SD Saltzman "Hasafer" Publishing House, Berlin.
1923. Bound by H Sperling, Berlin. 50 pages (25 paintings, 25 stories).
Stout red buckram boards with lovely silver and gold circular design of flying birds and Hebrew text. Also pretty gold bordering and circular patterns at corners. Restrained gold decoration to spine: Hebrew title and English translation (The Song of Solomon). Rear board with black and gold embedded badge at centre (lions and menorah). All bindings and boards are very tight and secure, in excellent condition.
Lovely endpapers and paste downs with silver and gold animals, floral filigree and star of David designs (more Hebrew titles). Second endpaper has title - "Canticum Canticorum" (Song of Solomon) enclosed within a similar necklace of birds.
This was the artistry of the great Zeew Raban, who dedicated his efforts to Prof. Boris Schatz, "Founder and Manager of the Bezalel Arts and Crafts School, Jerusalem, in the month of Abib, in the year 5683 to the creation."
Frontispiece title in black and brown ink with more elaborate design and facing this, the first fabulous tipped in colour artistry. Creased tissue guard.
Thereafter begins the book proper: on one side we are treated to Raban's exquisite erotic paintings and opposite these are drawn designs, with profound statements, touched up by hand in colour. The paintings are wonderfully bright and colourful, as new, and each protected by its tissue guard.
The impression was restricted to 500 numbered copies, of which this is 220.
This is a very rare book and being Hebrew it reads from right to left. The covers appear to vary through the impressions available on the market perhaps with the intention of adding authenticity.