"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.
 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.
"The Builders will Build - The Defenders will Defend - The Ma'apilim will Ascend", illustrated poster printed on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Histadrut (General Organization of Jewish Workers in Palestine). Levine-Epstein Press, [Tel Aviv, 1945]. Design: Atelier Machner-Wallish. Signed in the plate: "MW". Hebrew.
Illustration of a menorah lamp, with different scenes of Zionist enterprises appearing on each candle: a tractor plowing the ground with a water tower and guard tower in the background, a building under construction, a ship of ma'apilim (illegal immigrants), and more.
Approx. 49.5X70 cm. Good condition. Folding marks and creases. Some small tears, repaired, to margins and fold lines.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Simon Cohen.
"If you want to own a world-famed motorcycle - buy a 'Sunbeam!'", illustrated advertising poster for "Sunbeam" motorcycles. "Monsohn" lithographic press, Jerusalem; advertising firm: Y. Cogon, Tel Aviv. [1930s]. Design: Shamir Brothers (the poster is signed in the plate: "Shamir - Cogon"). Hebrew and English.
At the top of the poster is a colorful illustration showing a man riding a "Sunbeam" motorcycle. Printed beneath it are details of three models of "Sunbeam" motorcycles, in Hebrew and English.
94.5X63 cm. Good condition. Folding marks and creases. Small tears to margins. Ink-stamp on poster reverse. Linen-backed for display and preservation.
"To Me Belongeth Vengeance and Recompense!", poster for May 1st, on behalf of the Histadrut (General Organization of Jewish Workers in Palestine). No printer mentioned, [Palestine], 1945. Design: atelier [Ernst] Machner / [Otte] Wallisch. Signed on upper right corner "mw" and on lower right corner "Atelier Machner Wallisch". Hebrew.
Color lithograph. On the top part is the flag of the Jewish Brigade, beneath it - against a bright red background - is a drawing of Brigade soldiers attacking, and at the bottom is a citation in Hebrew from the Biblical verse "To me belongeth vengeance and recompense; their foot shall slide in due time; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste" (Deuteronomy 32, 35) - expressing the spirit of the times - vengeance against Nazi Germany by enlisting to the Jewish Brigade.
Approx. 48.5X33 cm. Good condition. Horizontal folding line. Minor defects. Linen-backed for display and preservation (cloth is slightly detached in the upper left corner). Traces of glue on top and bottom part of the cloth.
Survivants, eaux-fortes et pointes sèches originales de Monique Frélaut, présentées par Yanka Zlatin et Dorine Mantoux [Survivors, etchings and dry point engravings by Monique Frélaut…], Paris, 1945. French.
Portfolio with etchings and dry point engravings by Monique Frélaut - portraits of holocaust survivors who passed through Hotel Lutetia (hotel in Paris used as a repatriation center for holocaust survivors after the war).
The portfolio contains 30 etchings and engravings (most of them on separate leaves. One print appears on the cardboard cover of the portfolio), and was published by Dorine Mantoux and Sabine (Yanka) Zlatin, a Jewish-French woman who was known mainly for her work during the holocaust in the children's home in Izieu, France.
A numbered and signed copy, no. 78 out of an edition of 375 copies.
 paper sheets (some folded into two), 28 cm. Inserted in a cardboard cover (on which one of the portraits and the title of the portfolio are printed). Good condition. Clean leaves. Slight defects to cover. Dark spine.
About 95 items which belonged to Jacob Menahem, a pupil in the Jewish school in Aden (King George V School). Aden, London and Israel, 1944-1955 (mostly from the late 1940s). English and some Hebrew. One document in Judeo-Arabic.
A varied and rich archive, documenting the operations of the school and the congregation's life in Aden, around the riots in 1947. Among the items: * Public appeal to donate on behalf of "Hevrat Tomchei Beit HaSefer HaIvri" from 1940. * Nine receipt-stabs for donations and payments to the school. * Ten end-of-year certificates and report cards from the years 1946-1948. * Share certificate from 1948 of Society of King George V School. * Three invitations to cultural events on behalf of the school. * 21 printed examination sheets with handwritten comments. * Open-letter to Jews in Aden from the Histadrut emissary in Yemen, Ovadia Tuvya, 1946. * Four letters sent from Aden refugee camp in 1948, after the riots, and more.
The collection also includes 18 items from the years following the immigration of Menahem to Israel, including member cards, letters between him and his family, certificates and authorizations, and other items documenting his absorption in Israel and his life there.
Size and condition vary. Overall good-fair condition. Creases and tears (mainly small). Folding marks and wear.
Advertising poster for the production "Yaldei HaSade" [Children of the Field] by HaBima Theater at the Levant Fair. Strod press, [Tel Aviv], 1936. Design: Oscar Lacks. Hebrew.
Illustrated poster, printed in black and red. In the center are details regarding the performance, on the right is the flying camel emblem.
96.5X65 cm. Good condition. Creases, stains and slight defects. Linen-backed for display and preservation.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Simon Cohen.
A description of the East, and Some other Countries by Richard Pococke. Printed by W. Bowyer, London, 1743-1745. Two volumes. English.
The English anthropologist and bishop Richard Pococke (1704-1765) traveled to the Near East in 1737-1741. These two volumes record this journey. The first volume is dedicated to Egypt and the second volume to Palestine, Syria, Mesopotamia, Cyprus and other places.
The two volumes include 177 engravings (74 plates in the first volume and 103 plates in the second. Missing one plate). Among the engravings: maps (a folding map of Palestine and Syria, a folding map of Jerusalem, and many others), plans, illustrations of important sites, illustrations of local vegetation, and more. At the opening of each volume appears an engraved plate with a printed dedication by the author.
Vol. 1:  leaf, VI, , 310 pp (last pages are bound out of order) +  plates. One engraved plate is missing (no. 64). Vol. 2: XI, , 268, VII, , 308 pp +  plates. 40.5 cm. Good condition. Ink-stamps. Some stains. Small tears at margins of some leaves (mainly to first and last leaves of both volumes). New bindings and endpapers.
Microgrpahy created by Avraham Haba. [Israel, second half of 20th century]. Hebrew.
The text: Song of Songs, inscribed on eight seashells, attached to a necklace (additional seashell with the inscription "Song of Songs").
Size of shells approx. 2X2 cm. Inserted in a wood and glass display case (38X25.5X23 cm), with a magnifying glass in front.
Enchiridion expositionis vocabulorum Haruch, Tharghum, Midrascim, Berescith, Scemoth, Vaicra, Midbar Rabba, et multorum aliorum librorum, by Dominican Sante Pagnini. Printed by Tommaso Strozzi [or, perhaps, by Marcello Silber?], Rome, 1523.
The first printed work by Dominican philologist and Biblical scholar Pagnino (1470-1541) and the only publication printed by Strozzi. According to one hypothesis, the work was printed by Marcello Silber, but the typographical characteristics and woodcuts in the present work did not appear in other publications printed by Silber. Possibly, Pagnini and Strozzi founded a private press in order to print the book. Some of the woodcuts appearing in this lexicon later appeared many times in books printed by the Italian printers Mazzocchi, Vitali, Froben and others.
The lexicon written by Pagnini gained great popularity and was reprinted in several editions in Lyon and Antwerp under the title Epitome thesauri linguae sanctae.
LXXXXII leaves (pagination errors on several leaves), 31 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains. Some worming throughout the book, with damage to text. A number of age-toned leaves. Library stamps. Original wood and leather binding, with decorations, slightly damaged and repaired. New endpapers.
1. Congregazione di Propaganda fide, Rome.
2. Dr. Alberto Milano, Rome.
3. Toaff family collection.
Micrography created by Avraham Haba. Israel, 1978.
The text: Song of Songs and Book of Ruth, inscribed on an egg.
Height of egg: approx. 6 cm. Restored breaks. Inserted in a display case made of wood and glass (29X23.5X20 cm), with a magnifying glass in front and a mirror on the back panel.
"LeNakam VeleGeula!", poster encouraging enlistment to the Jewish Brigade. Linol: inst. Z. [Zvi] Bergman, Shamir & Associates printing press Ltd. [ca. 1945]. Design: Shamir Brothers.
Poster in color depicting a brigade soldier holding a rifle, with more soldiers in the background, attacking, and the Israeli flag.
Approx. 47X67.5 cm. Good condition. Folding marks, slight defects. Linen-backed for display and preservation.
Opening Price: $800
Micrography created by Avraham Haba. Israel, 1967.
Text: Passover Haggadah, inscribed on an egg.
Height of egg: approx. 6 cm. Inserted in a wood and glass display case (29X23.5X20 cm), with a magnifying glass in front and a mirror on the back panel.
"It all depends on you", a poster on behalf of the "Haganah" organization. Palestine, [ca. 1947]. Hebrew and English. Design: Itamar (Ismar) David.
At the top of the poster is the "Hish" (field corps of the Haganah) logo and a pointing hand on a black background. Beneath it is the inscription "It all depends on you". Printed on the bottom: Haganah poster no. 2".
The poster and the logo were both designed by Itamar (Ismar) David (1910-1996), illustrator, graphic designer, typographer, born in Germany.
53X83.5 cm. Good condition. Folding marks. Creases. Some tears in the center of the poster along the folding marks.
Nickel plated zinc Templar token. 10 Para. Third issue.
Obverse: a plow and the legend "Centralcasse des Tempels" [the central fund of the Temple]. Reverse: denomination and the legend "Consummarke".
Diameter: 18 mm. AU condition. Light signs of use at high points. Full luster on one side; almost ful luster on the other side.
One of the rarest tokens of this issue. Only about 20-25 copies are known. This is one of the finest known examples.
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.
Cock-and-Bull Stories by Y. [Yitzhak] Kipnis. Kiev: "Kultur-Lige", 1924. Yiddish.
Stories by Yitzhak (Itzik) Kipnis (1896-1974) - children's author, Yiddish poet and Jewish-Ukrainian translator. Accompanying the stories are thirteen black-and-white illustrations by Kultur-Lige artist Sarah Shor (1897-1981). The booklet's cover was also designed by Shor.
37,  pp, 21.5 cm. Pages 13-28 are bound upside-down. Fair-good condition. Hard binding, pasted with the original cover (open tears, with damage to illustration on front cover). Detached binding. Some stains to body text. Library stamps.
Самый старый из богов [The Oldest of the Gods], illustrated anti-Semitic poster. Published by the atheist journal Безбожник у станка (Bezbozhnik u Stanka). [Moscow, 1920s]. Deisgn: Dmitry Stakhievich Orlov. Signed in the plate - "D. Moor". Russian.
Caricature depicting the Jewish God - a one-eyed figure wearing a tallit and phylacteries, holding the Tablets of the Law and seated atop a treasure chest, with a Jew in its lap. Printed beneath the caricature is an anti-Semitic Russian text that connects Judaism with capitalism.
Approx. 69X51.5 cm. Good condition. Numerous creases. Stain to top right corner. A number of small tears. Slightly cut on margins. Mounted on old linen cloth.
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).
"Hitnadvut HaAm LeGeulat HaAretz" [Popular Volunteering for the Land's Salvation]. Poster on behalf of the Jewish National Fund. Printed by Lith. A. Kofman, Tel Aviv, . Design: Aryeh Elhanani.
Illustration of a farmer plowing his soil in stormy weather. Above him is a quote from a poem by Chaim Nachman Bialik: "Listen! The storm, too, calls on us: Dare!" [Hebrew].
Aryeh Elhanani (1898-1985) was an Israeli architect, artist and graphic designer, winner of the 1973 Israel Prize for Architecture for his “contribution to shaping Israeli culture.” Amongst his designs are those of the Yerid HaMizrach [Levant Fair] complex at the Tel Aviv Port (including the fair’s Flying Camel emblem) and the emblems of the IDF and the Palmach.
Approx. 94.5X65 cm. Mounted on cardboard. Good condition. Stains and creases. Open tears, restored (with minor damage to the illustration), mostly to the right margin.
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.
Illustrated advertising poster for the "Torch Relay" of the "Young Maccabi" movement. Printed by the "'Maccabi' Union in Palestine - Central Branch". "Yahalom" press, Tel Aviv, 1949. Design: R. [Richard] Ballas. Hebrew.
Approx. 70X47.5 cm. Good condition. Folding marks. Repaired tears (including two long tears). Linen-backed for display and preservation.
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.
Report by Prof. Gershom Scholem regarding his mission to Europe (in the summer of 1946) concerning the treasures of the Jewish Diaspora. The report is typewritten and stenciled. [Jerusalem?, 1946]. Hebrew, with appendices in German and English.
In early 1946 the Hebrew University quickly appointed a delegation, headed by Gershom Scholem, whose mission it was to examine the condition of books and manuscripts in Europe (called the "Treasures of the Golah"), with the intention of salvaging and bringing them to Palestine. Scholem was authorized to act in Germany and Eastern Europe, and after completing his mission he composed the present report.
The report discusses the books and collections sent to Schloss Niemes, the warehouses at Offenbach, Jewish collections in public libraries and those privately held, and other compilations that survived the war. At the end of the report are six appendices, in German and English, containing letters and reports that were used by Scholem on his mission.
13, 10 leaves, 26.5 cm, stapled. Good condition. Pen inscription at the top of the first page. Stains (mostly on first pages).