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1 (Brawer, A. J.; Speiser, E. A.; Wilson, J. A.; et al) AT THE DAWN OF CIVILIZATION. E. A. Speiser, Editor. Volume I of The World History of the Jewish People. First Series: Ancient Times
(New Brunswick, NJ) : Rutgers University Press, (1970). (1970). Fine 
(New Brunswick, NJ) : Rutgers University Press, (1970).. (1970).. Fine. - Large octavo, blue cloth titled in gilt on the spine, in a price-clipped dust wrapper. The dust jacket is rubbed. xv & 388 pages. Color endpaper maps & black-and-white illustrations. Near fine in a very good dust wrapper.

Third printing.

"The World History of the Jewish People" was conceived as an ambitious and comprehensive 21-volume project, embracing the history of the Jewish people from prehistoric times to the present. It was compiled in Israel by Jewish History Publications (Israel - 1961) Ltd. and each volume was published by Rutgers as it was completed.

This volume describes the ancient Near East as a background for Biblical history. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 30.00 USD

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2 (Chagall, Marc). Davis, Moshe; and Ratner, Victor THE BIRTHDAY OF THE WORLD
New York: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, (1959). (1959). Very good 
New York: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, (1959).. (1959).. Very good. - Quarto [approximately 11 inches high by 8-1/2 inches wide], white cloth with a device stamped in gilt on the front cover. The binding is soiled & lightly bumped. 63 & [1] pages. 9 full-page black-and-white illustrations after etchings for the Bible by Marc Chagall. The contents are fine. Very good.

First printing.

"Based on a series of Messages inspired by The National Planning Committee of The Jewish Theological Seminary of America". First Edition. 
Price: 10.00 USD

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3 (Chanin, N.). N. Chanin Jubilee Committee N. CHANIN
(New York: N. Chanin Jubilee Committee), 1946. 1946. Very good 
(New York: N. Chanin Jubilee Committee), 1946.. 1946.. Very good. - Octavo, red cloth titled in gilt on the front cover & spine. The binding is very lightly bumped. The spine is rubbed & faded & its head is slightly chipped. 434 pages. Illustrated with black-and-white portrait plates, including a frontispiece. Very good.

First edition.

This is the history/biography of the labor leader N. Chanin. The last hundred or so pages consist of congratulatory letters from friends and associates. The text is in Yiddish. First Edition. 
Price: 20.00 USD

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4 (Mendelssohn, Moses) VERZEICHNIS DER AUSERLESENEN BUCHERSAMMLUNG DES SEELIGEN HERRN MOSES MENDELSSOHN. (Facsimile)
(Berlin: Soncino-Gesellschaft der Freunde des judischen Buches e. V., September 1926). September 1926). Good 
(Berlin: Soncino-Gesellschaft der Freunde des judischen Buches e. V., September 1926).. September 1926).. Good. - 12mo [6 inches high by 3-3/4 inches wide], soft covers bound in stiff paper blue wraps with a black-lettered orange label on the front wrap. The binding is rubbed with some very light staining & with small pieces out of the head & tail of the spine. 56 & v pages plus colophon. There is an owner's ink name on the verso of the front endpaper & on the colophon.Very good.

Limited edition of 800 copies.

This facsimile of the 1786 catalog of Moses Mendelssohn's library is stated in the colophon to be the fifth publication of the press of the "Freunde des judischen Buches", who began publishing in the 1920s but whose work came to a halt after Hitler came to power in 1932. The colophon reads in part: "Prof. Dr. Heinrich Loewe-Druck durch eine Spende von Mitgliedern des Vorstandes in 800 Abzugen hergestellt. Den Druck besorgte F. A. Brockhaus, Leipzig." The text is in German.

Scarce. 
Price: 95.00 USD

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NARRATIVES BY ISRAEL SHOCHAT AND OTHERS INVOLVED IN THE BAR GIORA ORGANIZATION [LATER CALLED HASHOMER] FROM THE EARLY PART OF THE 20TH CENTURY, AS TRANSLATED BY NICK PERSOFF FOR THE FAMED HOLLYWOOD SCRIPTWRITER BEN HECHT, (Shochat, Israel). (Persoff, Nick)
5 (Shochat, Israel). (Persoff, Nick) NARRATIVES BY ISRAEL SHOCHAT AND OTHERS INVOLVED IN THE BAR GIORA ORGANIZATION [LATER CALLED HASHOMER] FROM THE EARLY PART OF THE 20TH CENTURY, AS TRANSLATED BY NICK PERSOFF FOR THE FAMED HOLLYWOOD SCRIPTWRITER BEN HECHT
circa [1950]. [1950]. Very good Signed
circa [1950].. [1950].. Very good. - sc 43 manuscript pages typed on one side of 11 inch high by 8-1/2 inch wide sheets, with an autograph letter signed by Nick Persoff as cover letter. The material consists of translations by Nick Persoff of what appear to be diaries or short memoirs by Jewish settlers including Israel Shochat, Tova Portugali, Yechezkel Nisamov, Turner, and Igal Portugali, recounting events taking place in Palestine during the early part of the 20th century. Persoff appears to be seeking to interest the scriptwriter and author Ben Hecht in these fascinating narratives. His cover letter, penned in blue ink on an 11 inch high by 8-1/2 inch wide sheet apologizes for the poor typing "the girl came highly recommended". He says that he's included "very little material on their relationship to each other, and many of the notes are rather sketchy...." but if Ben Hecht is still interested they can get all of the material. This letter is signed "Nick". The narratives include a 10-page account by Israel Shochat. In this narrative Israel Shochat describes events from his 1904 arrival in Palestine through a meeting in Yitzhak Ben Zvi's room establishing the Bar- Giora organization, later called Hashomer. Hashomer was created to protect Jewish life, its motto here translated as "with blood and fire Judea fell; with blood and fire will Judea rise". A Jewish defense organization it provided protection for Jewish settlements and Kibbutz.

This account, typed on one side of ten 11 inch high by 8-1/2 inch wide sheets, describes Israel Shochat's initial interest in agriculture though there was much resistance to Jewish workers in Palestine. Arab and Jewish farmers were often robbed by bandits or troubled by houligans. Shochat's initial interest in protecting the farmers was inspired by the Cherkassian tribe of Arabs "They didn't look like the natives, nor did they dress like the natives. They were small in number, but brave and strong and enjoy great respect from their neighbors....When Chenkin had trouble with any tribe the Cherkessim always came to his help." Forming a group of their own to protect the Jewish farmers, their initial efforts were fraught with trouble caused by the Arab groups which traditionally guarded the fields. "The Arab guards organized the Arab youth in a gang and came together all together to rob the fields that were assigned to the Jewish guards, and to show that they didn't come just to rob for the need of grapes they left bunches and bunches of grapes strewn on the fields...." He later recounts the August 1907 meeting at "Ben Zvi's room" officially forming the Bar Giora. "Our own Sedgera was guarded then by Cherkesim and Beduina. Our first job was to make ourselves fit for the work. We taught out members to shoot. They had to exercise daily after work. Special importance was put on knowledge of the place, the caves, the neighboring tribes, their habits and their fighting strength...."

Always a colorful figure Shochat later went to Constantinople with David Ben Gurion and Yitzhak Ben Zvi to study law. Returning to Eretz Ysrael during the first World War, he suggested the creation of a Jewish brigade to help the Turks defend the country but was deported back to Turkey by the authorities who were suspicious of his motives. In 1925, convinced that the British were the enemies of the Jews, he sought to align his defense group with that of the Soviet Secret Service, though that project failed.

A 9-page account by Igal Portugali, also typed on one side of 11 inch high by 8-1/2 inch wide sheets, recounts his colorful adventures as a guard and his relationship with the many Arab tribes, and his service as an honor guard during Baron Rothschild's visit to Palestine.

Igal Portugali helped prepare the settlement of Merchavia which Joshua Hankin had purchased on behalf of the Jewish Colonial Association.

A second account by Igal Portugali, entitled "Igals Story of Vacation" is typed on 14 sheets. The first few pages of this narrative vividly portray the Jewish and Arab tribesmen's relationships to their horses, and the pride they took in them and in their guns. His narrative includes accounts of his father and mother's lives.

A final nine pages include narratives by Tova Portugali, Igal's sister who was married to Mendeleh, as well as by Igal's wife, Igal himself, Turner (a student at the University in Tel Aviv) and a paragraph about Becker. Turner's brief narrative includes the following passage: "Your letter didn't find me in Yama. I have been ordered to Mascha --- The work is very hard here. We are surrounded on all sides by many 'friends' -- as you know these tribes are all very tough. We can expect them as guests each night. --- The nights this time of year are wet and black. You find yourself walking along, feeling your way along the walls. In one hand you hold your gun and with the other you feel your way...."

Though the pages are slightly darkened, they are in very good condition, with several corrections and annotations in ink, presumably by Persoff, throughout. A unique item purchased from the widow of Ben Hecht. 
Price: 450.00 USD

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6 Bialostotzky, B. J DREAM IN REALITY: ESSAYS
(New York: W. C. Book-Farlag/Cyco-Bicher Farlag), 1956. 1956. Very good 
(New York: W. C. Book-Farlag/Cyco-Bicher Farlag), 1956.. 1956.. Very good. - Octavo, black cloth titled in gilt on the front cover. The covers are lightly rubbed & bumped & their bottom edges are dampstained. The spine is faded with its titling completely faded & there is light dampstaining to the tail. 484 pages. The contents are very good.

The text is in Yiddish. 
Price: 20.00 USD

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7 Brin, Alexander; Trommer, Marie; Perlow, Max; Katz, Moishe; et al THE UKRAINIAN JEW IN THE UKRAINE AND THE UNITED STATES. DER UKRAINER ID IN UKRAINIA UN AMERIKA
(New York): The National Conference of Ukrainian Jewish Organizations of the Jewish Council for Russian War Relief, Inc., (1944) (1944). Good 
(New York): The National Conference of Ukrainian Jewish Organizations of the Jewish Council for Russian War Relief, Inc., (1944).. (1944).. Good. - Octavo, softcover. The wraps are lacking with the remnant of the front wrap laid in. The stapled contents consist of 31 pages in English & 160 pages in Yiddish. Black-and-white illustrations. The first & last leaves [English & Yiddish title pages] are darkened along the spine. Good reading copy.

First edition.

Scarce. WorldCat locates 8 copies. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD

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8 Buber, Martin SETTE DISCORSI SULL' EBRAISMO. Tradotti da Dante Lattes e Mose Beilinson con una Prefazione del Prof. Alessandro Bonucci
Firenze: Israel Societa Tipografico-Editoriale, 1923. 1923. Good 
Firenze: Israel Societa Tipografico-Editoriale, 1923.. 1923.. Good. - Small quarto, blue cloth backed tan paper covered boards; printed labels on spine & front cover. The boards are rubbed, bumped & soiled with 4 small tears to the front & top edges of the rear board. The joints are split at the head of the spine & the label on the spine is chipped. xxi & 181 pp. plus colophon. The hinges are reinforced with linen tape. There is scattered light staining & soiling. 1 top page corner is creased & there are occasional pencil markings. Good.

Limited edition of 1,000 numbered copies.

An Italian translation of Buber's work on Hassidism. 
Price: 50.00 USD

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9 Gorelick, Aaron. (1880-1955) STUREMDIGE YOUREN
New York: Grenich Printing Corp., 1946. 1946. Very good 
New York: Grenich Printing Corp., 1946.. 1946.. Very good. - Octavo, green cloth titled in gilt. The covers are lightly rubbed & bumped with a crease to the cloth of the front cover. The spine is slightly faded with the head lightly chipped & frayed. 420 & [2] pages. Very good.

First edition. The text is in Yiddish.

Scarce. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD

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10 Gottheil, Richard J. H ZIONISM
Philadelphia, PA: The Jewish Publication Society of America, 1914. 1914. Very good 
Philadelphia, PA: The Jewish Publication Society of America, 1914.. 1914.. Very good. - (Movements in Judaism). Octavo, dark green cloth titled in gilt on spine. The covers are bumped with a tiny white mark on each cover. The spine is slightly faded. 258 pp. B&W frontispiece & 6 B&W plates. Very good.

First edition.

The history of Zionism, written from a Zionist point of view. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD

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11 Hertz, Jacon Sholem 50 YOR ARBETER-RING IN YIDISHN LEBN (50 YEARS OF THE WORKMAN'S CIRCLE IN JEWISH LIFE)
New York: The National Executive Committee of The Workmen's Circle, (1950). (1950). Very good 
New York: The National Executive Committee of The Workmen's Circle, (1950).. (1950).. Very good. - Octavo, dark red cloth titled in gilt on the front cover & spine. The binding is very lightly rubbed & bumped. The spine is slightly faded with a black mark & 2 small white stains. 422 pages plus 36-page section of illustrations in brown & white. Very good.

First edition, limited to 5,000 copies. The text is in Yiddish with a second title page printed in English. First Edition. 
Price: 20.00 USD

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12 Kahana, Duberish b.r.sh [TITLE IN HEBREW]: DARKHE HA-LASHON: LE-TO'ELET HA-MATHILIM LE-HAVIN ULE-HOROT...DIKDUK LESHON HA-KODESH / MELUKAT U-MESUDAR ME-ET DUBERISH B. R. SH. KAHANA. [Loosely translated: The Way of the Language for the beginner / To understand and teach Hebrew grammar, collected from recent authorities in simple language to facilitate easier learning for our people; and everything organized in the proper way"]
[Published] with permission of the Censor [with Censor's black ink stamp], Warsaw: printed with new type by the engraver Avi [1822]. Very good 
[Published] with permission of the Censor [with Censor's black ink stamp], Warsaw: printed with new type by the engraver Avigdor, son of Yo'el, [Date]: 582, [1822].. [1822].. Very good. - Octavo, 7-3/4 inches high by 4-3/4 inches wide. Hardcover, bound in plain green cloth with faded Hebrew lettering stamped on the spine. The covers are rubbed and stained with a chip to the cloth next to the rear joint. The collation is as follows: [112] leaves, 45 pages, and [3] leaves, with a decoated tail-piece. There is occasional scattered foxing and some soiling. A predious owner's name is penned at the bottom of the title page and rear endpaper. A censor's stamp and the stamp of an old bookseller appear on the title. Very good.

At the foot of the title is the following in Polish: "DARKE HALUSZON / Czyli Gramatyke Jezyka hebraysjiego / W. Warszawie 1822 / W Drukarni W. J.. Lebenssohna". 
Price: 125.00 USD

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13 Lasch, Gerson PIKUDE HA-SHEM. DIE GOTTLICHEN GESETZE AUS DEN ZEHN GEBOTEN entwickelt und in ihrem Geiste aufgefasst. Ein Hausbuch fur Israeliten zugleich ein Handbuch beim Religionsunterricht
Leipzig: Commission bei Heinrich Hunger, 1857. 1857. Very good 
Leipzig: Commission bei Heinrich Hunger, 1857.. 1857.. Very good. - Octavo, brown cloth backed with brown leather & titled in gilt between decorative bands in gilt on the spine. The binding is bumped & the spine & the edges of the covers are rubbed. xii, [ii], iv, 509 & [1] pages. There is an owner's book label on the front pastedown. Very good.

First edition.

A work on the Decalogue in Jewish theology. The text is in German with an index in Hebrew in the rear.

Scarce. First Edition. 
Price: 175.00 USD

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14 McIntosh,; and Twyman,; translators. THE ARCHKO VOLUME; OR, THE ARCHEOLOGICAL WRITINGS OF THE SANHEDRIM AND TALMUDS OF THE JEWS. (Intra Secus). These Are the Official Documents Made in These Courts in the Days of Jesus Christ.
Philadelphia, PA: Antiquarian Book Company, 1905. 1905. Good 
Philadelphia, PA: Antiquarian Book Company, 1905.. 1905.. Good. - Octavo, green cloth. The binding is rubbed & the tail of the spine is creased. The spine is faded & the titling on the front cover is partially faded. viii & pages 9-248. Illustrated with a black-and-white frontispiece. The endpapers are darkened with a previous owner's name penciled on the front endpaper. Good. Second edition.

"Translated by Drs. McIntosh and Twyman of the Antiquarian Lodge, Genoa, Italy. From Manuscripts in Constantinople and the Records of the Senatorial Docket Taken from the Vatican at Rome." 
Price: 25.00 USD

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15 Pett, Chaim IN LAND FUN DI AVOT: Novele
(New York): Di Brider Shulsinger, 1957. 1957. Very good 
(New York): Di Brider Shulsinger, 1957.. 1957.. Very good. - Octavo, dark blue cloth. The binding is very lightly rubbed & bumped & there is a small hole in the cloth of the spine. 148 pages. Very good.

The text is in Yiddish. 
Price: 15.00 USD

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16 Sombart, Werner DIE ZUKUNFT DER JUDEN
Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, 1912. 1912. Very good 
Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, 1912.. 1912.. Very good. - Octavo, softcover, bound in printed gray wraps. The wraps are lightly bumped & the spine & extremities are darkened. There is a tear to the head of the spine with small pieces out of the head & the tail. 91 pages plus 5- page publisher's catalog, unopened. The contents are very good.

First edition.

Werner Sombart [1863-1941] was a German historical economist who incorporated Marxist principles and Nazi theories in his writings on capitalism. The text is in German. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD

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17 Taylor, Isaac THE SPIRIT OF THE HEBREW POETRY. With a Sketch of the Life of the Author and a Catalogue of His Writings
New York: William Gowans, 1862. 1862. Good Signed
New York: William Gowans, 1862.. 1862.. Good. - Octavo, brown cloth with an oval vignette & 4 stars stamped in gilt on the front cover & in blind on the rear cover. There is a large piece out of the head & tail & the right side of the spine and most of the gilt titling is lacking. The rear joint is split. The covers are bumped & rubbed. x & pages [11]-303 & [7] pages. There is some staining to the title & occasional light foxing. Despite the loss of cloth on the spine, this is a good tight copy.

First American edition.

From the library of Leonard Charles Van Noppen with his signature dated 1903 on the front endpaper. Van Noppen [1865-1935] was a Dutch-born, American-educated academic, translator and poet, who, as a member of the United States Naval Reserves authored "The Challenge: War Chants of the Allies, Wise and Otherwise". Below Van Noppen's signature, is inscribed in pencil: "Presented to the Editor of the Churchman by the Publisher". First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD

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18 Waldman, Neil MASADA
New York: Morrow Junior Books, (1998). (1998). 0688144810 / 9780688144814 Very good Signed
New York: Morrow Junior Books, (1998).. (1998).. Very good. FIRST EDITION SIGNED BY NEIL WALDMAN - Small quarto [9-3/4 inches high by 8-3/4 inches wide], pictorial paper covered boards in a matching dust wrapper. 64 pages. Profusely illustrated in black, white & gray. The bottom front edge of the spine is bumped, else, near fine.

First edition, signed in full by Neil Waldman on the title page and dated "Nov 14, 1999".

Written and illustrated by Neil Waldman. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD

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19 Waxman, Meyer A HISTORY OF JEWISH LITERATURE. (5 books bound in 6 volumes, as issued)
NY: Thomas Yoseloff, (1960). (1960). Very good 
NY: Thomas Yoseloff, (1960).. (1960).. Very good. - Octavo, 8-1/2 inches high by 6 inches wide. Hardcovers, bound in gray cloth titled in gilt. The cloth is lightly soiled & rubbed. There is some light foxing to the top edges of a few volumes. 539 pages; 712 pages; 767 pages; 1312 pages (comprising volume 4 parts 1 and 2); and 361 pages. A very good, solid set. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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