||Description of the land of Israel and its communities by the renowned artist, Saul Raskin. Erets Yisroel in vort un bild is a description of Raskin’s travels throughout what was then Palestine. The book has a table of contents and an introduction from professor Reuben Brenin. Raskin writes in a personal style describing events and places. Although primarily known for his art work Erets Yisroel is primarily a textual work. Nevertheless, the text is accompanied by numerous fine sketches, many full page. These sketches include such subject matter as men praying at the Western Wall, several of halutzim (pioneers), a yeshiva, locations such as Rehovot, and a number of scenery. There are also tail pieces at the end of several chapters. The book has the stamp of a previous owner, L. Tievsky, of Washington, D. C. The text is in Yiddish.
Saul Raskin (1886–1966) was born in Nogaisk, Russia. He studied painting at different art schools in Europe and in 1904 went to the U.S. Raskin worked in many media and was known for his draftsman like attention to detail and his realistic approach. He painted mostly scenes of Jewish life and lore, especially Jewish life on the East Side of New York. His trips to Palestine yielded a series of paintings of Jewish life there, among them 20 lithographs on Jerusalem. Raskin also illustrated many Hebrew texts, e.g., Pirkei Avot (1940); the Haggadah (1941); Psalms (1942); the Siddur (1945); the Kabbalah, called Kabbalah in Word and Image (1952), and other works of Jewish context, such as Hebrew Rhapsody (1959).