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Auction 9 Lot Number 974

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A Giant Hanukah Lamp of President Chaim Weizman

A giant brass Hanukah Lamp, given as a gift to the President of the State of Israel, Chaim Weizman, in 1951.
Base of the Hanukah Lamp is round with four steps. A long post with cylindrical and round decorations, from which stem four symmetrical arms, ending with candle holders. The Shamash stems from the center of the post, protruding outwards. A dedication is engraved on the base: To the President of the State of Israel Chaim Weizman 1951".
Height: 130 cm, diameter: 40 cm, maximal width: 86 cm, weight: approximately 70 kgs. Good condition. Stains, mainly to the base. Two pin holes with no arms in the center of the post.

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Auction 9 Lot Number 512

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Dov Yossef Archives

Dov Yossef archives.
Includes thousands of long letter sent to Dov Yossef, mainly from his family members, telling about daily life, in the Yossef family and in the country's history displaying an impressive picture of the period and Dov Yossef activities; hundreds of photographs of Yossef in events and with various personalities, from his youth until the 1960's; long letters of Dov Yossef to his wife, Goldie. The letters are numbered and consecutive and serve as a kind of diary of his activity since 1955; hundreds of letters from Goldie to Dov, with descriptions of life in his absence from Jerusalem; drafts of speeches he held in the Knesset; Letters of condolences when Goldie died in 1972; a Bachelor degree.
Dov Yossef (1899-1980), military governor of Jerusalem during the War of Independence, minister in Israeli governments. Born in Canada, holder of a PhD degree in Philosophy and Masters degree in Law. One of the organizers of voluntary service in the Jewish Battalions in the First World War, arrived in Eretz Yisrael in 1918 with the Canadian Battalion. In 1921, after finishing law studies, returned to Eretz Yisrael to settle.
Yossef was active in the Labour Party, member of Mapai since 1933. Served as legal advisor of the Jewish Agency Management and deputy manager of its political department. During the Second World War was in charge of drafting volunteers to the British Army.
During the War of Independence and the siege on Jerusalem, served as military governor of the city. In this capacity was responsible for the supply of food, its equal distribution and its organization. In 1949 served as Ministre of Supply and Rationing ("Tzena Ministre"). He later served as Ministre of Agriculture, of Transportation, of Justice, Commerce and Industry and Ministre of Health.

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Auction 9 Lot Number 513

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Gedalyahu Wilbushevitz Archives

Archives of Gedalyahu Wilbushevitz.
Includes hundreds of letters sent to him, photographs, plans, price quotes that he got, letters from engineers and architects, as well as from Zionist figures (Levontin, Rupin, Ussishkin) and letters from his family. Letters were sent to Wilbushevitz in Eretz Yisrael (mainly in Haifa), to Damascus during First World War and to Alexandria. Most of the letters are in Russian, German and Hebrew. Few documents in Arabic, Turkish and English; the letters concern various topics: plans for a synagogue in Tel Aviv, renovation of buildings, Zionist activity, finances, donations, production of glyzerin, "Shemen" factory, concrete casting and more.
Attached is a volume with copies of letters which Wilbushevitz sent to different addressees during the years 1911-1912. The collection includes a few photographs of "Shemen" factory in its early days, and a photograph of the construction of the first concrete building in Eretz Yisrael, the pump house on the Yarkon river, that Wilbushevitz planned.
Wilbushevitz (1865-1943) – engineer and architect, one of the founders of Jewish industry and building in Eretz Yisrael, a member of the "Chovevei Tzion". Born in Belarus, trained as a civil engineer at the High Technical School in Berlin. Arrived in Eretz Yisrael with the First Aliya, founded "The company for the development of industries in Eretz Yisrael", established the first iron-casting factory in Eretz Yisrael, and other factories.
The archive contains hundreds of letters.

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Auction 9 Lot Number 103

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Announcement Concerning Baptising Jewish Children – Bohemia and Moravia, 1768

Venerabilis Nobis Dilecte. Announcement by Maria Theresa, archduchess of Austria and queen of Bohemia and Hungary.
Maria Theresa forbids unequivocally to kidnapping and baptizing Jewish children. Those who break this rule will be fined or be imprisoned for two years. In four exceptional cases baptizing Jewish children is permitted: in case the child's life is in danger; if the child was abandoned by both his parents; if one of the parents converted into Christianity or if the child is of more than seven years of age and wishes to convert.
A baptized child should be raised in a Christian environment, to ensure that he gets a Christian education. In a case of a compulsory baptism, the initiator should raise the child, and if he is unable to do so, the child will be brought up in a Christian hospital or orphanage, or by adoptive Christian parents.
This announcement was published following petitions by Bohemian and Moravian Jews concerning kidnapping and baptising children, in spite of the fact that Maria Theresa was hostile towards the Jewish communities and burdened them with heavy taxes and rules.
[10] pages, 28.5 cm. Good condition. Stains.

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Auction 9 Lot Number 464

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Yossef Perl of Tarnopol – Manuscript – Parody on Breslev Chassidim

Manuscript by Yossef Perl of Tarnopol (1773-1839) one of the leading scholars and writers of Galicia, and an outstanding opponent to the Chassidic movement in the 19th century. Written between autumn of 1816 and July 1818.
The manuscript includes "amulet – secret code" and "an encrypted Maggen David", being part of a parody by Perl on Chassidut Breslev (printed with slight changes from a different manuscript).
In "The secret code" Perl is mocking at a passage said by Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk about the Ba'al-Shem-Tov; in the Encrypted Maggen David" the names of Rabbi Yisrael Ben Eliezer (the Ba'al-Shem-Tov) and Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum famous for his amulets, are implied. Perl expressed in this way his mockery at their use of amulets bearing their names, and emphasized that Chassidut is in fact magic and witchcraft.
On the back of the leaf is a draft of a letter in German in Hebrew letters, probably from one of Perl's group in Tarnopol.
25 X 19.5 cm. Good condition. Folding marks.
Manuscript was checked by the researcher Yonatan Meir, see attached page.

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Auction 9 Lot Number 764

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Six Stories with Simple Endings – Ernburg and Lissitzky – Moscow-Berlin, 1922

Six Stories with Simple Endings, Il’ia Ernburg. Moscow-Berlin, 1922.
The cover is designed by El Lissitzky, printed in red and black. The body of the book has six additional illustrations in the constructivist style by Lissitzky. Russian.
164, [1] page, 19.5 cm. Fair condition. Stained. Paper has been attached for strengthening the margins of several pages. Non original endpapers. Most of the pages have been professionally repaired on inner margins

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Auction 9 Lot Number 521

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The 20th Zionist Congress – Weigh the Shekel – Two Posters, 1937

Two posters printed for the 20th Zionist Congress held in Zurich in 1937:
1. Worker! For the 20th Congress – a Congress Protecting the Zionist project – Weigh the Shekel!
2. Working Camp! For the Protection of Two Bilding generations Weigh the Shekel!
"Achdut" printing press, Tel Aviv, "Linol Gilboa", black and red.
95 cm. Fair condition. Creases, tears, stains and moth holes.

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Auction 9 Lot Number 756

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Contemporary Jewish Art – Boris Aronson – Berlin, 1924

СОВРЕМЕННАЯ ЕВРЕЙСКАЯ ГРАФИКА [Contemporary Jewish Art], Boris Aronson. Berlin-Petropolis, 1924.
A comprehensive discussion about Jewish Avant-Garde Russian artists, with samples of graphic works in high quality print. Amongst the artists: Nathan Altman, Lissitzky, Chagall and Ryback.
Copy number 13 out of an elaborate edition of 300 copies.
128 pages, 32.5 cm. Very good condition. Original illustrated binding with professionally restored damages, in new hard cover.

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Auction 9 Lot Number 475

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Y.H. Ravnitzky – Manuscript “H.N.Bialik and the Aggadah Book”

Yehoshua Hana Ravnitzky, manuscript "H.N.Bialik and the 'Aggadah Book'", late 1930's (after Bialik's death).
10-pages memories-essay, by Ravnitzky, partner and friend of Bialik, about his thorough work related to compiling material for "Sefer Ha-Aggadah". The manuscript was proof-read in a different handwriting, mainly linguistic corrections and vowelizing corrections.
Sefer Ha-Aggadah is a collection of Talmudic legends edited by Bialik and Ravnitzky, ""a basic book of the new Hebrew culture" ("Chozeh Lech Berach", Shlomo Sheva).
From the essay herewith we learn how important the book was for bialik, who dedicated years of work in order to improve it almost till his last days.
9 written on one side leaves, 25 cm.Stains to first leaf and to last leaf.

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Auction 9 Lot Number 888

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Chad Gadya – Zeev Raban, 1926 – Excellent Condition

Chad Gadya, painter: Zeev Raban, Bezalel. "Bney Bezalel" publishing, Jerusalem, 1926.
Colorful illustrations by Zeev Raban for the song "Chad Gadya".
[7] leaves, 17 cm. Very good condition. Slight stains on cover.
Rare in its exceptional condition.

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Auction 9 Lot Number 110

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Splendid Leaf in Honor of a Golden Wedding Anniversary – Vienna, 1855

Printed and handwritten single leaf. Vienna, 1855.

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Auction 9 Lot Number 478

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Ha-Rav Kook – Five Letters

5 Hnadwritten and hand-signed letter by Rav Avraham Yitzchak Ha-Cohen Kook, four of them on staionery of Chief Rabbi for Eretz Yisrael. Jerusalem, the 1920's.
Letter of invitation by Rav kook, with handwriting of another person, 1921; letter to an association in Jerusalem, 1924; two-page letter to :our brothers Ohavei Tzion ve-Yerusaleyim", 1925; letter to the world center of "Ha-Mizrachi", 1928; telegram to Va'ad Ha-Shchita in Jerusalem, 1930.
Varying sizes and conditions.

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Auction 9 Lot Number 99

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Booklet of Regulations for Jews – Koeln, 1614

Des Ertzstiffts Cölln Jueden Ordtund. Rules for Jews who live in the area under Koeln's archbishop, Ferdinand von Bayern. Koeln, 1614.
Regulstions include: Only Jews who have a residence permit are allowed to live in the area under the archbishop of Koeln's rule, they have to register and declare their assets; Jews must respect the Christian holidays and customs; Jews are forbidden to share a house with Christians or to employ Christian servant: Jews with a residence permit have the right to deal in silver and gold, trade horses and handle money lending, in order to limit interest on the loans they are allowed to charge only 1% interest per month; Jews are not allowed to mint coins, to slaughter more animals than their direct needs and other laws. Latin and German.
Archbishop Ferdinand von Bayern (1577 – 1650), a prominent figure in the Catholic reform in the 16th and 17th centuries.
[14] pages, 16.5 cm. Good condition. Upper edges cut. Ink stamps. Simple cardboard binding.

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Auction 9 Lot Number 100

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Announcement by Emperor Ferdinand III Concerning War Booty – Vienna, 1645

Wir Ferdinands der Dritte von Gottes gnaden Erwoehlter Romischer Kayser. [Vienna, 1645].
Announcement by the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Ferdinand III, concerning the inhibition (relating to Jews and Christians alike) to trade booty collected by the empire's soldiers or to purchase property of the enemy's forces. This announcement, published in 1645 refers to the Thirty Years War (which ended three years later).
On the bottom appears the Empire's seal and a few unidentified handwritten signatures. German.
[1] leaf, 42 X 32.5 cm. Good condition. Thick quality paper. Small tear to upper edge of leaf.Folding marks.

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Auction 9 Lot Number 102

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Announcement by King Joseph I Concerning an Epidemic in Hungary – Vienna, 1710

Wir Joseph von Gottes Ganden, Erwoehlter Roemischer Kayser. [Vienna, 1710].
Announcement on behalf of the King of Bohemia and Hungary and ruler of Austria, Joseph I, concerning an epidemic that erupted in Hungary, and the means to avoid its spreading (changing the methods of transferring mail and more). In paragraph 6 appears that Jews with a specific permit to stay in Vienna are allowed to continue and stay there, however all other Jews should leave its territory. Foreign Jews are not allowed to enter Austrian areas. German.
[8] pages, 31 cm. Good condition. Stains, tear to corner of one leaf. Handwritten inscription on last page.

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Auction 9 Lot Number 295

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The Jewish Country – Herzl – German Translation in Hebrew Letters, 1896

[The Jewish State, attempt at modern solution to the Jewish question], Theodore Herzl. Ha'am Publishing, Kolomea, 1896.
Translation of Herzl's book into German, in Hebrew letters (Yiddish-Deutsch). Cover-title pages in Yiddish-Deutsch and German. The romance was first published in German in February 1896.
67 pages, 22 cm. Good condition. Dry and breakable paper. Few tears in the jacket edges and creased corners. Few stains.
Rare.

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Auction 9 Lot Number 716

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Johann Christoph Bodenscatz Book – 30 Engravings, 1748

Kirchliche Verfassung der heutigen Juden, sonderlich derer in Deutschland, Johann Christian georg Bodenschatz. Resarch by Johann Christoph Bodenschatz of the Jewish religion and its customs (four parts). Frankfurt and Leipzig, 1748.
The book includes, in addition to Bodenschatz's reseach, thirty detailed and beautiful engravings, most of them of Jewish customs: Blessing of the Moon, Prayers in Synagogue, Tisha Be-Av and more.
Johann Christoph Georg Bodenschatz (1717-1797), German Protestant theologist. Described in his book Jewish life, mainly of Ashkenaz Jewry. He describes in detail Jewish customs of his time and succeeds in portraying objectively Jewish way of life and customs.
23.5 cm. Good condition. Comments in ancient handwriting and markings, stains. Original parchment binding.

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Auction 9 Lot Number 101

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Announcement by Emperor Leopold I Concerning Recruitment of Soldiers and trade – Linz, 1684

Wir Leopold von Gottes Gnaden / Erwoehlter Romischer Kayser. [Linz, 1684].
Announcement by the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Leopold I, concerning the prohibition to recruit foreign soldiers in the territories of the Holy Roman Empire, and the export of weapons (horses, ammunition, and other products). It is emphasized in this announcement that Jews in particular should avoid any foreign trade.
This announcement was published during the war between Emperor Leopold I and the Turkish Sultan, who took advantage of the tension in Hungary at that time, to attach Austria. The Sultan sent large military forces to Austria in the beginning of 1683, who besieged Vienna and almost conquered it.
The Jews of Vienna were concentrated at that time in Leopolstadt (on the other side of the Danube) and would enter Vienna for trade purposes, even though they were not allowed to reside there. The war against the Turks demanded a significant capital, and a few Jews supplied the army with equipment, amongst them Samuel Oppenheimer, a Jew of Heidelberg, who had a permit to settle in Vienna at a later stage. Other Jews got permits to live in Vienna as family members of workers of Oppenheimer, like Samson Wertheimer, Shimon Michael of Pressburg and others. German.
41.5 X 33.5 cm. Good condition. Slight stains.

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Auction 9 Lot Number 975

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Very Large Hanukah Lamp – Egypt

Large Copper Hanukah Lamp. Sawn, hammered and engraved. Egypt, 1980's.
On top, above the Shamash, are decorations in the shape of the Tablets of the Law, two lions, a crown and gazelles. In the center appears the Western Wall with Jews praying, above it the three prayers chanted during the lighting of the candles. On the lower part decorations in shapes of gazelles and the menorah, as well as vegetal and geometric designs.
8 rectangular pinched oil-vessels are set in the base each 7.5 X 5 cm. Two decorated pillars on the sides.
Height: 83 cm, width: 70 cm, maximal depth: 9 cm.

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Auction 9 Lot Number 104

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Two Manifests with Laws for Jews – Sweden, the 18th Century

1. Kongl. Majets och Rikfens – Commerce-Collegii Reglemente foer them Judesta Nationen. Stockholm, May 27, 1782. Manifest printed by the Royal Swedish Printing Press. Includes new and important laws for Jews dealing with silver an dgold. [3] pages, 21.5 cm. Good condition.
2. Kongl Majets och Rikets Commerce-Collegii Kungoereise. Stockholm, May 6, 1790. Booklet with official regulations in addition to the manifest of 1782, for Jews handling silver and gold in their crafts. [13] pages, 23.5 cm. Good condition. Paper somewhat worn, slight tears to edges, stains.

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Auction 9 Lot Number 728

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Jews of Moravia History – Elaborate copy, Numbered and Signed

Die Juden und Judengemeinden Mährens in vergangenheit und gegenwart [Jews and Jewish communities of Moravia past and present], Hugo Gold. Berno, 1929.
Book abundant with information and photographs of the history of Moravian Jews, tens of articles with indices. Elaborate copy with signatures by all editorial members and writers – 48 signatures of rabbis and important researchers of Moravia, Slovakia and Austria.
Copy number 15 out of 100 copies edition, in splendid leather binding with gold embossing and gilded leaf-cuts.
623 pages, cardboard case 33 cm. Good condition. Binding a little loose, foxing-stains. Damages to edges of cardboard case.

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Auction 9 Lot Number 172

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Single Leaf of Hartman Schedel’s Book – The Murder of the Child Simon of Trento, 1493

Single leaf of Hartman Schedel's book, Weltchronik (Nuremberg Chronicle), Nuremberg, 1493. Illustration of Jews torturing the child Simon of Trento.
On March 23 1475 a Christian two and a half years old child by the name of Simon disappeared from his parents home in Trento in north Italy; three days later, on the eve of Good Friday (the day of Jesus Christ's crucifixion), his body was found near the home (or in its cellar or its well) of a Jew who was a resident of the city, a money lender by the name of Shmuel.
After the body was found the Bishop announced that all of Trento Jewish community, including a few converted Jews, are guilty of the murder of the child. All the Jews of the city were arrested, tortured and some executed by fire or decapitated. Simon was declared a saint by the pope, and his memory was mentioned every year in the month of March, until his status a saint was cancelled in 1965.
40.5 cm. Good condition. Stains, mainly to margins. Tear with omission to upper right margins.

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Auction 9 Lot Number 771

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Freid – Illustrated Children’s Magazine – Mark Epstein, Kiev, 1923

Freid no. 10, second year. Kultur Lige Publishers, Kiev, 1923. The cover and title-page are designed by Mark Epstein, four more drawings by Epstein inside the magazine, two of which are large.
36 pages, 25.5 cm.
Good condition. Cover partly detached.

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Auction 9 Lot Number 981

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Pal Bal Hanukah Lamp Designed by Zeev Raban

Cast Hanukah Lamp, "Ha-Nerot Halalu Kodesh Hem" made by Pal Bal (manufacturer's mark on the bottom).
The design of the back plaque, with two angels holding a jug and branches, was done by Zeev Raban.
Height: 14 cm, width: 16.5 cm, depth:8.5 cm. Good condition. Wax remnants. Shamash is missing.

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