New York: American Bible Society, 1964. With black and white photographs and maps, showing the anicent Biblical areas, historical sites and personages, etc. Very good. Bound in Jerusalem in an olive wood binding, with intricate hand-carved mother-of-pearl inlays, featuring a Star of David on the front cover, with the word "Jerusalem" etched below.On the back cover is a Jerusalem Cross. Brown leather spine, lettered by hand. Small tear along front hinge. Quarto. 260 pp. Item #16669
Mother-of-Pearl carving, a traditional handicraft in Bethlehem, is said to have been brought to the city by Franciscan friars from Italy in the fifteenth century. Others believe it was introduced by Italian Crusaders sometime between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries. However it began, Bethlehem became famous as a center of the craft. Models of churches and mosques, inlaid in Bethlehem with mother-of-pearl, are on display in museums throughout the world. The first exhibition in the West of mother-of-pearl artifacts from Palestine was at the New York World's Fair in 1852. Skilled craftspeople, especially women, created mother-of-pearl items as souvenirs, including crosses, earrings, brooches, picture frames, and book covers.