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Jewish and Israeli History and Culture

by Kedem Public Auction House Ltd


394 lots | 392 with images

June 12, 2012

Live Auction

Hechal Shlomo Building

58 King George Street

Jerusalem, 91076 Israel

Phone: +972-77-5140223

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Email: kedem.ltd@gmail.com

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Theodor Herzl - Handwritten letter - Wien, 1898

Lot 1: Theodor Herzl - Handwritten letter - Wien, 1898

Description: Theodor Herzl, Handwritten draft of a letter, on official stationary of "Die Welt" newspaper. Wien, January 24th 1898. German.Two pages, handwritten in pencil. On the first page, addressed to a friend [his name is not mentioned], Herzl writes: "attached is a draft of an answer I wrote". On the second page, appears the answer itself - a long and sharp response to an article against Max Nordau, Theodor Herzl and the Zionist Movement: "the conciliatory tone of your letter from January 19th is inconsistent with your attack on our movement... Furthermore, it is unclear how you identified [Max] Nordau as the "Spectator" [probably, the recipient of the letter assumed that an article signed "spectator" was written by Nordau], since it is well-known that neither Nordau nor Herzl sign by that name...". Signed with initials. [2] pp., 22.5 cm. Fair-good condition. One corner is missing (restored), folding marks, stains.

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Herzl's Portraits by Hermann Struck

Lot 1A: Herzl's Portraits by Hermann Struck

Description: Two large prints, portraits of Theodor Herzl, according to etchings by Hermann Struck. Printed in Germany. 58.5X48 cm; 64X48 cm. Good condition. Creases and several stains.

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Theodor Herzl - Nine Postcards

Lot 2: Theodor Herzl - Nine Postcards

Description: Nine postcards with Theodor Herzl's portrait, various publishers and printers, some of the cards are rare; four postcards are undivided. Amongst them: postcard printed by Isidor Knopf, Vienna, with portraits of Max Norday, Karl Lippa and Theodore Herzl, mailed in 1900; postcard printed by Isidor Knopf, Vienna, mailed in 1900; postcard printed by Max Victor, Cologne, with portraits of Herzl and Nordau, mailed in 1900; postcard printed by Salamon Zweibel, Narajow, Galicia; postcard printed by Ramler's Postkarten Verlag, Horodenka; postcard with the photo of "funeral of Dr. T. Herzl's coffin", 1904; Generally in good condition.

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Herzl's Study / Herzl's Children - Two Postcards

Lot 3: Herzl's Study / Herzl's Children - Two Postcards

Description: 1. Das Arbeitszimmer Dr. Herzls [Dr. Herzl's Study]. Postcards printed by "Zion", Vienna, [early 20th cent.]. Good condition.2. Die Kinder Dr. Theodor Herzl's. Hans. Pauline. Trude [Dr. Theodor Herzl's children, Hans, Pauline and Trude]. Postcard printed by "Zion", Vienna, mailed in 1904. Good condition. Several stains, creased corners.

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Lot 4: "Bar Hadya" - Against Theodor Herzl and Max Nordau - Warsaw, 1899 - Interesting Comment

Description: Sefer Bar Hadya, or Herzl's dream by Dov Ber (Doverush) Tursh. Warsaw, 1899."As Hadya [a dreams interpreter], I will prove that the idea of settling Eretz Israel declared by Theodor Herzl and Max Nordau and their meetings in Basel, is a weightless movement flying on the imagination's wings...". A composition disgracing Herzl and Nordau and the way they led the Zionist Movement. On the last page of the book - the owner added an interesting "confession" by the author, which was published in Eretz Israel newspapers: "I admit that all the words of contempt about the author... printed in one of the letters which appeared in "Stirat Zekenim" which I myself printed and published, were just lies and I apologize to the author...". 78 pp, 21.5 cm. Good condition. Portrait is missing. Stains.

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Medal - 2nd Zionist Congress

Lot 5: Medal - 2nd Zionist Congress

Description: Bronze medal, 2nd Zionist Congress. Paris, 1898. Embossment on one side. On the reverse a biblical quotation: "I shall take the people of Israel from amongst the nations... and bring them to their land". Feuchtwanger Catalogue, item no. 764. Diameter: 6.3 cm. Good condition.

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Document Concerning the Printers' Strike in Jerusalem - December 1908 - The first Jewish Workers Strike in Eretz Israel

Lot 6: Document Concerning the Printers' Strike in Jerusalem - December 1908 - The first Jewish Workers Strike in Eretz Israel

Description: A memorandum, summary of a "delegates" from Jaffa meeting about the printers' strike in Jerusalem. December 7, 1908. Rashi script.A short, handwritten, document summarizing the meeting held in view of the printers' strike in Jerusalem. The document announces the establishment of a committee consisting of the members Yhiel Michal Piness, Antebi, David Yellin, Hagiz, Manni and others. Signed (by hand): Nachman Batito, Avrham Philosoph, Yoel Moshe Salomon, Mordechai Ben Hillel HaCohen (who was one of the intermediaries to bring the strike to an end), Yehiel Michal Piness, David Yellin, Israel Dov Frumkin and others. The strike was led by Yitzchak Ben-Zvi and Rachel Yana'it Ben-Zvi following the beating of a printer and was accompanied by demonstrations against the Arab and Jewish owners of printing presses who abused the workers and humiliated them. [1] Leaf 29 cm. Good condition. Folding-marks, minor tears at borders, filing-holes.

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Lot 7: "HaTikva" - Four Printings - Early Printing from 1900

Description: 1. Fir tsiyonistishe lider, mit der melodye fun Hatikva, R. Mazin, bukhhandler in London. A. W. Rabinovitch printing press, London, [1900]. Hebrew, Yiddish and English. One of the first printings of "Hatikva" verses as a self-standing composition not within N. H. Imber's book. 8 pp, 18.5 cm. Fair-good condition.2. Hatikva / The Hope. Single leaf with the nine stanzas of "Hatikva". [USA or England, 1910s or 1920s]. In the center of the title appears a Magen David with the word "Zion", surrounded by different citations and the words Peace, Wisdom, Truth, Strength, Concord, Beauty. [1] Leaf 22.5 cm. Good condition.3. HaTikva, "di hofnung" (national lid) far a zingshtime, kor un piano, bearbaytet fun yanot Z. Roskin. Series "yidishe folks lider", musikfarlag, "Hatikva", Berlin, [1910s]. [5] pp, 28 cm. Good condition.4. Shir Hatikva, Tunisia, [ca.1940]. Version of "HaTikva" in Hebrew with transcript in Latin letters. 8 pp, 15.5 cm. Poor-fair condition.

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Letter from Tel-Hai, end of 1919

Lot 8: Letter from Tel-Hai, end of 1919

Description: Handwritten letter. Tel-Hai, [October, 1919?]."I mentioned in my previous letter the unrest around us. The day before yesterday 4 dead were found. Christians: 13 were killed already. Of the Druze - I do not know... two days ago seven Arab riders passed here, all of them with rifles...". The letter is signed: "Ya'akov" who addresses the letter to his brother. It might be that the writer is Ya'akov Toker (1896-1920), one of the casualties of the Adar 11 battle. Leaf 27.5 cm. Good condition. Folding marks, minor tears, stains.

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Accounting Notebook -

Lot 9: Accounting Notebook - "Jerusalem Music Society", 1920s

Description: Accounting notebook of "Jerusalem Music Society" founded by Cellist Thelma Yellin. Jerusalem, 1921-1926. English.Accounting notebook with accurate and detailed handwritten inscriptions relating to revenues and expenses of the "Jerusalem Music Society" during its first years. While writing the financial activities, important details documenting the society were added: the musical events held by the society, lists of members and musicians, etc. The society was founded in 1921 by cellist and composer Thelma Yellin (née Bentwich). This society was a pioneer organization as far as classical music was concerned during the British Mandate and it produced concerts of high quality that attracted a varied public of listeners. At the beginning, the concerts were held at the Jerusalem Governor's house, Sir Ronald Storrs. More than 100 handwritten pages, notebook 32.5 cm. Worn cover, torn and detached, with moisture-marks. Minor stains to notebook leaves and minor moisture marks to its borders.

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David Yellin Testifying before the Western Wall Commission - Dedication

Lot 10: David Yellin Testifying before the Western Wall Commission - Dedication

Description: David Yellin testifying before the special international Western Wall Commission. Jerusalem, [1930].David Yellin testimony before the British "Western Wall Commission" appointed to investigate the status of the Western Wall following the 1929 riots. On the cover appears a dedication handwritten by David Yellin to Sir Aryeh Simon, "with appreciation and friendship". [1], 16 pp, 21 cm. Good condition. Minor damages.

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Lot 11: "Bayit VaIr" - Yearbook for Construction, 1935 - Numerous Photos

Description: "Bayit VaIr", construction yearbook, editor: Y. Shifman. Tel-Aviv: "Mischar VeTa'asiya", 1935.Numerous advertisements and essays in the area of construction and industry in Eretz Israel; tens of plates with "photos of works by architects and engineers in Eretz Israel" - photos of buildings planned by leading architects, most of them photographed by the photographer Yitzchak Kalter (1903-1995) - of the prominent photographers of modern architecture in Eretz Israel, who perpetuated the International Style (Bauhaus) buildings in his work.1-60 pp, 56 plates, IV pp, 61-80 pp, 31 cm. Tears to cover and spine, loose leaves or partly detached, creases to corners of leaves.

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Journal of Engineers and Architects Association - Ten Issues

Lot 12: Journal of Engineers and Architects Association - Ten Issues

Description: Journal of Association of Engineers and Architects in Eretz Israel. Tel-Aviv, 1941-1942Many professional articles concerning engineering and architecture. Ten consecutive issues, July 1941 - November 1942 (vol. 2, issues 1-5; vol. 3, issues 1-5). All issues are bound together, vol. 33.5 cm. Good condition. Ex-library copy. Staining.

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Collection of Documents -

Lot 13: Collection of Documents - "Yefe Nof" neighborhood, Jerusalem

Description: Collection of documents relating "Yefe Nof" neighborhood in Jerusalem, 1920s-40s (most documents of 1930s).Land property deeds, membership declarations in "Yefe Nof - mutual society ltd", protocols, agreements and receipts. Numerous signatures of the society's members (many of them in oriental handwriting), with finger-prints. "Yefe Nof" neighborhood was established in 1929. Lot of 39 documents. Various sizes and conditions.

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Collection of Documents - Yemenite Settlement in Kefar HaShiloach - Silwan - Sa'adya Kovshi

Lot 14: Collection of Documents - Yemenite Settlement in Kefar HaShiloach - Silwan - Sa'adya Kovshi

Description: Documents dealing with the demand of the Yemenite settlers of Kefar HaShiloach to return to their homes and be compensated for their looted or destroyed property since they were obliged to leave their homes by order of the authorities during the riots of 1936-1939. In spite of promises by the British Governor, the settlers returned to their homes only after the establishment of the State of Israel.Amongst the documents: record of property taken from the homes of the Yemenite and demands for compensation; agreement regarding sale of land; letters to and from various national institutes (letters signed by Yitzchak Ben-Zvi) - requests for compensation and return to homes; document signed by Sa'adya Kovshi, of the Yemenite community leaders and one of the Independence Scroll signatories; correspondence concerning property ownership in Kefar HaShiloach, etc. The lot also contains documents from 1967, when sixty Arab families from the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem were settled in Silwan and requests by Kefar HaShiloach settlers to move into the Old City. Total of 75 documents, sizes and conditions vary.

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Map of Eretz Israel / Map of Israel's Camp in the Desert - Constantinople, 1764

Lot 15: Map of Eretz Israel / Map of Israel's Camp in the Desert - Constantinople, 1764

Description: Me'Am Lo'ez, commentary on the Torah in Ladino, part IV - the Book of Numbers (BaMidbar), by Rabbi Isaac Magrisso. Constantinople, [1764]. First edition.There are omissions at the beginning and at the end. Between pages 8-11 appears the map of Israel's camp in the desert, which does not appear in all of the copies. (In the Bibliography Institute CD, record 0311674, it is written: "between pages 8 and 11 there was, probably, a folded leaf with the map of Israel in the desert"). On page 158/1 appears a map of Eretz Israel according to a map by Eliyahu Mizrahi, which appeared in his book about Rashi commentary in Venice in 1527 and was, most probably, the first map printed in Hebrew. "Eretz Israel" appears in the center, east facing up. 7-8, 11-136 leaves (instead of: [2], 8, 11-168 leaves) + a plate between leaves no. 8 and 11. 29 cm. Condition varies, fair-poor: stains, mold-marks and moth. Rough tears. See Wajntraub, maps no. 8 and 32. Map with stains and creases.

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Map of Eretz Israel - London, 1901

Lot 16: Map of Eretz Israel - London, 1901

Description: London Atlas Map of Palestine. London: Edward Stanford Ltd, [1901].A detailed map of Eretz Israel, of good quality. Composed of twenty printed parts, cloth-backed, folding into a booklet-shape format, in hard binding. The map is not included in Eran Laor collection, and it seems, that this format is unknown. 65.5X54.5 cm (spread); folded into a binding 17 cm. Good condition. Minor damages to binding.

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Books by Yehosef Schwartz - First Editions

Lot 17: Books by Yehosef Schwartz - First Editions

Description: Impressive collection of Rabbi Yehosef Schwartz's books, amongst the first editions printed in Jerusalem.1-4. Divrei Yosef, by Rabbi Yehosef Schwartz, Halachah and astronomy pertaining to Eretz Israel. Jerusalem, (1843). Woodcut on first title page. Bound together with the book Tvu'ot Ha'aretz (which is the second section of' Divrei Yosef') and with the books Totzao't Ha'aretz and Ma'aseh Ha'aretz. Scientific and Halachic enquiry of the land of Israel. Jerusalem, 1845. [8], 70, [6] leaves; [2] 156, [3] leaves; 52 leaves (five title pages). 15 cm. Very good condition. Cardboard binding with leather spine. Ex-Libris of David Yellin. Ownership signatures in Sephardic and Ashkenazi handwriting. (The young Shlomo Chazan, "Rabbi Shabtai Shimshon HaLevi from Brisk Lithuania", "to the master Refael Aharon HaLevi").5. Divrei Yosef (Third and Fourth Sections), Jerusalem, (1861). "Including Pri Tvu'a, Pardes, responsa, explanations and various matters of wisdom which people of all levels can benefit from". Corrections and additions to the book Tvu'ot Ha'aretz published in 1845. [7], 247, [1] leaf. 15 cm. Good condition. Tears to corners of leaves.6. Divrei Yosef (Third and Fourth Sections - Beginning of Second Section). Responsum. Jerusalem, 1862[4], 170, [1] leaf. 15 cm. Very good condition. Cardboard binding with leather spine.The Kabbalist rabbi and researcher, Rabbi Yehosef Schwartz , born in Germany in 1804, immigrated to Jerusalem in 1833, and passed away in 1865. Until this very day his books are fundamental for discussions in matters of the Holy Land, both in the Halachic and scientific-historical realms. Rare collection. S. HaLevi: 17, 31, 58, 62.

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Lot 18: "Tvu'ot Ha'Aretz" - German Translation - Map and Illustration, 1852

Description: Das Heilige Land, nach seiner ehemaligen und jetzigen geographischen Beschaffenheit, nebst kritischen Blicken in das Carl v. Raumer'sche "Palaestina", von Joseph Schwarz; Deutsch bearbeitet von Israel Schwarz. Frankfurt am Main, 1852. German.German translation of the book "Tvu'ot Ha'aretz", research pertaining to the Land of Israel, by R' Yehosef Schwartz. A portrait illustration of R' Yehosef Schwartz appears facing the title page. A folding plate with an illustration of the view of the Old City appears at the end of the book in lithographic printing, together with a folded map of Palestine (1847). For additional information about R' Yehosef Schwartz, see previous item. XIX, 452, 20 pp. 21.5 cm. Size of plate: 32.5X21.5 cm. Size of map: 31X54 cm. Good condition. Stains. Ink Stamps.

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Lot 19: "Eretz Zvi" about Eretz Israel Towns - Olive Wood Binding, 1899

Description: "Eretz Zvi", towns of the Holy Land and its settlements, with many pictures and illustrations. Jerusalem: A. M. Lunz, 1899. Hebrew and German."Summary of the book 'Guide to Eretz Israel and Syria' by Lunz". Information about the towns of Eretz Israel as well as settlements, with illustrations and photos. Olive wood binding, with a decorated frame and the printing "Yerushalem / Jerusalem". [2], 78 pp, 16 cm. Good condition. Two detached leaves. Binding and first leaves - partly detached. Forzats leaves are not original.

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Lot 20: "Eretz Israel Album" - New-York, Early 20th Century

Description: Eretz Israel album, fotografishe bilder fun Eretz Israel und ihre kolonyes, oykh bilder fun der yiddisher geshikhte berihmte mener und fun yudishen leben, mit beshraybungen. Brooklyn, New-York: Hebrew Publishing Company, [early 20th cent.]. Yiddish.Souvenir-album with printed "Shana Tovah" greetings and tens of picture-plates of Eretz Israel settlements, rabbis, Jewish customs, leaders, writers and poets, etc. An extra title page in German. [96] Leaves, 14X11.5 cm. Good condition. Loose binding. Stains. Part of front Forzats leaf is missing.

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Panorama of Jerusalem - Colored Illustration in Lithographic Printing

Lot 21: Panorama of Jerusalem - Colored Illustration in Lithographic Printing

Description: Panorama of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. Lithographic printing in color, no date [early 20th cent.].Names of sites appear in English. 21X74 cm, good condition. Folding marks. Framed 88X35 cm. Not examined out of frame.

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Panorama of Jerusalem

Lot 22: Panorama of Jerusalem

Description: Panorama of the Old City of Jerusalem. W.R. Wallace, London, [ca.1920]. Printer's details appear on the lower right corner. 118X21 cm. Good condition. Framed 121X23.5 cm. Not examined out of frame.

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Research about the Temple Mount, Prints of Photographs by Auguste Salzmann - France, 1867

Lot 23: Research about the Temple Mount, Prints of Photographs by Auguste Salzmann - France, 1867

Description: Mémoires de L'institut Impérial de France, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Tome vingt-sixième. Mémoire sur la nature et l'age respectif des divers appareils de l'enceinte extérieure du Haram-ech-Chérif de Jérusalem, par M. de Saulcy. [Paris, 1867]. French.Volume no. 26 of a research by the Royal French Institute. This volume deals with the Temple Mount site - "El Haram A-Sherif" - accompanied by 11 plates with lithographic printings of callotype photos by August Salzmann. [1], 81 pp, [11] folded plates, 28 cm. Good condition. Several stains. New binding.

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Tour of the Holy Land - Photographs by Francis Bedford - London, 1865

Lot 24: Tour of the Holy Land - Photographs by Francis Bedford - London, 1865

Description: The Stones of Palestine, Notes of a Ramble through the Holy Land, by Mrs. [Augusta] Mentor Mott. Illustrated with Photographs by Francis Bedford. London: Seeley, Jackson, and Halliday, 1865. English. Impressions from a tour in Eretz Israel, accompanied by 11 photos 7.5X10 cm by photographer Francis Bedford (1816-1894). Bedford started to photograph during the 1850s. In 1862 he was appointed by Queen Victoria to photograph Eretz Israel and the vicinity while touring the area with prince crown Eduard VII. The photos presented here were taken during this trip. On the second title-page appears a hand-written dedication of 1865. 88 pp, [11] photo-plates, 21 cm. Good condition. Several moth-holes throughout the book with minor omissions.

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The Western Wall / The Golden Gate - Bonfils

Lot 25: The Western Wall / The Golden Gate - Bonfils

Description: The Western Wall (photo taken from a special angle) / The Golden Gate, two photos by Felix Bonfils. [Late 19th cen.].Signed in the plate (one signature is chopped). 20X28 cm each, cardboard backed 24.5X32.5 cm. Good condition. Corners of photos are missing. Tears at borders of cardboard.

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The Western Wall - Unknown Photographer

Lot 26: The Western Wall - Unknown Photographer

Description: Jews praying in front of the Western Wall. [Late 19th cen.].Unknown photographer. 24X30 cm. Good condition. Minor tears at corners and edges, several stains. Two pin-holes.

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Tiberias - 19th century - Palestine Exploration Fund

Lot 27: Tiberias - 19th century - Palestine Exploration Fund

Description: Tiberias, photo by the Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF). [1870s].For additional information about the PEF see Kedem catalogue no. 18, item no. 46. 15X21 cm. Good condition.

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Tiberias - L. Fiorillo

Lot 28: Tiberias - L. Fiorillo

Description: Tiberias - general view, photograph by L. Fiorillo. [Late 19th cen.]. Annotated. 18.5X25 cm. Good condition. Cardboard-backed 30X40 cm, tears at edges of cardboard.

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Lot 29: "Park" Hotel Garden - German Colony, Jaffa, 19th century

Description: Jardin de l'hôtel du Parc à Jaffa ["Park" Hotel garden in Jaffa], photo by Felix Bonfils. Late 19th cen.The garden of "Park" hotel (previously the school and community center of the German colony in Jaffa) was considered one of the first well-planned gardens in Israel and included tropical plants, monkeys, parrots (seen in the photo) and archaeological findings. Some attribute the planning of the garden to the agronomist Nissim Bechor Elchadif, first graduate of Mikveh Israel school. Emperor Wilhelm II and his wife were guests in this hotel during their visit to Eretz Israel in 1898. Annotated and signed in the plate. 22X28 cm. Good condition. Minor tears and damages at borders.

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Photographs by Krikorian and Sabungi - Jerusalem and Jaffa

Lot 30: Photographs by Krikorian and Sabungi - Jerusalem and Jaffa

Description: Fifteen photos by Garabed Krikorian (Jerusalem) and one photo by Daoud Sabungi (Jaffa), late 19th cen.Lot of 16 photos. Five are cardboard backed 16X11 cm; eleven are cardboard backed 10.5X6.5 cm. Very good condition.

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Photo-Album - Gabriel and Abraham Dabdoub / American Colony, 19th century

Lot 31: Photo-Album - Gabriel and Abraham Dabdoub / American Colony, 19th century

Description: Photographs of the Holy-Land / Photographies de Terre-Sainte / Photographien aus dem Hl. Lande, Gabriel et Abraham Dabdoub, Bethléem-Jérusalem. [Eretz Israel, between 1890 and 1900].Photo-album in an olive-wood binding, opens from left to right. On front cover a Franciscan cross is embossed and on the back cover "Jerusalem" is printed. On the spine: "Album de Photographies". 36 photos of sites in Jerusalem and Eretz Israel are included in the album, most of them by "American Colony" and signed in the plate "American Colony Jerusalem" (from the early days of the photography department of the American Colony). The photos are annotated in the plate in English and French only: annotations in German were added by hand, on the borders. In the JNUL collection there is a similar album (Ya'akov Werman archive, ARC. 4* 1858 2.1 60), and they note that the album belonged to the library of a Carmelite monastery in Germany and was, most probably, ordered for educational purposes, through the Dabdoub brothers in Jerusalem; supposedly the album was sold to tourists and pilgrims as a souvenir. Total of 36 photos 11X15 cm. Photos - in good condition. Damages to two photos. Staining to leaves. Several leaves were probably removed from the album.

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Important Collection of Letters and Photographs - Photography Department of the

Lot 32: Important Collection of Letters and Photographs - Photography Department of the "American Colony" in Jerusalem

Description: Remarkable, one-of-a-kind collection of photographs and letters by photographers of the photography department of the American Colony in Jerusalem, dating from the first three decades of the 20th century.The collection includes:* An album containing 469 photographs taken by American Colony photographers during the years 1898-1929, amongst them personal images from the period of American Colony members, portraying life in the colony and in late 19th, early 20th-century Jerusalem, up to 1929. The album opens with six color photographs, including a panorama of the Old City of Jerusalem and photos of the area of the American Colony. The majority of the images were taken in Eretz Israel and just a few are from Egypt and Jordan.The album, which was presented as a gift to the Baptist Minister Stephen D. Pyle (1888-1969), is hand-made with a leather binding. The front cover is etched with the text "Palestine 1924-1929." The photographs are attached to the album's leaves. Attached are six index leaves, typewritten with annotations for 315 of the photographs. The dimensions of most of the photographs is 11.5x8.5 cm. Album 33.5x26 cm. Good condition. * Twenty-five letters, photographs and photographed greeting cards, dated 1924-1925 and 1927. These include handwritten letters (some consisting of several leaves) sent by American Colony members to Rev. Stephen Donald Pyle, Baptist Minister in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Most of the letters were written by Jacob Eliahu Spafford and two are by Eric Matson. Amongst them three Shana Tova greetings, printed and accompanied by American Colony photographs. The content of the letters has not been published to date and was not thoroughly researched.Jacob Eliahu Spafford (1864-1932) was the adopted son of the couple Horatio and Anna Spafford, amongst the founders of the American Colony in Jerusalem. His biological parents were Sephardi Jews from Jerusalem who arrived in Palestine from Turkey and were among the first Jews in Jerusalem converted by the "London Mission Society for spreading Christianity among Jews". Jacob Eliahu was born in Ramalla to where his parents fled during the cholera epidemic in Jerusalem. In 1883 he was officially adopted by the Spaffords and later took on their name. As a Spafford family member, Jacob undertook much responsibility as far as the Colony's matters were concerned. He was reknown as an intelligent person with a mastery of foreign languages: he was fluent in five languages and had partial knowledge of others. Jacob's interest in archaeology led him to the discovery of the Shiloach Script in 1880. (For additional information about him, see "Our Jerusalem, An American Family in the Holy City, 1881-1949, Bertha Spafford Veste"; translated and edited by Eli Shiller, Ariel/Regev Publishers, 1992.)G.E. Eric Matson, 1888-1977 was one of the leading photographers of the American Colony. Born in Sweden, Matson joined the American Colony in 1896. While still a young boy he worked in the dark-room of the American Colony photography department where he met his future wife. The Matsons contributed significantly to the development of the colony's photography technology. Among other innovations Matson developed a technique for coloring photographs with oil paint after they had been developed; he initiated the use of stereoscopic cameras to take three-dimensional photographs, and produced aerial photographs. Starting in 1934, Matson directed the photography department, the photographs of which were sold in the "Matson Photo Service" store at the Fast Hotel in Jerusalem. In 1946 the Matson family left Jerusalem and moved to California.The American Colony in Jerusalem was founded in 1881, with the arrival from Chicago of the wealthy couple Horatio and Anna Spafford. Several years later the Spaffords purchased the Rabah Effendi house in Sheikh Jarakh in Jerusalem (known today as the American Colony Hotel), where the community led its life for almost one hundred years. A chain of personal disasters suffered by the Spaffords on their way from Chicago to Palestine - including a fire which burnt their property in Chicago, the drowning of the boat on which Anna traveled with her four children and the resulting death of the children, and the the death of their baby in the epidemic - led them to search for a new way of life. When the colony was established in Jerusalem, their hope was to lead a Christian religious commune life, while doing voluntary philanthropic work for the city's inhabitants. Because they had no missionary intentions, the colony members gained the trust of local Christians, Moslems and Jews. In 1896 the population of the colony was bolstered by a group of tens of members of the Swedish Evangelist community from Chicago and Sweden, who mastered agricultural and professional skills and contributed to the development of the small community.In 1898 Meyers and Vester established a photography studio at the colony with equipment and materials brought in from America. Until that day there had been no similar enterprise in Jerusalem. The studio's first photographic project was the documentation of the visit to Palestine by the Austro-Hungarian Emperor Wilhelm II . The photographs of the visit drew much attention and were sold with much success to the public, with the resulting income greatly helping the colony's economy. Following this successful project, the colony further developed their photography department and during the first half of the 20th century its photographers produced an extremely important collection of photographs, documenting Eretz Israel, its sites and antiquities, its landscapes and people of all religions. American Colony photographers also documented many of the most important events of the period, via professional images of very high quality. In the 1960s the collection of Eric and Edith Matson was donated to the American Library of Congress.

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Palästina im bild - Leo Kahn - Original Folders

Lot 33: Palästina im bild - Leo Kahn - Original Folders

Description: Palästina im bild [Palestine in Photos]. Photography: Leo Kahn. Published by the Judische Zeitung newspaper (where Kahn worked), Vienna, 1912.142 plates with professional photos taken by Kahn during his mission to Eretz Israel in 1912, on behalf of the newspaper and in cooperation with the JNF.Contained in three cardboard folders, with a photo attached to the outer side of each folder and an embossed writing in gilded letters (in German): from Jaffa to Jerusalem [37 plates], from Jerusalem to Haifa [54 plates], the Galilee [51 plates]. The photos portray settlements and cities, landscapes, and photos of the settlers: children, workers, Yemenites; The Hebrew Gymnasium, Bezalel, and more. Incomplete set (originally 180 plates). Photographs 11x8.5cm, printed on plates 20x16cm. Good condition. Restored folders, with lacing.

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Views of Eretz Israel and its Colonies - Yesha'ayahu Raffalovich, 1899 - Hebrew and German

Lot 34: Views of Eretz Israel and its Colonies - Yesha'ayahu Raffalovich, 1899 - Hebrew and German

Description: Views of Eretz Israel and its colonies, drawn and written by Yesha'ayahu Raffalovich and his partner Moshe Eliyahu Sachs. Photographers in Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 1899. Hebrew and German. A booklet of photos from a tour that Raffalovich conducted in Eretz Israel (from Gedera to Metula) in 1898, with his friend Eliyahu (Elijah) Meyers, "American Colony" photographer. The tour was a result of a request that Raffalovich got to prepare an album of Eretz Israel views for the third Zionist congress to take place a year later in Basel. Several photos are particularly large, on folded plates. An English edition was published in the same year. [45] pp, 57 photo-plates, 17X24 cm. Fair condition. Ink stamps, stains and tears, some of them restored and others fastened with adhesive tape.

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Photo Album - The Jewish Community in Moisés Ville, Argentina

Lot 35: Photo Album - The Jewish Community in Moisés Ville, Argentina

Description: Photo album documenting Jewish life in Moisés Ville, late 19th cent., and during the 1920s.Moisés Ville was established in 1889 by a group of East European Jews and was the first Jewish settlement in Argentina. Baron Hirsch started to support the community of Moisés Ville in 1891 and more Jews arrived from Europe. The founders' ideal was to manage an agricultural settlement. During its prime thousands of Jews lived there; seven synagogues, schools, a teachers' seminar, youth movements, cultural centers and a theater were all active in Moisés Ville.The photo album presented here contains twenty eight photos, all annotated by hand, in Yiddish:1-19. Nineteen photos (5.5X8 cm) of the first half of the 1920s (four photos appear twice). Buildings and inhabitants of Moisés Ville in staged photos, outside their homes. Annotations include the names of the persons in the photos. Two photos (16X11 cm) document the visit of the journalist and author Jacob Ze'ev (Wolf) Latzky-Bertoldi, of the Socialist-Zionism, with many dignitaries including the owner of the photo album (whose identity is unknown).20-28. Nine photos (12X16.5 cm) documenting the first decade of Moisés Ville's existence. It is possible that these are reproductions of original photos taken early in the 20th cent. The photos portray agricultural activity, a group prayer in memory of Baron Rothschild in the village of Clara (named after the Baron's wife), photo in front of a mansion in Moisés Ville, etc.Album 16.5X23 cm, delicate leaves and cover, with minor tears at edges. Most photos in good condition, some are somewhat faded.

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Group Photograph - First Meeting of the

Lot 36: Group Photograph - First Meeting of the "Odessa Committee" in 1890

Description: "The first general meeting in Odessa of the Society for Support of Jewish farmers and craftsmen in Syria and the Holy Land". [Eastern Europe, late 19th cen.]An important historic photo of the "Odessa Committee" at its first meeting, after "Hovevey Zion" members got the authorities permission to act openly, and after establishing the above mentioned committee aimed at assisting Olim to Eretz Israel and supporting the settlements there. The committee ceased to exist in 1919 at the authorities' order. On the lower part of the photo appear the names of the photographed, amongst them: Shmuel Mohliver, Y.L. Pinsker, Asher Ginzburg (Ahad HaAm), Sholem Aleichem, M.L. Lilienblum, and others. Photo 16.5X20 cm. Fair condition, several tears and stains. Original leather frame, elaborate, 24X27.5 cm, fair-good condition.

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Jewish Authors in Odessa, 1910

Lot 37: Jewish Authors in Odessa, 1910

Description: Haim Nachman Bialik, Mordechai Ben-Ami, Sholem Aleichem and Mendel Moicher Seforim - a studio- photo on a row-boat, photographed in Odessa in 1910. [Warsaw: "Central" printing, 1910s].Quality printing (on cardboard) of the leading Jewish authors during their stay in Odessa. 21X27.5 cm. Good condition. Several creases and damages, mainly at borders.

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Memorial for a Jewish Soldier - First World War

Lot 38: Memorial for a Jewish Soldier - First World War

Description: Photograph of a memorial for a Jewish soldier who was killed in WW I. [East Europe, 1918].The photo portrays a grave stone surrounded by six soldiers and a rabbi wrapped in a praying shawl. Annotated on the reverse in Russian and dated. 9X14 cm. Stains and creases. Divided on the reverse for use as a postcard.

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Photographs of the Pinsk Martyrs, 1919

Lot 39: Photographs of the Pinsk Martyrs, 1919

Description: "The martyrs of Pinsk murdered on 8 Nissan, 1919. [Pinsk, Belaruss, 1919].Photo with portraits of 35 of Pinsk Jews, executed by Polish soldiers on March 1919, being accused of communism. The photos are a photo- montage: next to each portrait appears the name, age and political affiliation of the victim - "Zionist" or "Tze'irey Zion"; on the lower part appears a citation from the poem "Gay HaHareiga". 17.5X22 cm, cardboard backed 24X32 cm. Photo in good condition. Staining and tears to cardboard.

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Zionist Groups in Kovno, 1920s - Four Real-Photo Cards

Lot 40: Zionist Groups in Kovno, 1920s - Four Real-Photo Cards

Description: Four real-photo cards documenting the activity of various Zionist groups in Kovno. The four cards are annotated in the plate: "Galil-Homel group", Kovno, 1922;"'Chashmaliya Cooperative", Kovno, 1923; "The Kovno group meets the Directors" 1929; "HeChalutz in Kovno with Russian members". Some are annotated on the reverse as well, by hand. Good condition.

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Jerusalem - Photographs by Joseph Schweig, 1936

Lot 41: Jerusalem - Photographs by Joseph Schweig, 1936

Description: Jerusalem by J. Schweig, art-photographer [Jerusalem, 1936?].Eleven plates with printed photos by Schweig (1902-1984). Each plate is annotated in Hebrew, Arabic and English. Bound in a folder with the writing "Yerushalem" embossed in golden letters in Hebrew, English and Arabic. 33 cm. Good condition. Tears to folder's spine.

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Shmuel Joseph Schweig - Photo-Album, 1926

Lot 42: Shmuel Joseph Schweig - Photo-Album, 1926

Description: One hundred and thirty two photos by Shmuel Joseph Schweig, pasted to album leaves. The album was presented as a gift to Prof. David Schorr in 1926.Shmuel Joseph Schweig (1902-1984) - a foremost photographer in Eretz Israel in the 1920s - 30s. Born in Tarnopol, Galicia, studied photography in Vienna. Moved to Eretz Israel in 1922. In 1925 started to work as a photographer for JNF and perpetuated through his camera the development of Eretz Israel and its landscapes. Established a photography studio on HaNevi'im Street in Jerusalem and worked as a photography curator in the Rockefeller Museum. Schweig also specialized in archaeological photography, worked for the Mandate Police and directed the Photography Dept. of the Jewish Agency. The receiver of the album, Prof. David Schorr (1867-1942) - a pianist, composer and music teacher in Russia and in Eretz Israel.The album opens with a dedication handwritten by Schweig, in German: "Zum Andenken, Mein Lieber Herrn Prof. D. Schorr, von J. Schweig. Jerusalem, den 19.VI.26", with a portrait of Schweig and a folded panoramic photo. One hundred and two photos are contained in the album, all are numbered and annotated by hand, in Russian with a translation into English (in a later handwriting). The album ends with eight additional bound leaves with thirty photos, also annotated, in an identical handwriting. Amongst the photos:New houses for immigrants in Haifa; a swamp next to "Nachlat Ya'akov"; agricultural work in Nachlat Ya'akov; drying and draining swamps; dunes next to Acre; children in Kibbutz Ein Harod, Degania and Bat Galim; Book Fair in Tel Aviv; "Kfar Yeladim" educational institute (established in 1922, today in the city of Afula); Purim Carnival in Tel-Aviv; The Technion in Haifa; Panorama of Jerusalem; The Hebrew University in Jerusalem; "Old Afula" and "New Afula"; craftsmen in Kibbutz Ein Harod; Panorama of Kibbutz Beit Alfa; orange packaging; "Shemen" factory and flour mills in Haifa; the Tanur waterfall near Metula; Yehoshua Hankin; Inauguration ceremony of the Hebrew University; The Tower of David in Jerusalem, with a photo of the art exhibition; a concert with Prof. David Schorr in Migdal David; Yasha Hefetz in Ein Harod, and more. Size of photos varies, average size 11X17 cm, album 25X31 cm, good condition. Restored spine.

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Political Demonstrations in Haifa, 1920s-40s

Lot 43: Political Demonstrations in Haifa, 1920s-40s

Description: Twenty seven photos documenting demonstrations and political events in Haifa, 1920s-40s.Photos documenting demonstrations for the illegal immigration; a panoramic photo (consisting of four photos) of May 1 parade in Hapoel grounds, 1935; demonstrations and conferences celebrating May 1, 1930s; construction of "Beit HaPo'alim" building, 1926-27; demonstrations against the "White Book", late 1930s, and more. 6X8.5 cm to 14X22 cm. Conditions vary, glue marks and tears (were probably used for preparation of a book).

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Lot 44: Joseph Haim Brenner - Post-Mortem Photograph

Description: Post-Mortem photograph of the author Joseph Haim Brenner following his assassination in May 1921 near Jaffa. Annotated in the plate: "Victim of the riots 1.5.1921, the author Y. H. Brenner" and signed in the plate by the photographer Zvi Aroshkes (Oron): "Photographer Aroshkes Jaffa Tel-Aviv Eretz-Israel". 8X13.5 cm. Good condition. Divided on the reverse for use as a postcard.

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1929 Riots - Five Photographs

Lot 45: 1929 Riots - Five Photographs

Description: Five photos documenting the 1929 riots: saving a Torah book in Hebron, Haganah training in Tel-Aviv; "funeral of the holy victims who were killed in the attack on AV 19, 1929 "(real-photo postcard), first-aid to injured people in Tel-Aviv, medical aid to an injured in "Hadassah" Tel-Aviv. Average size 9.5X14 cm. Fair condition. Tears, creases and stains.

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Eretz Israel - Photographs by Adolf Mandowsky, Breslau

Lot 46: Eretz Israel - Photographs by Adolf Mandowsky, Breslau

Description: Thirty seven photos by the photographer Adolf (Avraham) Mandowsky of Breslau. Eretz Israel. Mid 1930s.Interesting photos from around the country. Annotated on the reverse and ink stamped by the photographer. 9X14 cm. Good condition.

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Beilinson Hospital - Photo-Album, 1938-1939

Lot 47: Beilinson Hospital - Photo-Album, 1938-1939

Description: Ninety seven b/w photos, the medical team of Beilinson hospital, the building and its surroundings. Eretz Israel, 1938-39.It seems the album was presented to one of the hospital's workers. Numerous photos of the doctors and nurses, the building and its surroundings, medical installations, etc. Beilinson hospital, first named "Hospital for Yehuda and Shomron Settlements", was established between Petach -Tikva and Tel-Aviv in 1936 for the Sharon settlements. The building was planned by architect Aryeh Sharon. Several weeks after its opening Dr. Moshe Beilinson, the initiator of the hospital, died, and the hospital was named after him. Average size of photos 8X6 cm, good condition. Album 17X24 cm, fair-good condition.

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Establishment of Hanita - Photo-Album

Lot 48: Establishment of Hanita - Photo-Album

Description: Photo-Album, Establishment of Hanita - a "Tower and Stockade" Settlement [1938].Forty one photos focusing on the works by "Solel Boneh" in Hanita: paving roads, erecting fences, building a tower etc. More than ten photos portray the visits of different personalities in the area amongst them: David Ben- Gurion, Menachem Ussishkin, Arthur Ruppin, and others. Photos 6X7.5 cm, album 14.5X10 cm. Good condition.

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Photo Album - Mif'al HaShiloach - Alfons Himmelreich

Lot 49: Photo Album - Mif'al HaShiloach - Alfons Himmelreich

Description: Mif'al HaShiloach - water supply to Jerusalem in times of emergency. Published by "Mekorot" Water Company Ltd., July 1948. Photographs: A Himmelreich.Unique album comprising 15 photos by photographer Alfons Himmelreich depicting the laying of the water pipe from Hulda to Jerusalem along the route of the Burma Road during the months of July-August 1948. "And Jerusalem was under siege and the enemy plotted to fatigue the power of its defenders and fighters by thirst and cut off the water arteries... and an order was given from the Ministry of Defense to the Mekorot Company to break the plot and bring water to the city...". The copy belonged to the first Mayor of Jerusalem, Daniel Oster. 18 pp, 28x40cm. The photos are 12.5x17cm. Very good condition. Parts of the separator pages in the album are torn. Elaborate parchment binding with tears and stains.

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