JNF / Blue Box - illustrated poster calling for donations to the Jewish National Fund. Frederick W. Kahn lithographic printing, London, [1920s?]. Romanian.
Fine color illustration of the "Blue Box" planted on a hill against a background of mountains, houses and palm trees. At the top of the poster is the printed Hebrew inscription "Keren Kayemet LeIsrael" (Jewish National Fund) and a text in Romanian about the JNF and the "Blue Box".
48X74.5 cm. Fair condition. Folding marks and creases. Stains. Tears (with multiple color substitutions). Linen-backed for display and preservation.
From the collection of Dr Simon Cohen.
Jewish War Sufferers / Shall They Plead in Vain? Illustrated poster. [Printed on behalf of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)]. Grinnell Litho. Co. Printing Press, New York, [ca. 1917]. Design: Lou Mayer. English.
A poster calling for assistance to Jewish sufferers of the First World War. An impressive illustration depicting a mother consoling her crying son against the background of a ruined building.
69.5X52 cm. Good condition. Creases. Restored tears. Color substitutions in a number of places. Linen-backed for display and preservation.
From the collection of Dr Simon Cohen.
Photo of the IDF paratroopers occupying the Western Wall, David Rubinger, 7 June 1967. Signed on verso. Photo shows three soldiers from Batallion 66 of the Paratroops Brigade (Haim Osher, Yitzhak Yifat and Zion Karasanti) at the Western Wall immediately following its occupation.
On the photo is a dedication in Rubinger's handwriting, from Rosh Hashana 5730 (1969): "With hearty greetings for many years of peace / Annie and David Rubinger".
28X35 cm. Good-fair condition. Creases. Slight defects to margins.
Altneuland, Roman von Theodor Herzl. Leipzig: Hermann Seemann Nachfolger, . German. First edition.
Utopian novel, in which Herzl describes his vision of a future Jewish state in Palestine. Herzl composed the novel during the years 1899-1902 and titled the manuscript "New Zion". Later, inspired by "Altneuschul" - the name of the Prague synagogue - Herzl changed the title to "Altneuland". At the same year of publication, the book was translated into Yiddish and Hebrew (Nahum Sokolow, who translated the novel into Hebrew, titled it "Tel-Aviv" - the name adopted as the name of the first Jewish city) and in less than a year the novel was translated into six other languages. The famous Moto "Wenn Ihr wollt, Ist es kein Märchen" - "If you will it - it is no dream" is printed on the title page.
, 343,  pp, 18 cm. Good condition. Stains, mainly to first and last leaves. Several leaves and signatures are loose. Signatures on front endpaper and on title page. Original illustrated binding, slightly damaged. Torn spine.
Das Rosé-Quartett [The Rose Quartet] / [ca. 1920] / Color lithograph / Leaf 70X78 cm / Signed and numbered in pencil, 32/50
"Defend the People and the Land, Enlist to the Notrim Forces!", illustrated poster. No printer's name, no date . Design: the Shamir Brothers. Hebrew.
A poster calling to join the Notrim (Jewish Police force, supported by the British, active during the British Mandate). In the center - a black and white illustration of three Notrim wearing uniform.
36X47.5 cm. Fair condition. Folding marks and creases. Tears at margins. Stains. Significant dampstaining (with color smears).
From the collection of Dr Simon Cohen.
The Artist's Wife Reading / India ink on paper / 14X10 cm / Signed with stamp / Drawing made on the reverse of a letter (part of the text can be seen on the other side of the leaf)
Collection of items related to Bikur Cholim Hospital in Jerusalem, [late 19th century to 1970s].
Large collection that includes many graphic items and various documents, including: * Large "Mizrah" with illustrations of the Holy Sites. Solomon Brothers Press, [late 19th or early 20th century]. * Three large certificates, in color lithographic print (Monsohn): "Shtar Mikne" (Letter of Purchase), "Certificate of Membership" and "Yahrzeit Table". * Thick volume, the hospital's "Yahrzeiten Notebook", with recorded deaths from the 1860s to the 1970s. About 390 pp, 28.5 cm. Poor condition. Heavily worn, with multiple tears. * Illustrated receipt book of the hospital, [1920s]. Monsohn Press, Jerusalem. * Leaf printed in lithographic printing, "Souvenir of Love from the Land of our Forefathers", with various illustrations including an illustration of the hospital building (see picture). * Two hospital receipt books, issued for donations to the hospital, [1930s]. The receipts were illustrated and designed by Meir Gur-Aryeh. Unused. * Handwritten leaf, Kontrakt [contract], 1912. Signed by hand by Yoel Moshe Solomon, Asher Eliezer Levin, and a third person. * “Membership Certificate”, signed by hand by Yoel Moshe Solomon, Yehiel Michal Pines and Asher Eliezer Levin. * Album with about 30 photographs of the hospital and its activities, from the 1920s to the 1970s. Includes a number of photographs by photographer Tzaddok Bassan. * Two of the hospital’s charity boxes, one made by Alfred Salzmann, the other made in New York. * Other items.
Size and condition vary. Some of the items are in fair-poor condition, with tears and filing holes.
XXe Siècle. Nouvelle Serie - collection of issues. Paris, 1951-1975.
46 issues of the art journal XXe Siècle: issues 1-37, 39-45, and two special issues:
* Hommage à Fernand Léger, 1971.
* Hommage à Chagall monumental, 1973.
In addition to numerous reproductions, the issues include original lithographs, including lithographs by Marc Chagall, Fernand Léger, Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miró, Jean Arp, Georges Braque, Pierre Alechinsky, René Magritte, Wassily Kandinsky, Yaacov Agam (silk -screen), and many others.
Total of 46 issues (some appear in multiple copies). Size and condition vary. Good overall condition.
Two Violins ("The Lovers") / 1932 / Color lithograph / Leaf aaprox. 69.5X100 cm / Signed and dated in print
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].
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.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe / 8 Charcoal Drawings / Signed in pencil / 18X25 cm
The drawings are attached to leaves bearing an additional explanation in pencil, apparently in the artist's handwriting. Each drawing refers to a specific letter written by Goethe and includes the letter's number (1-8) and subject, as depicted in the drawing. Leaves 25X35 cm.
Member registry booklet of the Histadrut (General Organization of Jewish Workers in Palestine), belonging to David Ben-Gurion. Membership card no. 3, issued on December 14, 1928.
Personal details include: "Profession: journalist / Member of union: clerks / Joined the Organization: at founding". On the other side of the leaf is a confirmation of the Workers' Union from 1925, an unoriginal photograph of Ben-Gurion and a stamp in the shape of his signature.
David Ben-Gurion's original member registry booklet, used by him from late 1928 to 16 April 1937, when the booklet was replaced.
Ca. 8.5X11.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Foxing. Tears and wear to cover and first leaf. Unclear signature on p. 59.
1. Museum of the Painter Avraham Yaskil, Neve Sha'anan, Haifa.
2. "Kedem", auction no. 1, September 2008.
The Gabriel Peace Prize (Gabriel Sherover Foundation), a booklet printed for the reception of the prize by Mr. Elyakim Rubinstein of Jerusalem and Dr. Fayez A. Tarawneh of Amman. Rubinstein and Tarawneh headed the Israeli and Jordanian delegations, respectively, to the peace talks in Washington, signed the "Common Agenda" between Israel and Jordan on 14 September 1993 and continued the negotiations in Jordan and in Israel in 1994. The Prize was awarded to them in 1995, for their efforts in the cause of peace.
The booklet, printed in Hebrew, Arabic and English, includes a photograph from the signing of the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan, the judges' comments, and the biographies of Rubinstein and Tarawneh.
On the title page are the signatures of Shimon Peres (then Israeli Foreign Minister) and Hussein bin Talal (King of Jordan). Alongside them are signatures of the prize winners, Dr. Fayez A. Tarawneh and Elyakim Rubinstein.
The Israel-Jordan peace treaty, signed in the Arava Valley by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordanian Prime Minister Abdelsalam al-Majali on 26 October 1994, came into effect on 10 November 1994 at an official meeting between King Hussein and Prime Minister Rabin, held at Bet Gabriel on the shore of Lake Kinneret.
Elyakim Rubinstein is at present Vice President of the Supreme Court. He has served as Cabinet Secretary and as Attorney General of Israel.
Fayez A. Tarawneh served as prime minister of Jordan in 1998-1999, and again in 2012.
Enclosed are letters sent from the office of the King of Jordan, and an entrance ticket to the "Peace Prize Ceremony" (January 1996).
16 pp, 32 cm. Good condition.
Sulamith, Wieland Herzfelde. Berlin: Heinz Barger, 1917. German. First edition.
The first book by Wieland Herzfelde, an important publisher and poet from Berlin, founder of the Der Malik publishing house and the Neue Jugend magazine; brother of the artist John Heartfield (Helmut Herzfeld).
Numbered copy, 129/200, signed by Herzfelde on colophon. The silvered decoration on the binding is by George Grosz.
The book was actually published by Der Malik, though on the title page the publisher is called "Heinz Barger Verlag". Heinz Barger was the former owner of Neue Jugend, and Herzfelde, who bought the magazine from him, used his name due to legal restrictions on opening new publishing houses during World War I.
Der Malik publishing house was active in Berlin from 1916 to 1933. During the Nazi period it moved its activities to Prague, London and later New York. The publisher took a modernist aesthetic line and published innovative writers and artists, giving voice to harsh criticism of German society and politics. Among the artists who published their works with Der Malik were George Gross and Bertolt Brecht.
 pp., 27 cm. Good condition. Vellum spine. Slight wear to binding.
Bilder aus dem Altjudischen Familienleben, nach Originalgemalden von Prof. Moritz Oppenheim. Frankfurt am Main: Heinrich Keller, 1868. 2nd edition. German.
"Pictures of a Jewish Family Life", a dozen reproductions of paintings by Moritz Oppenheim, depicting a Jewish-German family and its customs (Sabbath, Bar Mitzvah, a wedding, and more). Titled in the plate, in German. With  introduction pages by Leopold Stein.
Following the twelve plates, additional plates are bound with reproductions of important paintings:
"Minyan" ["Jahrzeit"], scene from the Prussia-France war in 1870-1871, after a painting by Moritz Oppenheim; soldiers praying in bunkers, during the Prussia-France war, 1870, after a painting by Herman Junker; 13 engraving-plates from Bernard Picart's book (one folded plate); two engravings depicting the Portuguese congregation in Amsterdam; engraving of the interior of "Sha'ar HaShamayim" synagogue, London, with (printed) invitation in honor of David Suleiman Sassoon, to a ceremony celebrating two hundred years since the inauguration of the synagogue.
Size and condition vary.
"Le-Hatzalat Ha-She'erit" [Saving the Survivors], illustrated poster. Levine-Epstein Ltd. Printing Press, Tel-Aviv, [ca. 1945]. Design: the Shamir Brothers. Hebrew.
Poster calling to donate to the aid campaign for She'erit Ha-Pletah. Illustration of a mother and child on the background of a map of Europe. Hebrew caption on the lower part: "Le-Hatzalat Ha-She'erit".
34X49.5 cm. Good condition. Horizontal folding mark. Foxing. Mounted on thin acid-free paper.
From the collection of Dr Simon Cohen.
Verve, Vol. IX, No. 35 et 36, Dernieres Oeuvres de Matisse, 1950-1954. Paris: Verve, 1958. French.
A double issue of the art magazine Verve, dedicated to the last works of Henri Matisse from the years 1950-1954 (Matisse died in 1954). Volume in hard cover with forty color lithographs by Matisse, alongside reproductions and text.
186 pp., 35 cm. Good condition. Original cellophane wrapper torn, with losses. Light wear to cover corners and spine edges.
Max Liebermann, Neun Steinzeichnungen [Max Liebermann, nine lithographs]. Berlin: Bruno Cassirer, 1926. German.
Portfolio with eight lithographs by Max Liebermann, signed in pencil. The ninth lithograph is printed, in color, on the front of the vellum portfolio. Copy no. 9 from an edition of 60 copies.
 pages +  plates, 43 cm. Good condition.
Ten lithographs / Printed on thin paper, approx. 40X61 cm, attached to Bristol sheets, 50X70 cm / Signed in pencil on Bristol sheet / Some in fair condition
1. Die Grundlage der allgemeinen Relativitätstheorie, Albert Einstein. Leipzig: Johann Ambrosius Barth, 1916. German.
First publication in book form of Einstein's paper presenting his general theory of relativity. The paper was published the same year in the journal Annalen der Physik, and the book publication is in fact a reprint of the article, retaining the original typesetting but with different page numbers. The first edition differs from the following ones in that the verso of the title page bears the printed inscription "Druck von Metzger & Wittig in Leipzig", and the back wrapper bears the printed inscription "Metzger & Wittig, Leipzig". 64 pp., 24 cm. Good condition. Tears to corners. Tear to back wrapper. Bound in hard binding, with original wrappers.
2. Das Relativitatsprinzip. Eine Sammlung von Abhandlungen, H. A. Lorentz, A. Einstein & H. Minkowski. Leipzig and Berlin: Teubner, 1913. German.
First edition of anthology including two papers by Einstein, published earlier in the journal Annalen der Physik and appearing here for the first time in book form. 89 pp., 25 cm. Good condition. Bound in hard binding, with original wrapper.
3. Über die Interferenzeigenschaften des durch Kanalstrahlen emittierten Lichtes, A. Einstein, Berlin: Sitzungsberichte der Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1926. German.
Printout from the report of the Prussian Academy of Sciences 1926 convention, including two papers, the first by Einstein. 334-351 pp., 25 cm. Good condition.
"And you shall Spread Abroad to the West and to the South", a poster in honor of "Sea Day". Shmuel Alhadif Printing Press, Nachalat Binyamin (Tel Aviv), . Design: Franz Kraus (signed in print). Hebrew.
Fine color illustration of the Eilat seashore. In the center is a blue-and-white flag with the emblem of HIL (HaHevel HaYami LeIsrael - an association for marine training) in the middle; above and beneath the emblem appears the Hebrew inscription "For the Conquerors of Eilat / HaHevel HaYami LeIsrael".
69X48 cm. Good condition. Folding marks and creases, restored tears. Linen-backed for display and preservation.
From the collection of Dr Simon Cohen.
"Buy the Best from your Client, Buy British Products". Illustrated poster on behalf of the "Union for Trade Development between Britain and Palestine". Ephraim Strod and Sons Printing Press / "Intco", Tel Aviv, [late 1930s]. Signed in print: Hanshel. Hebrew.
A color illustration of a port with two shipping containers: a large container bearing the inscription "Palestine’s Exports to England" and a smaller container with an inscription reading: "Palestine’s Exports to Other Countries". An inscription at the top of the poster reads: "61 percent of Palestine Export Goes to England," and another on the bottom reads: "Buy from your Best Client, Buy British Products".
95X63 cm. Good condition. Folding marks and creases. Stains and slight damage. Printer's details ("Strod Press") erased and re-stamped.
From the collection of Dr Simon Cohen.
Painting and Music / 1919 / Color lithograph / Leaf 67.5X84 cm / Signed and numbered in pencil, 44/50, dated in print / Tear to left margins