Ceramic plate. [Palestine, ca. 1930s-1940s].
Round plate, in the center of which is a scene depicting a Passover Seder, surrounded by a Hebrew inscription reading "To next year in rebuilt Jerusalem". Marked on reverse with the artist's signature, the Hebrew letters "aleph heh", and "Made in Palestine".
Diameter: 27.5 cm. Good condition. A number of breaks to margins, repaired.
Alte Denkmäler aus Syrien, Palastina und Westarabien. 100 Tafeln mit beschreibendem Text. Veroffentlicht auf Befehl von Ahmen Djemal Pascha [Ancient Monuments in Syria, Palestine and Western Arabia. 100 Plates…]. Berlin: Georg Reimer, 1918. Ottoman Turkish and German.
The book includes 100 plates (most of them feature photographs) depicting sites in Jerusalem (including the Western Wall, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Tomb of Absalom), Bethlehem, Tiberias, Aleppo, Damascus, Baalbek and many other cities; with explanatory sheets in German and Ottoman Turkish. Edited by the German archaeologist Theodor Wiegand; commissioned by the Governor of Syria and Palestine, Ahmed Djemal Pasha (who wrote the book's introduction) and published shortly before the defeat of the "Central Powers" in World War I, after which the Ottoman Empire lost control of the territories mentioned in the book.
 leaves, 100 plates + 100 pp text, 34.5 cm. Good condition. Stains (mostly to leaf margins). Cloth-covered binding, somewhat faded and loose. Some loose leaves.
Provenance: Shlomo Shva collection.
Two nickel plated zinc Templar token. 20 and 40 Para. Third issue.
Obverse: a plow and the legend "Centralcasse des Tempels" [the central fund of the Temple]. Reverse: denomination and the legend "Consummarke".
20 Para: 20 mm, AU condition. 40 Para: 23 mm, XF condition.
Three children's books with illustrations in color by Peretz Ruschkewitz. Tel-Aviv, [1950s].
1. Nevaker began HaChayot [we will visit the zoo], by M. Yehiel, 1956.  pp. 16.5X17 cm.
2. Aleph,Beth, Gimmel.  pp, approx. 16X16.5 cm.
3. Haverim Tovim [good friends].  pp, approx. 16.5X16.5 cm.
Overall good condition.
The three books are not in NLI.
Two posters encouraging enlistment, during temporary truce periods. Jerusalem, June [-July?], 1948. Hebrew.
1. "Jews of Jerusalem", poster on behalf of the "Va'ad HaKehila HaIvrit [be] Yerushalayim" [the Hebrew community council in Jerusalem], calling to enhance enlistment and alertness of home front in case the temporary truce is violated. "Solomon" printing press, June 1948.
Approx. 50X70 cm. Good condition. Folding marks, slight creases and stains. Small tears at margins (tear of 3 cm. to top of poster). Ink-stamp.
2. "Temporary Truce is not a Ceasefire", poster on behalf of "Merkaz HaMifkad LeSherut HaAm", calling the Jews of the city to be counted and prepare for the continuation of the battles. Printed at the "Rephael Haim Cohen" printing press.
63.5X47.5 cm. Good condition. Folding marks and creases. Small tears at margins and folding marks. Stain and open tears to upper left corner, not affecting text.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Simon Cohen.
Five non-traditional haggadot, with illustrations. * Merhavia HaShomer HaTza'ir Kibbutz, 1942. * Gesher, 1944. * Ga'aton, 1946. * Kfar Gil'adi, 1946. * Hulata, 1948. All contain references to the Holocaust.
Size and condition vary. Cover of the Hulata haggadah is detached and torn and a leaf is detached from the Ga'aton haggadah.
HaMashiach Ba [Messiah is coming] by Falk Halperin. Illustrations Moshe Matusovski. Pedagogic editor: Dr. I. Rivkai. From the "Sifriat Paz" series. Published by Dr. Hava Margolin, Tel-Aviv, .
A story for children about the holocaust, with illustrations by Moshe Matusovski (Matus).
The story of two children, Nachman and Nechama, on a journey, looking for Eliyahu Hanavi hoping that he will save the Jews from Hitler. The journey starts when they hear from a teacher in their school about the World War and the deportation and murder of Jews under Hitler's regime. During their journey, they face many obstacles but finally they find the cave where Eliyahu Hanavi lives. Together with him they turn to Messaiah begging him to save the Jews and to assist Messiah in doing so they shatter and break the chains that bind him to his chair.
16 pp, 24 cm. Good condition. Creases at corners and margins of leaves. Stains. Tears to wrappers (including a 3.5 cm long tear to front wrapper) and to first leaves. Creases and foxing on wrappers.
"Welcome to Israel = Keren HaYesod - United Israel Campaign", promotional poster for "Keren HaYesod". Levine-Epstein Press, Tel Aviv, . Design: Jan Lewitt and George Him.
Color illustration depicting a desert landscape with two tractors plowing the soil from north to south, with furrows between them in the shape of a Star of David.
The artists Jan Lewitt (1907-1991) and George Him (1900-1981), both born in Poland, founded a joint studio for graphic design in Warsaw in 1933. In 1937 they immigrated to London; there they were mainly involved in advertising (they designed, among others, posters and announcements for the British Ministry of Information) as well as in writing and illustrating children's books. Both were involved in projects related to Israel. Jan Lewitt designed the Hebrew typeface "Haim". George Him designed, among other projects, the "Masada Exhibition" and served as a design consultant to "El-Al" company. In 1954 the partnership was dissolved.
96.5X67 cm. Good condition. Folding marks and creases. A number of tears (some of them open) to margins and fold lines.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Simon Cohen.
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.
Eleven documents and certificates, printed and filled in by hand and on a typewriter, belonging to Holocaust survivor Jacob Fassler. Germany (mostly from Frankfurt) and Jerusalem, 1945-1950. English, German and some Hebrew.
Documents include: * Permit from Der Oberbürgermeister Wohnungsamt, Frankfurt a. M. (Frankfurt Municipal Housing Bureau) to resume residence in the city, from 1945. * Driving license issued to Fassler in Frankfurt in 1946. * Identity card for a taxi driver, issued by the European Command (the American forces in West Germany) in 1947. * Two entry permits to the Frankfurt Compound, for work purposes (two different permits, one for day entry and the other for night entry), issued in 1947. * Identifying card for Fassler, issued by the Jüdisches Komitee Committee of Liberated Jews, from 1947. * Letter written on a form of the Jewish Agency "Search Bureau for Missing Relatives", in the handwriting of Fanny Fassler, 1945 (German), and other items. Different ink stamps on the documents.
Size and condition vary. Good overall condition. Stains, creases and tears to margins. Folding marks to some of the items. One of the documents is torn widthwise and repaired with adhesive tape to reverse.
Two maps, colored by hand, from the book "La Sainte Bible qui contient le Vieux et le Nouveau Testament". [Amsterdam, 1660]. French.
1. Situation du Paradis et du Pays de Canaan. Map of Palestine and the Middle East, with five cartouches within which appear scenes from the book of Genesis (Noah's Ark, Adam and Eve, and more).
Leaf: 42X56 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains, professionally repaired tears at margins and folding marks. Two tears to upper part. Matted and framed.
2. Sortie des Enfans d´Israel hors d`Egypt. A map depicting the Exodus from Egypt. A large illustration on the lower third of the map depicts scenes from the story of the exodus.
Leaf: 57X42 cm. Fair condition. Three long, lengthwise, tears, professionally repaired. Stains. Tears at margins. Matted and framed.
Both maps are not listed in Laor.
Enclosed: Old Jerusalem, Map (engraving) of the Old City of Jerusalem, [18/19th century?]. 35.5X24 cm. Good condition. Stains. Matted and framed.
Palestine Railways Token, 1 Piaster.
The token was used by British officials of the Palestine Railways.
Obverse: the initials "PR" (Palestine Railways) and serial number. Obverse: the initials "PR" with a design on the bottom.
Haffner - CT-9.
Diameter: 29 mm. AU condition.
The Ten Commandments, Rachel's Tomb and the Western Wall - original painting (oil on wood) created by Yitzchak Bak. [Jerusalem], . Signed: Yitzchak Bak (Hebrew).
A large wooden board; depicted in the center are the Tablets of the Law with the Ten Commandments, on the right - Rachel's Tomb and on the left - the Western Wall. On the bottom appears a Hebrew dedication: "…Zeev Wolff…..1970".
Max. length: 49 cm, width: 96.5 cm. Good condition. Some stains, peeling paint and defects to wood (slightly affecting the dedication), slight defects to painting.
كتاب احكام الأراضي, المتبعة في البلاد العربية المنفصلة عن السلطنة العثمانية, Jerusalem, 1923. Arabic.
A book compiling laws related to lands, "for the Arab countries that separated from the Ottoman Empire", from the estate of Adv. Shlomo Yehudah. Blank leaves are bound among the leaves; on some of them Adv. Yehudah added Hebrew translations of the Ottoman laws, by hand.
The translator, Adv. Shlomo Yehudah, was the son of Yitzchak Binyamin Yehezekl Yehudah (1863-1941), educator, translator, book seller and orientalist, who was engaged in the study of Jewish history and Arab culture.
 page,  portrait, 5, , 216, 226,  pp + about  handwritten pages, 22 cm. Fair-good condition. Several loose leaves and gatherings. Binding loose and worn, without spine, repaired with adhesive tape.
Nine posters issued by the Israeli right. Israel, [early 1990s to early 2000s]. Hebrew, some Arabic and some English.
Posters include: * "Liar, Elections Now!", photograph of Yitzhak Rabin wearing a keffiyeh. * "Jihad, Wake Up Israel!", illustration of Yasser Arafat wearing a Wehrmacht helmet. * "Trickster", illustration of Yasser Arafat peeping from behind a mask with the face of Shimon Peres. * "This is not Peace", illustration of a triangle and a shot dove, together creating a Star of David, * and more.
Size and condition vary. Good overall condition. Creases, stains and small tears to some of the posters. One poster is peeling in the bottom right corner. Horizontal folding mark to one poster. One poster with numerous stains.
Das Buch Bahir Sepher Ha-Bahir. Ein Text aus der Fruhzeit der Kabbala auf Grund eines kritischen Textes ins Deutsche ubersetzt und kommentiert. Inaugural-Diskussion zur Erlangung der Doktorwurde der Philosophischen Fakultat (I. Sektion) der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat zu Munchen [The Bahir. Work from the Early Kabbalah Period... Translated to German, with Commentary... Ph.D. Dissertation], by Gerhard [Gershom] Scholem. Berlin: Arthur Scholem, 1923. German.
A copy of Gershom Scholem's doctoral dissertation - an annotated copy of the "Bahir". On the title page is a dedication in the handwriting of Dov Sadan: "...A rare book, one of the first fruits of its author's scholarship of the occult" [Hebrew].
The "Bahir" (considered the first work in the history of Kabbalah) was one of the two major subjects of Gershom Scholem's scholarship: the early Kabbalah, and the Sabbatean movement. Scholem, who called the book's appearance "a renewed explosion of myth in the heart of Judaism", studied it his entire life, and in 1948 even published a historical monograph on the subject ("Reshit HaKabbalah", Schocken, 1948). This dissertation is the "first harbinger" of his wide-ranging scholarship, paving the way and laying the foundations of his later works. This is Scholem's first original work to be published.
 leaves, 171,  pp. Approx. 25 cm. Good-fair overall condition. Creases and stains, dampstains on all the leaves. A few folds to leaf corners. A number of notes, in pencil, on some of the leaves (Hebrew). Damaged binding, with open tears to spine.
"Jewish Voters! Do not Trust Nashashibi". Azriel press, Jerusalem, . Hebrew.
An elections poster calling Jewish voters not to support Raghib Nashashibi in the municipal elections in Jerusalem (Nashashibi served as mayor during the years 1920-1934) since he "sold the matters of his people for a stew of lentils" and he "might sell your interests and cheat you".
The poster was printed on behalf of the Husayni family, a Palestinian-Arab respectable and wealthy family, whose sons held important positions in the political and religious leadership over the years, directed the supreme Muslim council, and were known for their militant views as far as Palestinian nationality and Zionism were concerned. The Nashashibi family, also a notable and influential Jerusalemite family, were considered leaders of an opposition to the supreme Muslim council and to the Husayni family.
64X96 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Many tears with damage to text, and missing pieces, professionally repaired, with color correction. Folding marks. Tax stamp and ink stamp. Mounted on acid-free paper.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Simon Cohen.
"Sefer Yerushalem", a concise history of Jerusalem, by Tuvia Salomon. Jerusalem, [Salomon printing press], 1884.
A book about Jerusalem in a particularly small format with drawings of the holy places (some in golden frames). Bound in an olive-wood binding.
The author, Tuvia Salomon (1862-1951), printer, poet, author and scholar, was the son of Yoel Moshe Salomon.
, 54,  pp, 7.5 cm. Fair condition. Dampstaining and some stains. Binding connected to the book with new endpapers. Loose connection of body of the book to the binding. A handwritten dedication on the front endpaper (from the month of Elul 1962).
S. Halevi 456 (Halevi notes "contains very interesting material about Jerusalem").
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".
 leaf, approx. 20.5 cm. Fair condition. Many stains (some dark), folding marks, creases and tears. Mold marks. Slight defects to text.
Hieru[s]alem, view of the Old City of Jerusalem. [18th/19th century]. Ink and watercolor on paper.
Titled at the top of the leaf and signed on the bottom right corner (A.B.).
21X41 cm (two leaves of paper attached to each other). Good condition. Stains. Folding marks. Repaired tear near bottom margins. Piece of paper glued to the joining of the two leaves. On the reverse of the painting are two handwritten inscriptions, in ink: "Hierusalem" and "iorasalem" - which can be seen through the paper on the other side. Attached to passe-partout and framed.
Five documents, printed and handwritten, regarding the opposition of the Haredi community in Safed to women voting for the "Assembly of Representatives". Safed and Jerusalem, [ca. 1928-1930]. Hebrew.
In 1926, the "Assembly of Representatives" pledged to uphold "equality for women in all spheres of civic, political and economic life of the Jewish Yishuv". The decision aroused fierce opposition from the Haredi community, which demanded its annulment, asked to be erased from the voters register and threatened to resign from "Knesset Yisrael". A struggle ensued between the Haredi factions and the women's organizations and Yishuv representatives, until the 1931 elections for the Third Assembly, when the issue was resolved de facto and women were granted legal voting status.
1. Handwritten petition calling on the public to refrain from participating in the elections for the Assembly of Representatives, due to the fact that women were also granted the right to vote. Signed by about 150 rabbis and Haredi residents of Safed, including Rabbi Aaron Ben Shimon, the city's chief rabbi.
2. Handwritten letter draft by the "Members of the Temporary Committee of Knesset Yisrael in Safed". Report on the activities of the Haredi secessionists from Knesset Yisrael, their leaders and the steps that should be taken to hinder the secession.
3. Postcard with a printed notice regarding erasure from the "Register of Jewish Adults in Palestine", sent by "Knesset Yisrael in Palestine" to Safed resident Miriam Klinger in 1929.
4. Voter's card for the Assembly of Representatives, printed and filled in by hand, issued in 1930 to Safed resident Pearl Buchner.
5. Printed booklet, "Regulations for the Organization of Knesset Yisrael, Issued by the High Commissioner in accordance with Paragraph 2 of the Religious Communities Ordinance 1926", Jerusalem, 1928.
Enclosed: voter's card for the Fourth Assembly of Representatives (elected in 1944), printed and filled in by hand, issued by "Knesset Yisrael in Palestine" to a woman named Elisheva Stark.
Size and condition vary. Fair-good overall condition. Stains, creases and tears (mostly small). Folding marks. Open tear on the bottom of the first leaf, and a coarse tear on the last leaf of the regulations booklet.
"Dried Eggs", two illustrated posters issued by the "Food Supplies Inspector". Printed by the Government printer, Palestine, [1940s]. Hebrew and Arabic.
The same illustration appears on both posters: a rooster on an egg-shaped background surrounded by the inscription "Dried eggs sold here". On one poster the inscription is printed in Hebrew and on the other poster in Arabic.
Two posters on thick paper. 29.5X39 cm. Good condition. Small tears to margins of Hebrew poster.
Fifteen photographs by the photographer Khalil Raad. Jerusalem, early 20th century.
Among the photographs: * Six studio photographs (some of them portray tourists wearing Palestinian costumes; a photograph of a couple of Jewish girls, and more) mounted on original cardboard cabinet cards of Raad. * Nine postcards with photographs by Raad, depicting sites in Jerusalem and the environs, ink-stamped on the reverse with photographer's stamp (embossed stamp on one). * Enclosed: original paper envelope from the store of Raad outside Jaffa Gate (with his name and address printed on the front).
Size varies, overall good condition.
15 photographs of Polish Jews from the Holocaust period. Warsaw, Czestochowa and other locations in Poland, ca. 1943-1946.
1-6. Six photographs - reproductions of visual material from the Holocaust period - printed by the "Jewish Historical Committee" (marked "Żydowska Komisja Historyczna wa Wroctawiu" on reverse), active during the years 1944-1947 and engaged in collecting and documenting historical materials left behind by the Nazis. The photographs document the capture of the partisan fighter Bajla Gelblung; Jews turning over weapons buried in the ground to German soldiers; massacres; and more. Inscription and pen scribbles on reverse of five photographs.
7-13. Seven photographs recording the burial of the victims of the Czestochowa massacre, buried by the city's Jews in 1946. Divided on reverse for use as a postcard and marked on reverse with the stamps of photographer Leib Kusznir.
14. Photograph of two German officers shaving the sidelocks of two Jews.
15. Photograph of two Jews wrapped in prayer shawls at the entrance to their home.
Enclosed: "A Brand Plucked from the Fire" [Hebrew], bookplate for the remains of the library of Jacob Zvi Yoskowitz.
Photographs: 8X12 to 13.5X9.5 cm. Good-fair overall condition. Creases and stains to some photographs.