Chad Gadjo.

AUCTION 64 | Thursday, March 19th, 2015 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Ceremonial Objects, Maps and Graphic Art

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Lot 193

Chad Gadjo.

Ten dramatic hand-colored plates by Menachem Birnbaum. Hebrew with German translation prepared by the artist’s brother, Uriel Birnbaum. Some staining. Original pictorial colored boards with ties. Lg. 4to.

Berlin: Welt-Verlag 1920

Est: $800 - $1,200
A “most chilling bibliophilic book.” See A.J. Karp, From the Ends of the Earth, Judaic Treasures of the Library of Congress (1991) pp. 128-30 (illustrated). Uriel Birnbaum (1894-1956) and Menachem Birnbaum (1893-1944) were the sons of Nathan Birnbaum (1864-1937) an early Zionist leader, who later achieved renown as a prominent ideologue of the Agudath Israel movement. Natives of Vienna, both brothers fled the Nazis to Amsterdam. With the Nazi conquest of Holland, Menachem Birnbaum was deported to Auschwitz, where he perished; Uriel managed to survive in hiding.