Auerbach, Meyer An open letter addressed to Sir Moses Montefiore together with a Narrative of Forty Days' Sojourn in the Holy Land - INCLUDING A SIGNED 3 PAGE ALS BY SIR MOSES
London WERTHEIMER, LEA 1875 Decorative Cloth Good+ None Hebrew, English
1875. SIGNED BY SIR MOSES MONTEFIORE. THE VERY BOOK AND LETTER SENT BY SIR MOSES MONTEFIORE TO A DONOR TO HIS PALESTINE FUND. This is an original and valuable book - it is not a reproduction. The Book: Auerbach, Meyer. An open letter addressed to Sir Moses Montefiore together with a Narrative of Forty Days' Sojourn in the Holy Land 9 Ellul, 5635-Sept 9, 1875. Auerbach, Meyer. An open letter addressed to Sir Moses Montefiore together with a Narrative of Forty Days' Sojourn in the Holy Land, 9 Ellul, 5635 - Sept 9, 1875. 8 vo, blue boards, gilt ruled, slight peeling to head of spine and bumping, some soiling to boards, traces of foxing affect some leaves, but overall a VERY GOOD AND HANDSOME COPY of a increasingly rare book that is very difficult to find in good condition with its fragile spine intact, with printed embossed armorial bookplate of Moses Montefiore. Including, most importantly an ALS on Ramsgate stationery, 3 pages, signed by Moses Montefiore himself. The letter is guaranteed to be genuine as well as Montefiore's signature. The letter thanks Mr. G. Startin for a contribution of £5/5 for the Montefiore Testimonial Fund. As a token of gratitude and for the man's expressed interest in his voyage to the Holy Land. Sir Montefiore sends his book for his kind donation. Sir Moses Montefiore was the the great English philanthropist of paramount importance to the Zionist cause and the eventual re-establishment of the Jewish State in the Holy Land. Sir Moses Montefiore visited Palestine seven times, his last voyage being in 1875 and recorded in this book. His personal generosity was unsurpassed and he also administered public and private funds such as the Montefiore Testimonial, which the letter refers directly to, which was aimed at bettering the condition of the Jews of Palestine through industry and agriculture. Thus it is clear that this important and rare book, the very book sent by Montefiore to a donor to his Palestine fund, possesses a deep and tangible connection to early Zionism, Israel, and Judaism. As a price guide for potential buyers, I may advise that the book alone (without letter) has sold only 1 time in 25 years of American auction Records, at Sothebys's Nov 18, 1993 lot 803 for £200.00 Naturally, a letter of Montefiore is quite valuable . A similar 1 page (the one for sale here is 3 pages) LS, also involving a contribution to to a Montefiore Foundation sold last at auction for $1600.00 at June 12, 1997. In my opinion, this book may merit a premium to the combined value since it nicely preserves the letter and the original book together.