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Auction 50 Lot Number 49

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Maps from the British Mandate Period – Additions Hand-drawn by British Army Soldiers

11 maps of towns and areas in Palestine, on some of which were added drawings and notes, handwritten by soldiers in the British Army.
Seven of the maps are of Tel-Aviv-Jaffa, and to some were added patrol routes, British army posts, posts of Jewish and Arab forces, and actions and movements of the army and Jewish and Arab forces; two maps of Ramla, with markings of bases, routes and barricades; two maps of West Sinai, with British Army bases in Rafiah, El Arish and Ismaeliya.
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Auction 50 Lot Number 50

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Two Items on the Subject of Recruitment, 1940s

1. Small poster issued by the New Zionist Organization, calling on members of the yishuv to enlist to the Jewish units of the British Army. Tel Aviv: Strod, [ca. 1942].
"Jews in the Fatherland, Let Us Create a Great Military Force: Defending, Fighting, Retaliating and Liberating. Let us Follow Jabotinsky and Enlist in the Jewish Battalions!" 24.5X32.5 cm. Good condition. Folding marks, creases and some stains. Tears and tiny perforations to margins.
2. Advertisement for the release of issue 5 [22] of the newspaper "Digleinu" - "For the Recruits", mouthpiece of the Tze'irei Agudat Yisrael Movement, Av 1948.
On the right are details regarding the issue contents; on the left is a photograph of a group of soldiers at the “Tze’irei Agudat Yisrael Club and Resort for the Religious Soldier” in Bnei Brak. In the middle is a piece of paper with the printed Hebrew inscription, “When this advertisement appears on the store signs, hundreds of youth rush to buy the newspaper. It is sent by the thousands to soldiers in all the camps”. 33X25 cm (thick paper). Good-fair condition. Open tears to two corners (with damage to text). Creases, restored tears. Filing holes.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 51

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BaMachane – Betar Movement Newspaper, 1942 – Jewish Army

BaMachane, an internal newspaper published by Betar, the Department for Army Matters of the National Movement in Palestine. Tel Aviv, February 1942 to April 1943. First and second years, issues 1-14.
Stencil-copied issues, with many references to the Jewish Brigade, the activities of the Revisionist Tzach [The New Zionist Union] in the US and the establishment of a "Jewish Army", news, poems, etc. Enclosed: a letter "from soldier to soldier, internal informative letter B", June 1942, "To the Tzach recruits".
Volume: 20 cm. Good overall condition. Damaged binding, no spine or back cover. End of last issue missing (?).

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Auction 50 Lot Number 52

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“Sefer HaMa’atzar VeHaGalut” – Kenya, 1947

"Sefer HaMa'atzar VeHaGalut (Shalosh Shanim LeGalutenu) [The Book of Detainment and Exile]. Jewish Detainees Camp in the Golah, Gilgil, Kenya, [October 1947].
Top of title page reads: "'Badad' - Ktav Et LeDivrei Machshava VeSifrut" [Alone - Periodical for Thought and Literature]. Thick book, stenciled typewritten pages, with illustrations, diagrams, charts, sheet music, appendices and maps. A very comprehensive study of the three years spent by the Etzel and Lehi exiles in camps in Africa.
321, [4] leaves, [3] plates of photographs. 33 cm. Good-fair condition. Creases and tears. Some stains. Almost entirely detached cover and loose signatures.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 53

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Collection of Items – Call for the Establishment of a Jewish Army in Palestine

Four paper items calling for the establishment of an independent Jewish army, instead of the recruitment of Jewish soldiers from Palestine to the British Army. [Early 1940s].
* Proclamation protesting the intention of the British to prosecute hundreds of soldiers from the Jewish Brigades who refuse to wear the emblem of the Palestinian Regiment established by the British, which they call a "Yellow Badge" (1943). * Proclamation arguing that participation in the war as part of the British Army is unsuited to "our honor and national status…" and that "if we don't fight for the establishment of a Jewish Army, that will mean we have accepted our status as a dependent 'ethnic group', which, although it helped to overthrow Hitler, has renounced its national aspirations". * Small pamphlet, "Give us a Jewish Army". * Printed note, "The children of Israel ask you, Jewish soldier… not to wear the yellow badge - the 'Palestinian' emblem".
Size and condition vary. Stains. Tear to one proclamation.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 54

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I Want to Live – Leaflet issued by the “American League for a Free Palestine” – USA

I Want to Live, leaflet issued by the American League for a Free Palestine. [USA, ca. 1945]. English.
A leaflet calling to donate money to the Palestine Freedom Drive of the "American League for a Free Palestine" - an organization founded in 1944 by Hillel Kook calling to "liberate" Palestine and establish an independent Jewish State.
On the front appears an illustration of a man kneeling on his knees and the inscription: "I Want to Live / The Submissive Jewish Agency Way". When the lower part of the leaflet is opened, a different illustration is revealed - a soldier holding a weapon and the inscription "I Want to Live / The Fighting Hebrew Resistance Way".
Leaf: 11X40 cm, folded. Good condition. Some stains. Some tears at margins and at folding mark.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 55

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Collection of Broadsides Published by the Etzel, 1945-1948

13 broadsides of the Etzel (Irgun), concerning some of the most important affairs to occur during the last years of the British Mandate. Palestine, 1945-1948.
Including: proclamations and publications concerning the end of World War II, call for a "War for Life" against the British, "The Black Sabbath", the bombing of the King David Hotel, the "Olei HaGardom" affair, the break-in to the Acre Jail, the Altalena affair, and a proclamation notifying of the execution of two Jewish "collaborators"; a pamphlet in English, printed in London about a month after the bombing of the King David Hotel, in which a connection is drawn between the bombing and its British victims and the Holocaust and its victims (alongside a cartoon conveying the same message). In a number of publications the British are referred to as "Nazo-British", an expression meant to compare between their deeds toward the Jewish community in Palestine and the Nazi crimes.
Size varies. Good overall condition. Tears to margins of some items.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 56

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Collection of Broadsides and Leaflets Published by the Etzel, 1940s / Menachem Begin’s Address following the Declaration of Independence

Eight broadsides and propaganda leaflets by the Etzel (Irgun), 1945-1948.
* "Af-Al-Pi", three leaflets. * "Kol Zion Ha-Lohemet", two broadsides with transcripts of radio broadcasts transmitted by the radio station of the Irgun Tzevai Leumi (Etzel). * "El Ha-Am Ve-El Ha-No'ar!" / "Eleha Mufnet Ha-Keri'a", three broadsides calling to "unite fighting forces to create a united liberation force". * "Devar Ha-Mefaked Ha-Elyon shel Etzel La-Am Be-Zion" - address by Menachem Begin following the declaration of independence; "transmitted on May 15, 1948 by 'Kol Ha-Herut'".
Size and condition vary. Ex-library copies.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 57

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Collection of Paper Items – British Mandate and the Israeli War of Independence

16 paper items from the British Mandate period and the Israeli War of Independence. Palestine, 1940s.
Including: recruitment order issued by the "People's Service Census Center"; publications of the Etzel and Lehi movements; notice issued by the Palestine police, in three languages, against noise generated by automobiles (honking); proclamation issued by the "Center for the Yishuv's Recruitment"; ironic proclamation issued by Etzel: "Haganah Heroes! Hurry to the Fatherland's Rescue - Scrape as Best you Can" [the pasted notice off the board].
Size and condition vary.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 58

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Collection of Documents – Military Physician of the “Haganah” in Haifa – Israeli War of Independence

25 documents, handwritten and printed, sent to and from a physician who served in the "Haganah" during the Israeli War of Independence. Haifa, April-June 1948.
Among the documents: letters concerning sanitation, hygiene and health issues in "Haganah" bases - in kitchens, tents and barracks, bathrooms etc; first aid stations; "travel pass" (to Jerusalem and back); printed broadside - "HaChoma"; printed broadside "for institutes and individuals in the Yishuv!" (regarding maintaining "information security" in letters), and some other items.
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Auction 50 Lot Number 59

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Poster – November 29, 1947

Poster of the Executive Committee of the "Organization of General Zionists in Palestine" (Histadrut HaTziyonim HaKlaliyim); printed after the U.N. resolution on the partition of Palestine and the establishment of the State of Israel. Shoshani Press, Tel Aviv, [November 29, 1947]. Hebrew.
The contents: An announcement of the U.N. resolution and a call to enlist in the service of the state. "The supreme institution of world nations has recognized the Jewish people's right to a homeland!... And if indeed the prescribed borders do not include the entire territory of our historical land, then this declaration constitutes a major turn in the chronicles of our ancient and world-weary people… the nations of the world have given us their resolution - but the establishment of the state is the job of the Jewish people!... enlist in the service of our homeland! Long live the Jewish state!"
Approx. 62.5X95 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains, creases, folding marks and tears (one tear with damage to text).

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Auction 50 Lot Number 60

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Two Issues of “Haaretz” Newspaper – November 29 / Establishment of the State of Israel

1. Issue of "Haaretz" Newspaper from Sunday, November 30, 1947. Headline: "Resolution Taken to Establish Jewish State". [4] pp, 57 cm. Folding marks. Multiple stains.
2. Issue of "Haaretz" Newspaper from Sunday, May 16, 1948. Headline: "Vision of Generations is Realized: State of Israel Established". [4] pp, 57.5 cm. Stains, folding marks. Restored tears.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 61

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Issue of “Davar” Newspaper – the “State Day” Issue

Issue of "Davar" newspaper from May 16, 1948, with the headline: "State of Israel Established".
[4] pp, 58 cm. Good condition. Stains, dark margins, slight damage. Folded.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 62

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Newspapers from the Day of the Establishment of the State of Israel / Poster Announcing the Establishment of the Israel Police

1. HaMagen newspaper, published by the Palmach public relations bureau. Issue no. 5, Jerusalem, May 14, 1948. The first page is devoted entirely to the establishment of the state and the termination of the British Mandate. 12 pp., 35 cm. Good condition.
2. Likutei Devarim LePoalei Yerushalayim, published by the Jerusalem Workers Council. May 14, 1948. The first page is devoted entirely to the establishment of the state and the termination of the British Mandate. 2 pp., 50 cm. Tears to margins.
3. Poster from June 18, 1948 on behalf of the Jewish Community Committee in Jerusalem, regarding the establishment of a "pure Jewish police". "The Jewish policeman… must serve as a model for the public in his manner… his hands must be always clean of any taint or blemish…" 50X35 cm. Good condition, filing holes, folding marks and tear to one corner.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 63

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Letters Sent from the Jewish Quarter in the Old City during the Siege – Israeli War of Independence

Three letters sent from the Old City of Jerusalem during the siege on the city in the War of Independence, shortly prior to the fall of the Jewish Quarter, 1947-1948.
1. In a letter dated Adar 1947, addressed to the Religious Council, the commander of Betar Company of "Betar camp 'Hakotel'" in the Old City, informs that they plan to found a "unit of 25 Betar members in the Old City…" and asks to get supplies of Matzot and dishes for Passover, for the company.
2. In a letter dated April 1948, addressed to the Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Halevi Herzog, four of the Jewish Quarter inhabitants write: “we are at real life-endangering risks; during recent nights the British soldiers bombarded the Jewish Quarter, hit some of the synagogues…we have to add that we felt that we are all going to die…”.
3. In a letter from April 1948 Rabbi Israel Ze’ev Minzberg writes to Rabbi Herzog and tells him about the situation in the Old City.
[3] leaves, overall good condition. Folding marks, some stains and filing holes.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 64

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“Notice by Hagana Headquarters” – May 14, 1948

"Notice by Hagana Headquaters" on the Israeli Declaration of Independence day, May 14, 1948.
"The enemy threatens with an invasion. We must not disregard this danger. The security forces take the necessary measures. The public has to assist…no fear and no indifference. Alertness and discipline".
Leaf: 24.5X34.5 cm. Good condition. Printed in golden ink.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 65

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Issues of “Iton Rishmi” in Arabic, 1948-1949

Four issues of "Iton Rishmi", one "Index" issue and nine "supplement" issues to "Iton Rishmi", published by the provisional government. Israel, 1948-1949. Arabic.
Non-consecutive issues. 5 issues: 34 cm, fair condition, with many tears at margins; nine issues: 24 cm, in very good condition.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 66

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“Iton Rishmi” – Two Volumes of Issues, 1948-1949 / Supplement Volumes

1. "Iton Rishmi" volume. Issue no. 1 (May 14, 1948) to issue no. 25 (October 1, 1948), not including issue no. 22 (contains only the title page, torn and with missing pieces). In original binding. Tears to margins of some of the leaves. Some stains. Ownership stamps.
2. "Iton Rishmi" volume. Issue no. 26 (October 8, 1948) to issue no. 50 (February 11, 1949).
3-4. Two volumes of supplements to the first 25 issues.
5-6. Two volumes of supplements to issues nos. 26-50.
Size and condition vary. Original bindings.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 67

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“Iton Rishmi” No. 1 – I

"Iton Rishmi" No. 1. Tel-Aviv, 14.5.1948.
Includes the "Scroll of Independence" and a manifest by the Provisional State Council. At the top of the leaf: "Israel, Provisional Government".
4 pages, 32.5 cm. Good condition. Several creases and miniature tears at margins. Some slight stains (mainly on last page).

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Auction 50 Lot Number 68

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“Iton Rishmi” No. 1 – II

"Iton Rishmi" No. 1. Tel-Aviv, 14.5.1948.
Includes the "Scroll of Independence" and a manifest by the Provisional State Council. At the top of the leaf: "Israel, Provisional Government".
4 pp. 32.5 cm. Good condition. Creases and folding marks. Some stains.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 69

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Minister Sheet – “The First Day of the Hebrew Post” – Nine Postage Stamps

Nine "Hebrew Post" stamps, values: 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, 50, 250, 500, and 1000 mils, pasted on an official Minister Sheet. Printed at the top is "Seventh of Iyar 5708 16.5.48" and "Hebrew Post" and at the bottom "The first day of the Hebrew Post". The nine postage stamps are ink-stamped "Tabul", 1949. Leaf: 21.5X26 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 70

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Poster – Convention of Dutch Zionists on the Occasion of the Establishment of the State of Israel – May, 1948

Proclematie Joodse Staat 16 Mei 1948 [Proclamation of the Jewish State, 16 May 1948]. Printed invitation to the convention of Dutch Zionists (Nederlandse Zionistenbond) on the occasion of the establishment of the State of Israel, 16 May 1948. Amsterdam: De Handel, May 1948. Dutch.
33X49 cm. Good condition. Folding marks.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 71

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Poster – Invitation to a Ceremony on the Occasion of the Establishment of the State of Israel – London, 1948

"This is the Day", invitation to a festive ceremony on the occasion of the establishment of the State of Israel, which took place on May 18, 1948, in the synagogue in Stoke Newington, London. London: Narod Press, May 16, 1948. English.
The ceremony was held on behalf of the Mizrachi Federation of Great Britain and Ireland. In the program: address by chief rabbi of Britain, Rabbi Israel Brodie, a special prayer for the Yishuv, and more.
50.5X76 cm. Good condition. Folding marks and creases. Stains. Some tears.
From the collection of Dr Simon Cohen.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 72

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Collection of Official Publications – First Years of Israeli Statehood, 1948-1950

10 booklets published by the institutions of the young State of Israel, concerning the formalization of laws, the budget, and more.
Including: * five booklets concerning the formalization of a constitution for Israel, from the years 1948-1949 (booklet B missing). * The first budget of the State of Israel, 1949. * Addition to an issue of "The People's Administration - Orders and Notices" from 31 May 1948 (about two weeks after the establishment of the state). * Three additional booklets.
Size and condition vary.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 73

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Three Prayer Leaves for the Israeli Day of Independence – Tripoli, 1949 / Letter from the Community Rabbi and Dayanim

Three prayer leaves and a letter from the head rabbi and dayanim of the Jewish community in Tripoli. Tripoli, Lybia, May 1949.
1. Printed leaf, "Prayer for Israel's Independence Day, 5 Iyar Every Year" / "Prayer for the Wellbeing of the State of Israel". Zarad Press, Tripoli [1949]. Stamped "Tripoli Chief Rabbinate and Departments". Fair condition.
2. Printed leaf, "Israel's Day of Istiklal [Independence] 5 Iyar 5709". Zarad Press, Tripoli, [1949]. Directions regarding additions to the permanent prayers, in Judeo-Tripolitanian Arabic. Fair condition.
3. Printed leaf, "Mincha [Afternoon] Haftarah for the Holiday 5 Iyar - Israel's Day of Independence". [Tripoli, 1949]. Good condition.
4. Printed letter, with the signatures of the chief rabbi and dayanim of the Jewish community in Tripoli. May 1949. Addressed to the ministries of religion, aliya and foreign affairs in Israel. The letter notes, among other things, that "we have decided to name all the boys born during the week of Independence Day 'Israel' and all the girls 'Tsiyona'".
Size and condition vary.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 74

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Independence Haggadah – Aharon Megged

Independence Haggadah. Published by IDF / Human Resources - Information branch, 1952. Hebrew.
This Haggadah, telling the story of the War of Independence and the establishment of the State of Israel, was written by author Aharon Megged while on reserve-duty service at the chief education and culture officer headquarters, on the initiative of then-Minister of Education Ben-Zion Dinur. Ten thousand copies were printed, intended for soldiers to read on the eve of Independence Day. According to existing sources, the religious units and the military rabbinate objected, and the Haggadahs were destroyed. Yet the current copy contains handwritten notes attesting that the Haggadah was indeed read by a regional brigade, with the participation of the brigade commander.
[20] leaves, 20 cm. Good condition. Tears to spine. Cover partly detached, with tears. Sticker in the corner of front cover.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 75

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Long Letter from Sheikh Othman – Aden, following Riots against the City’s Jews, 1947

A long letter sent from the city of Sheikh Othman to the Altseikh community in Yemen, following the violent riots against the Jews of Aden, Sheikh Othman and the vicinity, following the Partition Resolution of the U.N. Assembly on November 29, 1947.
The letter includes greetings, numerous names and family details of the Sanhani family and their relatives. The letter is signed in a number of places by "Yihia Daoud Sanhani" and "Salam Yosef Hibi".
The letter includes a long and detailed description [over a page long] of the riots and their consequences:
"…and now we shall tell you about our condition, which is not good and is very unclear, when an event occured on 20 Kislev - the 'Nations of the World' [non-Jews] attacked Jews at Alsheikh Othman and at Aden and at Tawahi, and from Sheikh Othman 22 people were killed, from Aden - about 90 people, and from AlTawahi 5 people, and the wounded are too many to count, and some of the wounded have already died, and everything we had and all the Jews had was taken, no Jew was left with any money or tools or books or objects, everything was taken… great is the groan and mighty is the cry for the killing of our sacred brothers who were killed as innocents… men are crying and women are wailing in bereavement and children are yelling… and in addition we were horrified to see holy Torah books and holy objects in the hands of the Nations of the World, who were stamping on them with their feet and tearing them apart, and putting inside them spices and dates… and about the burning of the synagogues of Sheikh and Aden, which have been deserted and foxes walk about in them… and soldiers were brought to us and we were taken away from Sheikh, all the residents and refugees who survived the killings, and we were taken to Hashad Camp, called Ge’ula Camp… and we, the refugees in the camp, four thousand people… closed within 4 iron walls… we are afraid night and day… that the Arabs might attack us…" (Hebrew).
Following the resolution of the U.N. Assembly regarding the partition of Palestine and the establishment of a Jewish state in part of it, the Arabs of Aden (which was then a British protectorate) and its vicinities rioted against the Jews. In the first days of December 1947, during these attacks, many Jews were murdered and wounded; 106 out of about 170 Jewish stores were looted, four synagogues were burnt to the ground, 220 Jewish homes were burnt, damaged or looted and two Jewish schools, one for boys and one for girls, were emptied of all their contents.
[4] pp, 20 cm. Fair-good condition. Folding marks and wear. Stains. Some tears, with slight damage to text.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 76

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Collection of Documents from the Estate of Ya’akov Schreiboim – Transport of Yemenite Jews to Israel, 1949

Collection of documents from the estate of Ya'akov Schreiboim, related to the transport of Yemenite Jews to Israel known as "Operation Magic Carpet" ("On the Wings of Eagles"), and the planning and production of this operation. Yemen, 1949.
Ya'akov Schreiboim (1913-1991), born in Warsaw, immigrated to Palestine in 1934 and was sent to study in the Gur Chassidic Yeshiva "Sefat Emet" in Jerusalem. In 1946 he was sent by the Jewish Agency to Africa to serve as Rabbi of the Etzel and Lehi detainees and take care of their religious needs, and in 1947 - served as rabbi in Cyprus detention camps (until 1949). In 1949 Schreiboim was sent by the Minister of Interior to Yemen, to try and rescue the Jews who were there and transport them to Israel. After arrival in Yemen he met with the British Governor in Aden and revealed, to his surprise, that 50,000 Jews lived in Yemen (this number was unknown to the Israeli authorities). Schreiboim persuaded the Israeli authorities to accept the Yemenite Jews which led, in the end, to operation "Magic Carpet" through which 48,500 Jews arrived in Israel.
Collection includes :
* 23 letters handed or sent to Ya'akov Schreiboim; some letters addressed to him and some others - through him - to the institutes of the young State of Israel and its leaders. In the letters, written in a rich, poetic, language, Jews of Yemen tell about their state and their wish to immigrate to Israel. Many of the letters were written in response to letters which Schreiboim wrote to Jews in villages throughout Yemen. The letters were written between May-June 1949 and were sent from the villages of Ludar, Rada'a, Bicha, Muda’aya, Asla, Kam’a, and some other villages. Among the letters - a letter from “Agudat Shocharei Geula” in Aden, with the Union’s ink-stamp; letter from rabbi Yosef Shalom Korah of Sana’a; and a handwritten list of Jewish families in Bicha, Amtafa (Um-Dafa), Amsuma’a (Um-Suma’a), Na’em and Umsbaj. * Three reports, (memorandums) typewritten, sent by Rabbi Ya’akov Schreiboim to the Aliya Department of the Jewish Agency in Jerusalem, from Aden, Yemen, during the months of May-July 1949 (As well as an “addition” to one of the memorandums). In the memorandums Schreiboim described the state of Yemenite Jews, the actions in “Ge’ula” camp, the urgency to leave Yemen, and supplies much information necessary to assist in the transport of Yemenite Jews to Israel.
Enclosed is a booklet titled “Shoshanat Ya’akov - Life Story of Shoshana and Ya’akov Schreiboim” (published by the Schreiboim family in 2005).
Size and condition vary.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 77

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Map of Israel on Silk Fabric – Tunisia

Map of Israel printed on silk fabric, "Prepared by the Mohel F. [Fargi] Gaston Guez, May the Lord Keep Him and Save Him, Tunis". [Tunis, Tunisia, ca. 1948-1949].
Apparently, the map was printed after the proclamation of the State of Israel and before the conquest of Eilat. The map shows many settlements, with the illegal immigrant ships "Galila" ("To the Galilee"; shown flying a Zim Company flag) and "Artza" ("To the Country") in the sea, alongside a plane bearing the name "Herzl". The artist's signature appears on the top left margin in Hebrew and French. Fringes.
Approx. 85X83 cm. Good condition. Creases. Stains, mostly on reverse (covered with cotton cloth).

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Auction 50 Lot Number 78

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Secret Report Concerning the “Lavon Affair” – Numbered Copy Presented to the Minister of Justice, Dov Yosef

A secret report, concerning the "Unfortunate Affair ("Lavon Affair"). Two thick volumes containing reports and documents by David Ben-Gurion, journalist Haggai Eshed, and others, outlining and analyzing the affair and its aftermath. Photocopied edition. [October 1964].
The two volumes were printed in a very small number of copies, classified "Top Secret", and given to Government members and to security officials. The copy offered here is number 2 and was presented to Minister of Justice Dov Yosef.
The "Unfortunate Affair" is a title given to the operation and exposure of a secret cell that operated in Egypt in the early 1950s with the aim of influencing the relationships of Egypt with the United States and Britain. The cell acted on behalf of Unit 131 of IDF, and was trained and operated by the Israeli Intelligence. In 1954 the unit executed some sabotage acts in Western facilities in Egypt (the operations were supposed to seem as if executed by a nationalist Egyptian underground force). One of the operations was to place bombs in American Embassy libraries in Cairo and in a branch of the Library of Congress in Cairo.Members of the cell were captured and convicted in Egypt.
The military censor in Israel prevented publication of the affair and for many years it was referred to only by code-names and hints. The affair led to the appointment of various investigation committees and long and complex legal discussions, the main issue being: who issued the order for the operation in Egypt?. Minister of Defense at the time, Pinhas Lavon, resigned after a committee appointed by the Prime Minister did not reach a definite decision that it was not Lavon who gave the order. David Ben-Gurion was appointed to replace Lavon as Defense Minister, and later as Prime Minister. The "Unfortunate Affair" remained on the agenda and led to a political turmoil. Ben-Gurion appointed investigation committees, and asked journalist Haggai Eshed to compose a report about the affair. In 1960 the "Committe of Seven" - seven ministers, stated that Lavon did not give the order to execute the operation in Egypt, and that he did not know about it. Ben-Gurion rejected the conclusions of the committee and requested that a legal committee be appointed. Dov Yosef was a loyal supporter of Ben-Gurion regarding the affair and agreed with him that a Legal committee and not a ministers' committee has to decide "who gave the order". The events related to the affair and the investigations were among the central factors that led Ben-Gurion to resign from the government in 1963.
The two volumes of the report include:
* Ben-Gurion’s address the Minister of Justice Dov Yosef and the attorney general demanding an appointment of an investigation committee that will examine the “committee of seven” and its conclusions.
* Legal analysis of material related to the affair and to the “committee of seven”, done by lawyer Aharon Hoter-Yishai (head of the military legal service and the first military advocate general) and Yitzchak Tunik (later appointed as the third State Comptroller).
* “Who gave the order” - first draft of report about the Lavon Affair by Haggai Eshed [fifteen years later the report was published in a book by Eshed].
Enclosed:
Collection of letters and documents (some are handwritten) from the estate of Minister of Justice Dov Yosef concerning the affair and the investigation committee.
Two thick volumes (hundreds of pages), 33 cm + about 20 documents (tens of leaves). Overall good condition.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 79

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Collection of “Military Leaves” and Military Bulletins – May-June 1967

67 printed bulletins and leaves, of the various IDF commands from the Six-Day War and the period prior to the war, May-June 1967.
Most items are classified "Limited, for internal distribution only" or for IDF soldiers only. Included are: six publications by the Paratroopers Brigade "HaZanchan HaK'ravi", issues of "Chativon" and "Nizachon LaZanchanim"; two issues of "Badarom" of the Southern Command; three bulletins of "Harel" Brigade; five "Tsav Keri'ah" bulletins of the Central Command; three issues of "Aley Zafon" of the Northern Command; Navy Bulletin (five identical copies); "Chayalim Lochamim!", broadside issued by the General Staff; six "Military Leaves" and two "Utzvat HaPlada" bulletins; ten "Alertness Issues" of the Air Force Bulletin; and some other items.
Size varies, overall good condition.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 80

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Destruction of Jerusalem – Double Incunabula Leaf from the “Nuremberg Chronicle” by Hartmann Schedel, 1493

Destruccio Iherosolime [Destruction of Jerusalem], double incunabula leaf (no. LXIIII) from Hartmann Schedel's famed “Schedelsche Weltchronik” (also known as “Liber Chronicarum” or "Nuremberg Chronicle"). [Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 1493].
Decorative hand-colored incunabula double-leaf woodcut depicting the destruction of Jerusalem and the First Temple, by Nabuzaradan, Nebuchadnezzar King of Babel's army commander, in the year 586 BCE.
According to Laor, this is only the second view of Jerusalem ever printed (Laor 1125).
40X54.5cm. Fair-good condition. Creases and stains. Framed and matted. Frame: 52X66cm.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 81

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“Travel book through Holy Scripture” – Heinrich Bünting – Helmstadt, 1582 – Maps

Itinerarivm Sacræ Scriptvræ. Das ist Ein Reisebuch, Uber die gantze heilige Schrifft in zwey Bücher getheilt. Helmstadt: Jacobum Lucium Siebenburger, 1582. German. Second edition.
Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae ["Travel book through Holy Scripture"], by Heinrich Bünting (1545-1606), German Protestant pastor, theologian and cartographer, born in Hanover.
This is one of the most important travel books, which, when published in 1581, was the most comprehensive and complete summary of Biblical geography. Since then it was printed in numerous editions and translated to many languages.
The book includes eight maps (one map is missing) - woodcuts - depicting the world and Palestine, including a map of Jerusalem and a plan of the First Temple.
[8] leaves, 1-2, 7-316 pp, [10] leaves, [3] leaves, 136 pp, [6] leaves, [3] leaves, 36, [1] pp. Missing: pp 3-6 and one map. Fair condition. Back cover and some leaves detached. Many markings in pen throughout the book and ownership marks. Stains, some dark. Original wood and vellum binding, damaged.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 82

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Christian van Adrichem – Study of the Holy Land, with Maps Showing the Territories of the Tribes of Israel – Cologne, 1593

Theatrum Terrae Sanctae et Biblicarum Historiarum cum tabulis geographicis aere expressis, Christiaan van Adrichom. Cologne, 1593. Latin.
Christian van Adrichem (1533-1585) - Catholic priest, born in Delft (Holland), wrote a number of works on Palestine. This book is a comprehensive description of the Holy Land, including ten engraved maps showing the territories of the Tribes of Israel, and two large maps (folded) - one of Palestine and the other of Jerusalem.
[12], 286, [29] pp + [12] maps, 38.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Loose or detached leaves. Some tears to leaf margins. Stains. Signature on title page. All the maps are detached. Most are stained. Worming to one map. The maps may have been taken from another copy of the book. Original vellum binding, almost completely detached.

Opening2,500$ Sold For3,075$ Including buyers premium

Auction 50 Lot Number 83

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Thomas Fuller – A Pisgah-Sight of Palestine – London, 1650 – Engravings and Maps Colored by Hand

A Pisgah-Sight of Palestine and the Confines Thereof, with the History of the Old and New Testament Acted Thereon, Thomas Fuller. Printed by M.F. for John Williams, London, 1650. English.
A comprehensive study of Palestine and its history, according to the Bible and the New Testament, by the English churchman, historian and author Thomas Fuller (1608-1661).
Accompanied by 30 unbound engraved plates, colored by hand, found between the leaves: 28 folded plates - maps of Palestine, Jerusalem, the territories of the Twelve Tribes, schemes of the Temple and more; the others – an additional title page and an armorial plate.
[10], 434, [1] (mispaginated; more than 434 pp.), 202, [17] pp. + [28] engraved plates. 34 cm. Overall good condition. Signatures are detached, with some wear and creases to leaves, and small tears at margins of some plates. Original leather binding in poor condition, torn. Spine is detached.

Opening2,800$ Sold For3,444$ Including buyers premium

Auction 50 Lot Number 84

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Panoramic View of Jerusalem – London, 1660

Hierusalem Veteris Imago Vera. Panoramic view of Jerusalem, engraving by Wenceslaus Hollar. London, 1660.
Panoramic plan composed of two sheets of paper, with 50 landmarks. On the upper left corner - a small plan of ancient Jerusalem (Hierosolymae veteris ichnographia).
Engraving approx. 109X39 cm (leaf: 110X44 cm). Good condition. Creases and folding marks. Foxing. Some tears at margins.
Laor 1043.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 85

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Olfert Dapper – Study of Syria and Palestine – Amsterdam, 1677 – Engravings and Maps

Naukeurige Beschryving van Gantsch Syrie, en Palestyn of Heilige Lant, Olfert Dapper. Amsterdam: Jacob Van Meurs, 1677. Dutch. Two parts in one volume.
Comprehensive study of Syria and Palestine, by Olfert Dapper (1639-1689) - Dutch writer, historian and geographer.
Including many engraved plates (most double-spread or folded) and engravings incorporated in the text. These include maps and engravings that depict Syria, Damascus and Tripoli; maps of Palestine, showing the territories of the 12 Tribes of Israel; maps and illustrations of Jerusalem, the Mount of Olives and Bethlehem; a depiction of Jaffa viewed from the sea, and more.
[2] leaves, [6], 262, [4] pp, [2] leaves, 1-344, 337-581, [7] pp. 38 engraved plates + [1] engraved-plate (frontspiece). A folded map appears to be missing from the beginning of the second part. 30.5 cm. Good condition. Some stains and tears, minor worming and slight damage. Lower part of title page is cut (with damage to publisher and year of publication details). Bound in a handsome original vellum binding (slightly damaged).

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Auction 50 Lot Number 86

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Olfert Dapper – Study of Syria and Palestine – Nuremberg, 1688 – Engravings and Maps

Asia, Oder Genaue und Gründliche Beschreibung des gantzen Syrien und Palestins, oder Gelobten Landes… Nuremberg: Johann Hoffmann, 1688 (second part dated 1689). German. Two parts in one volume.
German edition of the comprehensive study of Syria and Palestine by Olfert Dapper (see previous item).
Including many engraved plates (most double-spread or folded) and engravings incorporated in the text. These include maps and engravings that depict Syria, Damascus and Tripoli; maps of Palestine, showing the territories of the 12 Tribes of Israel; maps and illustrations of Jerusalem, the Mount of Olives and Bethlehem; a depiction of Jaffa viewed from the sea, and more.
[2] leaves, 200, [4] pp, [1] leaf, 400, [8] pp. 38 engraved plates + [1] engraved-plate (frontspiece). Some copies include an additional engraved plate. 32 cm. Good condition. Some stains and tears to leaf margins. Markings in pen on the inner side of the front binding. Original vellum binding.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 87

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“History of the Bible and the New Testament” – Engravings and Maps – Amsterdam, 1700

Histoire du Vieux et du Nouveau Testament, enrichie de plus de quatre cens figures en taille-douce. Amsterdam: Pierre Mortier, 1700. French.
"History of the Old and New Testament", accompanied by more than four hundred illustrations and maps. Composed by David Martin, a Dutch Protestant theologian. Two parts in one volume. Original leather binding.
[20], 282, [6]; [20], 154, 20 pp (maps and engravings are not included in the numbering of pages and are not numbered), 41 cm. Good condition. Dampstaining to first 30 pages. Front cover detached. Damages at corners of binding and spine.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 88

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Johann Matthias Hase – “The Kingdom of David and Solomon” – Maps of the Land of Israel and its Environs / Illustrations of the Tower of Babel

Regni Davidici Et Salomonaei Descriptio Geographica Et Historica [The Kingdom of David and Solomon, a Geographical and Historical Description], by Johanne Matthia Hasio (Johann Matthias Hase). Nuremberg: Officina Homanniana, 1739. Latin.
A study of the kingdom of David and Solomon, by German cartographer, astronomer and mathematician Johann Matthias Hase. The first part contains six folded maps of the Land of Israel and the Near East (partly colored). The first maps depict the kingdom of David and Solomon in detail. The second part of the book contains diagrams comparing different cities of the world (Rome, Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Peking and others), as well as diagrams and illustrations (partly colored) of the construction of the Tower of Babel.
[6] pp., 320 columns, [4] pp, [1] leaf, 131 columns, [2] pp + [20] plates of maps and diagrams [some folded]. 35 cm. Overall good condition, stains. Tears and wear to binding.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 89

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Large Wall Map – Living Areas of the Twelve Tribes – Amsterdam, 1662

Tribus Ruben, et Gad et partes orientales tribuum Beniamin, Ephraim, et dimidiae Manasse intra Iordanem. Map showing the regions of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, by Georg Horn and Jan Jansson, according to Adrichom (Situs Terrae Promissionis). [Amsterdam, 1662].
A large map, composed of six sheets. Oriented eastward. Impressive copy, colored by hand.
Approx. 85X180 cm (framed; unexamined out of frame). Overall good condition. Some stains. Some tears, mainly to lower part, some restored.
Laor 343-349.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 90

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Maps from the Ordnance Survey of Palestine by Wilson, 1865

A portfolio of maps, being the second part of the "Ordnance Survey of Palestine" conducted by Captain Charles William Wilson (1836-1905), in 1864.
Contains five folding, cloth-backed maps, including two maps of Jerusalem and maps of the Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, and Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
The Ordnance Survey of Palestine was the first modern cartographic and archaeological survey conducted in Palestine. During the survey Wilson discovered the arch named after him, in the northern area of Jerusalem's Western Wall.
Original portfolio, 53X38 cm, wear, tears and damages (two of the three flaps of the portfolio are detached and one is missing). Maps in good condition, with some wear and stains.

Opening700$ Sold For3,198$ Including buyers premium

Auction 50 Lot Number 91

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“Underground Jerusalem” – Charles Warren – London, 1876

Underground Jerusalem, an account of some of the principal difficulties encountered in its exploration and the results obtained, Charles Warren. London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1876. English.
"Underground Jerusalem", by Charles Warren, an officer in the British Royal Engineers. Warren was sent to Palestine in 1867 by the British Palestine Exploration Fund and was one of the pioneers of archeology in the Holy Land, particularly in Jerusalem. The book contains nine plates - three photographs (the Western Wall, a group of Ashkenazi Jews and Samaritans praying on Mount Gerizim) and six diagrams and illustrations, with many additional illustrations incorporated in the text.
XX, 559 pp. + [9] plates, 22 cm. Good condition. Some foxing, mostly to first and last pages and to page edges.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 92

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Two Sets of Maps of Palestine – PEF, 1880-1881

1. Map of Western Palestine in 26 sheets from surveys conducted for the committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund by Lieuts. C. R. Conder and H. H. Kitchener, R.E during the Years 1872-1877. London: Ordnance Survey Office, 1880. English.
2. Map of Western Palestine, From Surveys Conducted By the Palestine Exploration Fund by Lieuts. C. R. Conder and H. H. Kitchener, R.E. reduced from the one inch map. London: Stanford's Geographical Establishment, 1881. English.
Large portfolio with 26 maps of Palestine, and an index map, on a scale of 1:63,360 (one inch per mile). The shoreline and central places of settlement are hand-colored.
In addition there is a smaller set of 6 maps of Palestine from 1881, with paper wrapper. The two sets are held in the first set’s original portfolio.
[28] leaves; [6] leaves. Portfolio 69.5X59.5 cm. Foxing, small tears. Open tears to wrapper of second set. The portfolio has been restored.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 93

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Jews at Prayer at the Western Wall –Alexandre Bida

Les Juifs Devant le Mur de Salomon. Jews at prayer at the Western Wall. Photogravure according to Alexandre Bida's illustration (signed in print). Paris-New-York: Boussod, Valadon & Cie, successeurs de Goupil & Cie, [between 1884-1887].
The French painter Alexandre Bida (1813-1895) visited Palestine in 1859 and painted the Western Wall and Jews at prayer. It is worthwhile noting that the worshipers have left their shoes in a pile on the side. See following item.
Approx. 60X50 cm. Good condition. Some stains. Frame: 79X69 cm (unexamined out of frame).

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Auction 50 Lot Number 94

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Jewish Merchants – Alexandre Bida

Jewish Merchants in the East. Etching by Alexandre Bida. [Probably France, second half of the 19th century]. Signed in print.
For information on Alexandre Bida see previous item.
24X17 cm. Sheet: 50X37 cm. Good condition. Framed.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 95

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Two Binders with Illustrations of Palestine –Germany

1. Jerusalem. Published by Dresdner Kunstanstalt Aktiengesellschaft, [Germany, late 19th or early 20th century]. Panoramic view of Jerusalem and nine more illustrations of sites in Jerusalem and throughout Palestine, in lithographic printing. Folded and contained in a printed cover. 10X15 cm (folded). Fair-good condition.
2. Palaestina, von C. Scheuren. Published by Jos. Rings, Duesseldorf, [early 20th century]. A dozen printed cards, with lithographic illustrations, in color, of views of Palestine and the vicinity. Contained in a small folder. 12.5X17.5 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 96

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“American Colony” – Two Catalogues

Two catalogues of slides for a "Magic Lantern", produced by "American Colony" and "Matson Photo Service". Jerusalem, 1920s-30s. English.
List of slides photographed by "American Colony" and "Matson Photo Service" in Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Iraq and East Africa.
1. 1927 Catalogue of Lantern Slides Produced by the American Colony Photographers Illustrating Bible Lands, published by Vester & Company, American Colony Stores. [Jerusalem] 1927. 82, [2] pages.
2. Catalogue of Photographs & Lantern Slides, Bible Lands etc. Published by "Matson Photo Service", [Jerusalem, ca. 1935]. An updated and extended edition of the 1927 catalogue. 158, [10], 20 pages.
Size and condition vary.

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