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Auction 56 Lot Number 97

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Collection of Press Photographs of Tel-Aviv, 1945-1948

11 press photographs of Tel-Aviv from the time of the British Mandate and the Israeli Independence War (most photographs are from the end of the British Mandate). Tel-Aviv, 1945-1948.
Among the photographs:
* British soldiers patrol a street where stones were thrown; a British flower truck burning; a mob raids the British food chain "Spinney"; sale of milk during a British curfew intermission; British soldiers investigate suspects for being involved in underground actions (on a wall in the background - a graffiti supporting the Soviet Union); the old central bus station after an Egyptian air raid (on May 18,1948); swimmers on the beach during a temporary truce (photograph by Beno Rothenberg, signed with his ink stamp); and more.
Most of the photographs are described on the reverse on a press information label (English). On some appear ink-stamps: "Keystone", "New York Times Photos", and other ink stamps.
Size and condition vary. Average size: 20.5X15.5 cm. Overall fair-good condition.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 98

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Collection of Press Photos – War of Independence

Eight press photos documenting the end of the British Mandate and the Israeli War of Independence, 1946-1947.
Press photos, captioned and dated on reverse by the news and photo agencies that published them.
* Explosion of a freight train carrying crude oil. * Curfew on a Jerusalem street. * Aerial photo of the Jewish Agency building in Jerusalem, occupied by British forces. * British soldiers at their post in Tel Aviv, in reaction to Jewish terrorist acts. * British soldiers performing searches in Netanya. * Funeral of the British victims of the bombing of the King David Hotel. * A British soldier at his post on the Tel Aviv-Jaffa road. * Gathering of a Jewish crowd in Jerusalem following a terrorist attack.
Average size: 19X22.5 cm. Good overall condition. Some photos with stains, a few creases and gluing marks (to reverse).

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Auction 56 Lot Number 99

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Two Press Photographs – March-May 1948

Two press photos taken near the end of the British Mandate in Palestine. Captioned and dated on reverse by the news and photo agencies that published them.
1. Arab forces (the Arab Legion) in tank movement, near the end of the British Mandate in Palestine.
Photo from May 15, 1948 (additional stamp of the news agency from May 18, 1948). 25.5X20 cm. Good condition. Stains and some creases.
2. "Hagana" soldiers during training, March 10, 1948. 25.5X20.5 cm. Good condition. Some stains and creases.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 100

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David Ben-Gurion – Collection of Photographs – Ephraim (Efrem) Ilani and other Photographers

About 60 photographs of David Ben-Gurion, most of them taken by the photographer Ephraim (Efrem) Ilani and a small part by other photographers. Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Sde Boker, Ovdat and other places in Israel, late 1940s until early 1970s.
Among the photographs: Last session of the "Provisional Government" in Tel-Aviv (on 10.2.1949); Reading the "Declaration of Independence" (signed on the reverse: "Fred Csasznik"); Visiting injured soldiers during the Independence War; Ben-Gurion, Chaim Weizmann and Yigael Yadin on the podium during the first military parade (on 23.4.1950, in Jerusalem); Meeting between Ben-Gurion and the Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt; Ben-Gurion as godfather in a circumcision ceremony, in "Bet Lid" new immigrants camp; Speech in the archaeological site of Ovdat; and more.
Some of the photographs are titled by hand and ink-stamped on the reverse: "Efrem Ilani"; "Foto Erde" (Ephraim Erde); F. Schlesinger; and other ink stamps. Some photographs appear in two copies.
Total of about 60 photographs. Size and condition vary. Average size: 20X22 cm. Overall good condition. Some creases and defects at margins. Traces of glue on the reverse of some of the photographs. Adhesive tape on the reverse of few photographs. One photograph in fair condition with many creases and defects at margins.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 101

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Collection of Photographs from the Estate of Arieh Dulzin

About 290 photographs from the estate of Arieh Leon Dulzin, president of the Zionist Organization in Mexico and in Palestine and Director of the Jewish Agency (for more information about him see item no. 41). Palestine, USA, South Africa, South America and Europe, [ca. 1930s till the 1980s; most photographs are from the second half of the 20th century].
About 150 of the photographs are arranged in albums. Some photographs bear handwritten dedications on the reverse.
Most photographs portray Dulzin in Zionist conventions in Israel and worldwide, with Zionist leaders, presidents and heads of states (among them Golda Meir, David Ben-Gurion, Yitzchak Ben-Zvi, Yitzchak Navon, Menachem Begin, Yigal Alon and others); about 35 photographs from IDF Independence Day parade in 1961, including an official invitation from the Israeli government; souvenir album from
the 29th Zionist congress when Dulzin was elected as Chairman of the Zionist executive committee; photo-album from the third convention of the General Zionists in Mexico, 1960; photo-album, reception in honor of former president of the United States, Gerald Ford, in Jerusalem, 1979; photo-album - the 37th convention of South African Zionists in Johannesburg, 1982; and more photographs.
Size varies, approx. 9X11.5 cm to approx. 25X34 cm. Condition varies.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 102

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Two Albums and Photograph Collection – Construction of Engineering Facilities at the Dead Sea and Ashdod, 1960s

Two albums and a photograph collection documenting the construction of the "new potash plant", pumping station P-6 and the loading facility at Ashdod Port. Dead Sea and Ashdod, [ca. 1960s].
* "Pumping station P-6": souvenir album with 43 photographs, captioned by hand, documenting the construction of the facility stage by stage. Dedicated on the title page to "E. Shahar" (Emanuel Shahar, director of "Dead Sea Works").
* "Inauguration of the new potash plant, 19 Kislev 1964": souvenir album with nine large photographs (ca. 20X25 cm) documenting the inauguration ceremony of the plant and the facilities in November 1964. Enclosed: color postcard with a photograph of the plant, sent by Emanuel Shahar.
* 43 unbound photographs documenting the construction of the loading facility at Ashdod Port. About half are signed on reverse with the ink stamp of photographer Shimon Fuchs, and some are dated with an ink stamp. The photographs include two panoramas. Enclosed: printed page with the inscription "photographic journal from the construction of the loading facility at Ashdod Port" (Hebrew), with a dedication to Emanuel Shahar, apparently from an album that held the photographs.
Total of 95 photographs. Albums: 30X40 cm and 27.5X37 cm. Size and condition of photographs vary. Good overall condition. Stains to some of the photographs. Gluing traces on reverse of most of the unbound photographs. Cut corners to some of the unbound photographs. Albums in good condition.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 103

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Collection of Press Photographs – Ma’abarot

Nineteen photographs documenting Ma'abarot (immigrants' camps) around Israel. Different photographers, [1950s-early 1960s].
Photographs documenting new Ma'abarot in Pardess Hana, Kisalon, Tel Yeruham, Amishav (Petach Tikva), Beer Ya'akov, Kiryat Eliyahu, Ma'abara in Upper Galilee, the "New Ma'abara" established by strikers of Ma'abara "B" in Ramla in the municipality yard, and other immigrants' camps. Most photographs are titled by hand on the reverse; some are dated and signed.
Size varies, 9X14 cm to 16X22 cm. Overall good condition. Tears to some photographs. Some stains. Holes. Pieces of paper (with headline for a newspaper) are mounted on one photograph.
Provenance: "Maariv" newspaper archive (Photo by Hans H. Pinn).

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Auction 56 Lot Number 104

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Collection of Press Photographs – “Black Panthers” Movement

Fifty six photographs recording the Israeli Protest Movement "Black Panthers". Different photographers, [1970s].
Among the photographs are photographs depicting the demonstrations of the "Black Panthers" movement in different locations in the country, confrontations with defense forces and photographs of the movement's activists. Most photographs are titled by hand on the reverse, some are dated and signed. Size varies, 12X17.5 cm to 16.5X24 cm. Overall good condition. Creases and stains to some photographs.
Provenance: "Maariv" newspaper archive (Photo by Micha Bar-Am).

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Auction 56 Lot Number 105

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Moshe Vorobeichic – Collection of Books with his Works

Twenty seven books with photographs, photo-montage works and graphic design works by Moshe Vorobeichic-Raviv (Moi Ver). Warsaw, Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem and Ein Harod. 1935-1963.
Moshe Vorobeichic (Raviv) - photographer, painter and designer who was considered as an innovative photographer mainly in the field of photo-montage. Born in Vilnius in 1904, studied at the university of Vilnius in the department of arts and architecture and in 1928 was accepted to the "Bauhaus" school in Dasau, Germany, where he continued his education with Paul Klee, Vasily Kandinsky and Josef Albers. In 1930 continued his studies in Paris in the photography school Ecole de Photo Ciné. In the early 1930s Vorobeichic was in charge of the visual documentation of "HaChalutz" operations in Poland until he immigrated to Palestine in 1934. In Palestine he worked as a graphic designer and a photographer, independently, as well as for some of the Zionist institutes and Histadrut HaOvdim. He was one of the first artists who settled in the artists' colony in Safed where he passed away in 1995. Among the books: * "Hevraya", (1935). * "Gvat (a Kvutza named after the Pinsk martyrs), sources and history" [1937]. * "HeChalutz HaTzair", journal of the union "Freiheit - HeChalutz HaTzair", Warsaw, 1938. Bound volume of issues from 1938, issues 27-34. "HaGodrim BaZafon" [1939]. * "Bishviley HaMoledet", Shlomo Farber. Published by "Am Oved", [1945]. * "Tenuat HaPoalot beEretz Israel" [1946]. * "Safad, 12 photographs by Moshe Raviv" [1963]. * And more. A detailed list will be sent upon request.
Total of 27 books. Size and condition vary. Overall good to fair condition.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 106

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Remah Synagogue in Krakow – Photograph Album following the Synagogue’s Destruction – Submitted to the Director of Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory, Abraham Bankier, 1950

"Memorial Album Dedicated to Abraham Bankier" (Hebrew), photograph album of the Remah Synagogue in Krakow. Dedicated to Abraham Bankier for his work in saving the Jews of Krakow during the Holocaust, by the synagogue's board of directors. Krakow, Iyar 1950. Photographs from ca. late 1940s.
Album with 16 photographs: * Eight photographs of the cemetery near the synagogue (the Remah Cemetery), a short time after the war, documenting the remains of graves and the beginning of restoration works. * Eight photographs of the synagogue and its wings, a short time after the war: commemorative plaque with dozens of lighted candles, the book room, view of the façade from the street, and more. An appeal from the synagogue board is mounted on the first two pages of the album, calling for donations to restore and revive the building.
On the front cover of the album is a dedicatory leaf in handwriting (Hebrew): "Memorial Album Dedicated to Abraham Bankier, from the board of the Remah Synagogue, Krakow, Iyar [1950]". Bankier (1910-1956), the close assistant of Oskar Schindler and the director of his factory, assisted him in saving the lives of 1,000 Jews.
The Remah Synagogue in Krakow ("The Small Synagogue") was founded in 1557 near the city's ancient cemetery. Miraculously, the synagogue survived the war, and a short time later it resumed its activities. The nearby cemetery, by contrast, was almost entirely destroyed by the Germans, and its restoration was lengthy.
Total of 16 photographs. Photograph size: 9X14 cm, album: 19X12 cm, bound with string. Good condition. Light scrapes to some of the photographs. Creases to album cover. Stamp on front cover.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 107

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Photograph Album – German Theater Actor during World War II – Photographs of Polish Jews

Album of photographs of a German theater actor. Annaberg, Schwarzenberg, Radom, Boleslawiec, Warsaw and other places in Germany and Poland, [ca. 1938-1940; several photographs from the post-war years].
About 120 photographs, captioned by hand (German) on the leaves of an album that belonged to a German theater actor. The album includes photographs of play performances and cabaret nights, photographed portraits of theater workers (mostly of the album owner), towns and villages in Germany and Poland and a number of personal photographs. The album's later photographs (from 1940 onward) were taken in the territories of occupied Poland, and they include, among other things, 21 photographs of Jews in the places where the actor visited.
Album: 29.5 cm. Photograph size varies, most are 6X9 cm. On the reverse of many photographs is a handwritten inscription. One photograph appears in two copies. Good overall condition. Some of the photographs are partly detached from the album leaves. Damage to binding.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 108

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Photo Album – World War I – Photographs of Jews in Eastern Europe

Photo album which belonged to a German soldier during World War I. [Most photographs are from Eastern Europe, ca. 1914-1918].
97 photographs, mounted on the album leaves, some titled by hand (in German; the handwriting is blurred and partly faded), from the World War I period.
Depicted in the photographs are ruined and destroyed towns, convoys of regiments, tent camps, refugees, war casualties in the battle field, digging pits, bombed bridges, crossing rivers on temporary bridges and airplanes. The album also contains seven photographs of Jews.
Album size: 31X24.5 cm, bound with a string. Handwritten inscription on the front cover (blurred). Photographs approx. 10.5X8 cm (one photograph approx. 16.5X12 cm). Condition varies. Overall good condition. Defects and stains (most of them slight, at corners and margins). Some photographs are scratched and stained in the center. Album in fair-good condition. Some stains and tears to binding of album.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Simon Cohen.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 109

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Humorous Postcards – Illustrations by Menachem Birnbaum – Warsaw

Ten postcards with color illustrations by Menachem Birnbaum. Warsaw: "Central" (printed in Germany).
Humorous postcards with illustrations of figures depicting life in Warsaw and Eastern Europe, with short humorous texts. All are signed in the plate.
Condition varies. Stains, mostly to verso. All of the postcards have defects to corners and margins, corrected with white paint.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 110

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“Jewish Ghetto in Vilnius” – Illustrated Postcards, Early 1920s – Dedication by Chaikl Lunski

"Vilner yidishe geto, serye numer 1" [Jewish Ghetto in Vilnius, series no. 1], ten postcards with illustrations by Ber Zalkind. Vilnius: "Kunst", [ca. early 1920s].
Among the illustrations: Strashun Library, Ramailis Yeshiva (R' Mailis), glaziers street (glezer gas), butchers street (yotkever gas), Jewish figures, and more. The postcards are titled in Yiddish and French. On the reverse are short passages in Yiddish by Ch. Lunski (Chaikl Lunski, chief librarian of the Strashun Library). On the reverse of one postcard - inscription written by hand: "Present to Dr. A. Haimsohn from Ch. Lunski. Vilnius, Tamuz 6, 5686".
The artist, Ber Zalkind (1878-1944), was one of the founders of the Vilnius Art Association and its chief secretary. Studied art in Paris. When World War II broke out he moved to Grodno and from there to Soviet Russia where he passed away.
10 postcards (complete series) 13.5X8.5 cm. Enclosed is an original paper banderole with the title of the postcard series printed in Yiddish. Condition varies. Overall good condition. Stains and some tears to the paper banderole.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Simon Cohen.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 111

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Collection of Synagogue Postcards

88 postcards with illustrations and photographs of synagogues. Different publishers, places and dates of publication, mostly from the 1900s and 1910s.
The postcards show, among other things, the Fabric Synagogue (Romania); the Subotica Synagogue (Serbia); The synagogue in Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic); the Old Synagogue, Essen (Germany); The synagogue in Liepāja (Latvia); the Grand Synagogue in Algiers; and more.
22 of the postcards are undivided. About 40 are used. Two postcards appear in two copies. Condition varies. Good overall condition. Stains, creases and slight defects to some of the postcards.

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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 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 114

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Collection of Postcards – Western Wall

About 125 postcards with illustrations and photographs of the Western Wall. Jerusalem, Jaffa, Tel-Aviv, Cairo, Berlin, Dresden, Paris, New-York and other locations. Ca. 1901-1965 (most postcards from early 20th century).
The collection includes, among others, twenty undivided ostcards, real-photo postcards as well as some greeting cards and "Shanah Tovah" cards.
Size and condition vary. Average size: 9X14 cm. Overall good condition.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Simon Cohen.

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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 116

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Collection of “Shanah Tovah” Greeting Cards / Jewish Brigade

1-6. Six "Shanah Tovah" greeting cards sent by soldiers who served in the British Army or the Jewish Brigade, 1942-1945. Printed greeting cards of the 1st Palestinian Light Anti-Aircraft Battery, Royal Army Service Corps, company 508 ATS and more.
7-18. A dozen "Shanah Tovah" greeting cards [Palestine, second half of 1940s].
19. A photographed "Shanah Tovah" card, "Shulamit" studio, Haifa, 1927.
Size and condition vary. Overall good condition.

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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 118

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Fathers and Sons – Mendele Mocher Sforim – Author’s Dedication

Fathers and Sons, a Love Story by S.J. Abramowitch [Mendele Mocher Sforim]. Odessa, 1868. Hebrew.
In this book Mendele Mocher Sforim contrasts the world of the fathers with that of the sons: the enthusiasm of the new generation and the decay of the old.
On the inner side of the front cover is a dedication in the author's hand: "To the rabbi, the magnificent speaker… Zvi Hirsch Dainow… a souvenir of love from his admiring and respecting friend, S.J. Abramowitch" (Hebrew).
[1] Front cover, [5], 162, [2] pp, [1] back cover, 20.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains and wear. First leaves partly detached. Original binding, worn and with damaged margins.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 119

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“Provisional Certificate of Palestinian Citizenship” of Jacob Israel De Haan – With his Photograph and Signature

"Provisional Certificate of Palestinian Citizenship" provided to Jacob Israel de Haan in Jerusalem, September 1922. Hebrew and English.
Printed certificate, one side in Hebrew and the other in English, with details filled in on a typewriter. Signed by de Haan in Hebrew and in English. A photograph of de Haan is attached to the English side, above a stamp of the "Department of Immigration and Travel", Government of Palestine.
De Haan (1881-1924), Jewish attorney, journalist and poet, born in the Netherlands. In 1919, after becoming religious and a Zionist activist, he immigrated to Palestine with the hope of joining the Zionist Movement. After being rejected by the circles and institutions he wished to enter, he joined the ultra-Orthodox (haredi) circles in Jerusalem and began acting against the Zionist community. Among other things, he organized a haredi delegation to Emir Abdullah, King of Jordan. De Haan was assassinated in what is considered the first political murder in Palestine.
[1] leaf (two pages), 23.5 cm. Fair condition. Folding marks and numerous creases. Some stains. A number of minute holes and an open tear (with slight damage to text). Tears (including one about 5 cm. long) reinforced with non-acidic adhesive tape.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 120

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Abraham Isaac Kook – Two Handwritten Drafts of Letters – Early 1930s

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. [1934].
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…".
[1] 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.
[1] leaf, 21X14 cm. Good condition. Stains and slight defects to margins. Horizontal folding mark.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 121

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Correspondence on the Subject of the Diwan of Shmuel HaNagid – Letters from Hayim Nahman Bialik, David Solomon Sassoon, David Yellin and Others

Extensive correspondence on the subject of the publication of the Diwan (collection of poems) of Shmuel HaNagid based on the manuscript in the collection held by David Solomon Sassoon. Letters (some handwritten) and copies of letters from David Solomon Sassoon, Hayim Nahman Bialik, Israel Davidson, Cyrus Adler, David Yellin and others. London, New York, Denmark, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and other cities, 1924-1932 (two letters from 1946). Hebrew, English and German.
In the early 20th century, the collector David Solomon Sassoon acquired the most complete manuscript of the Diwan of Shmuel HaNagid. The manuscript was one of the prominent items in the Sassoon collection, arousing much interest among scholars of medieval Hebrew poetry. The present collection contains letters to and from David Solomon Sassoon, concerning the manuscript and the ways it may be published. The correspondence centers mostly on the contract signed by Sassoon with Hayim Nahman Bialik (as the representative of "Dvir" publishing house) in 1926; this contract granted Bialik the right to copy the contents of the manuscript, and "Dvir" the right to print it. As transpires from the letters in this collection, the contract was eventually cancelled after Sassoon discovered that Bialik had transferred parts of the manuscript copies to the scholar Israel Davidson, who used them in his "Thesaurus of Medieval Hebrew Poetry". The manuscript was finally published in 1934 by the Oxford University Press.
The collection includes:
* Correspondence on the publication of Diwan Shmuel HaNagid by the Hevrat Mekize Nirdamim press; including letters by David Simonsen, Haim Brody, Cyrus Adler and David Yellin (letter in his handwriting and signature, in square script; and a printed letter, signed in his hand).
* Letters from Hayim Nahman Bialik concerning the conditions of printing the Diwan at "Dvir", the work of copying the Diwan, and more. Including: a letter in his handwriting and with his signature, in which he sets out the conditions of the book's publication; three letters in his handwriting (written and signed in square script) concerning the copying of the Diwan.
* Correspondence between David Solomon Sassoon, Hayim Nahman Bialik, Israel Davidson and others, in light of the publication of the second volume of the Thesaurus of Mediaeval Hebrew Poetry by Davidson. This volume contained some opening lines from the poems of Shmuel HaNagid, copied from the manuscript in the Sassoon collection, which, Sassoon claimed, constituted a blatant violation of the contract between him and Dvir Publishing House. The correspondence sheds light on the affair, which included legal proceedings and eventually led to the cancellation of the contract. The letters indicate that at the time, Bialik also transferred copies of the manuscript to David Yellin, who used them in his work "New Poems by Shmuel HaNagid".
* Additional letters.
Total of about 90 items - letters, copies of letters and documents. Most of the letters are printed (and many are signed by hand). The letters include four in the handwriting and with the signature of Hayim Nahman Bialik and two printed letters with his signature.
Size and condition vary. Filing holes in all the letters. Enclosed are a few additional documents and newspaper clippings related to Hayim Nahman Bialik.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 122

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Dictionary with Dedication from Eliezer Ben-Yehuda to His Son, and Notes in the Hand of Itamar Ben-Avi / Writings in the Hand of Itamar Ben-Avi

Collection of items from the estate of Itamar Ben-Avi (Ben-Zion Ben-Yehuda), Hebrew journalist, author and Zionist activist, the son of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the driving spirit behind the revival of the Hebrew Language. [1930s].
1. Wilhelm Gesenius' Hebraisches und Aramaisches Handworterbuch uber das Alte Testament… von Dr. Frants Buhl. Leipzig, 1899. Thirteenth edition.
Hebrew and Aramaic (Biblical)-German dictionary. On the introductory page is a dedication in the hand of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda to his son, Itamar (Ben-Zion): "To Ben Zion, a souvenir, 22 Kislev, [1911], Eliezer". Beneath Eliezer's dedication, Itamar added his own – "And from me to the municipal library in Netanya, Ben-Zion". Another dedication in Itamar's handwriting appears on the first title page: "To the Netanya Municipal Library, Itamar Ben-Avi". In addition, the dictionary's pages contain dozens of corrections and notes in the hand of Itamar Ben-Avi (some of the notes may be in the hand of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda). A fascinating note in his hand appears on p. 902, dated July 1938, in Romanized Hebrew: "Hear hear, father and mother who are in heaven! The dictionary of our language in Latin letters has finally been completed… after seven years of work, with relative peace in our land, and without black frames [obituaries] in our newspapers! Thank the Lord! And may Judah gain her independence, even this coming September".
2. Leaves with lists of Hebrew words, transliterated using the Latin alphabet, in Itamar's hand. [9] leaves.
3. Leaves in the hand of Itamar Ben-Avi, containing literary writings (prose segments). [7] leaves + [1] note.
4. "My First Dream", a written passage in the hand of Itamar Ben-Avi. [2] leaves.
5. A poem in the hand of Itamar Ben-Avi. [1] leaf, written on both sides.
6. Three telegrams sent by Itamar Ben-Avi to his wife Leah. U.S., 1937.
Itamar Ben-Avi continued his father's enterprise of developing the Hebrew language, himself inventing many Hebrew words. In parallel, he supported the international Esperanto language, calling for the Romanization of the Hebrew alphabet in order to facilitate the transformation of Hebrew into a "Jewish Esperanto". Based on this ideology, in 1928 he published a Hebrew newspaper in Latin letters called "The Palestinian Week" (Ha Savuja ha Palestini), and in 1933 he founded the weekly "Deror", also written in Romanized Hebrew; neither survived for long. As appears from the current collection, during the 1930s he also composed a Romanized Hebrew dictionary (as far as we know the dictionary was never published).
Size and condition vary. The dictionary is in fair condition. Leaves in fair to good condition.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 123

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Manuscript of the Poem “Yerushalaim Kiryat Hagazit” – Shaul Tchernichovsky

"Yerushalayim, Kiryat Hagazit…! (Bedarkey Kadmonim)". A poem handwritten by Shaul Tchernichovsky. Tel-Aviv, 1933. Hebrew.
In the poem "Yerushalayim, Kiryat Hagazit!" the poet praises the eternal city of Jerusalem, captured in the hands of strangers, and looks forward hopefully to the day when it will cease being the city of three religions and will be the city of its people only.
In this draft, written on three pages, appear numerous additions and corrections in the poet's handwriting, and in several instances the text differs from the printed and well known version of the poem. Signed in the end: "Shaul Tchernichovsky, Tel Aviv. 33" and ink stamped: "Dr. med. S. Tchernichovsky".
3 leaves, 24.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Folding marks, creases and stains.

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VeHaya HeAkov LeMishor – S.Y. Agnon – Published by J.H. Brenner – Jaffa, 1912

VeHaya HeAkov LeMishor [And the Crooked shall be Made Straight], by S.Y. Agnon, published by J.H. Brenner. A. Ittin printing press, Jaffa, 5672 [1912]. Hebrew.
Agnon's first book, published in Palestine. The story was written in Neve Tzedek in late 1911 in the course of four days and first published, in installments, in the "HaPoel HaTza'ir" newspaper. In order to fund the book's printing, Brenner pawned his belt.
[2] leaves, 3-64, [1] pp, 17 cm. Missing wrappers. Good condition. Stains, mostly to first and last leaves (dark stains on title page). Tears to margins of some leaves. Adhesive tape on last leaf (blank). The title page is detached. Minor worming. New binding.

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Leah Goldberg – Handwritten Essay about S.Y. Agnon

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.".
[28] leaves, 20 cm. Good condition. Folding marks and creases. Open tears on first and last leaves. Pinholes (from the printing process).

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Leah Goldberg – Original Review of J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey, 1961

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).

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Leah Goldberg – Layout of the Book “Gaddi and his Little Donkey” – Unpublished Children’s Book

Leah Goldberg, layout of the book "Gaddi und sein kleine Esel, Eine Gedichte aus Israel, mit Bilder von Anna Riwkin Brick und Text von Leah Goldberg" [Gaddi and his little donkey, poem-story from Israel, illustrations by Anna Riwkin-Brick and text by Leah Goldberg], Tel-Aviv, 1959. German.
In the 1950s-'60s several children's books were published in Israel, accompanied by b/w photos, about children's lives in Israel and worldwide. The series of children's books created by Swedish photographer Anna (Hana) Riwkin-Brick with the author Astrid Lingren was very popular at the time.
Anna Riwkin-Brick (born in Russia, 1908, died in Tel-Aviv, 1970) was born to a Zionist family (her father was a delegate to the 1st Zionist Congress). In 1915, when still very young, she immigrated with her parents to Sweden where she was raised and educated, in Stockholm. Worked as an assistant to the photographer Moise Benkow. In 1928 she opened her own photography studio and started to work as a professional photographer. After WW II she worked for the Swedish magazine "Se" and travelled frequently in Sweden and abroad. During her travels Riwkin photographed the places she visited (including Japan, Korea, Israel and India). The frequent travels led to the series of books mentioned above; a series of nineteen books (the text of nine books was composed by Lindgren) portraying lives of children in various countries around the world. To mention some of the series' books: "Ella Kari, the Girl from Lapland" (1954), "Nariko-San, the Girl from Japan" (1957), "Sea, the Girl from Africa" (1959) and other books, translated into Hebrew by Leah Goldberg.
The popularity of the books translated from Swedish into Hebrew led to the creation of similar local versions in Hebrew, portraying lives of children in Israel, such as "The Small Queen of Sheba - Story of Children - Olim" (1956) - about a girl who arrived
from Morocco and her attempts to adapt to life in a Kibbutz, and "Adventure in the Desert" (1966) - about three children from Kibbutz Revivim. As Lindgren's books brought scents of remote countries to the children of Israel, local attempts from Israel were exported to children of the world through the books "Little Queen of Sheba" (New York, 1959) and "Eli Lives in Israel" / "Eli aus Israel / "Eli bor I Israel" (New-York, 1964; London, 1964; Hamburg, 1964; Stockholm,1964) - all being the outcome of a fruitful cooperation between Goldberg who composed the texts and Riwkin-Brick who contributed her photos.
The booklet offered here, apparently intended for publication in Hebrew, Swedish and German, is an example of the collaboration described above. The booklet contains 43 photos with short texts by Goldberg, creating 43 "scenes" portraying a day in Gaddi's life, a child living on a kibbutz in the northern Jordan Valley. The story opens with a short introduction: "Shalom, boys and girls! We will tell you the story of Gaddi and his little donkey (who was much smarter than Gaddi!)". Following is an introduction of Gaddi's family, first his mother, a teacher, and his father - a farmer who drives a tractor (and teaches Gaddi how to drive a tractor); then, more children of the kibbutz appear and introduce different animals, amongst them Gaddi's favorite donkey. Gaddi and his donkey explore the kibbutz paths, but suddenly the donkey disappears. This sends Gaddi to search outside of the kibbutz: he visits nearby settlements (including an Arab village). Gaddi meets a shepherd and undergoes various experiences but he cannot find his way back home and when night falls, sad and desperate, Gaddi falls asleep under a Eucalyptus tree. His worried parents turn to the police (in Afula) for help and start looking for him. One of the kibbutz members finds Gaddi the following morning walking down the road along the Kinneret. He lets Gaddi drink some orange juice and takes him back home, to the kibbutz and to his parents where Gaddi is received with joy and where he finds his favorite donkey. The story ends with Gaddi's mother putting him to sleep.
The booklet offered here is most probably a complete and advanced layout, very close to the final version of the book which was supposed to be published. This is supported mainly by two facts: as far as the texts are concerned - they are complete (except for one case, on pages 6-7, where it seems that the text is not final), and secondly - as far as the photos are concerned - they appear in their correct order, each one perfectly laid out. On the margins of most of the pages and around the photos are various handwritten notes and scribbles with instructions for the final layout of the leaves and the photos. The size of the photos is not uniform and their shape is not final, this is why there are comments about photos that need to be enlarged or where a small landscape photo should be replaced by a large panoramic photo. Comments appearing on margins of leaves imply that Goldberg and Riwkin-Brick were planning to publish the book in Hebrew and Swedish translations (in addition to the original version in German?) and prepared in advance the layout of the pages - from right to left and from left to right - by noting "Hebr." And "Schw.", according to the writing direction of the different languages.
The book "Gaddi and his Little Donkey", which remained unknown for many years was first exhibited to the public in the exhibition "In Detail, from the collections of Arnie Druck" at the Haifa Museum of Art in 2010.
The booklet offered here is a hidden fruit of collaboration between one of the most outstanding Hebrew poets, intellectuals, authors and writers for children in modern times and an important, talented and creative artistic photographer; this cooperation resulted in famous and well known and very successful creations. "Gaddi and his Little Donkey" is one link in a chain of excellent children's books meant to widen the knowledge and imagination of young readers by exposing them to the lives of their peers worldwide. This exposure to different and exotic places was done through intelligent use of short and dramatic plots and large professional photos. The books aimed at increasing both curiosity and tolerance in children's minds and at presenting to them how the similarities overcome differences even when a child lives in another country or speaks a different language. "Gaddi and his Little Donkey" is a significant example of this educational attitude. For unknown reasons, the plan to publish the book did not materialize and the joint creation was never published.
48 pp bound in a 12X13.5 cm. booklet in a Bristol cover. Good condition. Dark stains to reverse side of leaves (where photos are pasted). Two filing-holes on upper part of each leaf. Photo on "introduction" leaf is missing.
Enclosed are three Bristol-cards with printed photos of Riwkin and dedications handwritten by her, as well as a promotional leaflet, consisting of four pages, titled "Riwkin pictures picture life".
Exhibition: "In Detail, From the Collection of Arnie Druck (Curator: Yeala Hazut). Haifa Museum of Art, 2010.

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“Ba’Ir” – Poem in the Handwriting of Rachel the Poetess

"Ba'Ir (Ach Avnei HaMartzefet)" [In the City (Only the Cobblestones)], a poem in the handwriting of Rachel (Bluwstein). Written on stationery of the "Ha'Poel Ha'Tzair" weekly, a periodical of the "Achdut Ha'Avodah" movement, Tel Aviv [late 1920s or early 1930s]. Hebrew.
The poem is included in Rachel's third book of poems, "Nevo", published in 1932, about a year after her death.
Leaf, 22.5 cm. Good condition. Stains, creases and folding marks.

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Das Buch Bahir – Gershom Scholem’s Doctoral Dissertation – Berlin, 1923 – Dedication in Dov Sadan’s Handwriting

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.
[2] leaves, 171, [1] 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.

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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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Gershom Scholem – “Le-Ma’aseh R. Yosef Della Reina” – Handwritten Essay Draft

"Le'Ma'aseh R. Yosef Della Reina" [Regarding the Story of Rabbi Yosef Della Reina], draft of an essay in the handwriting of Gershom Scholem. [Ca. 1975?]. Hebrew.
The essay "Le'Ma'aseh R. Yosef Della Reina" was published twice during Scholem's lifetime, in two versions: the first was published in 1933, and the second in 1979. The present item is a draft of the later version, written in part on a print-out of the first version.
* 11 leaves in Scholem's handwriting (written on one side), with erasures and notes. Leaf size varies. Good condition. Some stains. Glued to the bottom margins of one of the leaves is a handwritten addition. Folding marks to three of the leaves.
* "Le'Ma'aseh R. Yosef Della Reina, special excerpt from the compilation 'Zion', fifth book", published by the Society for History and Ethnography in Palestine. Jerusalem, 1933. Printout with notes, erasures and corrections in Scholem's handwriting. 123-129, [1] pp, 24 cm. Tears to spine (cover partly detached), some stains.
Enclosed: the essay's final version (typewritten), incorporating the notes on the print-out and the handwritten leaves. 10 leaves. 33 cm. A number of erasures with white correction fluid and a number of handwritten corrections.
1. "Zion", fifth book. Jerusalem, 1933.
2. "Ayin Hada: Research on Jewish History and Philosophy". Alabama, 1979.

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Gershom Scholem – Handwritten Draft for an Essay on Zionism, 1931

One-leaf draft in the handwriting of Gershom Scholem, for the essay "Why We Became Zionists". July 1931. Hebrew.
A short article composed by Gershom Scholem, analyzing Zionism's failures and its crisis following the 1929 riots. The essay's content refers, among other things, to the President of the Zionist Organization Nahum Sokolow, the beginnings of the split in the Zionist Movement, the Jews of the Diaspora, and other topics.
The essay was published in the book: "Another Thing, Chapters of Legacy and Revival (2)". Tel Aviv: Am Oved (1989).
[1] leaf, approx. 29 cm. Good condition. Emphases, erasures and some corrections in the text body (in Scholem's handwriting); two corrections in a different hand. Horizontal folding line. Light creases and small tears to margins. Small stain to upper margins, without damage to text.

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Four Items from the Estate of Gershom Scholem – Printout of an Essay with Notes in His Hand / Letter from Dov Sadan

Four items from the estate of Gershom Scholem. Jerusalem, New York and Zurich, 1938-1971. Hebrew and English.
1. "Three Types of Jewish Piety", Zurich: Hein, 1971. Printout of an essay by Gershom Scholem with corrections in his hand (from the 1969 annual volume of the Eranos research institute). [1], 332-348 pp, approx. 20 cm. Pen inscription and white correction fluid marks on the front binding. The printout contains notes in a different hand.
2. Letter handwritten and signed by Dov Sadan, from 1960. Anecdote regarding Hillel Zeitlin and Gershom Scholem, which Sadan had found in a book. [1] leaf, approx. 20 cm.
3. Jewish Mysticism: Major Trends, invitation to an important lecture series delivered by Gershom Scholem in 1938 at the Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. Leaf folded in two ([4] pp), 18 cm.
4. "Memorandum Regarding a Consultation on the Training of University Students for the Work of Teaching", Jerusalem, 1942. Transcription of a conference with Scholem's participation, copy delivered to him. 12 pp, 22.5 cm. At the top of the booklet is a dedication to Gershom Scholem.
Condition varies. Good overall condition.

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Martin Buber – Three Handwritten Letters and a Book Publishing Agreement

Three letters handwritten by Martin Buber and an agreement concerning the publication of the book "Netivot BeUtopia". Jerusalem and Tübingen, 1945-1954.
1. A letter of agreement with "Am Oved" publishing house, concerning the publication of Buber's book "Netivot BeUtopia" (published in Tel-Aviv, 1947. Refered to in the letter as "Shvilim BeUtopia"). Jerusalem, March 2, 1945. Typewritten on official stationery of "Am Oved". Signed by Martin Buber and a representative of "Am Oved", and ink-stamped with publication house stamp. [1] leaf, approx. 27.5X20.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Small tears at margins, folding marks, creases and stains.
2-4. Three letters handwritten by Martin Buber: two letters addressed to the author Ezra HaMenachem (sent from Tübingen in 1954); a letter to "Am Oved" (sent from Jerusalem in 1953). [3] leaves, approx. 20X12.5 cm. Overall good condition. Filing holes. Small tear at upper margins of one letter (not affecting text).

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“Jewish Ethical and Religious Thought” – The Private Copy belonging to Samuel Hugo Bergmann – Inscriptions in Pencil and Footnotes in his Handwriting

"Illustrations of Post-Biblical Jewish Ethical and Religious Thought", selected and edited by Leon Roth. Jerusalem: Rubin Mass, 1938. Hebrew.
Copy of the book by Leon Roth, one of the founders of the philosophy department at the Hebrew University, addressing the history of Jewish ethical and religious thought. The book contains dozens of footnotes [written in German and Czech shorthand], pencil markings and various inscriptions written by Samuel Hugo Bergmann, the book's owner.
Leon Roth (1869-1963) and Samuel Hugo Bergmann (1883-1975), the first two teachers of philosophy at the Hebrew University, were the most influential individuals at the time of the department's founding, and determined its character in its early years. Although they had studied in different philosophical traditions (the English and European traditions, respectively), they were mutually appreciative and collaborated for many years. The present work - a survey, written in a personal tone, of philosophical issues in the course of history, was Bergmann's personal copy. He read it closely and added notes, making it a document that illuminates the unique interaction between the two thinkers.
342 pp. Approx. 18.5 cm. Fair-good overall condition. Introduction page detached (with small tears). Light creases to some of the leaves. Slightly loose binding, with slight defects and stains.

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The Movement for Jewish-Arab Coexistence – Collection of Publications – Y. L. Magnes, Martin Buber, Manya Shochat, Rabbi Binyamin, Nathan Chofshi, Akiva Ernst Simon and others

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, [1930]. * "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.

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Booklet with Signatures of David Raziel, Commander of Irgun, and Members of “El-Al” Students Union

Sha'a Gedola BeChayei HaUma [A Great Hour in the Nation's Life], by Prof. Joseph Klausner. A booklet from the series "El-Al Library", published by "El-Al Students' Union" in the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Jerusalem, [1935]. Hebrew.
On the title page appear 9 signatures of members of the Students' union "El-Al", a union of Revisionist students, signed during a "festive party of El-Al union, 12-3-1935". Among the signatures are those of Avrhaham Yaari, Isaac Katz, S. Trachtman, Borovsky (?), and others, as well as the signature of the fourth commander of Irgun - David Raziel.
David Raziel (1910 Vilnius - 1941 Iraq), immigrated to Palestine with his family when he was three years old; but since the family had a Russian citizenship they were deported and wandered for eight years until they returned to the country. Raziel graduated from "Tachkemoni" school where his father served as a teacher, and continued his studies in Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav in Jerusalem. At the same time, he studied in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was a member of the students' union "El-Al".
Considering the events in Europe when World War II broke out Raziel announced that the negative attitude towards the British has to cease in order to fight the Nazis. In 1941 Raziel was sent by the British to Iraq to suppress an anti-British uprising. He headed a commando unit of four people and was killed during an attempt to occupy Faluja, by a German aircraft bomb.
[1], 45, [1] pp, 19 cm. Fair-good condition. Dampstains and stains. Defects to title page. Tears at margins of leaves (sheets were cut not professionally after being folded).

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Menachem Begin – Autograph Letter to Rabbi Aryeh Levin, 1951

Menachem Begin, autograph letter, signed, to Rabbi Aryeh Levin. Jerusalem, 1951. Hebrew.
Begin thanks Rabbi Levin, not before he expresses respect and appreciation, for showing interest in Begin's well-being when he was sick and writes: "his prayer, dear Rabbi, was received… I feel better, thanks G-d… I believe that only through the love that we all feel for you - we can pay for his love to us which is like the love a father feels for his children".
[1] leaf, approx. 20.5 cm. Fair condition. Many stains (some dark), folding marks, creases and tears. Mold marks. Slight defects to text.

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David Ben-Gurion – Interesting Handwritten Letter Addressing the Political and Societal Situation in Israel – Sde Boker, 1967

Long letter handwritten and signed by David Ben-Gurion, addressed to Menachem Zaharoni. Sde Boker, January 30, 1967. Hebrew.
Interesting letter in which Ben-Gurion addresses the Lavon Affair, the political and societal situation in Israel, the Holocaust, the state's future, Herzl and Zionism, and more. The letter is a response to a harsh letter from Menachem Zaharoni to Ben-Gurion, in which Zaharoni expresses his disappointment with the government's conduct and his pessimistic view of Israeli society.
Ben-Gurion begins his letter with the following words: "I read your letter with great interest, and I have no doubt as to the candidness of your emotions. Yet you are mistaken on a number of points, both factual and moral. And first of all I should tell you that I disagree with you and many others who attribute the state's establishment and other such acts to me, since it is only a pioneering enterprise spanning generations that is capable of such acts… I have been witness to events in Israel for over sixty years now, and I have some knowledge of Jewish and general history, and I do not believe that any man can change the world or renew it. In my youth I was a great admirer of Herzl… but Herzl said, rightly, that if he had read Pinsker's Auto-Emancipation before writing The Jewish State, he would not have written it. As for myself I think it is good he had not read Pinsker and did write 'The Jewish State', though this pamphlet contains no new ideas. Yet Herzl inspired the Jewish masses in both East and West Europe with a new spirit… but I do not believe he created 'Zionism'. It already existed before him…".
Regarding Zaharoni's claims about Israeli society, Ben-Gurion writes: "I am not as pessimistic as you are, because I know that today there are more pioneers, and better ones, than there were in the days of the Second Aliya… I am personally acquainted with quite a few Israeli Jews, young ones and not so young, who inspire and fortify my faith in the future of the Jewish people and its moral qualities, and although I can also see the other side of the coin - I don't agree with your pessimism. I also suffered bitter disappointments in my life. 60 years ago, and 30 years ago, I had great hopes, which now, I know, will never be fulfilled… due to the extermination of six million Jews - the best we had in these generations. For them a Jewish state was a vital necessity, they had the desire and ability and need to build it… but they are gone, and we are unable to bring them back to life, and they have no replacements or heirs, and our people is different today from what it was thirty years ago - and we have no choice, we must do what the Jewish people can do, as it is. But to this end it must receive guidance - not in words, but in deeds…".
Further on Ben-Gurion expands on the Lavon Affair and on Zaharoni's declaration that he has lost his faith in Ben-Gurion, concluding the letter with the following: "All of our political parties, none excluded, are interested only in marginal issues and not in the issues that are the mainstays of our life: the absorption of immigrants… making the desert bloom and populating the entire country… excellent maintenance of security and the safeguarding of our financial independence, without which our political independence is not secure either. And above all, the aspiration to be a Chosen People, an aspiration that can attract the masses in the affluent nations, who have no financial or political constraint to flee their countries of residence. This is my credo".
6 leaves, 21.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Some dampstains, with ink smears.
Enclosed is part of Menachem Zaharoni's letter to Ben-Gurion.

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David Ben-Gurion – Handwritten Letter to Shlomo Zemach – Sde Boker, 1973

Letter handwritten and signed by David Ben-Gurion. Addressed to "Dear beloved Shlomo" [Shlomo Zemach], signed: "David". Sde Boker, 1973. Hebrew.
In the letter Ben-Gurion mentions his health ("My health is not quite good but it is getting better") and his plans to meet with Zemach in Jerusalem. The letter is written in an intimate tone, reflecting the long friendship between the two. For example, near the end of the letter Ben-Gurion writes: "I think you and I are the only ones still alive out of all those who arrived in the country together. The best thing you said in your last letter to me was that 'We are like brothers'. We were brothers in our childhood and have remained brothers our whole lives".
Shlomo Zemach (1886-1974), Israeli author and educator, born in Plonsk (Poland); one of the first pioneers arriving as part of the Second Aliya to Palestine. Winner of the Bialik Prize and the Israel Prize for Literature. In his youth Zemach befriended David Ben-Gurion (who also grew up in Plonsk), and together they founded the "Ezra" society for the study of Hebrew.
[1] leaf, 22 cm. Good condition. Folding marks and creases, some stains and minor defects. Pen inscription on reverse.

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Notebook with Autographs – Israeli Personalities and Leaders, 1950s

Notebook with 50 autographs of leaders and public figures, among them signatories of the Independence Scroll, members of the first Knesset, Zionist leaders, ambassadors and other dignitaries. Israel, ca. 1950s.
Among the signatories: David Ben-Gurion, Zalman Shazar, Golda Meir, Moshe Sharet, Yigael Yadin, Pinchas Rosen, David Remez, Abba Even, Ya'akov Dori, Herbert Samuel, Menachem Ussishkin (on a postcard), Abba Hillel Silver and others.
The autographs were collected by an Israeli girl, who decorated the album leaves with the photographs of the signatories. Many autographs are dedicated to the girl and three appear on letters of response to her requests.
Total of 50 autographs (some signed more than once). Notebook: 17.5X10 cm. Documents and notes are pasted to the notebook leaves. Good-fair condition. Stains. Some detached leaves.

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Ariel Sharon – Four Letters and Two Checkbooks, 1950-1956

Four letters and two checkbooks belonging to Ariel Sharon. Israel, 1950-1956.
1-4. Four Hebrew letters Handwritten and signed by Ariel Sharon, addressed to Moshe Fodor, his friend and colleague in the first years of his military career. Includes a long and interesting letter addressed to Fodor and two other individuals, from 19 August 1950 (when Sharon took part in a commander training course at Tzrifin): "My course companions are of different kinds, beginning with the smartest, whose rank is Sgan Aluf [Lieutenant Colonel], and ending with the stupid and incapable, whose rank is Seren [Captain]. I'm the smallest here… sometimes I'm amazed at their ignorance (especially that of the smartest ones)…".
At the end of the letter Sharon sends his regards to "Gulliver" [Yitzhak ben Menachem, a member of Unit 101].
Size and condition vary. Folding marks, creases and some stains. Open tear to the top of the long letter, without damage to text. Ink stamp of the Military Police on one letter.
5-6. Two checkbooks issued by Barclays Bank, with stubs filled in with Ariel Sharon's handwriting from the years 1952-1953. Some are signed "Arik".
7.5X20 cm. Good-fair condition. Creases and folding marks. External margins worn. Stubs in good condition.

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Auction 56 Lot Number 143

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Meir Ariel – Seven Translations of Bob Dylan Songs

Segments and full translations of seven Bob Dylan songs, handwritten by Meir Ariel.
1. "Etze LaOr" [I Shall Be Released], three handwritten pages with different handwritten drafts. Probably never completed.
2." Lamut Ze Lo Hakol" [Death is Not the End], three handwritten pages with various drafts.
3. "Ish HaTambourin" [Mr. Tambourine Man], one handwritten page with a primary translation of the song's first verse only.
4. "Ze Beseder Ima (Ani Rak Shotet)" [It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)], two handwritten pages with primary partial translation of the song.
5. "LeOrech Migdal HaShmira" [All Along the Watchtower], four handwritten pages of different versions of the song. The song was recorded by Asher Bitansky in 1992 with Shlomo Mizrahi on guitar, but this version was never issued on vinyl or CD.
6. "Machalat HaGaava" [Disease of Conceit], six handwritten pages of drafts to the song.
7. "HaIsh SheBi" [The Man in Me], three handwritten pages of drafts. Water stains.
Size and condition vary. Enclosed are typewritten pages of the translations, with ink stamps of Meir Ariel's Estate.

Opening1,000$ Sold For1,230$ Including buyers premium

Auction 56 Lot Number 144

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Collection of Autograph Letters by Nathalie Sarraute – France, 1969-1994

Eight autograph letters, signed by Nathalie Sarraute (1900-1999), a Jewish-French author, born in Russia. Most of the letters, or all of them, were sent to Avraham (Bouma) Yas'ur and his wife Hava, members of Kibbutz Merhavia. France, ca. 1969-1994 (most of the letters were sent from Paris in the 1970s). English and French.
Personal letters, in which Sarraute writes, among other things, about her opinions concerning life in the Kibbutz (it is possible that she met the couple to whom the letters were addressed when she visited Kibbutz Merhavia in the late 1960s), and about Israel in general. Her interest in Israeli politics and her sympathy toward Israel are obvious. In one of the letters she describes the process of writing a pro-Israeli article for the paper l'Observateur. In another letter, from December 1973, shortly after the Yom Kippur War, Sarraute expresses her objection to the idea that Israel will have to return territories. Sarraut also refers in her letters to French politics, in particular the French left wing, with relation to Israel, and to anti-Semitism in France.
On the reverse of one letter appears a letter handwritten by her husband, Raymond Sarraut.
Eight letters (about 18 handwritten pages), size varies. Overall good condition.

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