1896 · Leipzig & Vienna
Der Judenstaat: Versuch einer modernen Lösung der Judenfrage. Leipzig & Vienna: M. Breitenstein, 1896. First edition, 86 pp., 5¾ x 9 in. Bound in modern half-cloth, original front wrapper (soiled, trimmed, and mounted) bound in; 2 stamps imperfectly washed out of title.
A first edition of Herzl's book calling for the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine, considered a founding document in the creation of Israel. By arguing that Jewish political problems required a political solution, he convened the First Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland, in 1897 where he boldly declared, "Zionism seeks to establish a home for the Jewish people in Palestine secured under public law." He concluded Der Judenstaat with the inspirational words: "If you will it, it is no dream."
At the First Zionist Congress in 1897, Herzl called for the creation of "a home in Eretz Israel [Palestine]." His efforts came to fruition only 50 years later, when David Ben Gurion read Israel's Proclamation of Independence in Tel Aviv beneath a picture of Hertzl, considered the father of modern Zionism.
#22745.02: Proceedings of the Zionist Congress held at Basle, Switzerland, August 29, 30 and 31, 1897. New York: Philip Cowen, 1897. 60 pp., 5 x 7 in. A scarce American edition in original wrappers, lacking only minor portions from top and bottom of backstrip. (Inventory #: 22745.01)