“Autoemancipation!” Mahnruf an seine Stammesgenossen

AUCTION 1 | Thursday, November 14th, 1996 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Books, Manuscripts and Works of Art

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Lot 282
(ZIONISM). “Einem Russischen Juden” [i.e. LEON PINSKER]

“Autoemancipation!” Mahnruf an seine Stammesgenossen

FIRST EDITION. Margins of few ff. taped or torn, modern cloth, 8vo

Berlin: 1882

Est: $400 - $600
Following the government-led pogroms in Southern Russia in 1881, Pinsker, a passionate assimilationist, underwent a dramatic change in Weltanschauung: ‘Judaeophobia’ would only disappear once a Jewish national center was established. The publication of this famous tract, with its dispassionate analysis of the psychological and social roots of anti-Semitism, resulted in the formative ordering of the early Chibath Zion Movement. Despite the derision the work received from some quarters, it was a direct precursor to the writings of Theodor Herzl more than a decade later