Auction No. 094

Rare Books & Manuscripts, Rabbinical letters, Zionism, Erez Israel, Judiaca objects & art, numismatics & archeology

July 19, 2016
Opening $ 300
Estimate $ 500 - $ 800

Speeches by noted orator Zvi Hirsh Masliansky delivered before Zionist dignitaries in the United States during Nachum Sokolov's historic visit. United States 1913 and 1929. Autograph.
[3] doubled leaves. 14x20 cm. Text on both sides of the leaves.
Zvi Hirsh Masliansky (1856-1943) was a Jewish orator noted for his enthusiastic national speeches. In Russia, he was a traveling speaker and went on many speaking tours on behalf of the Chovivei Tzion. When he reached America in 1895, he became known as a top-rate speaker, and Ben-Tzion Eisenstadt wrote that he "created a new era of speech." In 1902, he helped found the Jewish paper Di Velt in New York and published a book of Yiddish sermons. Most of his speeches were in Yiddish, although he did give a few in Hebrew - like these. During Sokolov's historic visit to the United States, Masliansky was invited to receive him with a speech and to offer a parting farewell - as documented in the newspapers of the time. Masliansky prepared a draft of his speech and noted the date and location where he was scheduled to deliver it (Carnegie Hall, March 15, 1913; Tuxedo Hall, June 4, 1913; Temple Emanuel, February 2, 1929). The speeches were written in clear, poetic Hebrew and use admiring language to describe the Zionist leader.
Accompanied by newspaper clippings from the time with a description of the speeches and the impression they made on the audience.
Filing holes, stains. Some ink smudges. Fine condition.

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