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Auction 50 Lot Number 197

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Arthur Silbergleit – Four Books – Berlin, 1919-1935 – Dedications

Four books by German-Jewish poet and writer Arthur Silbergleit (1881-1943, perished in Auschwitz). Berlin, 1919-1935. German. Dedications handwritten by the author in two of the books.
1. Das Fullhorn Gottes. Pastelle. Berlin-Steglitz: Walter Funke & Co., 1919. Author's handwritten dedication from 1919.
2. Die Magd, Eine Legende. Berlin: Eigenbrödler, [1919]. With color lithographs by Ernst Zoberbier. Author's handwritten dedication from 1919.
3. Der Verlorene Sohn [The Prodigal Son]. Berlin: Eigenbrödler, [1920]. With woodcuts by Eugen Ludwig Gattermann.
4. Der Ewige Tag, Gedichte. Berlin: Berthold Levy, 1935.
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Auction 50 Lot Number 325

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Collection of Paper Items – Vilnius Jewish Congregation

21 printed documents and paper items, Jewish congregation of Vilnius, [first decades of 20th century]. Hebrew, Yiddish and Polish.
Among the items: programs of theater plays of "Ershter yiddisher folks-teater", "Kartis Kursisti" of "pedagogic lessons of the united committee of public Heders in Vilnius", broadsides issued by Jewish organizations - religious and Zionist, and more.
Size varies. Good condition. Some items appear in two copies.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 112

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Photograph Album – “Bnei Zion” Talmud Torah for Mizrahi Children

"Batei HaTalmud Torah HaMeuhadim 'Bnei Zion' VeYeshivat HaBachurim" [The United "Bnei Zion" Talmud Torah Halls and Boys' Yeshiva]. Album with eight photographs of pupils at the "Bnei Zion" Talmud Torah for children from Eastern countries in Jerusalem, [1920s].
Eight photographs are mounted on the album leaves showing pupils at the institution, classed according to country of origin: Bukhara, Georgia and the Caucasus, Yemen, the Near East and Palestine, Morocco and Iraq, Iran, Kurdistan, and Syria (Aleppo). Captions are glued underneath each photograph. A short explanation in Yiddish regarding the Talmud Torah, followed by printed letter copies from Rabbi Kook, Rabbi Sonnenfeld, and a letter from the Admorim of Gur, Sokolov, Stryków and Bendin, are glued on the first pages of the album.
[13] leaves. Photographs: 13X8 cm, album: 15X21 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 176

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Handwritten Diary and a Notebook of Poems – “HaShomer HaTzair” in Stolin, 1926-1927

1. A long diary handwritten by Pinia Dorchin, telling of his daily life and activities at the "Shomer HaTzair" in Stolin, September 1926 to September 1927.
Dorchin writes in detail of his job at his parents' "fotografia" [photography store], his activities at the youth movement, his group, called "Bar Kochva", other groups of the "Shomer Hatzair" branch in Stolin, and more. 563 handwritten pp, volume: 15 cm. Good overall condition. Some stains. Cover and a number of leaves partly detached.
2. Handwritten notebook - "My Notebook, for the Shomrim [Guards] and their Friends, a Collection of Folk and Shomer Poems", set and written by Pinia Dorchin. Stolin, [1927].
At the beginning of the notebook Dorchin copied the "Shomer HaTzair Assignment", "His Commandments", his biography, the biographies of Herzl and Joseph Trumpeldor, followed by 86 poems. 126 pp, 13.5 cm. Good condition. Some stains and wear.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 432

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Der Topf Voll Mäuse – Berlin, 1927 – Seven Etchings by Michel Fingesten

Der Topf Voll Mäuse, Rythmische Reimraketen von Melita Konig. Berlin-Frohnau: J.J. Ottens, 1927. German.
Poems by Melita Konig with seven etchings by Michel Fingesten (title page, five etching plates and another etching on the colophon page). First six etchings are signed in pencil. Copy no. 6 out of an edition of 500 copies, signed by the author on the colophon page.
46, [1] pp. + [7] leaves (etchings), 27 cm. Good condition. Stains. Damage to leaf margins. Fine binding, with gilt decorations (slightly worn; with tears to margins and spine).

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Auction 50 Lot Number 539

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Hermann Struck (1876-1944)

Jerusalem / Etching / 48.5X32 cm / Signed and numbered 5/100

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Auction 50 Lot Number 6

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Portrait of Theodor Herzl – Straw Work

Portrait of Theodor Herzl, in profile, made of glued-on pieces of straw (arranged width and lengthwise). Palestine, [ca. 1920s-1930s].
16X11.5 cm. Good overall condition. Some stains and missing pieces. Hook for hanging.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 220

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Erich Mendelsohn – Three Books – Berlin, 1928-1930

Three books on architecture, by Erich Mendelsohn (1887-1953), a world-renowned architect, one of the outstanding Jewish architects of the 20th century. Berlin: Rudolf Mosse, 1928-1930. German.
1. Amerika, Bilderbuch eines Architekten, 1928.
2. Russland Europa Amerika, ein architektonischer Querschnitt, 1929.
3. Das Gesamtschaffen des Architekten - Skizzen, Entwürfe, Bauten, 1930. Includes paper jacket, usually missing (with restored damage).
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Auction 50 Lot Number 551

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Jacob Pins (1917-2005)

1. Safed / 1956 / Color woodcut / 11X20 cm / Signed and dated
2. Girl with Hat / 1987 / Woodcut / 8X14 cm / Signed, dated and numbered, 14/70
Literature: "Pins: Woodcuts, 1942-1985", Meira Perry-Lehmann. Jerusalem: Israel Museum, 1985. Item no. 123.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 18

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25th Anniversary of the Founding of the Jewish National Fund – a Lithograph by Joseph Budko, 1927

An invitation to a celebratory event marking 25 years to the founding of the Jewish National Fund - a lithograph by Joseph Budko (signed and dated in print). [Berlin, 1927]. German.
An illustrated page (in lithographic printing), made by Joseph Budko - an invitation to an event marking the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Jewish National Fund, and celebrating the Purim holiday, with the participation of costumed figures representing 5,000 years of Jewish history.
[1] leaf, 31X25 cm. Good condition. Folding marks and creases. Stains on the margins. Pasted to a Bristol sheet at the corners.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 157

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David Ben-Gurion – Handwritten Letter, 1954

David Ben-Gurion, Autographed Letter Signed. Addressed to Yaakov Kindler. Sde Boker, April 1954. Hebrew.
"I confirm with appreciation and gratitude the receipt of the ex-libris you drew. I believe I understand the idea on which your drawing is based, and I am sorry I don't have the talent and ability to reciprocate your fine deed".
[1] leaf, 15 cm. (thin paper). Good condition. Folding marks. Enclosed is the original envelope in which the letter was sent.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 189

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Architecture in the USSR – Lazar (El) Lissitzky – Vienna, 1930

Russland, Die rekonstruktion der architektur in der Sowjetunion [Russia, The Reconstruction of Architecture in the Soviet Union], by El Lissitzy. Vienna: Anton Schroll & Co., 1930. German.
First volume in a series devoted to modern construction in the world, with texts and 104 illustrations, architectural plans and photographs of architectural models by El Lissitzky. Enclosed is an advertising brochure of the Anton Schroll & Co. Vienna publishing house.
103 pp., 28.5 cm. Red binding. Illustrated paper jacket missing. Good condition. Foxing marks.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 221

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Collection of Catalogues – Book Merchants, 1920s-1930s

Collection of catalogues of Hebrew books. Jerusalem, Germany, Amsterdam and Oxford. Hebrew, English, German and Dutch.
1-5. Four catalogues and a price list - Antiquariat J. Kauffman, Frankfurt am Main, 1927-1931.
6. Catalogue no. 4 of the bookseller Wolf Topilowsky. Cologne, 1931.
7. Kedem-Katalog der Judischen Literatur. Berlin.
8. Alte Judaica, Liste 29 - Antiquariat Taeuber & Weil, Munich, [1930s].
9. Hebraica Judaica - Katalog 1. A. Packter, Amsterdam, 1934.
10. Hebraica, for the greater part from the library of late Dr Peritz, Liegnitz, catalogue no. 61 - International Antiquariaat (Menno Hertzberger). Amsterdam.
11-18. Seven catalogues and a pamphlet - publishing house and bookseller Bamberger and Wahrman, Jerusalem, 1934-1936.
19-20. Catalogue no. 79 of A. Rosenthal Ltd., Oxford, [1970s]. English. Two copies.
Total of 20 booklets. Size and condition vary.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 477

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Benn – Illustrations of the Bible – Paris, 1947 – Dedicated to H. Leivick

Benn - Tswiuntswantsik Illustratsies tsu der Bibl [22 Illustrations of the Bible]. Paris: A. B. Cerata, 1947. Yiddish.
The first book published by A. B. Cerata, which is also the first in the series of books called "Shir Kalektsie", named after the father of the painter Benn - Shlomo Ya'akov Rabinovitch - who died in the Bialistok Ghetto. Printed in 360 copies.
Benn - Ben-Zion Rabinovitch, born in Bialistok in 1905. Lived in Paris from 1930. During the Nazi occupation he was detained and released following the intervention of influential friends. He then hid out with his wife for over two years, during which he created the series of illustrations in this book.
At the beginning of the book is a dedication in Benn's handwriting to H. Leivick (Leivick Halpern - a Yiddish poet, playwright and author), with a small illustration of a dove.
[112] pp. 30 cm. Good condition. Old ownership stamp, torn spine.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 168

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David Vogel – “Lifnei HaSha’ar HaAfel” –Author’s Dedication to Anda Pinkerfeld Amir

"Lifnei HaSha'ar HaAfel" ("Before the Dark Gate"), poems by David Vogel. Vienna: Machar, 1923.
Vogel's only book of poetry published in his lifetime. On the title page is a short dedication to the poet and children's writer Anda Pinkerfeld: "To Anda P. from David Vogel" (Tel Aviv, March 1929).
78, [2] pp., 23 cm. Good condition. Foxing stains (mostly on first pages), tears to cover and spine. Back cover is partly detached. Label on spine and pen inscription on title page.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 115

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Photograph Collection – Léon Blum / Kfar Blum

Thirteen black-and-white press photos documenting Léon Blum's visit to Palestine and Kibbutz Kfar Blum in the Hula Valley, [1946]. Stamped on verso with the stamp of the French newspaper Paris-Matin.
1-11. Eleven photos from Kibbutz Kfar Blum: general view of kibbutz houses; Work at the "Hedek" factory for laundry pegs - the first factory in Kfar Blum; group photos from the dining hall, with a photographic portrait of Léon Blum hanging on one of the walls; photo of the kibbutz children; and more.
12-13. Two photographs of Léon Blum's visit to Palestine (greeting his hosts at the airport). Handwritten titles on verso (French). One is dated: 30.5.1946.
Léon Blum (1872-1950), French-Jewish politician, leader of the Socialist Party; served three times as prime minister of France. Kibbutz Kfar Blum is called after him.
Total of 13 photographs. Average size: 18X24 cm. Overall good condition. Folding marks. Damage to margins of some photos.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 147

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Max Nordau – Visiting Cards – Handwritten Dedication

1-3. Three of Max Nordau's visiting cards. Nordau added a handwritten greeting, in German, to one of the cards; The Hebrew inscription "Ktiva VeHatima Tova! 5662 [1901]" [May you be written and signed for a good year!"] was added to the second card; the inscription "Und Maxa Nordau" [Max Nordau's daughter] was added to the third card. 5.5X9.5 cm. Good condition. Stains.
4. Pencil drawing, portrait of Max Nordau. Signed and dated 1920. 11.5X15 cm. Stains and creases.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 286

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Election Poster – Socialist Zionists – Munich, 1948

A small election poster issued by the union of Socialist Zionists. Munich, February 1948. Yiddish.
The poster calls to support list no. 5, "Fareynikter Zionis.-sotsyalistisher arbeter-blok" of the Zionist-Socialist workers. Names of the organizations are listed on the lower part - Po'alei Zion (Z.S.), Po'alei Zion (Smol), HaShomer HaTza'ir, PACHACH and Tzentraler Arbeter-rat.
52X31.5 cm. Fair condition. Folded, two long tears (approx. 14 cm) at folding marks. Some stains.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 574

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Moshe Bernstein (1920-2006)

Jewish Figures / 14 drawings / Ink on thick paper / 25X36 cm / Signed: M. Bernstein / Held in portfolio

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Auction 50 Lot Number 265

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Holocaust of Hungarian Jewry – Three Books – Budapest, 1945-1946

Three books concerning the Holocaust of Hungarian Jewry:
1. Sárga könyv; adatok a magyar zsidóság háborus szenvedéseiböl, 1941-1945 [The Yellow Book, Information on the Suffering of Hungary's Jews in the War]. Budapest: HeChalutz, [1945]. Hungarian. With illustrations by Shraga Weil. 216 pp. Light wear and stains, pen markings on a number of pages.
2. Szürke könyv magyar zsidók megmentéséről, Levai Jeno [The Gray Book on the Rescue of Hungary's Jews]. Budapest: Officina, [1945]. Hungarian. 238, [2] pp. Rebound, with part of the original cover. Wear, stains and tears, with small pieces missing from two pages.
3. Fekete könyv, a magyar zsidóság szenvedéseiről, Levai Jeno [The Black Book on the Suffering of Hungary's Jews]. Budapest: Officina, 1946. Hungarian. 318, [2] pp. Rebound, without original cover. Pen and pencil markings, last page with wear and tears, with losses.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 340

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Jewish Minister Cantors Association of America – Group Photograph and a Pin

1. Group photograph of the Jewish Minister Cantors Association of America. [New-York, early 20th century].
Featuring portraits of members of the association, the president and other officials. 41X51 cm. Mounted on 51X61 cm. cardboard. Photograph in good condition. Tear at bottom left corner. Cardboard in fair condition, open tears at margins.
2. Pin with ribbons, from a convention of the Jewish Ministers Cantors Association. New-York, May 1923. On the pin appears the inscription "Delegate". On a blue-white-red ribbon appears the inscription: “Jewish Ministers Cantors Association of America Convention, May 29-30-31 1923”, and on a blue-white ribbon - an identical inscription, in Yiddish. Approx. 10X5 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 138

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Zionist “Shana Tova” Greeting Printed on Silk Fabric – U.S.A.

"LeShana Tova Tichatevu" blessing ("May you be inscribed for a good year") printed on a fine, delicate silk fabric. [U.S.A., early 20th century].
The blessings are written in Hebrew and English. In the center is a blue-and-white flag with a Star of David in the middle and the inscription "Degel Yisrael / Jewish National Flag". Beneath the flag appear four lines from HaTikva (later Israel's national anthem). The frame is adorned with flowers and various decorations suggestive, in their color and shape, of the flag of the United States.
Approx. 25X25 cm. Good-fair condition. Folded. Tears to folding lines. Creases. Some stains.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 117

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Two Photographs – The Illegal Immigration Ship “Wedgewood” and the Affair at La Specia

1. Photograph of illegal immigrants from the ship "Wedgewood" on a motor boat, before being lowered from the deck of the Wedgewood near the Haifa shore, [June 1946]. Photographer: Emil Reynolds. Press photograph, described in detail on paper attached to its verso. 18X23.5 cm. Good condition.
2. Photograph of cloth sign hung from the deck of the illegal immigration ship "Dov Hoz" or "Eliyahu Golomb" at La Specia Port, Italy, [April 1946]. The sign reads “hunger strike of 1014 persons, 75 hours” in Hebrew, English and Italian. Photo described in handwriting on verso. Divided on verso for use as a postcard. 9X14 cm. Good condition. Markings in preparation for printing.

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Auction 50 Lot Number 149

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Edmund Allenby – Handwritten Letter

Edmund Allenby, Autographed Letter Signed. Written on official stationery of the British offices in Cairo ("The Residency"). Cairo, [First World War period]. English.
In the letter Allenby thanks a British journalist for an article he sent him, writing that in his opinion, the timing is not right for publishing the article in the local press (in Cairo), since it is a time of crisis.
Edmund Allenby (1861-1936). British military officer, famous for his actions during the First World War and as the conqueror of Palestine and Jerusalem from the Ottoman Empire.
[1] leaf, written on both sides. 20 cm. Good condition. Some creases, perforations and minor tears. Horizontal folding line (with tears). Adhesive tape at lower left corner.

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