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Photo-album from a convalescence camp for She'erit Hapletah children in Strobl, Austria. Strobl, 1947.
67 photographs, in an album, documenting the operation of the camp for She'erit Hapletah children in Strobl, Austria. The camp was initiated by the central committee of Jews in Austria and the Jewish Agency and was supported by the Joint.
The photographs portray children bathing in the bath tub and in the lake, eating, studying, staging plays, travelling and exercising. Some photographs show members of the staff as well as representatives of different organizations (culture department of the central committee of Jews in Austria, the Jewish Agency, and more). The photographs are titled on the album's leaves.
Two dedications to Menachem Zaharoni – director of the culture and education bureau of She'erit Hapletah in Austria – appear in the album. One is an official dedication: "Souvenir from the children's lives in Strobl camp, 1947, where some 500 children rested and healed their starved bodies". This dedication is signed by S. Shvadron, secretary of the culture department of the central committee of Austrian Jews and is dated – "Salzburg, September 1947". The second dedication is personal, and is addressed to "My childhood friend Mendel [Menachem Zaharoni], when we met again after so many years, far from the town where we were born – raised – Krynki, formerly lovely, presently destroyed and abandoned […], yours, Shmuel".
Menachem Zaharoni (1912-1979) - one of the founders of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and author of dozens of articles, books and guides on the subject of the geography of Israel. Zaharoni was born as Menachem Jaroszweski in Krynki, Poland. At the age of 15 he started his studies in the Hebrew Seminary "Tarbut" in Grodno, and when he graduated at the age of 19, he served as a teacher in Kosiv and as the JNF representative in the town. Zaharoni immigrated to Palestine in 1934, worked as a substitute-teacher in a school in Nesher and in orange groves. In 1947 he went on a mission to establish schools in Displaced Persons Camps in Austria, and in the summer of 1948 returned to Israel. In the years that followed he was engaged in study and education and in guiding tours, courses and continuing education programs.
Photographs: 8.5X6 cm – 12X9 cm. Album: 31X20 cm. Photographs in good-fair condition. Minor stains and blemishes. The leaves of the album are in poor condition. Fragile leaves, falling apart, torn at margins and entirely detached from album. Stains and blemishes to binding.
Four pins – "Mishmar HaAm", [Jerusalem, ca. 1948].
• Two pins with figures of two soldiers on the background of a Star of David, with the Tower of David behind. • Pin with the legend "Mishmar HaAm, Hevel 4, 1948". • Pin with the legend "Mishmar HaAm / Jerusalem, 1948-1949".
Enclosed: a pin with a figure of a fighter, on the background of Jerusalem, and the inscription "Mezuda".
"Mishmar HaAm" – a unit of volunteers formed in Jerusalem in 1947 to maintain public order. The unit was composed of people not recruited for age or health reasons. Units of "Mishmar HaAm" were also active in Haifa, Tel-Aviv and Safed.
Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.
Approximately 120 photographs of illegal immigrant ships. Tel Aviv, Haifa, Nahariya, Burgas, Constanza and elsewhere, 1939-1948 (a number of photographs from later years).
The collection contains photographs of some 30 different ships, documenting conditions on deck, the living quarters, deboarding to beaches, confrontations with the British forces and other scenes. Among other things the photographs show: the Rim immigrant ship burning off the coast of the Greek Island of Symi, in 1939; members of the Haganah transferring immigrants from the ship Hannah Szenes to the coast of Nahariya in dinghies, in 1945; the illegal immigrant ship Rafiah surrounded by British warships at sea, in 1946; an infant born at sea aboard the Champollion being transferred to land at Haifa Port, in 1946; a British airplane passing over SS HaUmot HaMeuhadot off the Nahariya coast in 1947; and the ships Tel Hai (1946), Eliyahu Golomb (1946), Dov Hoz (1946), Haviva Reik (1946), Max Nordau (1946), Latrun (1946), Theodor Herzl (1947), HaTikvah (1947), Af Al Pi Chen (Nevertheless) (1947), The Jewish State (1947), and other ships.
Some of the photographs in the collection are press photographs, with different ink stamps and information notes mounted on verso. A number of photographs are captioned and numbered by hand in the plate.
Enclosed: broadside from February 25, 1942 notifying of the sinking of the Struma; a mourning notice by "Mishmar HaYishuv" (the Yishuv Defense Force) regarding the death of an immigrant; three postcards with pictures of the illegal immigrant ships Patria and Rim.
Size and condition vary. Good-fair overall condition.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.
Voyage dans le Levant by M. Le C.te [Louis Nicolas Philippe Auguste] Forbin. Paris: L'imprimerie Royale, 1819. French. First edition printed in 325 copies only. Two parts in one volume.
A large-format travelogue documenting the journey of Baron Louis Nicolas Philippe Auguste de Forbin to Near Eastern countries – starting in Greece, along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, throughout Palestine, and finally to Egypt. The first part of the book describes de Forbin’s journey, and the second contains 70 lithographs after the paintings of many artists, eight aquatints after watercolor drawings by de Forbin, and two engravings depicting the architectural plan of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and sketches of the Great Pyramid in Giza, archaeological artifacts, and the Catacombs of Milos.
According to Jacques Charles Brunet, the book was printed in 325 copies.
The engravings and lithographs depict antiquities, landscapes and scenes from everyday life in the cities and various sites throughout the East: holy sites and inhabitants in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Acre, Jaffa, Ashkelon and Gaza; the pyramids and other antiquities in Egypt; sites in Athens, Constantinople, Alexandria and Cairo; and more. The lithographs, by Godfroy Engelmann, were prepared after paintings by Carle Vernet, Émile Jean-Horace Vernet, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Claude Thiénon, Jean-Pierre Granger, and others. The aquatints were prepared by Philibert-Louis Debucourt.
Baron Louis Nicolas Philippe Auguste de Forbin (1779-1841), a neo-Classical painter by training, was appointed Director-General of the Louvre Museum in 1816. Soon afterward, in 1817, de Forbin set out at the head of a delegation to the East in order to purchase antiquities for the museum (including a statue of the goddess Sekhmet that is on exhibit at the Louvre). The delegation included, among others, an engineer, a cartographer, and painters.
 leaves, 132 pp; 78,  plates, 72 cm. Good-fair condition. Many stains, including foxing and dampstains. Some tears and open tears at margins, some medium tears at margins of plates. Long tear to plate no. 10, restored. A widthwise tear to plate no. 18, reinforced with adhesive tape. Some worming at margins of leaves. Creases. New leather binding.
De Abbreviaturis Hebraicis, Dictionary of Hebrew Abbreviations in the Talmud, by Johannes Buxtorf. Basel: Conradi Waldkirchi, 1613. Latin and Hebrew. First edition.
The important book by the Hebraist and scholar Johannes Buxtorf (1564-1629), explaining Talmudic abbreviations. At the end of the book is a bibliography of about 300 works from the Literature of the Sages, an index of abbreviations appearing in the Mishna, a short review of the history of the Talmud and other parts.
 leaves, 335 pp, 16.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Creases. Folding marks to corners and blemishes. Tear to margins of title page and open tear to one leaf. On the inside of the front binding are handwritten notes (in Hebrew, Arabic, Greek and other languages). Worn and damaged binding, with tears to spine, corners and margins. A label is glued to the bottom of the spine.
E. M. Lilien, Eine Künstlerische Entwickelung Um Die Jahrhundertwende [E.M. Lilien, Artistic Development at the turn of the century], by Lothar Brieger. Berlin-Vienna: Benjamin Harz, 1922. German.
A monograph about the artistic work of Ephraim Moshe Lilien, by the journalist and art historian Lothar Brieger-Wasservogel. The book is accompanied by 226 reproductions of works by E.M. Lilien. Copy no. 36 out of an edition of one hundred numbered copies; signed by the author. An etching by Lilien at the opening of the book, signed in pencil.
260 pp +  plate (etching), 29 cm. Leather binding with gilt title and decorations. Good condition. Minor blemishes to binding and spine.
Les Antiquités Judaïques et le peintre Jean Fouquet [The Antiquities of the Jews and the Painter Jean Fouquet], by Paul Durrieu. Paris: Librairie Plon, Plon-Nourrit et Cie, 1908 [on the last leaf: 1907]. French.
Book by art historian Paul Durrieu about the illustrations by French painter Jean Fouquet (1420-1481) to Josephus Flavius’ "The Antiquities of the Jews." Copy number 18 of an edition of 50 copies, printed on thick, high-quality paper sheets, unbound.
At the end of the book are 27 plates, with prints of illustrated pages from the original work: the marriage of Adam and Eve, the Israelites in the desert, David learns of the death of Saul, and other images. Each plate is accompanied by a tissue guard on which is printed a description of the illustration and the number of the page on which it appears.
, 132,  pp +  print plates (numbered), approx. 41 cm. Good condition. Stains and slight damage (mostly to first and last leaves and to margins). First and last sheets with paper covers. Restored tear to paper cover of first sheet. Inserted in folder (modern), with pieces of the original folder.
A selection from Ze'ev Jabotinsky's literary work. Three volumes. Paris: Voltaire, 1930. Russian. Numbered edition, hand-signed by Ze'ev Jabotinsky.
Each of the volumes is dedicated to a different part of his works: stories (Разсказы), poems (Стихи) and the long composition "The Truth about the Island Tristan da Runha" (Causeries, Правда об острове Тристан да Рунья). Accompanied by illustrations by Arthur Szyk within the text, and plates of prints facing each of the title pages (two with a photograph of Jabotinsky and one with a drawing of his portrait. Signed "Mac, 1930").
Numbered copy, 65/200. On the first leaf of each of the volumes appears Ze'ev Jabotinsky's signature, in Russian.
117; 209, ; 191 pp, approx. 17.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and blemishes. Tears at margins (mostly small). One leaf has a widthwise tear, reinforced at the margins with a label. Ink stamps on upper margins of first leaves. The leaves with Jabotinsky's signature and a number of additional leaves are detached. Worn and rubbed bindings (mainly at corners, margins and spines).
Message from the President of the United States, Communicating, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate of March 28, 1872, correspondence in regard to the persecution and oppression of the Israelites in Roumania. [Washington, 1872]. English.
"Message from the President of the United States", official publication from the 42nd US Congress – collection of letters exchanged between the American consul in Romania, Benjamin Franklin Peixotto, and the U.S. Secretary of State and other bodies, on the issue of the persecution of Romanian Jews. The letters were collected by order of the President of the U.S., Ulysses Simpson Grant, and presented to the Senate in May 1872.
Benjamin Franklin Peixotto (1834-1890) was an American attorney, journalist and diplomat. In 1870 he was appointed American Consul in Romania, and as part of this position acted to protect the rights of Jews and promote the granting of citizenship to Romania's Jews. In Romania Peixotto founded the "Society of Zion", the basis for the later founding of the Romanian "Bnai Brith" organization.
14 pp (without cover), 23 cm. Good condition. Small tears to margins of first leaf. Pasting marks on the booklet's spine.
Neue Jüdische Rundschau [New Jüdische Rundschau], a typewritten booklet with hand-drawn caricatures. Alijah press, Werkdorp [Wieringermeer] training facility, September 12, 1938. German.
This booklet was presumably printed by trainees in the Werkdorp (Work Camp) training facility, as a kind of satire referring to the Zionist paper "Jüdische Rundschau". On the first page appears the title "New Jüdische Rundschau" and the motto: "'the company' aspires to establish a homeland as promised… already 'tomorrow' (Utrecht Plan)" [a satiric variation of a phrase from the "Basel Plan" printed on title pages of the "Jüdische Rundschau"].
Further on appears a humorous text about the way to reach Werkdorp, fake news items and various sections written with nonsense humor: "Jewish Economy", "From the Courts of Law", "Mailbox", "Song for the Housewife", and more. The booklet is accompanied by hand-drawn caricatures, within the text: a large illustration of a train leaving Werkdorp on the way to a desert in Palestine; illustration of the court; illustration of a Passover table; figures; animals; and other illustrations. The booklet is bound with a string in a thick paper cover, with a hand-drawn title page: a pencil drawing of the facility (signed: WR), and the title "Werkdorp, September 1938".
The Werkdorp (Work Camp) training facility was established in 1934 by Georg Flatow, George van den Bergh and the Committee for Jewish Refugees (Comite Voor Bijzondere Joodse Belangen), aiming at training young Jews from Germany toward their immigration to Palestine or to other countries. In 1941, about one year after the occupation of The Netherlands by the Germans, the facility was closed and the trainees were moved to Amsterdam, and from there to Mauthausen concentration camp.
Not in OCLC.
7 leaves, approx. 28.5 cm. Good condition. A small number of stains and minor blemishes. A few corrections by hand. Dark stains on cover.
Six tokens and medals. [England, 19th century].
• Medal from the time of the Covent Garden (London) theater re-opening, and the riots caused by rising prices (the Old Price Riots, 1809).
• Two identical tokens issued by John Ashby, stock broker in Bartholomew Lane bank. London [ca. 1820]. On one side appears a bull with the head of the banker Nathan Meir Rothschild and the legend "John Ashby Stock Broker no. 3, Bartholomew Lane Bank". On the reverse appear the office hours and an animal with the head of the banker Moses Macatta.
• Two different medals commemorating George III, King of the United Kingdom. . On both appears the Holy Edward's crown with the tetragrammaton above it, surrounded by sun beams.
• Token issued by the E. Moses & Son store in London. On the reverse appears a calendar of Sundays for the year 1856.
Size and condition vary
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.
Nine pins for submarine flotilla soldiers.
Among them: • Three early pins – pin of a soldier in one of the early submarines. One pin is gold plated (commander's pin?). • Two pins given to soldiers with ten years seniority.
Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.
An autograph letter, hand-signed by Theodor Herzl. Vienna, 1901. German.
The letter, dated 5.4.1901, is addressed to a person named Wolpe: "Dear Mr. Wolpe, thank you for your kind wishes, and reciprocate them most cordially. Best regards to you and your family". Signed: "Herzl".
This letter was written between the fourth and fifth Zionist congresses, held in London in 1900 and 1901. The congresses were held in London with the intention of influencing the English public opinion and government and lead them to support the Zionist enterprise. During these congresses it was decided, among other things, to found JNF, to institute regulations for the Zionist Organization and to start a competition for a national anthem. In addition, a public appeal to North African Jews was published and it was announced that the Ottoman Sultan supports the Jews.
The recipient of this letter is, most probably, Jonas Wolpe, a Zionist activist and a merchant, who was one of the delegates to the fourth Zionist Congress.
 leaf (folded in half, written widthwise on half a page), approx. 17.5 cm. Stains. Creases and minor blemishes. Folding marks. Some tears along the folding marks, by the margins. Small hole where folding marks meet.
Jerusalem Explored, Being a Description of the Ancient and Modern City, with Numerous Illustrations Consisting of Views, Ground plans, and Sections, by Ermete Pierotti… Translated by Thomas George Bonney. London: Bell and Daldy, 1864. English. Two volumes.
English translation of a survey of Jerusalem by Italian engineer and archaeologist Ermete Pierotti. Volume I: text; Volume II: 63 plates, some folded, with lithographic prints of Pierotti's photographs and drawings depicting Mount Zion, David's Tomb, the Jewish Hospital Misgav Ladach, the Tomb of Absalom and other sites; includes a large panorama of Jerusalem as seen from the Mount of Olives.
Pierotti came to Jerusalem in 1854, having been chosen to serve as a consultant on the renovations of the Temple Mount. He participated in various construction projects in Jerusalem and was appointed Jerusalem's municipal engineer within a short time. This position enabled him to visit sites which were closed to Western scholars, in particular the Temple Mount and the Mosques. "Jerusalem Explored" is the result of a long historical and archaeological study of Jerusalem.
A promotional booklet (4 pp) from the publisher is bound at the end of the first volume.
Vol. I: XII, , 339,  pp. Vol. II: ,  pp + LXIII plates. 38 cm. Vol. I: Good condition. Some stains and creases. Leather spine. Stains and blemishes to binding. Vol. II: Good-fair condition. Stains. Handwritten inscription on one of the pages and a marking in colored pencil on one of the plates. A number of detached leaves. Some tears at margins (tear to front endpaper, reinforced with adhesive tape). Parts of the panorama are reinforced with a cloth strip. Half leather binding. Stains and blemishes to binding. Cloth strips are pasted on the top and bottom of the spine, and on the joints between the binding and endpapers.
75 photographs portraying Haifa, Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv and other Jewish settlements in Palestine. Palestine, [ca. 1920s].
In the collection: • 24 photographs of Haifa, including photographs of the Hejaz railway station, the memorial constructed in honor of the train, Haifa bay prior to the construction of the port, HaCarmel Street in Haifa, cemetery for World War I casualties and more. • 17 photographs of Jerusalem - Valley of Josaphat, Nablus Gate, Tiferet Israel synagogue, Allenby hotel, Bezalel buildings, Alliance school, Rachel's Tomb, and more. • Galei Aviv casino in Tel-Aviv. • Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium in Tel-Aviv. • 29 photographs of colonies and settlements – Kineret; the great yard and the cowshed in Merhavia; main building and Karl Netter's grave in Mikve Israel; Ben Shemen; Great synagogue; palm tree boulevard and water tower in Rishon LeZion; Rehovot; and more. • Factory for cardboard boxes in Tel-Aviv. • More.
Some of the photographs were retouched by hand, probably for printing purposes. Numerous photographs are titled on the back, a small number in pen and the majority in pencil (Hebrew and German).
The provenance: archive of Gershon Ben, owner of "Pirsum Ben" advertising agency in Tel-Aviv.
Enclosed: Gershon Ben's business card.
Average size: 16.5X11.5 cm (one 14X9.5 cm photograph and one 17X14 cm photograph). Good condition. Minor blemishes and tears to a number of photographs. A tear reinforced with adhesive tape on one photograph.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.
Six black and white photographs by David Rubinger. Different places in Israel [ca. 1950s- 1970s].
The photographs portray children in a swimming pool in a settlement, farm animals among transit camp tents, queue for a bus in Jerusalem, flood in the desert, the Jordan river and a desert with some houses.
Five photographs are stamped on the back with photographer's ink-stamp. Two are signed with additional ink-stamps. One photograph is titled and dated by hand on the back.
Approx. 23.5X17.5 cm – 25X20.5 cm. Condition varies. Good overall condition. Minor blemishes. Stains (mostly on verso). Adhesive tape on the back of one photograph.
Mercante Guideo [Jewish Merchant], hand-colored engraving, from the travel book of French geographer Nicolas de Nicolay. [Venice, 1580]. Italian.
A fine engraving depicting a Jewish textile merchant, in a costume typical of Turkish Jews. The engraving was printed in the book "Le Navigationi Et Viaggi, Fatti Nella Turchia", by Nicolas de Nicolay (Venice, 1580). This book, first published in France, records the journey of the geographer Nicolas de Nicolay in Turkey on a mission on behalf of the French government. The book includes much information about the inhabitants of the Turkish Empire and their traditional costumes, and is considered one of the earliest and most accurate depictions of the Islamic world to appear in Europe.
19.5X28 cm leaf, mounted on a thick paper leaf with a "window" cut on the back (so that it is possible to see the text on the back of the engraving). Good-fair condition. Creases, some stains and blemishes. Stains on paper frame, and adhesive tape on top and bottom margins.
Six etchings by Yosl Bergner (1920-2017), for "The Vulture", a short story by Franz Kafka. [Australia: Port Jackson Press], 1989.
Six etchings out of a series of seven etchings by Bergner, inspired by Kafka's story "The Vulture". The etchings are all hand-colored in watercolors, dated and hand-signed by Bergner, in pencil. By one of the etchings appears a dedication handwritten by Bergner (English), with a drawing of two apples, dated 1996.
 etchings (out of 7) + printed leaf – English translation of "The Vulture". Etchings: 15X10 cm; leaves 28X38 cm. Good condition. Minor stains.
"Nocturno" – a poem handwritten and signed by the Jewish-German poet Ludwig Jacobowski (1868-1900). Written on stationery bearing his name. Berlin, 29.3.1900. German.
A handwritten draft of the poem "Nocturno" by Ludwig Jacobowski; composed during his last year of life. Signed at the end: "Ludwig Jacobowski".
The poem was published in the book "Ausklang" by Jacobowski (Germany: J.C.C. Bruns, 1901).
The Jewish-German poet Ludwig Jacobowski was born in 1868 in the town of Strelno (Posen province) and in 1879 moved with his family to Berlin. In 1891-1899 he published a number of poetry books, and in 1898-1900 edited the literary periodical "Die Gesellschaft". Jacobowski passed away in 1900, at the age of 32. For more information about him see enclosed material.
 leaf folded in half (one written page), 16.5 cm. Good condition. Horizontal folding mark and some stains. Ink-stamps on the back.
12 loan certificates issued by the Confederate States of America (Confederacy) in order to raise funds for war financing. Confederate States of America, 1862-1863.
The certificates are in the sums of $100, $500 and $1000, and attached to each is a different number of interest coupons. All show the portrait of Judah Philip Benjamin.
The Confederacy was created in 1861 by the southern U.S. states allowing slavery. Their secession from the United States triggered the Civil War, which ended with the victory of the Northern states in 1865 and the abolition of slavery.
Judah Philip Benjamin (1811-1884), an attorney and statesman, representative of the State of Louisiana in the American House of Representatives and the second Jew to serve as senator in the U.S. senate. With the secession of Louisiana and the other southern states from the United States Benjamin was appointed Attorney General of the Confederate government, later serving as the Secretary of War and the State Secretary. At the end of the war he fled to England, where he led a successful career as a much sought-after attorney. For more on Benjamin, see item 281.
Benjamin often faced anti-Semitism, both on the part of his allies in the Confederate government and on the part of his rivals. However, his political achievements were admired, and this was expressed, among other things, in the printing of his portrait on loan certificates of the Confederacy and on one of the Confederacy's banknotes (the $2 bill). Benjamin is the first and presumably only Jew whose portrait appeared on an American bill or bond.
Width: 35 cm in average. Height: 31.5 to 43 cm. Condition varies, good to fair. Stains. Tears and open tears. Creases.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.
A medal struck in honor of the series of articles "A Nazi Travels to Palestine", published in the Nazi journal "Der Angriff" (The Attack). A memento of the cooperation between the Nazi Party and the German Zionist Federation, in their mutual goal of tranfering German Jews to Palestine (the "Ha'avara"). Germany, 1934. German.
Obverse: a Star of David in the center is surrounded by the German legend "A Nazi Travels to Palestine" (Ein Nazi fährt nach Palästina). Reverse: a swastika and the words "And he tells about it in The Attack" (Und erzählt davon in Angriff).
In the early days of Nazi rule in Germany, the Zionist Movement was inclined to cooperate with the line that the Nazi government adopted at the time – encouraging immigration of German Jews to Palestine. In the spring of 1933, the leaders of the German Zionist Association decided to contact elements within the Nazi party who might support the Zionist cause. Kurt Tuchler, a German-Jewish jurist and judge, and a member of the managing committee of the German Zionist Federation, contacted Leopold von Mildenstein, a senior Nazi officer who was head of the Jewish department of the SD (the security service of the SS and the Nazi party), and asked him to publish an article in the Nazi press about the Jewish Yishuv in Palestine. In 1933, the two men traveled to Palestine with their wives and spent a month touring the country, to enable von Mildenstein to get an impression of the achievements of the thriving Zionist enterprise. In a report submitted to Yad Vashem years later, Tuchler wrote, "The purpose of the visit was to create, in an important Nazi newspaper, an image that would promote the Zionist cause in Palestine". After their return to Germany, von Mildenstein published a series of 12 illustrated articles in the Nazi newspaper "Der Angriff" (The Attack), which was the mouthpiece of Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Propaganda Minister. The articles were published under the headline "A Nazi Travels to Palestine". To commemorate the article series, Goebbels commissioned this medal.
Diameter: 35 mm. Good condition. Stains.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.
Memoirs of the Lady Hester Stanhope as Related by Herself in Conversations with her Physician. London: Henry Colburn, 1845. English. Three volumes. First edition.
A memoir by Lady Hester Stanhope, one of the first travelers to the Near East in the 19th century, considered the "first archaeologist" in Palestine. At the end of the first volume, seven handwritten letters have been bound: three from the author (from the years 1841-1842) and four sent in her name by her secretary (from the years 1818-1820). Preceding these letters are two bound leaves, typewritten (French), noting that the letters were sent to the grandmother of the book's owner, with a reference written by hand: "see reference to my grandmother on page 58" (French).
A few lines of text are marked on p. 58: "Should a little Jewish woman find you out, she will tell you she has seen me… Excellent little woman! - sweet-tempered and resigned in misfortune, and her star pleased me". According to a footnote printed on the same page, this refers to an English lady by the name of Messiah, who sold all her property to move with her husband to Jerusalem. Mrs. Messiah met the author in Sidon.
The letters are written in English and on most of them appear ink-stamps, wax seals and paper labels.
Each volume has a frontispiece; one of them (a print in color) portrays Stanhope riding astride a horse, dressed in men's garments.
Hester Lucy Stanhope (1776-1839) was a British socialite and adventurer. In 1810 she travelled throughout the Near East, riding astride, dressed in men's garments; she visited Greece, Turkey, Egypt and Lebanon – where she finally settled. When she came across an ancient manuscript with a treasure map, she turned to the Sultan asking him to excavate at the spot – the town of Ashkelon, and in 1815 she was the first person who excavated in Palestine looking for antiquities. Her excavation unearthed columns, pottery and even a large marble sculpture from the Roman period, but she never found the treasure. Since Stanhope was allowed to search for gold only, she considered her findings as a violation of her promise to the Sultan and she ordered to destroy the sculpture as a symbol of loyalty. Her book of memoirs was published shortly after her death, edited by the personal physician, Charles Lewis Marion, who accompanied her through all her travels.
Vol. I: XVII, , 394 pp +  plate and  folded plan. Vol. II: VI, 384, 8 pp +  plate. Vol. III: VII, 361, , 2, 8 pp +  plate, approx. 20 cm. Good overall condition. Stains, tears and open tears at margins (small). Bookplates and embossed stamps at the beginning of each of the volumes. Pieces of paper with printed text are pasted on glued to inside front binding of the first volume. Worn bindings, slightly damaged, with rubbings, tears and open tears (mostly at corners and spines). The letters are in fair condition, with folding marks, stains, blemishes, tears and open tears (some reinforced with adhesive tape).
Ten photographs of immigrants in their country of origin and in Israel. [ca. 1950s].
The photographs portray a Yemenite woman by her tent in Habban; a girl from Habban in Moshav Bareket; A Moroccan woman in Moshav Lachish and other immigrants from various countries in transit camps ("Ma'abarot") and with representatives of the Israeli authorities.
Eight of the photographs are signed by hand, by Carmi.
30X24 cm to 40X30.5 cm. Good condition. Minor creases and blemishes to margins of some photographs.
L. Pasternak, his Life and Work, by Haim Nachman Bialik and Max Osborn. Berlin: Abraham-Joseph Stybel Publishing House, 1924. Numbered copy, with an etching signed by Pasternak.
A fine monograph about the painter Leonid Osipovich Pasternak (1862-1945) – with two essays by Haim Nachman Bialik and Max Osborn and 148 reproductions of works by Pasternak (some in-text and some on plates). The reproductions were printed in different techniques; some are lithographs.
Copy no. 15 out of an edition of 100 copies, with an engraving signed by Pasternak – portrait of the author Leo Tolstoy. Blue leather binding, embossed in gold. Top edge gilt.
 leaves,  plates, 98 pp, LXXIII plates,  pp, 32 cm. Good condition. Some stains and creases. First leaves are slightly loose. Several sheets are unopened at bottom margins. Rubbings, peelings and minor blemishes to binding.