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Flowers and Views from the Holy Land, Jerusalem Early 20th century

פרחים ותמונות מארץ הקדושה - Zionism

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  • Lot Number 53529
  • Title (English) Flowers and Views from the Holy Land
  • Title (Hebrew) פרחים ותמונות מארץ הקדושה
  • Note Zionism
  • City Jerusalem
  • Publisher Bezalel
  • Publication Date Early 20th Century
  • Estimated Price - Low 200
  • Estimated Price - High 500

  • Item # 2413155
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Physical Description

[13] ff. seperated by tissue, 103:165 mm., light age staining, printed end paper. A very good copy bound in the original olive wood boards, rubbed and split.

Title in English, French and Hebrew.

Inscription on endpaper dated 1934.


Detail Description

This wonderful little book is full of pressed flower arrangements native to the Holy Land. Each flower is given with Hebrew, English, and French information. The verso of each page carries a color photo of a Holy Land site. The front and back covers of the book are made of hand-hewn olive wood with a marketry design on the front and "Jerusalem" hand-painted in both English and Hebrew.

The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts was founded in 1906 by Boris Schatz, who envisaged the creation of a national style of art blending classical Jewish/Middle Eastern and European traditions. The school opened in rented premises on Ethiopia Street. It moved to a complex of buildings constructed in the 1880s surrounded by a crenelated stone wall, owned by a wealthy Arab. In 1907, the property was purchased for Boris Schatz by the Jewish National Fund. Schatz lived on the campus with his wife and children. Bezalel's first class consisted of 30 young art students from Europe who successfully passed the entrance exam. Eliezer Ben Yehuda was hired to teach Hebrew to the students, who hailed from various countries and had no common language. His wife, Hemda Ben-Yehuda, worked as Boris Schatz's secretary.


Hebrew Description

כולל פרחים מיובשים בלווי הסברים באנגלית, בצרפתית .