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Annotated Reference Guide to Collectible Books

Jerusalem

The city of Jerusalem has a deep history in both political history and religion. Jerusalem is known to be the mecca and holy city for many differing religions, including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. So, one doesn’t have to go far when looking for historical and collectible books on Jerusalem.

If one is looking for travel accounts to the city, one should look at obtaining Journey from Aleppo to Jerusalem at Easter A.D. 1697 by Henry Maundrell. This book is one of the first account of a religious pilgrimage to Jerusalem that details landmarks and monuments and is a must have for any collector. An early publication of the book can be worth roughly $2,500! Another great book is Hibat Yerushalayim by Hayyim Horowitz, the first book about Jerusalem published in Jerusalem. Written in 1844, this book is the first attempt by those in Jerusalem to advertise the city’s holy significance.

Having a rocky history as one of the most attacked and conquered cities, a collector should have no problem finding books on Jerusalem. Some collectors may be interested the religious history of the city, while others may be interested in the political unrest and war conflicts.

Maundrell, Henry. A Journey from Aleppo to Jerusalem at Easter A.D. 1697. Printed at the Theater: Oxford (1703).

Josephus, Flavius. The Works of Flavius Josephus. Fielding and Walker: London (1777). 2 volumes; Translated by Ebenezer Thompson and William Charles Price

Burton, R. A Journey to Jerusalem. J. Babcock: Hartford (1796). Full title-A Journey to Jerusalem, Containing the Travels of Fourteen Englishmen in 1667, to the Holy Land and Other Memorable Places noted in Scripture. To Which is Prefixed the Ancient and Modern State of the Jewish Nation; Author pseudonym Nathaniel Crouch

Boudinot, Elias. A Star In The West. D. Fenton, S. Hutchinson and J. Dunham: Trenton, NJ (1816). Full title-A Star In The West; or, A Humble Attempt To Discover The Long Lost Ten Tribes Of Israel, Preparatory To Their Return To Their Beloved City, Jerusalem

Smith, Ethan. View of the Hebrews. Smith and Shute: Poultney, VT (1823). Full title-View of the Hebrews; Exhibiting The Destruction of Jerusalem; The Certain Restoration of Judah abd Israel; The Present State of Judah and Israel; And An Address to the Prophet Isiah Relative to Their Restoration

Horowitz, Hayyim. Hibat Yerushalayim (Love of Jerusalem). Press belonging to Moshe and Yehudit: Jerusalem (1844).

NA. Jerusalem. T. R. Dumas et fils editeur: Beyrouth, Syrie (1910). Full title-Jerusalem: Fleurs de Terre Sainte - Flowers of the Holy Land - Blumen aus dem Heiligen Land

Richmond, Ernest Tatham. The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. The Clarendon Press: Oxford (1924).

Blake, William. Jerusalem: A Facsimile of the Illuminated Book. Trianon Press for the William Blake Trust: London (1951). Printed in orange and coloured by hand by a stencilling process; Printed on pure rag paper; Preludium by Joseph Wicksteed and Bibliographical Statement by Geoffrey Keynes

Chagall, Marc. Jerusalem Windows. George Braziller: New York (1962). Two original color lithographs done expressly for this edition; Text and Notes by Jean Leymarie; Translated from the French by Elaine Desautels

Chagall, Marc. Vitraux Pour Jerusalem. Andre Sauret: Monte Carlo (1962). 270 copies; Text by Jean Leymarie