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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
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Book — Helene Lilien. The child in the picture, now in full
manhood, was recently in Israel as an expert of the United
Nations.
These portrait
Ex-libris
declare the high esteem and affection
in which the owner holds his books.
ON BOOK PRODUCTION
The scribe is honored in numerous bookplates for his many
long centuries of book production. One of the relatively few
Ex-libris
with Yiddish was made in 1922 for S. Spero by the
Russian-Jewish artist, S. Yudovim, a nephew of the Yiddish
dramatist, S. An-Ski. A fine example of wood-cutting, the book-
plate shows a skull-capped, bearded scribe writing with a quill on
a roll of parchment. The legend is
ןופ .ש
ס׳אריפש
רעכיב
.
A more pious scribe, wearing a prayer shawl and phylacteries
and writing on a large sheet of parchment, dominates the
Ex-
libris
made by Harry B. Goldberg of Buffalo, N. Y., for Rabbi
Eli A. Bohnen of Providence, Rhode Island. On a streamer,
above the background of shelves of books, is the Hebrew quota-
tion:
ינאו
ארקא םשב .׳ה
םיכלמ ,א
דכ.חי
. . .
. . And I will call
on the name of the Lord.” (I Kings 18.24). This passage, uttered
by the prophet Elijah, which is the Hebrew name of the owner,
is particularly appropriate for a rabbi.
Another bookplate, also expressive of the owner’s calling, was
used by an Austrian bookbinder, Franz Filipek. His trade is
indicated by the press and other tools of a bookbinder which
surround his name in the bottom part of the bookplate frame.
A pair of shackled hands are longingly stretching upwards to
reach an open book held by an angel, whose beautiful, large
white wings make a sharp contrast against the dark sky. Filipek
longs to read the book but, unfortunately, he is chained to his
work so that he does not have the time to read the books he
binds. This eloquent bookplate is the work of Lilien.
Presse de la Sagesse
(Printing Press of Wisdom), a source of
spiritual nourishment for mankind, is the theme of a wood-cut
by Prof. S. Seidl made as a bookplate for Marco Birnholz. A
printer’s devil is shown pressing drops of knowledge from a book
into a vat from which others are thirstily drinking. Dr. Birnholz
of Long Island, N. Y., is one of the world’s foremost
Ex-libris
collectors. Born in Austria, he has been active in this field since
childhood and has served as president of the Oesterreichische Ex-
libris-Gesellschaft. In this field the influence of the bookplate
owner as co-creator of a work of art is very pronounced, for the
Ex-libris
is a reflection of the personality of the owner as the