Auction 69 Part 2
Tuesday, 3.12.19, 19:00 (Your local time)
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LOT 238:

"Four Billy Goats", by Benzion Raskin – Warsaw, 1922 – Illustrations by Uriel Kahana

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Arba'ah Teyashim [Four Billy Goats], by Benzion Raskin, illustrated by Uriel Kahana. Poland [Warsaw]: Tarbut, 5683 (1922).
A children's story illustrated by Uriel Kahana. Printed on the back cover: "Prepared for print by Uriel Kahana" (Hebrew). This comment was omitted from other copies of the book.
Uriel Kahana (1903-1965), painter, designer and architect, born in Kiev. He started painting at a young age and his illustrations for the story "Four Billy Goats" were published when he was only 19 years old. In 1923 he immigrated to Palestine with his family, and they settled in Tel Aviv. In 1925, his series of works "Fairy Tale Paintings" was exhibited at the fourth Hebrew Union of Artists exhibition in the Tower of David and in 1931, his paintings were displayed in the exhibition of Palestinian artists at the Tel Aviv museum. In addition, Kahana worked on commercial project, designing logos, bookplates and posters, and as an interior decorator and scenic designer. In 1925, he moved to Italy to study architecture in Rome and later continued his studies in Prague. In 1928, he returned to Palestine, hoping to complete his studies at the Technion; however, the Technion did not recognize his previous studies abroad and it was only in 1933 that he finally graduated as an architect from the London University Bartlett School of Architecture. Kahana worked for the architect Alexander Baerwald, for the engineer Hans Sobelsohn in Haifa and for the architect Erich Mendelsohn in Jerusalem. Later, he opened an independent office in Tel Aviv. He took part in planning Tegart forts and worked as an engineer for the British army in Hadera and Lebanon. During the early 1960s he planned the Sholem Aleichem House in Tel Aviv (his wife, Tamara Berkowitz, was the only daughter of writer and translator Yitzchak Dov Berkowitz and the granddaughter of Sholem Aleichem).
20 pp, 26X21 cm. Good condition. Stains on the leaves of the book and on the cover, mostly minor. Stamps on the inside front cover, the title page and the last page. Tears and minor blemishes to cover, mostly in the margins.

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