Auction No. 087

Old books, manuscripts, Judaica items, numismatics, coins

February 25, 2015
Opening $ 500
Estimate $ 800 - $ 1,000
Hagaddat HaAtzmaut by [Aharon Megged]. Tel Aviv, General Staff/Israeli Manpower Directorate, Education Corps, IDF. 1952. Retracted edition. [20] leaves, 20 cm. Description of the War of Independence and the establishment of the State of Israel, styled after the Passover Haggada. Written in a poetic style. Many black and white photographs from the beginning of the State. One page features all IDF emblems. The text of the haggada was created for Yom Ha'azmaut. The similarities to the Passover Haggada – not just in format, but also including the consumption of four cups of wine – created a piercing controversy within the young State. The religious community demanded that the Haggada be destroyed, and this edition was eventually retracted. Bound in an original, colored jacket binding. Very fine condition. The back binding leaf is stained. Rare.