THREE OLIVE WOOD BOOKS. [Jerusalem. Ephtimos Frères: Jerusalem & Port Saïd, 1921.]
Lot 179
THREE OLIVE WOOD BOOKS.
[Jerusalem. Ephtimos Frères: Jerusalem & Port Saïd, 1921.]
US$ 600 - 800
£390 - 520

Auction 21388:
Fine Judaica

10 Dec 2013 13:00 EST

New York
Lot Details
THREE OLIVE WOOD BOOKS.
[Jerusalem. Ephtimos Frères: Jerusalem & Port Saïd, 1921.]
1. Folio (229 x 305 mm). [12] pp (each). Each with covers made of olive wood, title engraved in Hebrew to upper cover, red calf spine showing some wear. Each of the 18 folio plates has a different pressed flower from the "Holy Land." Tissue paper between each of the pages protects the flowers. Pages are labeled in French, German and English. Several leaves match flowers to the geographical location, i.e. Flowers from Jerusalem, Flowers from Nazareth, and Flowers from the Tomb of the Kings.
2. Another copy.
3. [Book of Daily Prayers. Ephtimos Frères: Jerusalem & Port Saïd, 1921.]
8vo (108 x 165 mm). [285] pp. Engraved olive wood covers. Some chipping to the wood front cover.

These types of olive wood covered floral and prayer books functioned as tourist gifts prior the Independence of the State of Israel and were used also a way to promote the exotic and nature of the Bible lands. It was hoped that the flowers, as they were carefully arranged, could have scent as well.
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