Jerusalem: Palestine Photogravure Limited, 1938. First edition. Softcover. Large quarto. Unpaginated. 8 pages. Sepia-toned photo-illustrated wrappers, with photomontage and black lettering on the covers. An extremely scarce commemorative and promotional publication on the occasion of the opening of the Port of Tel Aviv, February 23rd, 1938, during the era of the British Mandate. A number of related subjects are discussed and photographically documented, including most prominently the opening ceremony, reportedly attended by attended by a crowd of 30,000, including the High Commissioner for Palestine Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope (1874 – 1947), the construction of the port, shipping and business at the port, and finally some revenant maritime-related business advertisements. It it interesting to note the inclusion of a small section of text and images on the interior front cover relating to the archaeological excavation of the Ancient Hebrew port at the nearby HaYarkon river, and the display of coins and motifs relating and drawing a link between the history of Ancient Jewish maritime activities and the modern period. Photo credits include prominent figures Zoltan (Zvi) Kluger (1896 - 1977), Walter Kristeller (Christeller, 1893-1961) and Rudi Weissenstein (1910-1999), among others. All images throughout are captioned in Hebrew and English.
Wrappers age-toned with some light rubbing to extremities, a few faint ink stamps, and a few closed tears. Interior pages age toned, with a few sporadic small stains and/or closed tears. The double-page spread comprising pages 3-6 is loose from the wrappers but laid in. Wrappers and interior in overall very good- condition. Extremely scarce. Protected in modern mylar. vg-. Item #47880
Hebrew title: שער העליה: פתיחה חגיגית, כ"ב אדר א' תרצ"ח 23.2.1938.