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Auction 64 Lot Number 114

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Ten Prints of Photographs – Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Hebron – Alexander Ganan

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.

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Auction 64 Lot Number 66

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Picturesque Palestine – Comprehensive Study of Palestine – New York, 1881-1883 – Engravings

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: [1] leaf, X, 480 pp + [20] engraved plates (including title); Vol. II: X, 476 pp + [20] engraved plates (including title) and [2] 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.

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Auction 64 Lot Number 64

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The Holy City – Research Book by George Williams – London, 1845 – Lithographs and Maps

The Holy City, or historical and topographical notices of Jerusalem, with some account of its antiquities and of its present condition, by George Williams. London: J.W. Parker, 1845. English. First edition.
A research about Jerusalem by George Williams (1814-1878), an Anglican priest and teacher at Cambridge, who arrived in Palestine with the entourage of the first Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem. The book was written in an attempt to refute the research conclusions of Edward Robinson and Eli Smith in Jerusalem regarding the identification of biblical sites.
The book is accompanied by 15 plates, including eleven lithographs depicting views and sites in Jerusalem (one of the lithographs – a bird's eye view of Jerusalem – is printed on a large, linen-backed folding plate), a map of Jerusalem (double plate, partly colored), plan of the interior of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (double plate, hand colored), and more. Some small in-text illustrations.
XV, [1], 512 pp + [15] plates, 22 cm. Good condition. Some stains. Half-leather binding.

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Auction 64 Lot Number 158

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“On the Doctrine of Spinoza” – Letters to Moses Mendelssohn – Breslau, 1785 – First Edition

Ueber die Lehre des Spinoza in briefen an den herrn Moses Mendelssohn [On the doctrine of Spinoza in letters to Moses Mendelssohn] by Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi. Breslau: Gottl. Lowe, 1785. German and French. First edition.
A philosophic-polemic composition by Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi, about Spinoza's philosophy following the author's talks with Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. This book was part of the Pantheism controversy among the philosophers in Berlin about Spinoza's work and the relation between faith and reason.
[8], 215, [1] pp, 17.5 cm. Good condition. Some stains. Original leather binding. Blemishes and tears to binding and along the spine. Detached bookmark.

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Auction 64 Lot Number 132

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Boris Carmi – Two Large Photographs of David Ben-Gurion

Two photographs of David Ben-Gurion by photographer Boris Carmi. Israel, [the second half of the 20th century].
1. Photograph of Ben-Gurion being greeted by a participant in a convention of Mapai party, [ca.1960]. Signed by Carmi.
2. Photograph of David Ben-Gurion in his study, in Kibutz Sde Boker. Not signed.
30.5X40.5 cm. Good condition. Pieces of adhesive tape on verso. A few stains on verso.

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Auction 64 Lot Number 377

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Collection of Pins – “Mishmar HaAm” – Jerusalem

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.

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Auction 64 Lot Number 185

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Yosl Bergner (1920-2017) – Six Hand-Colored Etchings – Illustrations for a Story by Franz Kafka – Australia, 1989

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.
[6] etchings (out of 7) + printed leaf – English translation of "The Vulture". Etchings: 15X10 cm; leaves 28X38 cm. Good condition. Minor stains.

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Auction 64 Lot Number 182

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“Jewish Life” – Portfolio of Ten Prints by Abraham Goldberg – First Edition – Paris, Early 1930s – Signed and Numbered Copy, with Dedication

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.

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Auction 64 Lot Number 288

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Silver Goblet – United States, 1863 – Dedication

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.

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Auction 64 Lot Number 285

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A Class Book for Jewish Youth – New York, 1866

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, [2], 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.
Singerman 1946.

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Auction 64 Lot Number 79

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The Stones of Palestine – Tour of the Holy Land – Photographs by Francis Bedford – London, 1865

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 + [12] 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.

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Auction 64 Lot Number 134

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Collection of Photographs of Ariel Sharon – Second Half of the 20th Century – Photographs from Lebanon on the Eve of the Sabra and Shatila Massacre

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.

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Auction 64 Lot Number 278

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Book about the July 1830 Revolution in France and about Celebrations in the USA – Myer Moses – New York, 1830

Full annals of the revolution in France, 1830, to which is added, a full account of the celebration of said revolution in the city of New York on the 25th November, 1830 by Myer Moses and William Hone. New York: J.& J. Harper, 1830. English.
A book about the 1830 Revolution, in which the middle class in France overthrew King Charles X and crowned King Louis Philippe. The first part of the book describes the events of this revolution in France. The second part of the book tells about the celebrations held in New York to mark the revolution, concurrently with the celebrations marking 47 years to the end of the American Independence War.
The author of the book, Myer Moses (1779-1833), was born to a Jewish family in the town of Charleston; worked as a bank director and in 1810 was elected to the state legislature of South Carolina. Moses was known as an American patriot. He served as an officer in the 1812 war and was involved in slave trade.
[12], 255, 151 pp, 18 cm. Fair condition. Numerous stains and creases. Some marginal tears. Ownership inscription on front endpaper. Leather binding, slight stains, blemishes and tears. Front binding slightly loose (detached at top from spine).
Not in NLI.

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Auction 64 Lot Number 60

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“Palaestina”, by Hadriani Relandi – Maps of Palestine and other Engravings – Utrecht, 1714

Palaestina ex Monumentis Veteribus Illustrata, by Hadriani Relandi. Utrecht (Trajecti Batavorum): Guilielmi Broedelet, 1714. Latin, some Greek, Hebrew and Arabic. Two parts in one volume.
Geographical survey of Palestine. Contains 16 engraved plates (of which nine are folded), including a portrait of the author, maps and plans, an engraved frontispiece and a number of small in-text engravings.
Adriaan Reland (also known as Adriaan Reelant / Hadriani Relandi, 1676-1718) was a Dutch geographer, cartographer and philologist and one of the first orientalists. Professor of oriental languages at the University of Utrecht from 1701 and lecturer on the history of the Jewish people.
[5] leaves, 391, [1] pp + [11] engraved plates; [1] leaf, [3], 396-511, [1] pp + [4] engraved plates; [3], 516-1068 pp + [1] engraved plate; [47] pp, 20.5 cm. Good overall condition. Stains. Some tears and tiny open tears at margins of a few leaves. Tears and minor blemishes to folded maps; a long tear to one of them. Leather binding with gilt decorations, damaged and detached. Front endpaper is detached.

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Auction 64 Lot Number 284

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“Voices from the Hearth”, Poetry Book by Isidore Gordon Ascher – Montreal-New York, 1863 – Dedication by the Author

Voices from the Hearth, A Collection of Verses, by Isidor G. Ascher, published by John Lovell, Montrewal / D. Appleton & Co., New York, 1863. English.
A poetry book by Isidore Gordon Gottschalk Ascher (1835-1914), Jewish author and poet, active in Britain and Canada, one of the founders of Temple Emanuel in Quebec and the Young Men's Hebrew Benevolent Society.
A number of poems in the book relate to Jewish subjects, among them: "Esther", "The Traveler and the Tree" (from the Talmud) and "To the Memory of Lady Montefiore". A number of poems are about subjects related to Canada and the United States, including poems about slavery and the American Civil War.
A dedication from 1864, handwritten by the author, appears on the first page (English).
168 pp, 18 cm. Leather binding with gilt decorations. Gilt edges. Good condition. Some stains. Blemishes to margins of binding, and to spine.
Singerman 1757.

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Auction 64 Lot Number 98

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Nine Early Photographs of Palestine – Nahalal, Degania and Kvutzat Kineret – 1920s

Nine early photographs of pioneers and colonies in Palestine. Nahalal, Degania and Kvutzat Kineret, [ca. 1920s].
The photographs depict, among other things: the farm and the eucalyptus orchard in Kvutzat Kineret; a pioneer among palm trees in Degania; different stages of paving a road near Nahalal – transporting rocks with horse carriages, shattering and crashing rocks to gravel with a "new machine"; and more.
Two photographs are signed in the plate: "Zalmania Z. Feigin, Haifa" [Zvi Feigin]. Two photographs are titled in the plate, and all the photographs are titled on the back by hand (German).
Approx. 14.5X9 cm. Good condition. Minor stains and blemishes (mostly to corners, margins and to the back). One photograph has a small open tear at margin.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.

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Auction 64 Lot Number 155

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Composition about Strengthening the Custody of the Holy Land in Jerusalem – Madrid, Late 17th Century

Relacion verdadera del celeberrimo triunfo y victoria que ha conseguido la religion franciscana recuperando los santos lugares de Jerusalen [Relation of the true victory of the Franciscans in recovering the holy places in Jerusalem], by Gregorio Parghelia. Madrid: Juan Garcia Infanzon, [1690?]. Spanish.
A composition by Gregorio Parghelia, the custodian of the Franciscans in Palestine, about strengthening the Custody of the Holy Land in Jerusalem. The composition includes a letter written by the author to the Franciscan Father Juan Alvin.
11 leaves, 19 cm. Bound with a number of blank leaves in a new leather binding. Good condition. Stains. Trimmed margins. The top margins are trimmed with slight damage to the frame of the title page and to page numbering.

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Auction 64 Lot Number 363

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Two Medals with the Tetragrammaton – 17th Century

Two medals with the tetragrammaton. 17th century.
1. Medal commemorating 100 years since the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. [Saxony], 1617.
Obverse: Frederick III, Elector of Saxony, and Martin Luther, across from each other at a table with an open book. Above them is the tetragrammaton inside a rising sun and a Latin legend. Reverse: a furnace and a snake wound around a staff and the inscription "Egyptus et Israel" [Egypt and Israel], and another legend.
Diameter: 41 mm. Fair condition. Defective minting.
2. Silver medal, presumably minted for the new year. [Saxony?], 1626.
Obverse: the Earth, from which two hands emerge, one holding a sword and the other a spade. Above it is a book from which a third hand emerges, stretching upwards. Surrounding the image is the Latin legend "Perando Orando Laborando Consistit". Reverse: the tetragrammaton inside a rising sun and a German legend.
Diameter: 40 mm.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.

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Auction 64 Lot Number 163

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Epitome Historico-Chronologica – Rome, 1751 – Portrait Engravings of Figures from Jewish History

Epitome Historico-Chronologica Gestorum Omnium Patriarcharum, Ducum, Judicum, Regum, et Pontificum Populi Hebraici, by Bartholomaeo Gajo. Rome: Joannis Generoso Salomoni, 1751 (date on last page: 1752). Latin and some Hebrew.
Book in three parts, comprising 143 engravings. Those in the first part of the book present portraits, mostly of Biblical figures, including judges and kings (the portraits are arranged in chronological order, from Adam to Agrippa). The engravings in the second and third parts present portraits of the kings of Babylon, Persia, Greece and Egypt. Alongside the portraits, the engravings contain short biographical texts in Latin (with a few sentences in Hebrew). Red and black lettering on title page.
[2] leaves, [113] engraved plates, [2] leaves; [1] leaf, [16] engraved plates, [1] leaf; [1] leaf, [14] engraved plates, [1] leaf, 35 cm. Good condition. Stains (large dampstains in the beginning of the book). Creases and minor blemishes to margins. Tears to several leaves. Open tear, restored, to first title page. Ink stamps on first pages. New binding, with gilt decorations. New endpapers. Bookplate on inside front binding.

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Auction 64 Lot Number 282

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“The African Slave Trade” – A Booklet Against Judah Philip Benjamin – Philadelphia, 1863 – Publication of a Private Letter, Revealing a Secret Plan to Revive Slave Trade

The African Slave Trade, the Secret Purpose of the Insurgents to Revive It. Philadelphia: C. Sherman, Son & Co., 1863. English.
The booklet presents a letter sent by the secretary of the confederacy, Judah Philip Benjamin, to Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, Confederate minister to Russia. The letter was sent while the confederacy representatives negotiated an agreement of recognition as an independent nation by European powers. During the negotiations some of the European powers required a stipulation on the part of the Confederacy forbidding slave trade. While the confederacy attempted to avoid such a stipulation, Benjamin sent a letter to Lamar arguing that the Confederacy was already legally bound to forbid slave trade and further stipulation is not necessary.
According to the introduction to the booklet, the letter was intercepted by the Northern authorities on its way to the addressee and was published in the paper National Intelligencer, accompanied by articles clarifying its true intention – to revive slave trade after winning recognition. The articles imply that the South's legal system enables each state to secede from the federation and pass new laws, or, alternatively, to join two more states and propose a law revision.
The letter and the articles are re-printed in this booklet.
24 pp, approx. 23 cm. Good condition. Minor blemishes. Small tears at margins. First leaf is partly detached. Cover is detached and torn in half (along the spine), with tears and open tears at margins. Ink-stamp on inside front cover.
See previous item.

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Auction 64 Lot Number 75

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Walks in Palestine – Henry Harper – London, 1888 – Elaborate Volume in Vellum Binding – Limited Edition of One Hundred Copies

Walks in Palestine, by Henry A. Harper. London: The Religious Tract Society, 1888. English.
The book is divided into 24 chapters which deal with impressions from different sites in Palestine, such as orange groves in Jaffa, Jaffa Gate, Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, Rachel's Tomb, and more. Each chapter is accompanied by a photo-gravure by the photographer Cecil V. Shadbolt.
Copy from a limited edition, numbered 97/100 and bound in a vellum binding of good quality, embossed in gold. Top edge gilt.
Henry Andrew Harper (1835-1900) was a British artist well known for his paintings of the Orient. He was a member of the Palestine Exploration Fund committee and wrote a number of books about journeys in Palestine.
128 pp + [24] photo-gravure plates, 32.5 cm. Good condition. Significant foxing (some on the plates). Small tears at margins of a few leaves. Some stains and minor blemishes to binding.

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Auction 64 Lot Number 307

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“Examination of Jewish Life” – Paris, 1652 – Anti-Semitic Booklet

L'examen de la vie des Iuifs, de leur religion, commerce et trafic dans leur Synagogue [Examination of Jewish life, their religion, commerce... in their synagogues]. Paris: François Prevveray, 1652. French.
"Examination of Jewish life", a booklet published in France in 1652 following the murder of Jean Bourgeois by members of the guild of secondhand clothes dealers (fripiers). At the time, selling secondhand clothes was considered by the French to be a Jewish occupation. The clothes dealers, even though most of them were Catholic, were named "Jews", and the guild which they founded was named "Synagogue". The murder of Jean Bourgeois led to anti-Semitic claims and publications in which the clothes dealers were presented as Jews, moneylenders, and descendants of the murderers of Jesus.
8 pp, 22 cm. No cover. Strip of paper on spine. Good condition. Stains.
Not in OCLC.

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Auction 64 Lot Number 188

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“Masada” – Lithographs by Raymond Moretti – Paris, 1983

Masada, text by Josephus Flavius, Moshe Dayan and Uzi Narkiss; lithographs by Raymond Moretti. Paris: Armand and Georges Israël, 1983. English.
A portfolio with an essay by Moshe Dayan ("The Victory of the Vanquished"), a short historical survey entitled "Judea Capta" [Captive Judea] by Uzi Narkiss, a review of the events leading to the fall of Masada by Henry Jadoux and Georges Israël, and the story of Masada as told in Josephus Flavius’ "The Jewish Wars." The texts are accompanied by a series of original lithographs created especially for this publication by the French artist Raymond Moretti. Some of the lithographs are printed on separate sheets and some are printed on the text leaves. Fourteen of the lithographs are signed in pencil by Moretti.
One of a limited edition of 298 copies in English and 298 copies in French, this copy is contained in a special leather-covered Clamshell box with wood dowel closure.
Twenty-nine sheets folded in two: 17 sheets with separate lithographs (some of the sheets contain more than one lithograph) and 12 sheets with text or text and lithographs. Total of 34 lithograph illustrations by Raymond Moretti, including the title page. 52.5 cm. Good condition. Tiny tears at the fold mark of a few of the sheets. Minimal light stains. Some stains to the box. The wooden dowel is missing half its length.

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Auction 64 Lot Number 249

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Nachum Gutman – “BeEretz Lovengulu Melech Zulu” – First Edition

BeEretz Lovengulu Melech Zulu, written and illustrated by Nachum Gutman. Tel-Aviv: Davar, 1940. First edition.
This is the first book written and illustrated by Nachum Gutman. Gutman was sent in 1935 by the Tel-Aviv municipality to draw the portrait of General Christian Smuts who was South Africa's Prime Minister and a supporter of Zionism. The book's plot is based on letters published in "Davar LeYeladim" during Gutman's journey to South Africa. The book was instantly a big success.
141 pp, 24.5 cm. Good condition. Leaves dark at margins. A few small tears at margins of leaves. Minor blemishes to margins of binding. Tears to spine.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.

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