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Auction 7 Lot Number 78

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British Poster – “Wanted” – 1947

Wanted – a British poster published by the Palestine Police Force. Jerusalem, February 1947.
On the sign there are pictures and information about 18 Irgun and Lechi fighters, including Menachem Begin, Aryeh ben Eliezer and Natan Yelin [Mor]. It also says that monetary prizes would be given by the Palestine government to anyone who would provide information leading to their arrest.
Printed on thin cardboard. Hebrew, English and Arabic.
100x70 cm. Good condition. Stains.

Opening500$ Unsold

Auction 7 Lot Number 206

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Photograph of paratroopers at the Western Wall – Six Day War

Photograph of paratroopers following the conquering of the Western Wall, David Rubinger, 7 June 1967.
The photograph shows three soldiers from the 66th regiment of the paratrooper division (Haim Osher, Yitzhak Yifat, and Zion Krasanti) as they look at the Kotel immediately after it had been conquered.
13x18 cm. Very good condition. Small stain on the upper portion. Inscription in pen on the reverse side.

Opening100$ Unsold

Auction 7 Lot Number 28

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Archive of Pinchas and Avraham Rutenberg

Pinchas Rutenberg (1879-1942) was an engineer, pioneer of modern industry in Eretz Israel and founder of the electricity company. He was one of the initiators of the Jewish Legion. When he made aliya in 1919, he did a survey of all of the water sources, and proposed thorough plans for development of water industries, drainage, damming, ground development, and building power plants between the Litani river and the Dead Sea. He was one of the founders of the Hagana, one of its first commanders, and head of the National Council. In 1923, he founded Palestine’s Electricity Company when he received a permit to use the waters of the Jordan and Yarmuch waters, and built a hydro-electric power plant in Naharayim; he also built power plants which provided electricity for Tel-Aviv, Jaffa, Haifa and Tiberias. Later, he built the motor-driven Power Plants “Reading” in Tel Aviv and “Haifa A” in Haifa.
Avraham Rutenberg, Pinchas’s younger brother, worked as a surveyor in Jordan, and was also involved with the Hagana. He helped it by purchasing equipment, and by making the power plant available for production of weapons and warfare. He was the chairman of the power plant after Pinchas’s death.
The archives contains thousands of items in various languages, from the 20s-40s: several passports of the Rutenberg brothers, approx. 100 photographs, mostly connected to building power plants, showing industrial buildings and machinery, building plans, newspaper cuttings, wide correspondence about a variety of subjects: reports, licenses, receipts, requests and personal correspondence. The documents include letters signed by Chaim Weizmann, Herbert Samuel, HaRav Kook, Lord Reading, David Yellin and more. The collection includes many handwritten documents as well as postcards and envelopes.

Opening12,000$ Sold For18,143$ Including buyers premium

Auction 7 Lot Number 261

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Yingl, Tsingl Khvat – Mani Leib and El Lissitzky – Kiev-St. Petersburg, 1919

Yingl Tsingl Khvat [The Mischievous Boy], Mani Leib. Illustrations by El Lissitzky. Published by Yiddisher Folksfarlag, Kiev-St. Petersburg, 1919.
First edition – soft cover printed in black and red, the illustrated colored title page is missing. Many black and white illustrations in the body of the book. Yiddish.
The last page has an advertisement for books containing Lissitzky’s illustrations.
[12] pages, 26 cm. Good condition. Slight staining, slight foxing. Most of the pages have water marks. Generally a nice copy.

Opening9,000$ Sold For11,562$ Including buyers premium

Auction 7 Lot Number 268

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Troyer – David Hofstein and Marc Chagall – Kiev, 1922 – author’s dedication

Troyer – [Sadness], David Hofstein. Illustrations by Marc Chagall. Published by Kultur-Lige, Kiev, 1922.
Poems relating to the Ukrainian pogroms, typography on the cover and drawings within the book by Marc Chagall. The drawings show a man with dropped arms or a stack of houses connected to the ‘body without a head,’ which also portray the pogroms. Yiddish.
On the title page is a handwritten dedication by the author (Yiddish) from 1922.
XXIII, [1] page, 34 cm. Fair condition. Stained, creased with fold marks. The margins of page 17 are torn. Moth holes on the margins of some of the pages. Tears on the cover, mainly around the spine. Some have been professionally repaired.

Opening3,750$ Sold For4,613$ Including buyers premium

Auction 7 Lot Number 234

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Leah Goldberg – Collection of letters and sketches

Collection of letters and postcards sent by Leah Goldberg to Rivka Gvili-Broida and her husband Alexander, 1940s–1960s. The collection includes:
Seven postcards sent by Leah Goldberg to Rivka and Alexander Broida; Shanah Tovah greeting with leaves attached (designed by Goldberg); eight letters from Leah Goldberg, most are handwritten; printed Shana Tova greeting, with handwritten addition: “I have already eaten the good chocolate and smoked the cigarettes!”; Three sketches by Goldberg; Color draft ex-libris to Gvili-Broida with attached letter and invitation to the opening of Goldberg’s collage exhibition.
In a letter from May 1948 Goldberg writes: “In the meantime I am living, and that has become something more important that indicates the obvious fact… I have been busy with my work this year, which is very pleasant for me: translating ‘War and Peace’ by Tolstoy. If all goes well, this will take another year and a half at least. […] Yesterday I was at Gan Shmuel, and I saw an hour of trees bent by the wind…”

Opening2,800$ Sold For6,150$ Including buyers premium

Auction 7 Lot Number 264

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October Poem – Mayakovsky – Cover design by Lissitzky – Moscow, 1927

Good! October poem. Vladimir Mayakovsky. Moscow, 1927.
The front cover is designed in the constructivist style by El Lissitzky in red and black.
The suprematist influence on Lissitzky’s constructivist typography is evident.
3,000 copies printed. Russian.
104 pages, 21 cm. Good condition. Pages 5-12 are loose. Stains on the cover and on some of the pages, light tearing on the margins of the cover and on one of the pages, no text omitted.

Opening2,250$ Sold For2,768$ Including buyers premium

Auction 7 Lot Number 282

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Lenin – Illustrations by Natan Altman – St. Petersburg, 1921

Lenin, illustrations by Natan Altman. St. Petersburg, 1921.
Cover with illustration in the suprematist style by Altman. The body of the book has Lenin’s signature in print and 10 plates with Altman’s illustrations: Nine have Lenin’s portrait and one shows the view from his office. Russian.
[3] leaves, [10] plates, [2] leaves, 23.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. The cover and first three pages are cut; the cover has been professionally repaired. The base of the spine has been professionally repaired.

Opening1,500$ Sold For1,968$ Including buyers premium

Auction 7 Lot Number 298

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The Archer – Natan Altman, Chagall, and others – St. Petersburg, 1922

“The Archer,” art and literature anthology edited by Alexander Belenson, issue no. 3 (last issue). St. Petersburg. 1922.
Stories and poems alongside 14 plates with illustrations by Natan Altman, Marc Chagall, Lev Bruni, Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, Nikolay Kulbin, Vladimir Lebedev, and others. Several illustrations are in color.
300 copies printed. Russian.
175 pages with [14] illustrated plates, 28 cm. The body of the book is in good condition. The cover is in fair condition. The back cover is detached and torn on the margins with pieces missing. The front cover is slightly detached and torn on the margins with pieces missing. Stains on the cover.

Opening1,500$ Sold For2,706$ Including buyers premium

Auction 7 Lot Number 273

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Br. Grimm Meiselach – Illustrations by Joseph Tchaikov – Kiev, 1922

Br. Grimm Meiselach [Grimm Brothers Fairytales] translated into Yiddish by N. Lurie. Kultur-Lige, [Kiev 1922].
Three tales by the Grimm Brothers translated into Yiddish. Cover and front page designed by Joseph Tchaikov. 13 additional illustrations by Tchaikov appear in the booklet, 10 of which are full page. Titles of stories are also designed by Tchaikov. Yiddish.
48 pages, 18 cm. Fair condition. Booklet was professionally restored but has humidity damages, ink-stains, foxing and tears to margins. Slight damages to text.
Rare. Not in Shmerok's catalogue.

Opening1,300$ Sold For2,091$ Including buyers premium

Auction 7 Lot Number 80

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Hebrew Army – Collection of Booklets

Ten booklets published by Committee for a Jewish Palestine, Anglo-American Committee for a Jewish Army, American League for a Free Palestine:
1. Towards a Jewish army. Publication no. 1. London, 1942.
2. From Evian to Bermuda. New York, 1943.
3. Repatriated Palestine Jewish soldiers. London, 1944.
4. We cannot have both imperialism and peace. New York, 1945.
5. The Jewish Struggle – Jewish fighting organ. Issue 6, London, August 1946.
6. Irgun Press. Issue 4, New York, April 7th, 1948.
7-8. Committee for a Jewish army of Stateless refugee and Palestinian Jews and Jewish Brigade group – Souvenir Booklet. London, 1944. On the cover there is a drawing by Arthur Szyk + additional booklets from London, 1945.
1. Are The Jews fighting? London, year of print not noted.
2. American Tradition and Hebrew Freedom, Guy M. Gillette. New York, year of print not noted.
Varying sizes, fair through very good condition.

Opening1,000$ Sold For1,353$ Including buyers premium

Auction 7 Lot Number 266

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My Paris – Ehrenburg – Cover and arrangement by Lissitzky – Moscow, 1933

My Paris, Iya Ehrnburg. Moscow, 1933.
Dozens of photographs by Ehrenburg presenting daily work life in Paris, with all its images. Cover and inner design by El Lissitzky.
The original paper cover is missing. Russian.
235, [2] pages, 16.5x20 cm. Body of the book is in good condition. Professional repairs have been made to pages 193, 208 and 225. The cover is in fair condition. Non original endpapers and spine. Light tears on the cover, worn margins.

Opening1,000$ Sold For1,230$ Including buyers premium

Auction 7 Lot Number 317

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Alef Bet – Ze’ev Raban and Levin Kipnis – Berlin, 1923

Alef Bet, illustrations by Ze’ev Raban, rhymes by Levin Kipnis, Bezalel-Jerusalem.
By “HaSefer” Publishing, Berlin, 1923.
[32] pages, 25 cm.
Excellent condition. A children's book in such nice condition is rarely seen.

Opening900$ Sold For2,706$ Including buyers premium

Auction 7 Lot Number 180

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“Shana Tova” postcards

81 postcards with Shana Tova greetings. Various publishers, and publication dates. Some with gilded decorations, some Real Photo, some of sites in Eretz Israel and more.
Various conditions, fair to good.

Opening900$ Sold For1,132$ Including buyers premium

Auction 7 Lot Number 62

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Sefer HaChaim – Aryeh Group – Tzofei Tel Aviv (Scouts), 1926-1931

Sefer HaChaim – Aryeh group in Tel-Chai league IV. HaTzofim community (Scouts), Tel-Aviv, 1926-1931.
"Book of Memories" of a Scout group, including philosophy and thought, memories from shared activities, biography, letters, songs, stories, riddles, many original pictures, and photographs of members of Aryeh group of Tel Aviv scouts.
Interesting document from the early years of the Scouts movement in Eretz Israel. The Scouts movement was established on Passover 1919, and the first branch in Eretz Israel was established in Haifa in 1925.
235 written pages in a 382 page notebook. 27 cm. Good condition. Stains. New cloth binding.

Opening850$ Sold For1,046$ Including buyers premium

Auction 7 Lot Number 173

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Postcards of synagogues

38 postcards depicting the synagogues of Libau, Torino, Prague, Breslau, Nuremberg, Dusseldorf, Munich, Essen, Trencin, St. Petersburg, Kattowitz, Lodz, and more. In the postcard depicting Dortmund, a “window” opens with small folded pictures inside. 9 are undivided. 19 have not been used.
Very good condition.

Opening800$ Sold For984$ Including buyers premium

Auction 7 Lot Number 102

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Journey and Research Books – Eretz Israel

1. A relation of a journey begun anno dom 1610, London, 1637. Etchings.
2. A journey from Aleppo to Jerusalem at after, A. D. 1697. Oxford, 1714. Folded etching-plates.
3. L'univers – Historie et description de tous les peoples – Jerusalem. Paris, 1845. 70 attached plates, maps, etchings and two folded maps.
4. Twenty-one years' work in the Holy Land. London, 1886. Folded map of Jerusalem.
5. Palestine, Major C. R. Conder. London, 1889. Colored maps.
6. Those Holy Fields – Palestine. London, late 19th century. Prints of illustrations in pencil and pen.
7. The HolyLand, Robert Hichens. New York, 1910. Colored illustrations.
Various sizes. Various conditions. Fair to good condition.

Opening750$ Sold For923$ Including buyers premium

Auction 7 Lot Number 105

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Four ancient maps of Jerusalem

1. Panoramic map of Jerusalem, unidentified. 28.5x70 cm. Poor condition. Rough tears with pieces missing, some have been repaired.
2. Map of Jerusalem by Christiaan van Adrichem, [Amsterdam, 1657]. Comprising two separate sheets each 37x47 cm.
3. Map of Jerusalem by Sebastian Münster, 1550. Laor 1087. 15.5x37.5 cm. A few pinholes.
4. Map of Jerusalem by Bernardino Amico, mid-17th century. 30x35 cm.

Opening750$ Sold For2,091$ Including buyers premium

Auction 7 Lot Number 196

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Gymnasia Herzliya – rare photographs

23 rare photographs of the Gymnasia Herzliya, its students, classrooms, teachers, and principals from its first years. Some were photographed by Y. Ben-Dov, although not signed. All the photographs are attached to cardboard, with a handwritten description of the subject:
1. Students and their teachers: preparatory classes 1-3, classes 1-6.
2. Supervising committee, administration and pedagogic committee.
3. Appliances, the hallway, physics room, gymnastics lesson, school hall.
4. 15th Shvat on Herzl St.; Gymnasia students on trips: Next to Kever Rachel, Solomon’s Pools, Jericho, the Dead Sea and on a rowboat in the Jordan River.
The photographs are 10x15.5 cm, the cardboard 16x20.5 cm. Poor to fair condition. Stains on the cardboard and moth holes to some of them. Stains on the photographs, most are worn.

Opening700$ Sold For861$ Including buyers premium

Auction 7 Lot Number 210

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Photographic album – Dedication of Bruchsal synagogue – Germany, 1925

Photographic album “Synagogue Dedication” [1925]. Bruchsal, Germany.
Ten quality photographs 17x23 cm, showing the synagogue from several angles, with an emphasis on wall murals, Hebrew writings, the Torah Ark, and various decorations.
The Bruchsal synagogue was built in 1881, renovated in 1923, and destroyed on Kristallnacht, November 1938.
The album is bound with string. On the cover and title page is an illustration of the synagogue.
[11] leaves, 30x38 cm. The photographs are in very good condition. The album is in good condition. Minor foxing on the leaves and the pergament separation papers, with some creasing or folds.

Opening700$ Sold For861$ Including buyers premium

Auction 7 Lot Number 232

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David Ben-Gurion – Autographed Print

Woodcut – face of David Ben-Gurion in brown and light blue, Marvin Jules.
Autographed at the bottom by David Ben-Gurion in Hebrew and English (two large signatures).
51x66.5 cm. Good condition. Some light foxing

Opening700$ Sold For861$ Including buyers premium

Auction 7 Lot Number 169

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Caricatures – Jews

17 postcards with caricatures of Jews. Various publishers and publication dates.
9 are undivided, 8 have been sent by post.
Various conditions, fair to very good.

Opening600$ Sold For886$ Including buyers premium

Auction 7 Lot Number 265

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Architecture in the Soviet Union – Lissitzky – Vienna, 1930

Russland, Die rekonstruktion der architektur in der Sowjetunion, El Lissitzky. Vienna, 1930.
Reconstruction of architecture in the Soviet Union. First volume in a series dealing with modern building throughout the world, with text and 104 illustrations, architectural plans and photographs of models by Lissitzky.
103, 29 cm. Fair condition. Cover with creases and tears, mainly on and around the spine.

Opening600$ Sold For923$ Including buyers premium

Auction 7 Lot Number 170

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17 Postcards with anti-semitic illustrations. Various publishers and publication dates.
8 are undivided. 11 have been sent by post.
Various conditions, fair to very good.

Opening600$ Sold For836$ Including buyers premium
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