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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.
Souvenirs d'Orient, Terre-Sainte, album pittoresque des sites, villes et ruins les plus remarquables de la Palestine, Photographié et édité par Félix Bonfils [Souvenirs from the Orient, the Holy Land, Photograph Album… Photographed and Edited by Felix Bonfils]. Alais (Alès, France), 1878. French, German and English.
"Souvenirs from the Orient - the Holy Land", a small-format album with thirty photographs of Palestine by Felix Bonfils. The photographs are mounted on thick sheets (printed beneath each photo is its title, in French), and accompanied by leaves of text about the photographed sites (in French, English and German).
The photographed sites include: Jaffa; Jerusalem's various sites, including the Western Wall, the Valley of Josaphat, David's Tomb, the Mosque of Omar on the Temple Mount, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Gethsemane and the Church of Saint Anne; the Dead Sea, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Mount Carmel, and more.
, 1-24, 26-30 text pages + 30 plates of photographs. One text leaf is missing. Photos: 9.5X7.5 cm, leaves: 17X12.5 cm. Gilt edges. Good condition. Some stains and creases. Minor blemishes to binding.
Ten prints of photographs by Alexander Ganan. Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Hebron. [1930s-40s].
Prints on thick paper, mounted on paper sheets. Among them: • The Old City of Jerusalem: Nablus Gate, a lane on the way to the Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, and more. • Bethlehem and Hebron. • Portrait of an Arab boy. Nine prints are signed in pencil, "Ganan". Some are titled by hand.
Alexander Ganan, an Israeli photographer born in Hungary, opened a photography studio in Jerusalem in the early 1930s and specialized in portrait photography and outdoor photography in a romantic-pictorial style. Died ca. mid 1970s.
Ten prints, 12X17 cm. Mounted on paper sheets: 22X29.5 cm. Good condition. Some stains and blemishes.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.
Dix Dessins de la Vie Juive [Ten Drawings of Jewish Life], a portfolio of ten prints by Abraham Goldberg. Paris: La Triangle, [ca. 1932]. One of a limited edition of 100 numbered copies. First edition.
The portfolio contains ten prints depicting Jewish figures. The prints are mounted on thick paper plates, and each print is hand signed and numbered by Goldberg. This is copy no. 2 from an edition of 100 copies; signed and dedicated by Abraham Goldberg on the inner front cover: "To dear Steinberg, Abraham Goldberg. Paris 23 October 1932."
Abraham Goldberg (1906-1980) was a Jewish artist who immigrated to Palestine from Poland as a youth. He studied in Paris and in the United States; during the Holocaust he hid out in occupied Paris.
Rare. No copies on OCLC (which lists only copies from the second edition, printed in 1934 in 500 copies).
Prints: 23.5X21.5 cm to 27.5X21.5 cm. Plates: 56X37 cm. Cardboard portfolio cover with cloth ribbons. The prints are in good condition. Some stains, creases and small tears to the plates, not affecting the prints. The tissue guards are partly torn and stained and some are missing. Light tears and stains to portfolio cover. Ribbons mostly missing.
A footed goblet. [United States], dedication from 1863.
Silver (not marked), engraved.
A footed goblet, engraved with vegetal patterns. A dedication in engraved within a medallion surround by a wreath of leaves: "Grace Louise, from Lizzie F. Broun. Feb 6th 1863".
Height: 12 cm. Diameter of base: 5.5 cm. Good condition. Slight bends.
"Athlit Salt", enamel sign. [Palestine, 1930s or 1940s].
Large enamel sign with the logo of the salt factory in Athlit (a deer inside a red triangle) alongside the inscription "Athlit Salt" in Hebrew, English and Arabic.
The Palestine Salt Co. Ltd. Athlit was founded in 1922 by Mordecai Surdin and Israel Kassel, after the Jewish Colonization Association obtained a permit for this enterprise from the British Mandate authorities. Today the company operates under the name "Israel Salt Industries" and the brand "Salt of the Earth".
60X30 cm. Good-fair condition. Scratches. Breaks to enamel, especially to the sign's edges. Stains. Bends. Foxing. Holes for hanging at the sign's four corners.
Volume containing two books on the geography of Palestine. Amsterdam, 1704-1707.
1. Geographia Sacra ex Veteri et Novo Testamento Desumta, by Nicolas Sanson. Amsterdam: Franciscus Halma, 1704. Latin.
The book "Sacred Geography" by French cartographer Nicolas Sanson (1600-1667). The book includes four folded maps (engravings) including a map of Palestine (with a division into tribal lands) and a map of Judea, Samaria and the Galilee. Appearing in the beginning of the book are two additional engraved plates, one with a portrait of the author.
2. Onomasticon Urbium et Locorum Sacrae Scripturae. Amsterdam: Franciscus Halma, 1207 [i.e. 1707]. Latin and Greek.
Book on the places of settlement mentioned in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. With a large map of the Land of Israel (folded engraving).
Two books bound together: 15, , 111, 16, 51,  pp +  plates; , 192 pp +  plate, 44.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Worming and a few small tears. Paper pasted to margins of some leaves at the beginning of the volume (for restoring the worming holes). Ink inscription on verso of title page of the first book. Fine vellum binding. Paper label glued onto inside front binding.
Plate decorated with figures of the spies. Product of Bezalel, the SHARAR group, Jerusalem, [first half of the 20th century].
Repoussé and embossed copper.
At the center of the plate is an embossed medallion presenting the figures of two spies carrying a cluster of grapes. The plate's edges are decorated with stalks of grain and medallions recalling ancient coins. Soldered to the back of the plate is a thin platelet with the inscription: "Made in Palestine at the Art Workshop SHARAR, Bezalel Jerusalem".
Diameter: 22 cm. Good condition. Bends. Minor blemishes. Corrosion. Hanger on the plate's back.
A Class Book for Jewish Youth of Both Sexes, by H. A. Henry. New York: L. H. Frank, 1866. English. Second Amercian edition.
A textbook for Jewish children containing excerpts from the Bible, religious laws, customs, stories, and Jewish history.
The author, Henry Abraham Henry (London, 1800/1806 – U.S., 1879), was a rabbi and teacher in London. He served, among other positions, as the principal of the Jewish Free School. In 1849, he immigrated to the United States, where he served as the rabbi of various communities, including Shearith Israel in San Francisco.
V, , 8-124 pp, 19 cm. Good condition. Small tear at inner margins of first page. Cloth-covered cardboard binding, slightly faded, with slight tears and blemishes. Tears to spine.
Five medals with the tetragrammaton. Holland, 1574-1602.
1. Medal from 1574. Obverse: a triangle with Holland's coat of arms below it, and the legend "Lapis Reiectus Caput Anguli". Reverse: the tetragrammaton surrounded by a legend.
2. Medal from 1592, commemorating the liberation of the towns Steenwijk, Ootmarsum and Coevorden by the Dutch army. Obverse: a hand holding a scepter, emerging out of a cloud with the tetragrammaton in it, above town houses. On the margins appears the legend "Zelus Domini Exercituum Fecit Hoc". Reverse: legend in Latin.
3. Medal from 1598. Obverse: three men (representing Spain, Germany and the Catholic inhabitants of Holland), pointing spears and lances towards the sky, surrounded by the legend "Coelum Stolidus qui Territat Armis". Reverse: the three men lying on the ground while fire and lightning are pouring out of a cloud with the tetragrammaton.
4. Medal from 1599. Obverse: the army of Cardinal Andreas von Österreich by the Rhine River. Above them appears the tetragrammaton within a cloud and on the margin appears the legend "Frustra Conatur Inpius". Reverse: the Cardinal with his consultants, surrounded by a legend.
5. Medal from 1602, most probably commemorating the occupation of Grave in Holland. Obverse: the tetragrammaton within flames. Reverse: legend in Latin.
Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.
Two Italian editions of the work "History of the Rites of the Jews" by Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh of Modena – an edition printed in Paris, 1637 (first edition) and an edition printed in Venice, 1669.
1. Historia de gli Riti Hebraici. No printer indicated. Paris, 1637. First edition. Italian.
, 217 (i.e.: 117),  pp, 14 cm. Good condition. Stains. Some open tears to first leaves. The margin of one of the leaves is reinforced with paper. Gilt embossed green leather binding (not original). Bookplate on inside front binding.
2. Historia de riti Hebraici. Venice: Appresso li Prodotti, 1669. Italian.
, 123,  pp, 12.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Strip of adhesive tape on verso of title page. Gilt embossed red leather binding (not original). Minor blemishes to binding.Bookplate on inside of front binding.
"History of the Rites of the Jews" was written by Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh of Modena at the request of the English Ambassador in Venice on behalf of James I, King of England. Having gained success, the book was translated into several languages (including French, English and Hebrew) and used for years as an important source of information about the daily customs of the Jewish people.
Eight contribution cards (Beitragskarte), with stamps given for contributions to the "Central Welfare Agency for German Jews" (Zentralwohlfahrtsstelle der Deutschen Juden) – a welfare agency for German Jews under Nazi regime. Germany, ca. 1934-1939. German.
Eight blue paperboard cards, folded in half. On the outer side of the cards are an illustration of a Star of David, the title "Für Hilfe und Aufbau" [for aid and rehabilitation], and other details (the names of the receivers were added by hand). Printed on some of the cards is an inscription indicating that they were issued by the Berlin Jewish community, and on a number of cards appear ink-stamps of Jewish welfare agencies in Breslau (Jud. Wohlfahrtsamt Breslau) and in Munich (Wohlfahrtsant der Israelitischen kultusgemeinde Munchen).
Twelve stamps, in different values, are pasted on the inside of each card – for each month during which the contribution for the "Central Welfare Agency for German Jews" was received. Colorful illustrations are printed on the stamps, most of them depicting Jewish themes: Symbols of the Twelve Tribes; Jewish ceremonial objects; holidays, ceremonies and customs (a Jewish wedding, prayer at the Western Wall, lighting Shabbath candles and a Purim dinner); biblical figures and more.
Such cards were distributed by the "Central Welfare Agency for German Jews" as of 1934, for funds donated through the agency. The donations were used for assisting German Jews who lost their means to earn a living or were affected in a different manner by Nazi authorities.
Eight paperboard cards, 20X15 cm, folded in half. Good overall condition. Stains (including rust stains from paper clips) and minor blemishes. One filing hole to one card. An open tear and pasting traces to one card.
Picturesque Palestine, Sinai and Egypt, edited by Colonel [Charles] Wilson. Engravings after illustration by Harry Fenn and J. [John] D. Woodward. New York: D. Appleton and Company, [1881-1883]. Two volumes. English.
Detailed and comprehensive guidebook to Palestine and the surroundings, accompanied by 42 engraved plates, two large maps in color (map of Palestine and map of Sinai and Egypt), and numerous illustrations within the text, depicting views, local garments, customs and more.
Two volumes in fine leather bindings, with gilt embossing and gilt edges.
Vol. I:  leaf, X, 480 pp +  engraved plates (including title); Vol. II: X, 476 pp +  engraved plates (including title) and  maps (double plates). 31.5 cm. Good condition. Some stains. Small tears to tissue guards. Bookplates on inside of both front bindings. Ink stamps on bottom margins of each of the title pages. Wear to bindings, mostly to spines and margins.
30 photographs by photographer Avraham Soskin. Palestine, [first decades of the 20th century].
1-16. Sixteen photographs reflecting the different facets of Jewish settlement and activity in Palestine during the first decades of the 20th century: laborers in an orchard, a Purim party at a kindergarten in Tel Aviv, Lord Balfour and his entourage in Tel Aviv , swamp drainage in the Jezreel Valley, tobacco farming at Ben Shemen, work on a dairy farm in a Jewish settlement (apparently Beit Alpha), a plantation and a beehive in Kibbutz Geva, the Roaring Lion monument at Tel Hai and more.
17-30. Fourteen portraits of women, men and children photographed in a studio. Most are divided on verso to be used as postcards, with dedications on verso of some. One of the photographs is signed by the subject ("Prof. A Schor").
26 of the photographs are stamped (most with embossed stamps. Others are stamped on verso. Some have printed labels on the cards on which they are mounted). Three of the photographs are stamped on verso with the stamp of the "Agricultural Museum of the Zionist Organization, Jerusalem" (the museum operated in Jerusalem in the years 1920-1927). In some cases, details were added by hand in the negative or on the photographs.
Avraham Soskin (1881-1963) was born in Russia and immigrated to Palestine in 1905. He settled in the German colony in Jaffa and opened the "Photographia Progress" photography studio together with G. Bruck. In 1914 Soskin moved to 24 Herzl St., where the second floor served as both a photography studio and a home for his family and himself; at this studio, called "Photographia A. Soskin", he worked for 19 years, until 1933 (the year the studio was closed). Soskin, known as the "Photographer of Tel Aviv", was among the most important photographers active in Palestine during the Yishuv period. He is unique in the abundance of photographs he took documenting the first two decades of the first Hebrew city.
30 photographs. Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.
Apparatus ad Biblia Sacra, in XX. Tabulas Distributus, [by Bernard Lamy]. Rome: Komarek, 1728. Latin.
A unique edition of the book Apparatus ad Biblia Sacra by the French theologian Bernard Lamy, being an introduction or guide to the bible. The text in this edition is printed on 20 sheets, and organized mostly in tree diagrams. The sheets are dedicated to different subjects, among them, biblical figures, the Temple, the Jewish calendar and holidays, and more. On the sheet dedicated to the Temple appears a sketch of the interior of Solomon's temple. The text on each sheet is surrounded by an ornamental frame. The Initial letters are also ornamented.
The sheets, approx. 35X47 cm, are folded in two and bound together in a vellum binding (the book has to be turned 90 degrees when one wishes to read it).
Not in NLI.
 leaves, approx. 35X47 cm. volume: 36 cm. Good condition. Stains, including significant dampstains to margins of leaves. Some tears, mostly to margins of leaves. Open tear to one leaf (affecting the frame). Vellum binding, with stains, blemishes and small tears. Inscription (old) on inside front binding.
Jerusalem, 1983. Painting by Zoma Baitler (1908-1994).
Oil on canvas. Signed and dated. Titled on the back.
79X98 cm. Good condition. Canvas somewhat wavy at bottom margins of frame.
Theatrum Terrae Sanctae et Biblicarum Historiarum, by Christian van Adrichem. Cologne: Birckmannica, 1628 (printing details on colophon page). Latin.
Christian van Adrichem (1533-1585) – Catholic priest, born in Delft (Holland), wrote a number of works on Palestine. This book is a comprehensive description of the Holy Land, accompanied by twelve engraved plates. Engravings include: maps of the tribal territories, a large map (folded) of Palestine and a large map (folded) of Jerusalem.
, 286,  pp +  engraved title page, and  plates with engraved maps (nine of which are folded), 40 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Minor blemishes. Tears and open tears to margins of a few leaves (not affecting text). Restored tears at margins of a number of leaves. Open tear to rear endpaper. Worming on bottom margins of some 30 leaves at the end of the book (mostly small. Some restored. No damage to text). Handwritten inscriptions on several leaves (old). Restored tears to four maps (mostly small, at margins), and tears at margins of three maps. Bound in a leather binding, with gilt decorations on spine. Blemishes to binding (mostly to spine and to back).
Large collection of pins and badges (mostly cap badges) – guarding and security companies in Israel.
The collection includes, among others, pins and badges of "Hevrat HaShmira Ltd. (veteran Jewish policemen in Palestine)", "Agudat HaShomrim", "HaShomer HaNoter", "Brinks Israel", "Mabat, company for intelligence and security Ltd.", "Mishmar", "Ashmoret", "Notre HaBirah", "Keshev, guarding services cooperative Ltd.", and other companies.
Enclosed: Round cap badge with the emblem of the "Levant Fair" (possibly used by guards in the "Levant Fair").
Total of 57 items. Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.
Marriage ketubah from a detention camp in Cyprus, and a card with a photomontage of the married couple and photos of the camp. Cyprus, ca. 1948.
1. Ketubah recording the marriage of Moshe Ben Ya'akov and Esther Bat Yitzhak, from 15 February 1948. "On this date in the camp of Jewish detainees near the city of Dekhelia on the island of Cyprus".
Near the city of Dekhelia north of Larnaca were seven internment camps known as "Winter Camps". Due to the poor conditions, the ketubah was typewritten and mimeographed, on thin paper of poor quality. On the leaf's verso is an ink stamp of the "Chief Rabbinate, Cyprus", hand-signed by the secretary.
Approx. 30.5X23 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, folding marks and some holes (small, with no damage to text). Restored tears along folding marks and at the margins.
2. Souvenir card with a photomontage: photo of a young couple (presumably the couple whose names appear on the ketubah), surrounded by four photos of the camp.
6.5X9 cm. Good-fair condition. Creases and blemishes. Stains on verso.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.
Jerusalem Design, God is in the Details, Illustrated Guide by David Kroyanker. Jerusalem: Jerusalem Design Heritage Publication, 2016. English. Four volumes. Limited edition of 50 copies.
This four-volume work deals with Jerusalem design, with particular focus on various architectonic details. The book’s four volumes contain hundreds of terms and more than three thousand photographs and illustrations. The first three volumes deal with architectonic details that come from the three faiths that left their mark on Jerusalem – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The fourth part deals with the city’s modern design during the twentieth century.
The book is the result of many years of research by architect David Kroyanker (b. 1939), who spent many years engaged in the architectonic-historical documentation of Jerusalem’s architecture, the development of Jerusalem, and the preservation of neighborhoods and buildings in the city.
Copy no. 17 of an edition of 50 copies. Each volume is numbered and signed by the author. At the end of each volume is an envelope with a paper cut designed in accordance with the subject of the volume.
Vol. I: , 302,  pp. Vol. II: , 395 pp. Vol. III: , 537 pp. Vol. IV: , 226 pp. Approx. 22X31 cm. Very good condition. Minimal blemishes to bindings. Each volume is contained in a separate cardboard slipcase. The set is held in a specially designed gray metal cradle.
Pendant for the first Tower of David Exhibition, 1921.
The Tower of David Exhibitions which took place in the Tower of David in Jerusalem during 1921-1932, were the main activity center of the Hebrew Artists Association [later the Israel Painters and Sculptors Association]. They are considered an important milestone in the history and development of Israeli art.
Obverse: relief of the Tower of David next to the Hebrew legend "Jerusalem Tower of David", surrounded by the legend "First Art Exhibition" in English, Hebrew and Arabic, and "1921". Reverse: blank.
Diameter: 26 mm. Suspension loop.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.
Sixteen pins – municipalities and local councils in Israel.
• Tiberias municipality pin. • Tel-Aviv municipality pin. • Ramat-Gan municipality pin. • Or Yehudah municipality pin. • Migdal HaEmek Local Council pin. • Lod municipality – two pins. On top of one of them is a plaque with the engraving "Pakach" (supervisor). • Kadima local council pin. • Jerusalem municipality pin. • Holon municipality pin. • Herzliya municipality pin. • Haifa municipality pin. • Ashdod municipality – attendant pin. • "Nizanim" youth village pin. • Bat Yam municipal high school pin. • Ramat-Gan national park pin.
Enclosed: Button with emblem of Ramat-Gan municipality.
Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.
The Stones of Palestine, Notes of a Ramble through the Holy Land, by Mrs. [Augusta] Mentor Mott, with a dozen photographs by Francis Bedford. London: Seeley, Jackson, and Halliday, 1865. English.
Impressions from a tour in Palestine, accompanied by 12 photographs by photographer Francis Bedford, including photographs of Jerusalem (Gethsemane, view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, Tomb of Absalom and the Dome of the Rock), Jaffa, Hebron and other towns.
The English photographer Francis Bedford (1816-1894) started photographing during the 1850s. In 1862 he was appointed by Queen Victoria to photograph Palestine and the vicinity while touring the area with Prince of Wales Eduard VII. The photographs in this book were taken during that tour.
On the front endpaper appears a dedication (in English) from 1865.
VIII, 88 pp +  photograph-plates, 20.5 cm (photographs approx. 10X7.5 cm). Gilt edges. Good condition. Some stains to leaves. Slight creases and tears at margins of a number of leaves. Minor blemishes to binding. Cloth strips pasted on top and bottom of spine.
Approximately 80 photographs of Ariel Sharon by different photographers. Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Beirut and elsewhere, ca. late 1960s to early 2000s.
The collection includes a large assortment of photographs, most of them press photos documenting Sharon's military service, his personal life and his political roles. Including: • Three photographs documenting Ariel Sharon's meeting with the Chief of the General Staff Rafael Eitan and head of the Military Intelligence Directorate Yehoshua Sagi near the refugee camps Sabra and Shatila, on the eve of the massacre in the camps. Inscribed by hand on the back of the photographs: "On the roof of the command and control post, morning of September 15, 1982, photographer: Uri Dan". • Arik Sharon and General Avraham Yoffe, both in IDF uniforms, standing with their wives near the Western Wall, apparently shortly after its liberation. • Encounters with artists and intellectuals from Israel and abroad (Gila Almagor, Yigal Bashan, Kirk Douglas and others). • Encounters with politicians from Israel and abroad (Martin Indyk, Abu Mazzen, Yitzhak Shamir, Rafael Eitan and others). • And more.
Most of the photographs are press photos with ink stamps, information notes for the press, descriptions and handwritten instructions for printing.
Total of 80 photographs, size and condition vary. Good overall condition. Stains, tears and blemishes to a number of photographs.