In 1947, Schocken Books published a collection of photographs by Jakob Rosner under the title A Palestine Picture Book. Jakob Rosner (1902-1950) emigrated from Munich, Germany in the 1930’s to Palestine where he took photographs until after 1945. The images in this text appear to have been taken before the establishment of the State of Israel and focus primarily, but not exclusively, on the lives and environments of Jews. A few of the many images are shown here: among them; a parade of soldiers marching in Tel Aviv during World War II, a Sukkot celebration in a rural community (perhaps a kibbutz) and a view of Tiberias. Clearly this collection is meant to be a song of the land and of Jewish settlement. These photographs remind us of a more romantic idyllic Palestine – a beautiful past which may exist more in our minds than in reality. This is a “fun” book. There are some condition problems – scattered foxing throughout albeit with no serious encroachment on the photographs; minor scratching of the cloth bound cover, rubbing loss of the gold stamped text on the spine, and time-toned pages.
cover dimensions: height – 11 1/4“, width – 9“, depth – 5/8“