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Lot #    13350
Auction End Date    1/24/2006 1:47:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    The Song of Songs
Title (Hebrew)    שיר השירים
Author    [Only Ed.] Ze'ev Raban, illustrator
City    Berlin
Publisher    Hasefer
Publication Date    1923
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [28] ff., [26 prints], 330:240 mm., printed on heavy stock with pastedown prints, endpapers split on inner seams. A very good copy bound in the original cloth boards by H. Sperling, Berlin.
   26 original illustrations by Raban with the text in Hebrew and English.

Ze'ev Raban (born Wolf Rawicki, 1890-1970), studied sculpture and the decorative arts in Europe, first in his hometown and later in Munich, Paris, and Brussels. At the Kunstgewerbechule in Munich, Raban learned design, including object and jewelry design;in Paris, he specialized in sculpture; and in Brussels, he was influenced by Symbolism and earned his living through architectural decoration projects.

Raban reached Eretz-Israel in 1912 and joined the staff of the Bezalel School in Jerusalem, at the invitation of its director, Boris Schatz. In 1914, he was appointed director of the brass and copper repousse department.

Raban viewed himself as a pioneer in the renewal of Hebrew art in Eretz-Israel and was actively involved in the forming of the ethos of the growing nation. He encouraged tourism through his poster art, illustrated Hebrew primers, and endowed decorative and functional objects with Jewish/Hebrew content.Raban underwent a metamorphosis in art from the western art of his studies to an incorporation of Eastern techniques and motifs, and the use of indigent flora and fauna. An important stage in that transformation was the adoption of the Yemenite as a model for the Biblical figure.

Raban's acquaintance had been with a European Symbolism that was international, equivocal, and often personal. But in Erez Israel, Raban created a "Hebrew Symbolism" that was national and carried a clear message, although he still preferred the ideal and the archetypal over realistic. He developed a visual lexicon of motifs based on Jewish designs and topics, and to these he added his own Hebrew calligraphic script and other decorative elements, to form what was to become the "Bezalel style".

Paragraph 2    ציר זאב רבן ...

לוחות תמונות בצבעים מודבקים על דפי הספר, בצד ימין של כל מיפתח. בשולי הציורים הטקסט של המגילה. בצד השמאלי של כל מיפתח תרגום אנגלי. דף [27]: "נוסף על ההוצאה הרגילה נדפסו חמש מאות טפסים על ניר מובחר ונכרכו בכריכות-הדר מלאכת-יד. טפסים אלה כל אחד ... מנומר [ממוספר] במספרו המיוחד".

   EJ; CD-EPI 0317583
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew, English
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica
Drawings:    Checked