HaMetargem HaChadash [The New Translator]. "Third edition, corrected with notes and additions". Published by the Al-Taufiqyat Library (publisher: Mohammed Taufiq Al-Samhouri), "Altarki" Press, Jaffa, 1935. Hebrew and Arabic.
Hebrew-Arabic conversation book, with illustrations in black and white. Includes pages for studying the Hebrew and Arabic alphabet, word lists on different topics, wording examples of official letters (including: a wedding invitation, "request for a raise in salary" and a lawsuit), and more.
112,  pp, 17.5 cm. Good condition. Extensive foxing. Stains, creases and small tears to cover.
Israel, 1954 100 Pruta copper-nickel. Bern mint. Krause Km #18.1.
Rare coin made of a non-magnetic metal, different from the common nickel clad steel. Its weight is different from the common type (7.5 g. instead of 7.3 g.).
See: "100 Pruta - types that have not been defined…" (Hebrew), by Amit Kamrat. From: Newsletter of Coins and Bills Collectors in Israel, issue no. 25, March 2011.
NGC MS63, UNC.
Confirmation of transfer of money to the "Ha'avara" company, owned jointly by the Anglo-Palestine Bank, Bank of the Temple Society and the Jewish Agency. Printed certificate with handwritten details and ink-stamp of the Bank of the Temple Society. 1936. English.
The Transfer Agreement (Haavara) was signed in 1933 between the government of Nazi Germany and the Jewish Agency, with the aim of transferring the possessions and capital of Germany's Jews to Palestine. The agreement caused a major conflict in the Jewish community in Palestine and in the Diaspora, related among other things to the moral propriety of negotiating with the Nazis and the economic gain to be derived there from.
 leaf, 22X25 cm. Good condition. Creases to margins and some stains. Filing holes.
Jerusalem Mountains, 1928. Watercolor and acrylic on cardboard.
Signed and dated.
21.5X14 cm. Framed.
Das Buch Bahir Sepher Ha-Bahir. Ein Text aus der Fruhzeit der Kabbala auf Grund eines kritischen Textes ins Deutsche ubersetzt und kommentiert. Inaugural-Diskussion zur Erlangung der Doktorwurde der Philosophischen Fakultat (I. Sektion) der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat zu Munchen [The Bahir. Work from the Early Kabbalah Period... Translated to German, with Commentary... Ph.D. Dissertation], by Gerhard [Gershom] Scholem. Berlin: Arthur Scholem, 1923. German.
A copy of Gershom Scholem's doctoral dissertation - an annotated copy of the "Bahir". On the title page is a dedication in the handwriting of Dov Sadan: "...A rare book, one of the first fruits of its author's scholarship of the occult" [Hebrew].
The "Bahir" (considered the first work in the history of Kabbalah) was one of the two major subjects of Gershom Scholem's scholarship: the early Kabbalah, and the Sabbatean movement. Scholem, who called the book's appearance "a renewed explosion of myth in the heart of Judaism", studied it his entire life, and in 1948 even published a historical monograph on the subject ("Reshit HaKabbalah", Schocken, 1948). This dissertation is the "first harbinger" of his wide-ranging scholarship, paving the way and laying the foundations of his later works. This is Scholem's first original work to be published.
 leaves, 171,  pp. Approx. 25 cm. Good-fair overall condition. Creases and stains, dampstains on all the leaves. A few folds to leaf corners. A number of notes, in pencil, on some of the leaves (Hebrew). Damaged binding, with open tears to spine.
Palestine coin, 1 Mil, 1927 - Holyland Souvenir Token / "Historical Holy land Coin". Type I.
Diameter: 28 mm. XF condition.
Two drafts of letters handwritten by Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hacohen Kook. Palestine, [ca. 1930-1934]. Hebrew.
1. Draft of a letter to Abba Ahimeir, handsigned by Rabbi Kook. .
Written after Ahimeir was cleared of charge for being involved in the assassination of Arlozorov. "Dear author…I congratulate you - Mazal Tov - as justice has been done and I hope that with G-d's will it will soon be proved that hands of a holy people are not stained with blood…".
 leaf, approx. 14X12.5 cm. Fair condition. Tears, adhesive tape remnants, and stains (not affecting text). A small piece is detached and fastened with adhesive tape.
2. Draft of a letter to Meir Dizengoff, concerning the estate of Mordechai (Vladimir) Haffkine (Chavkin). [early 1930s]. Written on official stationery, Not signed.
 leaf, 21X14 cm. Good condition. Stains and slight defects to margins. Horizontal folding mark.
Three children's books, with illustrations by Lev Dickstein (linocuts). Tel-Aviv, [1940s].
1. Yonatan HaSapan, illustrations: Lev Dickstein, verses: A.S. [Avraham Shlomo] Amiel. A. Lichtenstein Publishing.
2. Ma’ase BeNira…, illustrations: Lev Dickstein, verses: A.S. [Avrham Shlomo] Amiel. A. Lichtenstein Publishing.
3. Dan HaTzayar ve Hakeves, by Eliezer Berger and Lev Dickstein. “Rodin” Publishing.
16 pp in each booklet, approx.13.5X17 cm (wrappers of booklets are larger than the inner leaves). Condition varies. Some stains and creases. Creases and and open tear to wrapper of "Dan HaTzayar veHakeves".
1-4. Four photographs. Haifa, [1910s or 1920s]. Three are captioned in the negative: "Immigrant Camp, Haifa, Palestine", "Dining Hall, Immigrants' House, Haifa, Palestine" and "Immigration Bureau of the Zionist Workers' Union in Haifa, Palestine" (Hebrew). One of the photographs is mounted on cardboard. Approx. 17.5X12 cm. Fair condition. Creases, stains and defects.
5-8. Four photographs by photographer Lu Landauer (stamped on reverse with her stamp), documenting a tent camp on Mount Carmel and a residential structure (for immigrants), [ca. 1940s]. Two of the photographs are 13X8.5 cm and two are 17X11 cm. Fair to good condition. Creases to one of the photographs.
Enclosed is another, unsigned photograph. 11.5X8 cm.
The photographer Lu Landauer, born in Germany, immigrated to Palestine in 1933 and married Dr. Georg Landauer, director of the Department of Settlement of German Immigrants in Palestine. In 1941 she founded a photography department at New Bezalel. She often photographed architectural structures planned by German immigrants, mostly on kibbutzim, for the department directed by her husband. According to her testimony, she later lost or destroyed the glass negatives in her possession. In 1955 she left Israel; she died in 1996 in Lugano, Switzerland.
"Jewish Voters! Do not Trust Nashashibi". Azriel press, Jerusalem, . Hebrew.
An elections poster calling Jewish voters not to support Raghib Nashashibi in the municipal elections in Jerusalem (Nashashibi served as mayor during the years 1920-1934) since he "sold the matters of his people for a stew of lentils" and he "might sell your interests and cheat you".
The poster was printed on behalf of the Husayni family, a Palestinian-Arab respectable and wealthy family, whose sons held important positions in the political and religious leadership over the years, directed the supreme Muslim council, and were known for their militant views as far as Palestinian nationality and Zionism were concerned. The Nashashibi family, also a notable and influential Jerusalemite family, were considered leaders of an opposition to the supreme Muslim council and to the Husayni family.
64X96 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Many tears with damage to text, and missing pieces, professionally repaired, with color correction. Folding marks. Tax stamp and ink stamp. Mounted on acid-free paper.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Simon Cohen.
Portrait of a Girl, by Grete Ackerman. Mixed media on paper.
Signed: "Grete Ackerman, P.T." (Hebrew). Mounted on paper signed "Atelier Grete Ackerman".
The photographer and painter Grete Ackerman was born in Poland and immigrated to Palestine in the early 1920s. After her arrival she founded a photography studio in Petah Tikva, becoming the colony's first woman photographer. Most of Ackerman's works, in painting and photography, were portraits. She often painted portraits after photographs she had taken, sometimes painting directly on the photographs. Her studio in Petah Tikva closed in the second half of the 1940s.
Approx. 23.5X18 cm, mounted on paper: 34.5X26.5 cm. Good condition. Some stains. A number of minute holes.
See: "Women Photographers in the Public and Private Sphere", by Rona Sela. In: "Women Artists in Israel 1920-1970", edited by Ruth Markus. Hakibbutz Hameuhad, 2008, p. 110. Hebrew.
Enamel Keren HaYesod [United Israel Appeal] pin. Austria, .
The pin is designed as the emblem of Keren HaYesod, with a Hebrew inscription around the bottom margin reading, "Austria - TSH”CH ."
2X2.5 cm. Very Good condition. Small chip to enamel at top and small defect to clasp.
Four coloring booklets for children from the series "Tzayer" [Hebrew: Paint], published by Benjamin Barlevy. Tel-Aviv, [1950s].
* "Tzayer Aleph-Beth" [Paint the Aleph-Beth] (booklet no. 187). * "Tzayer" [Tel-Hai] - illustrations of the roaring lion in Tel-Hai, Herzlyia Gymnasium, Rachel's Tomb, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Tower of David, and more. (Booklet no. 190). * "Tzayer Tziyurim" [Paint paintings] (booklet no. 193) * "Tzayer Tzmahim" [Paint plants] (Booklet no. 256).
4 booklets,  pp per booklet, approx. 24.5X16.5 cm. Condition varies. Overall good condition.
Hatarnegolim VeHashual. Frankfurt am Main, Moscow-Odessa: Omanut, 1922. Hebrew.
A parable by Berachyahu HaNakdan, adapted by Haim Nachman Bialik. Illustrations by Moshe Motzlmacher.
 pp, 22X30 cm. Good condition. Small tears on spine and at the edges of the cover and leaves. Some stains.
Advertising poster for a "Farewell Evening" at the Luna Park Cinema with a performance of "The Secretary" - a show combining theater and cinema. HaNafir Printing Press, Haifa, [probably, 1922]. Hebrew.
The headline of the poster reads, “This is the final evening at the Luna Park Cinema… The apex of art with the performance of ‘The Secretary.’ This performance is half theater and half cinema […] With the famous actor Amin Atallah". The poster is illustrated with two photographs showing scenes from the performance, surrounded by texts with the names of the actors and details about the film.
The Luna Park Cinema was one of the first in Tel-Aviv. It operated during the years 1919-1922 in the central square in Jaffa (today, Shderot Yerushalayim). In addition to a cinema, the Luna Park compound featured a Ferris wheel and other attractions. In 1922, the name of the theater was changed to "HaTehiya".
31X45 cm. Fair condition. Stains and creases. Repaired closed tears at the creases (reinforced verso with tape). Small tears at margins. A piece about 16.5X17 cm is lacking in the upper right corner (without damage to the text; repaired with paper).
1. Passover haggadah. Eilon, 1944. "Decorations by Motzik".
Non-traditional haggadah, with illustrations. Accompanied by many interesting texts on the Holocaust (with references to ghettos and death camps, as well as to partisans in the Soviet Union), text on the founding of the kibbutz, and more. The illustration on the first page is hand-colored.
 leaves, 16X21.5 cm. Good condition. Stains and creases. Small tears to wrappers. A piece (about 2X6 cm) cut out from the front wrapper.
2. Passover haggadah. Ein Gev, 1941.
Non-traditional haggadah, with illustrations. With texts containing references to the Holocaust, a text on the illegal immigrants of the ship "Patria", a text on the founding of the kibbutz, and more. Ends with the poem "Hoshlim Po" [Here We Forge]. Illustration on front wrapper and additional illustration in the haggadah text - linocuts.
 front wrapper (with title), 30 pp, 21 cm. End missing (no back wrapper). Good condition. Slight defects. Stains (mostly on front wrapper). Tears to front wrapper. Torn piece (open) on last leaf.
HaOniya VeHaArba, a fairy tale by R. Gustafson. Illustrations by D. Mitrokhin. Frankfurt am Main, Moscow-Odessa: Omanut, Gamliel series, [ca.1922]. Hebrew.
A children's story by Richard Gustafson, translated into Hebrew. Illustrations in color by Dimitry Mitrokhin.
 leaves, 27.5 cm. Good condition. Minor stains, mainly on cover.
Essay about the work of S.Y. Agnon, handwritten by the poet Leah Goldberg, [ca.1950s]. Hebrew.
A long essay sent for publication in the periodical "Molad". Among other topics, Goldberg writes about the works "Hachnasat Kalah", "Shevu'at Emunim", "Tmol Shilshom", "Belevav Yamim", "Bidmi Yameha", and more. Goldberg opens the essay by saying: "there are only a few authors of our new literature who… can be appreciated by each and every nation.".
 leaves, 20 cm. Good condition. Folding marks and creases. Open tears on first and last leaves. Pinholes (from the printing process).
About 30 monthlies, pamphlets and various publications of "Brit Shalom" and the early movements for Jewish-Arab rapprochement. Jerusalem, 1930s to 1960s.
Items include: * Five issues of "She'ifoteinu", the official publication of "Brit Shalom". * "Like All the Nations", compilation of essays by Y. L. Magnes presenting his ideological-political outlook and expressing reservations about the "Balfour Declaration". Jerusalem, . * "The Bond", the first and only publication of the "Bond" group of scholars. Jerusalem, 1939. * "Problems of the Day", journal with the participation of Y. L. Magnes, Akiva Ernst Simon and others (1 Elul 1941). * Eleven issues of "Ba'ayot [Problems], A Monthly Forum for Public Life", the main publication of the rapprochement movement, edited by Martin Buber. Non-consecutive issues, Nissan 1944 - Tevet 1948. * Ten issues of NER - Monthly for Political and Social Problems and for Jewish-Arab Rapprochement", founded by Rabbi Binyamin. 1951-1965. * Enclosed: photocopied material from newspapers and various pamphlets.
Size and condition vary. Good overall condition. Creases, small tears (mostly to covers of pamphlets and spines), dark leaves in some of the pamphlets. Pen inscription and ink stamps on a few items.
A review by Leah Goldberg of J.D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey, published in 1961. Hebrew.
Twelve typewritten pages with handwritten notes and corrections, by Goldberg and Ephraim Broide, editor of "Molad". Two of the pages feature full paragraphs in Goldberg's handwriting.
The review is titled BeShivhei HaGveret HaShmena (In Praise of the Fat Lady). Goldberg is referring to a phrase told to both Franny and Zooey by their brother Seymour. When Zooey was a child, Seymour used to tell him to shine his shoes before their live radio broadcast. When Zooey pointed out that nobody sees his shoes on the radio anyway, Seymour told him to do it for the 'Fat Lady,' an imaginary, lonely listener who deserves his best. Goldberg uses the fat lady as her starting point, sharply criticizing Salinger's prose and materials, comparing him unfavorably to her preferred authors - Dostoyevsky, Thomas Mann, Nabokov, Herman Broch and others. The essay underlines the gap between Salinger's world, and the generation and culture it represents, and Goldberg's world.
The final version of the essay appears in a book of Goldberg's collected essays, "Mador UMeever - Bchinot UTeamim BaSifrut Haklalit", Sifriyat Poalim, 1977.
12 leaves, 27.5 cm. Good condition. Stains, creases and folding lines. Pinholes (from the printing process).
Synagoga Judaica Noviter Restaurata, das ist, Erneuerte Judische Synagog, oder Juden-schul, by Joannis Buxtorfi (Johannes Buxtorf). Frankfurt and Leipzig: Johann Paul Kraussen, 1729. German.
Synagoga Judaica [Jewish Synagogue], a research book on the topic of the Jewish religion, by the Hebraist Johannes Buxtorf (1564-1629). With 18 illustrations (engravings) incorporated in the text, depicting different customs of German Jews. In the beginning of the book is an illustration of a synagogue interior (double-spread engraving). Fine double-spread title page, printed in black and red ink.
 Engraved plate,  title page, , 752,  pp, 16.5 cm. Fine vellum binding with gilt title on the spine. Good condition. Some stains and slight defects to binding. Inscriptions on the binding's inner side.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Simon Cohen.
HaZamir, from the fairy tales of Andersen, illustrations by A. [Georgy Ivanovitch] Narbut. Frankfurt am Main-Moscow-Odessa: Omanut, Gamliel series, . Hebrew.
 pp, 26.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and traces of adhesive tape. Tears to the margins of cover and leaves (some open). Strips of adhesive tape on spine and on the inner margins of first and last leaves.
Dar begrabene Leuchter [The Buried Candelabrum], by Stefan Zweig. Vienna Leipzig and Zurich: Herbert Reichner, 1937. German.
"The Buried Candelabrum" by Stefan Zweig, story of the travels of the seven-branched candelabrum throughout the world, until its return to Jerusalem of the Byzantine Empire and its burial in an unknown church. With illustrations by Berthold Wolpe.
Copy no. 13 out of an edition of 450 copies (out of which only 30 are signed by the author), signed by Stefan Zweig on the colophon page. Printed on high-quality paper and bound in a red leather binding with gold embossments.
 leaves, 9-127,  pp, 21.5 cm. Good condition. Light stains (mostly to first and last leaves and to margins). Slight defects to binding. Bookplate. Inserted in a black slipcase (damaged).
Three children's books for playing, in a non-conventional form:
1. "HaYeled" [author or illustrator are not mentioned], published by "Safrut", B.[Binyamin] Barlevi, Tel-Aviv, Palestine, [1920s]. Printed in Belgium. Rhymes and illustrations for children. Some illustrations are meant to be colored. Upper margins are cut in a non-conventional manner. , 12,  pp, 30.5 cm.
2. "Yedidaynu Mitkashtim", rhymes: Margalit Mikam, illustrations: P. Stein. Published by "Zikit", Tel-Aviv, [1950s]. Illustrations of disguised animals, printed in lithographic printing, in color, with holes instead of eyes, and one pair of protruding eyes located on the inside of the back cover, serving all the illustrations of animals.  pp, 24 cm.
3. "Kirkas Pele", illustrations: Baruch Or, poems: Binyamin Tene. Published by M. Birnbaum, Tel-Aviv, 1950. Illustrations in color and rhymes for children. The book's leaves are cut to three horizontal strips which makes it possible to hide and reveal different poems and illustrations every time the book is read. , 14 pp, 24 cm.
Size and condition vary. Overall good condition. Slight defects (stains or tears at margins and spine).
The three books are not in NLI.