Vienna: Phaidon-Verlag, 1927. Softcover. This work is a presentation copy: It is inscribed in black pen at free front endpaper by the author, Nathan M. Gelber, to Solomon Liptzin, a renowned Educator and Advocate of Yiddish Study (see below): "Herrn Doz. Dr. Solomon Lipkin zur Erinnerung überreicht vom Verfasser. Wien, 17.7.1929" [Given to Dr. Solomon Liptzin as a commemoration by the author. Vienna. May 17th, 1929"]
8vo. 310 (1) pp. Original wrappers. Forepage edge untrimmed. Pages unopened. Title page in black and red lettering. Work on Projects and Ideas of a Jewish State preceding the foundation of Zionism and the Zionist Movement. Written by renowned Polish-Jewish Historian, Nathan M. Gelber. Rear wrapper and parts of spine missing, with front wrapper loose but present. Serious tears to front wrapper, not affecting text. Binding starting to split. Inside clean. In German. Binding in poor, interior in good condition. fair. Item #20239
On Solomon Liptzin, adressee of the dedication and owner of the book:
Solomon Liptzin (1901-1995). Educator And Advocate of Yiddish Study. Mr. Liptzin was born in Satanov, Ukraine, and was brought to New York when he was 9. He graduated from City College, did postgraduate work at the University of Berlin and earned a master's degree and a Ph.D. at Columbia University. From 1923 until his departure for Jerusalem, Mr. Liptzin taught at City College, where he served as chairman of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages for 15 years. He retired in 1963 as professor of comparative literature. Shortly after he became department chairman in 1943, he was able to convince college officials that Yiddish was basically a Germanic tongue laced with Hebrew and Russian and should be taught as such at the college level. His success led other universities and international meetings of linguists to grant Yiddish the same recognition. He was a founder of Bar-Ilan University and the American College in Jerusalem and taught at both for many years. He also founded the humanities program at Haifa Technion. Solomon Liptzin, an educator and prolific author and scholar in Yiddish and German literature, published many scholarly articles, book reviews and 20 books and biographies, at least a half-dozen of which remain active on publishers' lists as reprints. (Source: NY Times obituary by Wolfgang Saxon, from November 18th, 1995).