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Auction 56 Lot Number 216

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Six Unknown Photographs from a Visit to Nazi Germany by Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini

Six photographs documenting a visit to Germany by Mufti Haj Muhammad Amin al-Husseini. [Germany, ca. 1943].
The photographs show al-Husseini, accompanied by a number of Nazi senior officials, dressed in uniforms, and a number of government officials, dressed in civilian clothes, during a tour apparently held at a camp in Germany (possibly, a camp of The German Labour Front). A lineup held for the visitors of the camp is seen in some of the photographs.
All the photographs are marked on reverse with the stamp "Photo-Gerhards Trebbin". The photographer's mark attests that they were developed in Trebbin, Germany, and may have been shot in its environs.
These photographs, previously unknown, document an unidentified visit to Germany by al-Husseini. We were unable to identify the men in the photographs. However, according to some speculations, among the photographed are possibly the Croatian politician Mile Budak (a member of the Ustase Party who served as Croatian envoy to Germany in 1941-1943), Iraqi politician Rashid Ali al-Gaylani, Fritz Grobba (the German ambassador to Iraq, later in charge of Middle Eastern affairs at the German Foreign Ministry, known for his ties to al-Husseini and Rashid Ali al-Gaylani during al-Gaylani's revolt against the Iraqi government and in the following years) and the Austrian politician Arthur Seyss-Inquart.
Haj Muhammad Amin al-Husseini (1895?-1974) served as the Mufti of Jerusalem during the British Mandate period, in the years 1921-1937, and was known as one of the most important and influential leaders of the Palestinian Arabs and the Palestinian national movement.
Al-Husseini was born in Jerusalem to an eminent and well-established Palestinian-Arab family, many of whose members served in religious and political leadership roles. Al-Husseini studied in Jerusalem, Cairo and Istanbul, and with the outbreak of World War I was drafted to the Ottoman army. After his military service he returned to Jerusalem, where, among other things, he recruited volunteers for the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire (1916-1918).
Al-Husseini was a member of a number of Arab organizations and clubs with nationalist leanings. As part of his activities in these organizations, he was among the chief instigators of the 1920 riots, occurring in Jerusalem during the Nabi Musa festival. As a result he gained fame among the Arab public. In the aftermath of the riots, the British authorities issued an arrest warrant against al-Husseini and Aref al-Aref (a journalist who participated in the incitement leading up to the riots), and the two fled to the Transjordan. They were sentenced in absentia to ten years of imprisonment, but in the same year were pardoned by British High Commissioner Herbert Samuel (following appeals by a number of sheikhs and dignitaries from the Transjordan).
In 1921 al-Husseini was appointed Mufti of Jerusalem, and later chosen to serve as president of the Supreme Muslim Council. In these roles he acted against Jewish settlement of Palestine and in favor of Palestinian nationalism, contributing, among other things, to the 1929 Riots and the 1936-1939 Arab Revolt (al-Husseini was one of the initiators and organizers of the revolt, and the chairman of the Arab Higher Committee).
In 1937, after the British outlawed the Arab Higher Committee and dispersed the Supreme Muslim Council, al-Husseini fled to Lebanon, where he stayed for about two years before moving to Iraq. In Iraq he joined the politician Rashid Ali al-Gaylani and contributed significantly to the planning and organization of the revolt led by al-Gaylani in 1941. Following the revolt, al-Gaylani established a pro-Nazi government that demanded the expulsion of the British from Iraq, but his government did not last for long, and with the collapse of the coup, al-Husseini and al-Gaylani left Iraq. Al-Husseini first traveled to Fascist Italy (where he even met Mussolini), then to Nazi Germany. Al-Gaylani also arrived in Germany.
Haj Amin al-Husseini's ties with the Nazis, initiated before he had arrived in Germany, grew closer during his stay there: he had contacts with the German Foreign Ministry, with the upper echelons of the S.S. and the Gestapo, and even met with Adolf Hitler (their first meeting was in November 1941). One of al-Husseini's goals was to secure a joint German-Italian declaration recognizing the independence and unity of the Arab states, and the right of these states to act against the establishment of a national home for the Jews in Palestine. One of his major contributions to the German war effort as part of his activities in favor of the Axis Powers was the recruitment of fighters to the 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS in 1943. This division, called Handschar, was established by the Germans in the region of Croatia under the rule of the pro-Nazi Ustase Party (which then included Bosnia and Herzegovina). Most of the recruits were from among the Muslim population of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the recruitment was carried out with the encouragement of al-Husseini, who was sent there especially by the German authorities. In addition, al-Husseini established the "Arab Institute for the Study of the Jewish Question" in Berlin - an institute founded with German funding and constituting the Berlin parallel to the "Institute for the Study of the Jewish Problem" active in Frankfurt, whose declared objective was the expulsion of the Jews from German territory. As a result of these and other activities, al-Husseini was included at the end of World War II in the list of "war criminals" of the Yugoslav Committee Investigating the War Crimes of the Occupiers and their Collaborators.
Al-Husseini's relations with the Axis Powers have been closely studied and still arouse questions. Some see his collaboration with the Germans as motivated by the pragmatic interests of a leader who sought to acquire a strong ally in support of Arab national goals, while others associate his collaboration with his enthusiasm for German policies towards the Jews and their plan for a "Final Solution", and even with an aspiration on his part to expand the genocide to Palestine as well.
6 photographs, approx. 6.5X9.5 cm. Good condition. Some stains, tears and creases.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 57

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Collection of Documents – Arab-Palestinian Delegation to London, 1921-1922

Collection of documents which record the activities of the Palestine Arab delegation to London in the years 1921-1922, from the estate of one of the delegation members, Ibrahim Shammas (al- Shammas). Most of the documents are from London, ca. 1921-1922. Arabic and English.
In 1919, after World War I and following the British occupation of Palestine, some groups of Muslims and Christians in Palestine united and organized the Palestine Arab Congress. During the years 1920-1928 the congress convened six times, focusing on opposition to the Zionist Movement and demanding the renunciation of the Balfour declaration. In 1921, during the third congress, the politician Musa Kazim Pasha al-Husayni was elected to head The Palestine Arab Delegation to London. This was the first of several delegations that were sent to London during the years 1921-1930. While in England, members of the delegation tried to draw attention to the Arab-Palestinian issue and met with many leaders and politicians (including the Pope, representatives of the League of Nations, secretary of state for colonies Winston Churchill, and others). In 1922 the delegation returned to Palestine as a protest against the approval of the text of the Mandate of Palestine. The delegation did not achieve any significant results but succeeded in gaining support by British Parliament members mainly from the conservative party.
The documents in this colection shed light on the activity of the Arab-Palestinian delegation in London. Among the documrnts:
* Nine copies of circulars (duplication of manuscripts) on official stationery of the delegation. Eight are signed by hand by the head of the delegation,
Musa al-Husayni. One circular is partly handwritten (most probably by al-Husayni) and not signed. London, April-July 1922. Arabic.
The circulars include protocols of meetings with British politicians, including the High Commissioner, Herbert Samuel, and with the representative for Palestinian matters of the Minister for Colonies Winston Churchill; details of the endeavors invested by the delegation members to cancel the Balfour declaration, and to amend the British Mandate for Palestine command and Treaty of Sèvres; and more. A meeting with Chaim Weizmann is mentioned in one of the circulars. In the same circular Winston Churchill is quoted as saying that the Balfour declaration is "Inheritance from the war".
One circular is not complete. Enclosed are additional copies of some of the circulars.
* Seven copies of printed letters from the head of the delegation. Not signed. May-July 1922. English.
Among them: copy of a letter about the situation in Syria, May 1922 (two copies, one addressed to the US ambassador to Britain and the second to Prime Minister of Britain); copy of a letter to Winston Churchill concerning the leasing of lands in Haifa to JCA, June 1922; Copy of a letter about the refusal of the Palestinians represented by the delegation to accept the Balfour declaration, July 1922 (two copies, one addressed to the President of the League of Nations and the other to Winston Churchill); copy of a protest letter against the Mandate (two copies, one to the President of the League of Nations and the other to the British Foreign Minister).
* Copy of a printed letter on behalf of Winston Churchill, in response to a letter by the delegation, April, 1922. Two copies.
* Leaf with copies of telegrams from the delegation with a notice about the decision of the Arab Congress to return the delegation; following Churchill's declaration that the Balfour Declaration is an "indivisible part" of the Mandate. July 1922. English.
* Remarks on the Interim Report of the High Commissioner on the Civil Administration of Palestine from July 1st to June 30th 1921. A long document (duplication of a typewritten document) with comments by the delegation on the interim report of the High Commissioner on the civil administration Palestine.
* Letters and other documents, including documents to Ibrahim Shammas, a letter hand-signed by the delegation secretary Shibly Jamal, a printed document dealing with the British policy in Palestine and the significance of the Balfour Declaration in the framework of the Mandate, and more.
Total of about 25 documents. Enclosed are additional copies of some of the documents. Size and condition vary. Overall good to fair condition. Tears, creases and stains. Dampstains on some documents.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 260

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“OZET” Organization – Illustrated Poster – Moscow, 1928

"Only in the Soviet Union are Jews Given the Right to Land and Free Labor", illustrated poster of the OZET Organization (Society for Settling Toiling Jews on the Land). Moscow: OZET, 1928. Illustration: L. Smekhov [Lev Moiseevich Smekhov, Лев Моисеевич Смехов]. Russian.
Poster showing, in a series of illustrations, the improvement in the condition of Russian Jews following the founding of the Soviet Union and the decision to retrain Jews in the agricultural professions. The illustrations depict the poverty and pogroms in the Jewish community, the meeting in which the resolution was adopted to provide land to Jews, and finally the positive consequences of agricultural work for the Jewish community. The illustrations are accompanied by a rhymed text by Y. A. Slonim.
In the same year, an identical poster was printed with the same text in Yiddish.
The OZET organization was active in the Soviet Union in the years 1925-1938, with the aim of encouraging agricultural settlement among Soviet Jews and finding suitable places for such settlements. In 1928 OZET took upon itself the enterprise of settling Jews in Birobidzhan.
Approx. 101X67 cm. Good condition. Folding marks and creases. Some repaired tears. The entire poster is mounted on thick paper.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Simon Cohen.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 242

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“Adath Jeshurun” Congregation in New-York – Collection of Items, 1876-1935

Diverse collection of paper items, documenting the life of "Adath Jeshurun" congregation in New York. Material about the community members, committees meetings, burials and construction of the Eldrige Street Synagogue. New-York, 1876-1927. Yiddish, some English and some Hebrew.
Among the items:
* Two minute-books of the congregation management, from the years 1876-1890 and 1897-1903, (307 and 252 written pages respectively). * Burial registrar of "Hevra Kadisha" from the years 1881-1889. * "Konstitutsyen der kongregayshn kahal Adas Jeshurun im anshe Lubitz" [Constitution of the Congregation Kahal Adas Jeshurun], booklet of regulations of the executive committee of the congregation (New-York, 1913, bilingual edition in Yiddish and English). * Two Ketubot printed in Hebrew and English on both sides of the leaf. * Invitation to a "Hevra Kadisha" dinner, December 1921. * Additional items, printed and handwritten.
Enclosed: leaflets and printed material related to the restoration of the Eldrige Street Synagogue (inaugurated again in 2007).
Lot of 19 items. Size and condition vary. Fair overall condition. Stains, folding marks and creases. Small tears. Bindings of minute-books are in poor condition, worn and falling apart.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 63

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Collection of Posters – Palestine Liberation Organization

77 posters concerning the rights of the Palestinian people. Most posters were printed on behalf of PLO. Most were printed in France in 1974-2015 (most posters from the 1970s-80s). Arabic, French and some English.
Posters on the subject of "Land Day", refugee camps, children injured in war, liberation of prisoners, Israeli soldiers and more. Some posters appear in two copies.
Size and condition vary. Approx. 59X37 cm - 57X99.5 cm. Overall good condition.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 218

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“Protective Passport” Signed by Raoul Wallenberg, “Righteous Among the Nations”

Schutz-Pass ["Protective passport"], granted to Irene Homoki (Schwarcz), on behalf of the Swedish ambassador on 22 September 1944. German and Hungarian.
The "Protective passport" testifies that its holder is under the protection of the State of Sweden. Signed by hand by Carl Ivan Danielsson, the Swedish ambassador, with two stamps of the Swedish embassy in Budapest, and with another signature (quick and formless) - in the hand of Raoul Wallenberg.The activity of the Swedish ambassador in Budapest to help the Jews began just a short while after the 1944 German occupation of Hungary. The Swedish ambassador, Danielsson, issued Swedish temporary passports for Hungarian Jews who had family or commercial ties with Swedish subjects. In July 1944, after many of the Hungarian Jews had already been deported to Auschwitz, Raoul Wallenberg was sent to Budapest by the Swedish foreign ministry to help assist the Jews who were still left in the city.
The Hungarian and German authorities usually respected the authority of the Swedish ambassador, and Wallenberg managed to issue thousands of "protective passports" which protected the Jews, even though they weren't valid by law. Wallenberg also acted in other ways to save the Hungarian Jews. Part of this activity was the establishment of safe-houses for Jews, and attempts to pressure senior members of the Nazi regime to stop the transportation of Jews to Auschwitz. According to testimonies, he would arrive at the train station where the Jews were all gathered before a transport to Auschwitz, demanding to release those holding "protective passports". In 1966 Raoul Wallenberg was proclaimed by Yad Vashem as one of the "Righteous among the Nations".
Leaf, 34 cm. Fair condition. Creases and folding marks. Tears to folding lines and margins. Vertical folding line reinforced with two pieces of adhesive tape (old). Pencil inscriptions on leaf verso.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 112

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Collection of Anti-Semitic Postcards

About 175 anti-Semitic postcards. Berlin, Leipzig, Paris, New York, Algiers and other places. [Ca. 1895-1940 (mostly from the first decade of the 20th century)].
Collection of anti-Semitic postcards, presenting stereotypical figures of Jews accompanied by slogans and ditties. Including about 95 early postcards (undivided), many postcards from the series "Little Cohn" (Der kleine Cohn), two hand-painted postcards (one in pencil and the other in ink and watercolor), and more.
About 90 of the postcards are used. Some appear in more than one copy. Size and condition vary. Average size: 9X14 cm. Good overall condition. Stains, creases and small tears to margins of some of the postcards. Tears to some postcards.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 247

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Jewish Congregation in London – Collection of Prayer Booklets and Leaves

About 110 prayer booklets and leaves printed on behalf of the Jewish congregation in London. London, 1854-1959. Hebrew and English.
Prayers in honor of the British royal family, inauguration of synagogues, eulogies, appointment of rabbis, World War I and other events. Some prayers were composed for private occasions or limited events. Among the booklets: "Form of Ceremonial on Laying the First Stone of the West London Synagogue of British Jews" (composed for the occasion of laying the corner stone for the reform synagogue "West London Synagogue, 1848); "Prayer for the success of the Naval Conference, London, for peace and for restriction of building war ships"; "Order of prayer for the consecration of the Temporary Synagogue on the site of the destroyed Great Synagogue Duke's Place, London"; "Rejoicing and Thanksgiving on the occasion of the celebration of Israel's Independence day"; and more.
Size and condition vary. Overall good condition.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 249

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Jewish Congregation in London – Collection of Prayer Booklets – Various Subjects

About 90 booklets and prayer leaves printed on behalf of the Jewish congregation in London. Prayers in honor of the royal family, consecration of synagogues, eulogies for dignitaries and other subjects. London, mid 19th until the end of the 20th century (most of them are from early 20th century). English and Hebrew.
Among the items: "Prayer on Behalf of our Brethren in Russia and the Countries Under Her Domination","Prayer for the Success of the Disarmament Conference at Washington", "Prayer & Thanksgiving for Relief From the Plague Amongst
Cattle, and for Protection Against Cholera", "Order Of Service at the Consecration of the New Cemetery 'Chesed VeEmet' in 'West End'"; "Song of Praise for the Consecration of the New Beit Midrash in Stamford Hill"; and more.
Total of about 90 booklets. Size and condition vary. Overall good-fair condition. Stains and creases. Tears (mainly to covers and at margins, several booklets with large or open tears). Covers of some booklets are detached or partly detached. Pen inscriptions on several booklets.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 281

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Poster – “Hanukkah Project” of Tel Hai Fund, 1942 – Revisionist Movement

"Mif'al Hanukah 1942 - Keren Tel Hay", an illustrated poster. Linol. [Linoleum] Zvi Bergman, "Signon" Cooperative Press, 1942. Hebrew.
An Impressive poster. The illustration shows a "Beitar" member holding an Israeli flag and removing a yellow wristband with an illustration of a "Star of David" from the arm of a Jew from the Diaspora. In the background appears a map of Israel.
Tel Hai fund was a fund for raising and distributing money used by the Revisionist Zionist Movement. The fund was established in London in 1929 after the 1929 riots, to support Jewish defense in Palestine and to teach self-defense to the Zionist youth. Beitar Youth movement members actively raised money for the fund which competed with the activities of JNF. The "Hanukkah Project" of the fund was founded on December 29, 1935.
69X49 cm. Good condition. Folding marks, creases at margins. Some stains. Tears (mainly at margins and by the folding marks), professionally repaired. Linen-backed for display and preservation.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 335

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Nine Bibliophilic Books – Etchings and Poems – Jerusalem Print Workshop – Bindings by Yehuda Miklaf

"Etchings for Poems", nine bibliophilic books, created at the Jerusalem Print Workshop between January 1988 and February 1989 and published in limited editions of 40 numbered copies signed by the artists:
* Shaul Schatz, eight etchings for eight poems by Admiel Kossman.
* Moshe Gershuni, ten etchings for passages from "Hachamor" by Aharon Shabtai.
* Raanan Levy, eight etchings for eight poems by Amir Gilboa.
* Tamara Rikman, a dozen etchings for a dozen poems by Dan Pagis.
* Zvi Tolkovsky, ten etchings for ten "Ar'aa" chapters by Harold Schimmel.
* Sidon Rotenberg, eight etchings for three poems by Dalia Ravikovich.
* Larry Abramson, ten etchings for a poem by Zali Gurevitch.
* Michael Kovner, six etchings for a poem by Abba Kovner.
* David Ben Shaul, ten etchings for ten poems by Aryeh Sachs.
The etchings were etched by the artists on brass plates of various sizes using different techniques: Aquatint, dry etching, hard wax, soft wax and electric pencil. Preparation of the plates and printing were done by the printers Sidon Rotenberg, Miriam Schnitzer and Sharon Poliakin. The poems were photocopied from the poetry books and screen-printed. All of the copies were signed and numbered by the artists (all of the nine books offered here are numbered 18/30). Each book consists of 6-10 leaves, each one with a poem and an etching, printed on Arches 240-gram paper.
Originally each book was printed on separate sheets placed in a wooden box. The books offered here were all bound in artistic bindings handmade by Yehuda Miklaf and placed in cardboard and leather cases with matching spines. Most of the bindings were made using a technique of leather inlay to create a design or an illustration; two are made of parchment. Each binding is uniquely designed, reflecting, implicitly or explicitly, the spirit of the poems.
9 books, average size 13X14 cm. Good condition. Contained in fine boxes.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 5

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Theodor Herzl – “The Jewish State” – First Edition

Der Judenstaat, Versuch Einer Modernen Lösung Der Judenfrage [The Jewish State, An Attempt to Find a Modern Solution to the Jewish Question], by Theodor Herzl. Vienna-Leipzig: M. Breitenstein, 1896. German. First edition. Printed in 300 copies.
"The Jewish State: An Attempt to Find a Modern Solution to the Jewish Question". The famous book by Herzl, in which he presents the Jewish question and the need to find a political-national solution.
86 pp, 21 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains. The leaves of the first gatherings are loose and partly detached. Original cover missing. Owner's stamp on reverse of title page and on front endpaper. Tears to endpapers (endpapers are partly detached). Cardboard and cloth binding, worn and somewhat loose.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 208

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Caricature Printed on Cloth – Austro-Hungarian Army – Vienna, Late 19th Century

Landstrum, color caricature printed on cloth. Signed in print: Wilhelm Zoeleer. Vienna: Atzgersdorfer Druck Fabrik Jacob Egg, Vienna, [late 19th century].
This satirical image portrays Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria inspecting Jews and other ethnic types as they enter military service. The borders feature the provincial emblems of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The title of the caricature is printed in the four corners, in German, Hungarian, Slovak and Italian.
76X77 cm. Good condition. Folding marks.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 262

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“OZET” Organization – Illustrated Poster – Soviet Union, 1932

"OZET", Lottery No. 4". Illustrated poster advertising a lottery held by "OZET" (Society for Settling Toiling Jews on the Land). [Soviet Union, 1932]. Russian. Design: Mikhail Oskarovich Dalugatch (Михаил Оскарович Длугач).
Fine poster, printed in black and red. Inscription on top: "Build socialist Birobidzhan…".
The "OZET" organization was active in the U.S.S.R. in the years 1925-1938, with the aim of encouraging agricultural settlement among the Jews of the Soviet Union and finding appropriate locations for settling them. In 1928 OZET took upon itself the organization of Jewish settlement in Birobidzhan. Throughout its years of activity OZET held a number of lotteries for the general public. Revenue from the sale of lottery tickets was used to finance the organization's operational expenditures.
See items 261-263.
Approx. 49X69 cm. Good condition. Slight defects. Small open tear to lower left corner. Linen-backed for display and preservation.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 81

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Large Collection of Maps of Palestine and Jerusalem

Large, high-quality collection of maps of Palestine and Jerusalem and illustration plates from travel and research books – about 50 engravings, woodcuts and prints, most of them hand-colored. Most of the maps and plates are from the 18th-19th centuries; several earlier or later items.
Collection includes:
* Canaan Comonly Called The Holy Land Or The Land Of Promise. Map of Palestine by Richard Blome. [London], 1687. Hand-colored engraving. See Laor 112.
* Das Heilig Jüedischland. Map of Palestine from the book "Cosmographia" by Sebastian Münster [16th century]. Hand-colored woodcut. Text in German printed on reverse (Das Heilig Land nach…).
* Ierusalem, Et Suburbia Eius, Sicut Tempore Christi Floruit… Map of Jerusalem, from the book by Christian Kruik van Adrichem, "Theatrum Terrae Sanctae et Biblicarum Historiarum", Cologne, 1682. Hand-colored engraving. See Laor 934.
* Maps from the book by Thomas Fuller, "A Pisgah-Sight of Palestine and the Confines Thereof", [17th century]: Ierusalem qualis (ut plurimum) extitit aetate Solomonis, plan of Jerusalem (see Laor 1024); map of the lands of the Tribe of Simeon; map of the lands of the Tribe of Dan. Hand-colored engravings.
* And many other maps.
Total of about 50 items. Size and condition vary. Some of maps are inserted in passe-partouts.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 263

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“OZET” Organization – Illustrated Poster – Soviet Union, 1933

"OZET, lottery no. 5". Illustrated poster advertising a lottery held by "OZET" (Society for Settling Toiling Jews on the Land). Published by "OZET" / Изогиз (Izogiz), [Soviet Union, 1933]. Russian. Design: Mikhail Oskarovich Dlugatch (Михаил Оскарович Длугач).
Fine poster, printed in black and red. In the center is the numeral 5, interlaced with three portraits. Printed at the bottom of the poster is the inscription "We will build Birobidzhan…".
See items 261-262.
Approx. 53.5X40.5. Good condition. Small open tear to top left corner. Linen-backed for display and preservation.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 117

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Collection of Pop-Up “Shanah Tovah” Cards

Seventeen Pop-Up "Shanah Tovah" cards, with printed greetings, "LeShanah Tovah" and "Shanah Tovah". Germany, early 20th century.
Elaborate pop-up cards for the New Year. Among the images: carriages, ships, panorama of Tel-Aviv, synagogue scenes and other subjects. It is possible that the cards were printed in Germany for "Hebro [Hebrew] Publishing Company" in the first and second decades of the 20th century.
Size and condition vary. Average size: 27X23 cm. Overall good condition. Small tears and defects to some cards.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Simon Cohen.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 84

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Leo Kahn – “Palästina im Bild” – Large Format Edition

Palästina im bild [Palestine in pictures], a portfolio with twenty two photograph plates (out of twenty four), by Leo Kahn. Published by Jüdischer Verlag. Berlin, [ca. 1912].
Photographs were taken in 1912, by Kahn, during his mission to Palestine, on behalf of the newspaper Judische Zeitung and in cooperation with JNF. Out of a total of 180 photographs printed in the regular edition, 24 photographs were selected and they are printed in this edition. Among the photographs: Yemenites jewelers, a guard in the Moshava Kineret, photographs from Petach Tikva and Rehovot, "Bezalel" school and more.
Total of [22] plates (out of 24 plates). Approx. 47X58 cm. Condition varies, overall good condition. Stains. Some creases (mainly at margins). Three plates with defects to photographs. Portfolio in fair condition, damaged and worn, with detached or lacking parts.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Simon Cohen.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 130

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Gershom Scholem – Handwritten Draft for an Essay on the Sabbatean Movement, 1942-1945

"The Sabbatean Movement, Its Roots, Twists and Turns, and Aftermath", draft of an essay in the handwriting of Gershom Scholem. [1942-1945]. Hebrew.
The essay was intended as the introduction to Scholem's book, "Sabbatai Sevi and the Sabbatean Movement in His Lifetime" (Am Oved, Tel Aviv, 1957) (Hebrew). It surveys the history of the Sabbatean movement, its uniqueness, the circumstances of its emergence and those of its decline.
The handwritten title page that Scholem added to the draft contains a note reading: "Written between 1942 and 1945 and lost for a few years, and therefore I was unable to use it as an introduction to my book in 1955".
In 1987 the essay was finally published as part of the "Complete Works of Gershom Scholem", as the introduction to the said book.
[1] title page + [7] leaves (11 written pages) in Scholem's handwriting, with emphases and corrections. Approx. 28 cm. Good condition. Some stains and minor defects.
See: "Sabbatai Sevi and the Sabbatean Movement in His Lifetime" (Hebrew). Tel Aviv: Am Oved, 1987.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 113

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Collection of High Quality Postcards – Jews of North Africa, Greece and Syria

410 postcards with illustrations and photographs of Jews from North Africa, Greece and Syria. Various publishers, [first half of 20th century].
A rich collection of high quality postcards, depicting Jewish figures from North Africa, Jewish customs and Jewish sites, and numerous postcards portraying the Jewish "mellah" quarters in different Morrocan towns. The collection is arranged in a designated postcard-album from early 20th century (made in France). Some of the postcards appear in several copies. It is possible that several postcards have no Jewish context.
Album: 38 cm. Condition varies; overall good condition. Some postcards were used. Album cover is slightly damaged and loose.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 115

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High Quality Collection of “Shanah Tovah” Postcards

396 "Shanah Tovah" Postcards. [Europe and USA, early 20th century].
A high quality collection of "Shanah Tovah" postcards, most of them American or European. The collection is arranged in a designated postcard-album from early 20th century and it includes unique postcards as well as numerous postcards which are parts of series.
Album: 34 cm. Condition varies; overall good condition. Some postcards were used. Some of the album leaves are detached. Some of the cuts in the paper intended to stabilize the photographs on the album leaves are torn. Cover with leather spine and corners; tears and defects to spine and corners.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 222

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Collection of Documents – A Jewish Couple after the Holocaust – Handwritten Memoires

Collection of items, handwritten and typed, documenting the life of the couple Wolf and Rachael Munic after the holocaust. Linz, Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamilton (Canada) and some other locations. Late 1940s to early 1970s. English, Yiddish, some German.
* Memoires handwritten by Wolf Munic, in Yiddish, documenting the years 1941-1948. It seems that these were written around the year 1948. [9] leaves (22 handwritten pages). Possibly some leaves are missing. Approx. 30 cm. Stains and dampstains. Folding marks, closed and open tears (mainly at margins, some slightly affecting text). Ink stains (affecting text).
* Two affidavits, typewritten and filled out by hand, certifying the marriage of Rachael and Wolf Munic. Issued in April 1948, by Standesamt Linz a. d. Donau. German.
* "Ketubah D’Irkesa" recording the marriage of Zeev and Rachael Munic (printed in Aramaic, with handwritten details in Hebrew). Signed on Kislev 3, 5709 [1948], in Linz.
* Refugee-Card in the name of Wolf Munic, issued by PCIRO (Preparatory Commission for the International Refugee Organization). A form filled out by typewriter with Munic's details, photograph and photographs of his fingerprint. Issued in Wegscheid/Linz in 1947. English.
* Refugee-booklet for Rachael Munic. Issued in 1949 by "International Refugee Organization" in Wegschied camp.
* Immigrant-card for a ship passenger in the name of Wolf Munic.
* Six letters concerning reparation payments due to Rachael Munic by the German government. English.
* An official letter from "Amt für Wiedergutmachung" (German reparations office) announcing that Rachael Munic will receive an increased amount. 1966.
* Documents concerning the naturalization process of the couple Munic in Canada and their life afterwards; among them: two Canadian citizenship certificates (issued in 1955); two Canadian passports; seven letter from Canadian authorities; notes, vouchers and other documents.
Total of about 30 items. Size and condition vary. Overall good-fair condition. Ink-stamps and autographs on many of the official documents.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 203

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“Jewish Oddities” – Johann Jacob Schudt – Frankfurt, 1714-1718 – Engravings

Jüdische Merckwürdigkeiten [Jewish Oddities], by Johann Jacob Schudt. Four parts in two volumes. Frankfurt and Leipzig, 1714-1718. German, German in Hebrew characters and some Hebrew.
The monumental work by Johann Jacob Schudt (1664-1772), seeking to understand the reasons for the Jews' oddities and customs. Schudt, an orientalist, linguist and scholar, devoted his entire career to the study of the Jews, and this work constitutes a summary of his work of many years.
The work contains descriptions of the Jews' living quarters, dress, holidays, literature and spiritual world, alongside a complex of anti-Semitic opinions in the guise of science. The book includes, uniquely, a chapter devoted entirely to the Jewish body - its shape, appearance and even smell, marking it as one of the first compositions of racial anti-Semitism.
The book contains four parts: the first part addresses the dispersion of Jewish communities throughout the world; the second part describes the history of the Jews in Frankfurt; the third part includes Schudt's "field work" (containing most of his "discoveries"); the fourth part contains various additions (printed about four years after the other three).
The work is accompanied by various engravings, including the engraving "The Jew's Sow" (Judensau), a portrait of the author, and more.
First volume: [11] leaves, 582 pp, [1] leaf; [4] leaves, 432, 383, [1] pp; [4] leaves, 358, [31] leaves + [6] engraved plates (including three small plates and one folded plate). 20.5 cm. Second volume: [16] leaves, 320 pp; 447 pp; [1], 192 pp, [19] leaves, 48 pp + [4] engraved plates (two small and two folded) and two full-page engravings. [1] leaf missing at the end of the book. One engraving may be missing. 20 cm. Good condition. Stains. Vellum bindings of the period. Tear, 3 cm long, to the bottom of the spine of the first volume. Stamps and bookplate.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 267

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“The Levant Fair” – Poster Designed by Oskar Lachs

Advertising poster for the "Levant Fair". "Lit. Monson" press, Jerusalem, 1936. Design: Oskar Lacks (signed in the plate, in English). English, Hebrew and Arabic.
In the center of the poster is the flying camel emblem.
68X100 cm. Good condition. Creases. Some tears. Open tear to bottom right corner.Linen-backed for display and preservation.

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