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First Editions of Early Zionist Works on Sale for $4,000

Among the thousands of rare literary and historical works displayed for sale at the 1981 New York/Antiquarian Book Fair this weekend is a folio containing two slim books considered to be the founding works of political Zionism and the State of Israel.

They are, “Autoemancipation,” written by Leo Pinsker in 1882, and “Der Judenstaat” (“The Jewish State”), written by Theodor Herzl in 1896. The first was published in Berlin, and the second in Leipzig. They are being offered for sale by San Francisco book-dealer Jeremy Norman, one of the more than 130 members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America who will be setting up shop at the 7th Regiment Armory. The two books, in one slipcase, are being offered by Norman for $4,000.Both books are First Editions and very rare.