.by Anura Guruge
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I think it is fairly common knowledge that I collect books and I am surrounded by books.
This was a book I picked up last week. It was on a pile of unsorted books on the floor of my study when I saw it on Sunday and started looking through.
It is a beautiful (big), right-to-left book.
The etchings are works of art. I was not familiar with Saul Raskin and had to look him up.
While I collect any and all ‘art books’ and I do have a fairly decent collection of books on Jewish history and culture, I think that this book should be in the possession of somebody who can appreciate and treasure it better than I can. It has Hebrew with English translation. So somebody who can read Hebrew or learning Hebrew might enjoy this.
This book also has a history. The bookplate on the Title Page refers to ‘Esther Prebluda‘ and from what I can see she is rather famous and even has an award with her name.
It was given as a gift, with ‘appreciation and gratefulness‘, in February 1959.
I can’t make out the names. The recipient might be a ‘Rebard Hasty‘. The gifter was a ‘Sam‘ but I cannot make out his last name.
If you are interested in this book and can get it to somebody who will treasure it contact me. My contact information is on the sidebar. I get a feeling that it should be in synagogue library. The book, given that it is 73 years old, is in wonderful condition as the picture clearly show.
But, I am more than happy to keep it. It will be a nice addition to my art collection. I have not shown it to the kids or Deanna as yet. They will enjoy it. Deanna will probably insist that we keep it.
Yes, there is a copy for sale on eBay, but my copy is in much better shape.