Auction 86 - Part I - Rare & Important Items

Theodor Herzl – "Altneuland" – Kiev, 1903 – One of the Earliest Russian Translations

Opening: $1,000
Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Обновленная страна ("Altneuland"), by Theodor Herzl. Kiev: C. B. Кульженко, 1903, Russian.
In his utopian novel "Altneuland" ("The Old-New Land"), Theodor Herzl lays out his vision for a future Jewish state in Palestine. This is one of the first two Russian translations of this work published in 1903.
"Altneuland" was published a few years after "Der Judenstaat, " and following Herzl's visit to Palestine. Herzl wrote the novel in the years 1899-1902. Originally, the manuscript was titled "New Zion." Later, inspired by the name of Prague's iconic Altneuschul (Old-New Synagogue), he changed the title on the manuscript to "Altneuland." The same year the book was first published, 1902, it was already translated into Yiddish and Hebrew (the title the translator Nahum Sokolow chose for his Hebrew version was "Tel Aviv, " the name given a few years later to the world's first modern Hebrew city.) Within less than a year, "Altneuland" was translated into six other languages.
341, [1] p., approx. 17.5 cm. Missing illustrated cover. Good-fair condition. Minor stains and blemishes, mostly to edges. Repaired tears to several leaves. Notations and marks in pencil on several leaves. Card binding with cloth-covered corners and spine, worn (repaired).
Herzl. Zionism