, one holding a hammer and two stalks of grain, and the other arm holding a rifle.
47X68 cm. Good condition. Spotting, folding marks. Professionally restored tears.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 349

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Enlistment to the British Royal Navy – Shamir Brothers

"Jewish Youth, Enlist to the Navy in the Jewish Agency Recruiting Offices!", poster issued by the Jewish Agency. Linol: Zvi Bergman, "Haaretz" press, Tel-Aviv, [1940s]. Design: Shamir Bros.
Illustrated poster designed by Gabriel and Maxim Shamir, calling to enlist to the Royal British Navy.
34X51 cm. Good condition. Folding marks and creases. Professionally restored tears. Cloth backed for display and preservation.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 163

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Foyglen – Illustrations by Issachar Ber Ryback – Berlin

Foyglen [birds], by Leib Kvitko, illustrations by Issachar Ber Ryback. Berlin: Schwellen, [ca.1922]. Yiddish.
Children's story. Illustrations in color appear on the front and back covers. Large illustrations in b/w appear within the book. 15pp, 31X24 cm. Fair-good condition. Cover almost completely detached and several detached leaves. Tears to borders of all of the leaves. Fragile paper.
See: Futur antérieur, l’avant-garde et le livre yiddish (1914-1939). Skira, Paris, 2009. No. 152.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 342

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“Terror – Death and Destruction”

"Terror – Death and Destruction". Poster issued by the Histadrut. [Tel-Aviv?, ca.1946]. Design: Otte Wallisch(?).
Cracks emerge in the map of Eretz Israel on the background of a blue Magen David. A bullet is shot from in between the cracks and splits the heart of a soldier.
The term "terror" refers to internal Eretz Israeli terror and mainly to Etzel actions which during those years acted independently, totally detached from the Histadrut's decisions.
68.5X48 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 344

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The First of May – Shamir Brothers

Poster issued for the first of May by the Histadrut HaOvdim. "Dafna" lithographic press, 1954. Design: Shamir Bros. Hebrew.
Color illustration, portraying three figures representing the working class in Eretz Israel. At the front – a farmer, wearing a blue shirt and holding a shovel. Behind stands a soldier holding a rifle and a builder holding a hammer and wearing a cap. In the background, behind the figures,the map of Eretz Israel is presented. On the lower part appears the inscription:"His hand wrought work and in the other he held a weapon" (Nehemia, 4,11).
68X48 cm. Good condition, minor spotting and tears at the edges. Adhesive tape placed round upper edges (for restoration).

Opening1,400$ Sold For1,722$ Including buyers premium
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