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Lot 137: Collection of Letters from Authors, Poets and Intellectuals

Auction 53 - Rare and Important Items

by Kedem Public Auction House Ltd

November 15, 2016

Jerusalem, Israel

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  • Collection of Letters from Authors, Poets and Intellectuals
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Description: Fifteen autograph letters from Hebrew authors, poets and intellectuals, among them letters from heralds of Modern Hebrew literature: 1. An autograph letter from Yehudah Leib Gordon. 5646 [1886]. A letter about settlement in Eretz Israel. At the end of the letter Gordon states: "In HaMelitz… to be published tomorrow, you will find my essay about the panic in Petach Tikva. License has been granted today to publish HaMelitz daily". 2. Autograph letter from Moshe Leib Lilienblum. Odessa, March 5643 [1883]. Lilienblum writes at the end of the letter: "today, as I was told, three hundred Russians travel from here to the Holy Land to establish a colony!". 3. Autograph letter from Micha Josef Berdyczewski, 1904. 4. Handwritten postcard from Reuben Brainin, addressed to Aharon Hermoni, 1908. 5-6. Two handwritten postcards, from S. (Shalom Ya'akov) Abramovich, "Mendele Mocher Sforim", addressed to the author Mordechai Ben-Ami (Rabinovich). One postcard is written in Hebrew and sent in 1905, the other is written in Russian and sent in 1915. 7. A long autograph letter (two pages) from David Frischmann, 1886. 8. Autograph letter from Hillel Zeitlin, 1922. 9. "Yerushalayim Ir ha-Kodesh" [Jerusalem the Holy City], a poem handwritten by Emanuel Harussi, [1982]." Jerusalem the Holy City" was the song of the Jerusalemite Company of Gedud Ha'avodah whose members worked in quarrying, chiseling and building in Jerusalem. 10. Handwritten postcard from Jakob Klatzkin, addressed to the author Mordechai Ben-Ami (Rabinovitz), 1907. 11. Autograph letter from S. Ben-Zion (Simcha Ben- Zion Alter Gutman), addressed to Prof. Boris Schatz. 12. Autograph letter from Mordechai ben Hillel Hacohen, regarding "Bezalel" and Boris Schatz, 5690 [1930]. 13. A poem handwritten by David Shimonovitch (Shimoni), 5688 [1927]. 14. Autograph letter from Alexander Ziskind Rabinovich (AZAR), addressed to the author Mordechai Ben-Ami, 5682 [1922]. 15. Four pages, handwritten by Joseph Klausner, eulogy in memory of Shmuel Gershman, 5711 [1951]. Total of 15 documents. Size and condition vary. Letter by Frischmann in fair condition. Ink stamps.

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