Auction 87 Jewish and Israeli Art, History and Culture - Including: sketches by Ze'ev Raban and Bezalel items, hildren's books, avant-garde books, rare ladino periodicals, and more
By Kedem
Jul 19, 2022
8 Ramban St, Jerusalem., Israel

The present catalogue includes an extensive chapter dedicated to Bezalel artists, including illustrated books, various objects, drawing and paintings. This chapter features numerous original sketches for works by Ze'ev Raban - Raban's sketchbook (lot 318), sketches for illustrations to the Song of Songs (lot 320), sketches of the signs of the Zodiac (lot 327), a large collection of photographs of works by Raban and Meir Gur Aryeh (lot 344), and many other unique items from the estate of Shlomo Kedmi, who succeeded Raban and Gur Aryeh in the Industrial Art Studio.

The chapter dedicated to Hebrew children's books features charming works by prominent writers and illustrators: stories by Benzion Raskin illustrated by Uriel Kahana, Chaim Hanft and Haim Goldberg; poems by Itzhak Katzenelson illustrated by Gertrud Caspari; rhymes by Ya'akov David Kamson illustrated by Else Wenz-Viëtor; children's book published by "Omanut", with color lithograph illustrations by "Chavurat Tsayarim" (Apter, Mutzelmacher, Kravtsov and Higer); pop-up books illustrated by David Gilboa; and other rare books.

The avant-garde chapter features Yiiddish, Hebrew and Russian books, with illustrations and cover-designs by important Russian avant-garde artists such as El Lissitzky, Joseph Chaikov, Issachar Ber Ryback, Mark Epstein and Nathan Altman.

The catalogue further features a variety of choice items representing the history of Palestine and Zionism, bibliophile works, letters, travelogues and maps of Palestine, photographs, postcards, rare Ladino periodicals, works by Safed-based artist Yosef Zvi Geiger, bibliophile works, a chapter dedicated to numismatics, and many more items.

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LOT 34:

The Trial of Ze'ev Jabotinsky – Three Contemporary Publications – April-May, 1920 – Proclamation of Support by ...

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The Trial of Ze'ev Jabotinsky – Three Contemporary Publications – April-May, 1920 – Proclamation of Support by Ben-Gurion's "Ahdut HaAvoda" Party

Three publications from the time of Ze'ev Jabotinsky's trial. Palestine, 1920. Hebrew and English.
1. Extra edition of HaAretz newspaper. A single leaf, reporting on Jabotinsky's sentence ("15 years of penal labour"), and on sentences handed out to nineteen other Jewish defendants. Printed on the day following the sentencing, April 20, 1920. Hebrew.
[1] f., 36.5 cm.
2. A proclamation in support of Jabotinsky, published by "Ahdut HaAvoda, " the political party headed by David Ben-Gurion. Hasolel Press, 1920. Hebrew.
[1] f. 29X10 cm.
3. Official copy (print) of the British army's press release, proclaiming the commutation of Jabotinsky's sentence. Prepared by Field-marshal Allenby's Chief of Staff, Colonel Bertie Harry Waters-Taylor on May 12, 1920 (the original announcement was made public on April 29) English.
[1] f., 27 cm.

Condition varies. Minor stains, creases and blemishes. Several pinholes and tears (some repaired with acid-free tape). Inked stamp, handwritten inscription and filing holes to press release.

In April 1920, Ze'ev Jabotinsky was put on trial by the British authorities for the part he played in the 1920 Jerusalem riots, namely, his attempt to organize a Jewish defensive force in Jerusalem. Following a speedy trial, he was sentenced to 15 years of penal labour. The sentence was heavily criticized in Palestine and abroad, and as a result of the public outcry, was eventually commuted.

Provenance: The Rimon Family Collection.