Auction No. 114

Golden coins, Seforim, Chabad, Eretz Yisrael and Zionism, Letters from Rabbis and Rebbes, Holocaust and refugees.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019 at 5pm Without Audience
Opening $80
Estimate $150 - $250
Sold for $488
Including buyer's premium

Internationales Montefiore-Album [Monterfiore's International Album] by Dr. Joseph Fiebermann. Published by Mahlau & Waldschmidt, Frankfurt, 1888.

Historic multilingual memoir - in German, English and Hebrew, in memory of Sir Moshe Montefiore. Accompanied by numerous illustrations and engravings. On the leaf preceding the title page, there is a portrait illustration of Montefiore, protected by parchment paper.

Sir Moshe Montefiore [1784-1885] was undoubtedly the most famous Jew of his time. Over his long life (101 years), he received many honors including knighthood for his activities on behalf of Jews worldwide. He managed to successfully arrange the cancellation of the Damascus blood libel in 1840, and even received a written commitment from the Ottoman sultan to protect the Jews. Six years later, he traveled to meet with Czar Nicholas I in a failed attempt to arrange the cancellation of the expulsion edict against the Jews in the Western part of the Russian empire. He visited the Land of Israel many times and greatly contributed to its settlement and prosperity. He observed a pious lifestyle. He was particular to take a ritual slaughterer along on his world travels so that he would have kosher meat, and he used to bring food and utensils of his own to events and banquets to which he was invited with world leaders. At his home in Ramsgate, near London, he built a synagogue for his personal use. His 100th birthday was planned as a public holiday for Jewish communities around the world.

[2], 208 pages. 24 cm. Gilt page cuts.

Fine condition. Elegant binding with decorations and gilt imprints partially detached with wear to the spine.

History books