The First Year. The first Anniversary of the State of Israel, New York City, May 4, 1949. [cover title]
First edition, first printing. A collection of speeches given in 1949 at this first anniversary and celebration: “Peace upon Israel” by Dr. Abba Hillel Silver – “In Praise of Liberty” by Senator Paul Hyde Douglas – “Courage or Calculation” by Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. – “Our Finest Hour” by Mayor Aubrey Eban. This souvenir was funded by and published for the American Zionist Council, an Israel lobby group founded in 1949, following Israel’s independence. This likely one of their earliest publications, if not the first. With illustrations from photographs showing celebrations in Madison Square Park, Carnegie Hall and elsewhere. Scarce to commerce.
Description: The First Year. The first Anniversary of the State of Israel, New York City, May 4, 1949. [cover title]
[New York: Printed by Advertisers Offset Corp. for American Zionist Council, 1949]. 30 pages. Wrappers: Photo-illustration to front wrap, some soil to plain rear wrap. Very good.