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A woman with a Bowl of Grapes, painting by Roman Kramsztyk (1885-1942).
Oil on canvas. Signed.
Roman Kramsztyk was born in Warsaw in 1885 to a wealthy Jewish family. His grandfather was the Reform rabbi Izaak Kramsztyk. He studied at Kraków Academy of Fine Arts (1903-1904) under the artist Józef Mehoffer, and at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts (1904-1908) under the artist Johann Caspar Herterich. From 1909 he lived intermittently in Paris and in Poland. Kramsztyk's works were displayed in many exhibitions in Poland and outside it, including in Paris, Berlin, Venice, London, New York, and Moscow. In 1914, his works were displayed in an exhibition of the New Secession in Berlin alongside works by Henri Matisse, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Max Liebermann. During the interwar period, he was active in artistic life in Poland and in Paris. In 1922, he was a cofounder of the Rytm Association of Polish Artists.
When World War II broke out, Kramsztyk was living in Poland, and in 1940 he was imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto. Even though he was offered an escape from the ghetto, he chose to remain there, devoting his time to painting, using his works to document the lives of the Jews in the ghettos and the atrocities of the Nazi occupation. Kramsztyk was murdered in 1942 during the deportations from the Warsaw Ghetto to Treblinka.
88X112 cm. Good condition. -----------------
Rzadkie malarstwo Romana Kramsztyka
O artyście: Urodził się w 1885 roku w Warszawie. Jeden z wybitnych malarzy w Polsce; pochodzi od dobrze sytuowanej i wyróżniającej się rodziny. Jego ojciec był lekarzem dziecięcym.
Odbiera wyższe wykształcenie za granicą; eksponaty wystawiane są w "Zachęta" (w Instytucie Sztuki Plastycznej) w Warszawie już w 1909 r. iw Paryżu; 1912, w Barcelonie i w "Secesji" w Berlinie; 1913 w Krakowie odbywa się wielkie jednoosobowe widowisko; w 1914 r., tuż przed wybuchem I wojny światowej, wraz z Matisse'em, Renoirem, Maxem Liebermanem i Korynem pojawia się na wystawie "Nowa Secesja" w Berlinie. Po pierwszej wojnie światowej, studiuje malarstwo w Niemczech u profesora Hersteina. Między dwiema wojnami światowymi, żyje i pracuje w Polsce i Paryżu. Bierze udział w międzynarodowych wystawach w Londynie, Nowym Jorku i Moskwie oraz na Biennale w Wenecji. Podczas okupacji niemieckiej mieszka w getcie warszawskim, gdzie maluje sceny z życia i okropności pod rządami nazistów. Zamordowany przez żołnierza "komandosów Vlassova", w czasie "akcji" latem 1942 r.
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.
Silk carpet with the figures of Moses and Aaron, the Binding of Isaac and the Western Wall. Kashan, Persia (Iran). [1880s]. Dated 1865/1866.
The central part of the carpet is designed as a gate with pillars on both its sides. Within the gates are images of Moses and Aaron, the Binding of Isaac, Abraham and Isaac and their servants on the way to the Binding, and the Western Wall. Separating between the different images are bands with inscriptions, verses and liturgical verses in Hebrew, related to the scenes. Under the image of the Western Wall, the Hebrew reads "Kashan 1865/66 Western Wall…". Above the gate is a medallion with the inscription "Yerushalayim Ir HaKodesh" (Jerusalem, City of Holiness). A wide frame on the margins of the carpet is decorated with geometric and vegetal patterns.
Such carpets, presenting a series of themes including the Western Wall, were often used as a "Shiviti", hence the inscription on the upper part of the carpet.
Many carpets of this kind were woven in Kashan, and often enough the weavers copied the images, including the date on the carpet which was used as a sample. Therefore, the date appearing on the carpet does not definitely serve as evidence for the year of its creation.
133X205 cm. Good condition. Slight wear and unravelling. Suspension straps are sewn to the margin of the carpet, on the back. Stain on bottom left corner of the carpet.
Literature: Jewish Carpets, by Anton Felton. London: Antique Collectors' Club, 1997. Item no. 2.
Provenance: Collection of Anton Felton.
Thirty-four photographs by the photographer Ya'akov Ben-Dov (Jacob Bendov), founder of the Bezalel photography department. Jerusalem, Tiberias, Safed, Hebron, Migdal and other locations, [ca. 1900s-1910s].
The photographs portray, among others: Boris Schatz with a class of students during a trip to the Jerusalem mountains; Ya'akov Eisenberg, Zohara Schatz and two students painting tiles in the Bezalel ceramics workshop (In the background appears a ceramic tile picture after an illustration by Ze'ev Raban for the Song of Songs); Jews praying at the Western Wall on the holiday of Succoth, one of them performing "Netilat Lulav"; Tomb of Absalom, Tomb of Zechariah and Tomb of Benei Hezir near Jerusalem; Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock; Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron; Grave of Rambam in Tiberias; main street in Rishon LeZion; Migdal (seven photographs, including two photographs of the founder of Migdal Moshe Glikin and a photo-montage – Lord Melchett stands, seemingly, on the roadside); Ze'ev Jabotinsky surrounded by guards in Acre prison; and more.
Two photographs are signed in the plate: "Y. Ben-Dov, Bezalel, Jerusalem" and three are titled. 10 photographs are stamped on verso with the photographer's stamp.
Approx. 10X14 cm – 21.5X16.5 cm. Condition varies. Good overall condition. Stains and blemishes (mostly slight). A small number of photographs have tears reinforced with adhesive tape on the back. Two photographs have open tears at corners. A piece is cut out from the bottom of one photograph. Handwritten notes on the back of a number of photographs.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.
View of Jerusalem, a painting after Eduard Hildebrandt (1818-1868). 1882.
Watercolor on paper. Signed in initials and dated: "C. D. 1882".
41.5X28 cm. Good condition. Stains. Attached to passé-par tout at the top.
Approximately 145 prayer booklets and prayer leaves issued by the London Jewish community. London, 1848-1959. Hebrew and English.
Prayers in honor of the English Royal family, inauguration of synagogues, eulogies, appointment of rabbis, various wars, including the Crimean war, the Boer War, World War I and World War II and other events. Some of the prayers were composed for private occasions. Among the booklets: a prayer on the occasion of laying the corner stone for the West London Synagogue, 1848; "Order of service … on the occasion of making collections for the Metropolitan Hospital Sunday Fund" (1847); "A Prayer For Her Majesty's Force In The Soudan" (1885); "A Prayer 'For The Time When Thou Mayest Be Found'" (composed when World War I broke out, 1914); "Thanksgiving and Prayer… On The Signing Of The Treaty Of Peace between Nations…" (1919); "Prayer for convention of great nations in London, for peace and for limiting the construction of war ships" (1930); "Prayer and Intercession On Behalf of Our Brethern In Germany" (1933); "Praise And Thanksgiving For The Victories Of The Allied Nation in the World War" (1945); "Order of prayer for the consecration of the Temporary Synagogue on the site of the destroyed Great Synagogue Duke's Place, London" (a prayer composed for the inauguration of the temporary synagogue replacing the mentioned synagogue following its destruction in World War II); "Rejoicing and Thanksgiving on the occasion of the celebration of Israel's Independence day"; and more.
A number of booklets were issued by the Manchester Jewish Community.
A number of booklets appear in several copies.
Size and condition vary. Goof-fair overall condition. Creases, tears and stains. Folding marks to a number of booklets. Covers of a few booklets are damaged, detached or partly detached. Filing holes.
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).
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.
Sketch for an advertising poster by Franz Krausz. [Palestine, 1930s or 1940s].
Gouache on paper, mounted on board. Signed: Krausz.
The sketch depicts a young man on a blue background, holding a glass of juice. A number of posters advertising citrus fruits and citrus juice are known to have been designed by Krausz in the 1930s-40s and this sketch is most probably a sketch for one of these posters.
Approx. 23.5X20 cm. Good condition. Stains. Pieces of tape at margins of leaf. Matted.
Eight edicts issued by the king of Sweden (Kunglig Majestät - King in Council) permitting Jews to settle in Sweden, and listing their rights and limitations. Stockholm: Kongl. Tryckeriet, 1782-1815. Swedish.
In 1782, about a century after the Jews had been expelled from Sweden, King Gustav III issued an edict allowing Jews to return and live in three cities: Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Norrköping. This was the beginning of the Jewish community in Sweden, the largest of the Jewish communities in Scandinavia, which exists to this day. These edicts, published in the decades close to the Jews' arrival to Sweden, document their lives, rights and limitations at that early period.
Among the edicts: edict from May 27, 1782, allowing Jews to return to settle in Sweden for the first time in a century; an edict from May 6, 1790, forbidding Jews to trade in silver or gold; edict dated February 8, 1802, forbidding Jews and Italians to travel throughout the kingdom on business without special permission; edict dated July 13, 1807, concerning study and services for Jews involved in retail or wholesale commerce; edict dated August 31, 1815, forbidding additional Jews to settle in the kingdom, except for special cases. (Not in NLI); and more.
A detailed list will be sent upon request.
Eight edicts: a seven-page booklet, and seven leaflets folded in half (four pages per leaflet). Size and condition vary. Average size: approx. 20 cm. Good-fair overall condition. Pen inscriptions on some of the leaves. Stains and creases. Tears, open tears and pinholes at the edges of the leaves and along the spine. Folding marks to some. One of the edicts may be missing two leaves.
J'Accuse ...! Lettre au Président de la République [I Accuse…! Letter to the President of the Republic], by Émile Zola. In: Issue 87 of the newspaper L'Aurore. Paris, January 13, 1898. French.
Émile Zola's famous essay in defense of Alfred Dreyfus – an open letter to the President of France, in which Zola accuses the leaders of the army, the Ministry of War and the Martial Court of travesty of justice. The letter's publication caused an uproar in France. Zola was sued for libel, sentenced to a year in prison and was forced to flee to England.
Alfred Dreyfus (1859-1935), a Jewish officer in the French army, was convicted of treason, though entirely innocent. The suspicion of falsified evidence, false witness statements and a wrongful conviction ignited an unprecedented public debate in France, later called the "Dreyfus Affair". Émile Zola's open letter, "J'Accuse", is considered the most famous text written in the course of the affair. Its title became synonymous with protest against injustice and governmental corruption.
4 pp, 62.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Folding marks and stains. Light creases. Tears and open tears to margins and along folding marks, affecting text, some reinforced with adhesive tape.
More than one thousand press photographs and thousands of negatives. Israel and the Middle East, ca. 1970s to 1990s.
Most of the photographs in this collection are from the 1970s or early 1980s, and they offer a wide scope documentation of the public life in Israel in these years. Among them:
• Hundreds of photographs of Israeli leaders, politicians and public figures – Menachem Begin, Yitzchak Rabin, Golda Meir, Moshe Dayan, Yigal Alon, Ariel Sharon, Yitzchak Shamir, Yitzchak Navon, Shimon Peres and others.
• Hundreds of photographs of IDF and Israeli Security Forces - IDF soldiers in South Lebanon during "Operation Litani", in 1978; inauguration of "Merkava" Tank in Jerusalem in 1978; soldiers observing tents and caravans in Shilo settlement; photographs of terror attack scenes in Israel; and more.
• Dozens of photographs documenting the peace process between Israel and Egypt; numerous photographs of meetings between Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli representatives; numerous photographs from the visit of Henri Kissinger in Israel in 1975; Dov Sion and the Egyptian General Saif-A-Din in an Israeli-Egyptian joint committee for enforcement of the peace treaty, in 1979; IDF soldiers folding the Israeli flag in a formal ceremony prior to the withdrawal from an occupied area in Sinai; and more.
• Hundreds of photographs from various events: protest of Shalom Achshav activists along a Tel-Aviv road, 1978; arrest of Arab protestors against Jewish prayers on the Temple Mount; Yizhar Cohen performing with his group in the Eurovision contest; visit of Elizabeth Taylor in the Western Wall; numerous photographs of sports groups; and more.
Information notes for the press (in English) are pasted on the margins of most of the photographs, and on the back of a small number appear handwritten inscriptions and ink-stamps. Names of photographers appear on the back of some of the photographs: David Rubinger, Rachamim Israeli, Shalom Bartal, Roth [Yossi Roth], Tauber [Oscar Tauber] and other press photographers of the period.
Enclosed are thousands of negatives, most probably of the same events documented in the photographs.
Size and condition vary. Most photographs are approx. 20X25 cm, a number are smaller. Good overall condition.
Real-photo postcard – photograph of Joseph Trumpeldor wearing the Zion Mule Corps uniform. A dedication handwritten by Trumpeldor appears on front of the postcard, written in Alexandria in 1916.
A portrait photograph of Trumpeldor with a dedication in his handwriting, in Russian: "to corporal Z. Kogan. Trumpeldor". Details about the location and date are added below the dedication: "Alexandria, Egypt / 22.II.1916" / Captain Zion Mule Corps". Presumably, this postcard was dedicated to Zvi Eliyahu Cohen (1899-1936), jurist, one of the first members of the Revisionist Movement and Brit HaZionim HaRevisionistim (Zohar) in Palestine. Cohen also fought with the Zion Mule Corps and was Trumpeldor's interpreter.
Joseph Trumpeldor (1880-1920) was one of the founders of the Jewish Legion and HeChalutz and commander of defense of Tel-Hai court in 1920. He was born in Russia and was the first Jewish officer to serve in the Russian army, serving also in the Russo-Japanese war, during which shrapnel crashed his left arm and it was amputated. In January 1905, when the Russian army was defeated in the battle on Port Arthur marine fort, Trumpeldor was captured by the Japanese. During his time in prison Trumpeldor was engaged in founding Zionist and national institutions and organizations for Jewish prisoners. Trumpeldor immigrated to Palestine in 1912 and worked as a agricultural laborer. During World War I he was among the founders of the Jewish Legion (with Ze'ev Jabotinsky) and participated in the Galipoli Campaign as deputy commander of the Zion Mule Corps and as commander of the corps. After the war Trumpeldor returned to Russia and was one of the founders of Hechalutz movement. In 1919 he returned to Palestine and was called to assist with the protection of the northern end of upper Galilee settlements. Trumpeldor was killed in the battle of Tel-Hai on Adar 11, 1920. His character and bravery led to him being considered a national hero in the history of Zionism.
Approx. 8.5X13.5 cm. Good condition. Some stains and creases.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.
One hundred and forty-eight photographs of Palestine, Sinai and Egypt by Francis Frith. Four parts in eight volumes: Sinai and Palestine; Lower Egypt, Thebes and the Pyramids; Upper Egypt and Ethiopia; Egypt, Sinai and Palestine, Supplementary Volume. London and Glasgow: William Mackenzie, [ca. 1862]. English. Second edition.
In each of the four parts appear thirty-six photographs (each photograph is accompanied by a printed leaf with information about the photographed site), and a small photograph on each of the title pages.
Francis Frith (1822-1898) was one of the most important early photographers of Palestine. In 1856 he sailed to Alexandria, and for nearly two years he went on photography journeys in Egypt, Sinai and Palestine. Due to the local conditions, Frith had to carry the equipment from site to site on donkeys, and develop the negatives right after he has taken the photographs, in tents which served as darkrooms. His works are considered the first professional photographs of Palestine.
Total of 8 volumes, 148 photographs. Photographs: approx. 22.5X16 cm. Volumes: 43 cm. Fair-poor condition. Significant worming (the volumes were fumigated). Stains, creases and blemishes. A few tears. Original, gilt embossed bindings, with leather spines. Gilt edges. Bindings are damaged and worn, with worming. Some of the bindings are detached or partly detached. Bookplates on inside front bindings.
See next item.
87 handwritten pages, with protocols of meetings of the Zionist General Council (Va’ad HaPoel HaZioni) in April 1904 – documentation of long debates between Theodor Herzl, Menachem Ussishkin, David Wolfson, Menachem Sheinkin, and others, about the Uganda Plan. [Vienna], April 1904. Hebrew and some German.
In August 1903, Herzl submitted to members of the Zionist Congress the British proposal to establish a Jewish settlement in East Africa, which became known as the Uganda Plan. The proposal, which many delegates viewed as a renunciation of Zionism’s entire purpose, drew stormy reactions and led the Zionist movement to the brink of its first rift. Theodor Herzl led the supporters of the Uganda Plan, while Menachem Ussishkin led the opposition, which was comprised mainly of Russian Zionists. The dispute between both sides included exchanges of letters, public accusations, and even threats of departure by the Russian Zionists. In a last-ditch effort to prevent a rift within the Zionist movement, Herzl announced an emergency meeting of the Zionist General Council, which took place in Vienna from April 11 to April 15, 1904.
These eighty-seven handwritten protocol pages record intense disputes, mutual accusations, and the agreement that was reached after four days of debate. The protocol contains, among other things, statements by Herzl (who led the meetings), Menachem Ussishkin, David Wolffsohn, Menachem Sheinkin, Jacob Bernstein-Cohen, Yehiel Chelnov, Zvi Belkovsky, Max Mandelstam, and Alexander Marmorek, among others.
The first meeting was devoted almost entirely to Herzl’s long opening address, which lays out his position regarding Palestine and his reasons for supporting the Uganda Plan: "Here is a piece of bread. I, who perhaps have cake to eat, and in any case can always have a piece of bread, have no right to reject the piece of bread which is being offered to the poor because I don’t need or want it". Ussishkin's harsh remarks, made later on, are also recorded ("If you want war, by all means go ahead – there will be war. We will fight, and we will see who wins"), as well as statements of other representatives from both camps.
The meetings also included discussions of other matters including financial affairs, the Jewish National Fund, the purchase of land, meetings with representatives of world governments, and donations for the planting of olive trees.
The reconciliation meeting of the Zionist General Council is considered Herzl’s last great achievement for the Zionist movement. Herzl died three months later.
1-32, 35-47 leaves (87 written pages) +  appendix (strip of paper with a handwritten addition). Two leaves (no. 33-34) are missing; other pages from the end of the protocol may be missing as well. 24-33 cm (mostly 33 cm). Good condition. Creases and stains to some leaves (mostly slight), tears and open tears at margins (most are small and repaired).
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.
Malerische Ansichten aus dem Orient gesammelt auf der Reise Sr. Hoh. Des Herrn Herzogs Maximillian in Bayern, nach Nubien, Äegypten, Palaestina, Syrien und Malta im Jahre 1838 [Painted views from the Orient, gathered during the journey of Maximillian, Duke in Bavaria, to Nubia, Egypt, Palestine, Syria and Malta in 1838]. [Germany and France, 1839-1840]. German and French.
A portfolio with 45 (out of 60) hand-colored lithographs of the orient's views and antiquities, after paintings by Heinrich von Mayr. The publication of the portfolio was initiated by the Bavarian duke Maximillian Joseph who traveled through the Middle East in 1838. Mayr accompanied the duke and painted the views and scenes in the different countries which they visited.
The lithographs depict, among others, Egyptian antiquities, sites in Palestine, in Syria and Lebanon and the city of Valletta in Malta. Among the lithographs from Palestine: a street in Jerusalem, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Valley of Josaphat, Mary's grave, Mary's spring in Nazareth, the Jordan river and more.
The portfolio also includes ten leaves of text, with detailed captions in German and French, and a title page - a hand-colored lithograph.
 title page (lithograph),  lithographs (out of 60),  text leaves, 49X37.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Tears, creases, stains and slight worming to plates, not affecting the prints. Stains and creases to text leaves. Slight worming damage, tears and blemishes to portfolio.
Approximately 120 photographs by Zoltan Kluger. Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and other locations in Palestine, ca. 1930s through early 1950s.
The collection includes a variety of photographs documenting the Zionist enterprise during the period of the "state in the making". Among the photographs: Moshe Sharett and the High Commissioner Arthur Wauchope attending the funeral of Meir Dizengoff (1936), Mayor of Tel-Aviv Israel Rokach walking by a "Mishmar Ivri" [Tel-Aviv police?] force standing in formation, a photograph from the funeral of Shemaryahu Levin opposite Tel-Aviv Town Hall, soldiers of The Special Night Squads commanded by Orde Wingate, establishing "Tower and Stockade" settlements, sports competitions, fishermen, farmers, Notrim on horseback, factories and plants, numerous portrait photographs of pioneers and guarding forces. Aerial photographs of Palestine, and more.
Most photographs are ink-stamped on verso with the stamp: "The Orient Press Photo Company (Photo Z. Kluger)" and other ink-stamps, and some are titled and numbered by hand (Hebrew).
Zoltan Kluger (1896-1977) was one of the most important photographers in Palestine in the 1930s-40s. At a young age he served as an aerial photographer in the Austro-Hungarian air force, and after World War I immigrated to Berlin where he started working as a press photographer. He immigrated to Palestine in 1933 and opened the "Orient Press Photo Company" together with Nachman Shifrin (Ben-Haim). Kluger was the "House photographer" of the national institutes (mostly Keren HaYesod), and left tens of thousands of negatives documenting extensively the "state in the making". Most remembered is the series of aerial photographs, commissioned by Zalman Schoken on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday. In the late 1950s Kluger left Israel for the United States. Not much is known about his last years. He passed away in the United States in 1977.
Size and condition vary. Good overall condition. A piece is cut out from the top of one photograph.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.
Approximately 125 drafts, written by hand, typewritten or written on galley proofs, for decrees issued by Dov Yosef as governor of Jerusalem during the Israeli War of Independence. Jerusalem, [1948-1949]. Hebrew (one item in English).
The drafts in this collection are from various stages of editing (some are written on notes and some are typewritten and stapled as booklets), and they record the work done by Yosef during the war, the procedure of wording laws, and life in besieged Jerusalem. Among them: thirteen drafts for Order no. 1, announcing that Dov Yosef is the Governor and that Jerusalem and its inhabitants are under his command; eleven drafts to Order no. 2, that includes the "held area" in Jerusalem in the zone of the State of Israel; dozens of galley proofs of the compilation "Decrees, orders and notices", with comments and additions handwritten by Yosef; drafts for decrees concerning annexation of neighborhoods occupied by IDF, abandoned property, supervision of food supply, limitations on residential rent, curfew on neighborhoods on the border, cancellation of claims against the administration and its representatives, and other subjects.
Dov (Bernard) Yosef (1899-1980), jurist and minister in Israeli governments, born in Montreal. On August 2, 1948 he was appointed military governor of Jerusalem and was in charge of its civil, economic and military matters. Yosef became governor when the city was besieged, with its destiny pending, and saw himself being responsible for supporting the citizens and strengthening Jerusalem's status as the capital of Israel. In his book "Kirya Ne'emana…1948" (Schocken, 1960), Yosef told about his feelings when he undertook this mission: "Most of my life I sat in Jerusalem… at that moment I felt the wings of providence, and I was praying for success in this crucial position imposed on me" (Hebrew).
Size and condition vary. Good overall condition. Minor blemishes. Filing holes. Tears and open tears at margins of some leaves (mostly small).
A circular letter from the Zionist Congress Executive Committee. Signed by hand by Theodor Herzl and Dr. Oser Kokesch (committee secretary). Vienna, December 31, 1900. German.
A long circular letter (three pages) typewritten and mimeographed. An anti-Zionist notice, published in the newspapers on 27.12.1900, is cited on the first page; it claims that the Zionists are to blame for the prohibition imposed by the Ottomans on immigration to Palestine. The circular letter claims that this blame is just "a fairy tale" and that according to a reliable source in the Turkish court the atmosphere in the ruling circles tends to favor Zionism, seeing it as a great opportunity to develop the area (several months after this letter was written, Herzl was received, for the first time, by the Turkish Sultan, and negotiated granting the Jews a chartered company in Palestine).
Printed on top of the letter – "streng vertraulich" [strictly confidential]. At the end of the letter appear the signatures of Theodor Herzl and Dr. Oser Kokesch, secretary of the Zionist congress executive committee.
 leaves, approx. 27.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Folding marks, some stains and tears at margins (mostly small). Filing holes. Open tears between the margin and the filing holes (not affecting text).
Passover Haggadah. [Budapest]: HaOved HaKibbuci Dror HaBonim in Hungary, .Dedication from eve of Passover 1947. Hebrew and Hungarian.
Non-traditional Haggadah, in Hebrew and Hungarian, with many illustrations (illustrations by "Zvi Cohen - Moshe Steiner", signed in the plate on the last page). The illustrations depict the immigration to Palestine as a direct continuation of the Exodus from Egypt; and on the other hand, Jews entering a concentration camp (KZ), their souls flying out of crematoriums’ chimneys, alongside an illustration of "Vayeanunu" [And we were tortured] from Egypt. The British are portrayed in one illustration as an enemy in the form of a snake with flags of Britain on its back, climbing up a pole on which appears the flag of Israel.
A handwritten dedication appears on the title page: "To Hannah – from 'Dror Habonim', 'Haoved Hakibbuci', Eve of Pesach 1947".
 Title page-cover,  leaves, 20 cm. Good condition. Stains. Minor blemishes to margins of a number of leaves. Creases. Blemishes and tears to spine.
Not listed in Aviram Paz’s book "Exodus from Egypt in Days of Yore, in Recent Times, Selection of Rare Passover Haggadahs from the 1940s…" (Kibbutz Dalia, 2015).
Approximately 90 printed booklets submitted as dissertations to universities in Sweden and Finland, on the subjects of the Bible, the Hebrew Language and the history of the Jewish people. Upsala (Sweden), Lund (Sweden), Turku (Finland), Stockholm and other locations (a number of works from other countries), early 18th to mid-19th century (one booklet from 1679). Latin, with verses and words in Hebrew (some booklets with some Arabic, Greek, Swedish and Danish).
The booklets deal with a variety of research subjects, including Psalms, the Prophets (Zechariah, Malachi, Joel, Isaiah, Ezekiel and more), the Ten Plagues, early Jewish rituals, geography of biblical towns, the Temple, The Essenes, Pontius Pilate, comparison between Proverbs of Solomon and Greek proverbs, gender and numbers in the Hebrew Language, explanation of Hebrew words and more.
Size and condition vary. Good-fair overall condition.
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.
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).
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.