Sefer Hadvarim [A Book of Things]

Image of open book against a black background. The left page has a short Hebrew poem. The right page has a full frame, hand-colored drawing featuring a small sailboat at sea, with fish visible below. Two of the fish, one orange and one blue, are larger than life and larger than the boat.

H. N. Bialik (Russian, 1873-1934) and Tom Seidmann Freud (Austrian, 1892-1930), illustrator. Sefer Hadvarim [A Book of Things]. 1922. Berlin, Ophir.
Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, Special & Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida.
Purchased in collaboration with the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature.

This rare picture book was hand-colored by Tom Seidmann Freud. Tom was the name that Martha Gertrude Freud, the niece of Sigmund Freud, adopted at the age of fifteen. Freud studied art in London and later married journalist, Jakob Seidmann. Together they set up the Ophir Press in Berlin in partnership with the Hebrew poet Haim Nahman Bialik. After their company went bankrupt during the Great Depression, the couple committed suicide within a few months of each other.

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