Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Unique Photo Album of a Jewish Couple's Trip Through Northern Italy to Palestine, and Back (w/ 420 Original Photographs)

NP: 1930s. Original photograph(s). Hardcover. Small Oblong Quarto. 48 pages of tissue-guarded original photographs. Original string-bound decorative cloth in tan and pink. This photo-album containing at total of 420 b/w photographs, documents the trip of an unidentified Jewish couple (likely from Switzerland or Germany) through northern Italy, a sea voyage to Palestine and then back to Europe through the Adriatic. Each photograph measures approximately 2.5 x 3.5 to 3.5 x 4.5"). Each page is tissue-guarded. No less than 250 photos were taken in Palestine.

Many of the details of the trip and locals are hard to identify given that none of the photographs are captioned. The first images show the train stain at Lucerne, Switzerland awaiting a train to Milan. This is followed by images of Milan including many photos of the famed Milan Cathedral. From there the trip proceeded to Venice, with numerous views of the canals and St. Mark's Basilica. There they seem to have boarded a ship to Palestine. Numerous photographs depict life on the boat, with images of fellow passengers on deck, a Star of David Flag, and even some delightful images of dolphins swimming alongside the boat. The couple disembarked in Tel Aviv/Jaffa, and once there we see numerous images of Old Jaffa and the old port.

Many of the following images taken throughout Palestine are difficult to identify as there are no captions, but at least some content can be discerned, including the Dead Sea, Jerusalem (including the Old City, the East Jerusalem area, the Dome of the Rock/Al-Aqsa Mosque), Rachel's Tomb, Haifa, the Galilee region (including the Sea of Galilee) and Kibbutz life. Many images throughout have an endearing personal touch, showing encounters with various friends, local residents and shop owners. One images shows the men smoking hookahs. The couple later depart from Palestine by boat and return to southern Europe via the Adriatic. A number of the later images here depict the picturesque Croatian coast, including the ancient and often visited city of Split.

The binding, the interior and the images are all clean and in very good shape, very good+ to near fine condition overall. vg+ to near fine. Item #50535

Price: $3,750.00

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