Jerusalem: Massada Press and Golden Pages, 1979. Limited Deluxe Bibliophile Edition. Hardcover. 1097/1800 signed in ink by the editor (Professor Daniel Sperber), and the illustrator (Zvi Narkiss), on both versos of title pages, Hebrew and English. With facsimile signature (also in English and Hebrew) of Israel's late Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize Receiver, Menachem Begin (1913-1992), below his printed speech. A copy of this book was presented to the late President of Egypt, Anwar Sadat, by the Prime Minister of Israel, Menachem Begin in 1979, in commemoration of the signing of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty .
Large Folio. Unpaginated. Hand bound full leather binding with gilt lettering and ruling to boards and spine. Housed in original wood veneer slipcase. Top edge gilt. Brown, gilt-illustrated endpapers. String-fastened to inside cover, a printed and photo-illustrated double page entitled "Great is Peace," documenting the signing of the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty. Two illuminated title pages in Hebrew and English with green print and illuminated lettering. Printed on green silk paper. Gilt ribbon marker. The word "Peace" is printed in gilt throughout the text.
The text of "Perek ha-Shalom" has been specifically reedited by Professor Daniel Sperber on the basis of early printed editions and manuscripts for this edition. A completely new commentary with cross-references to all Rabbinic literature has been written for it by him. He also translated the whole text into English. Illustrated throughout. The layout of this book has been designed by Zvi Narkiss inspired by rare manuscripts on Ancient Hebrew texts. The illustrations are based on themes from paper-cuts by Jewish folk artists from various countries. Contains the speech delivered by Begin on the occasion of winning the Nobel Prize of Peace (December 10th, 1978). Text in English and Hebrew. Light staining of slipcase in very good+ condition. Near fine condition. Item #46010