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Naphtali Herz Imber. Ha-Tikvah.

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Naphtali Herz Imber. Ha-Tikvah.

FINE BOOKS. Tehran, ca. 1918. Pamphlet, the first separate printing of Ha-Tikvah in Judeo-Persian.

Price: $950

Ha-Tikvah, written in 1878, first appeared as “Tikvatenu” (Our Hope) in 1896. This 1918 Tehran printing is probably the first edition of Ha-Tikvah in Judeo-Persian, and is also one of the earliest Judeo-Persian and Hebrew Tehran imprints. The first recorded Judeo-Persian book by Solomon b. Joseph Kohen, Sefed Hizzuk Sefat Ever (1918) in Tehran, contained only the Hebrew text of Ha-Tikvah. Another Judeo-Persian printing, Hayyim ben Mordechai More’s Sefer Gedulat Mordechai (Tehran, 1924) includes Ha-Tikvah in Judeo-Persian, but in a translation different from the one in our copy.

IMBER, Naphtali Herz. Ha-Tikvah. [The Zionist anthem in Hebrew and in Judeo-Persian translation]. [Tehran, 1918?]. (Translated by Shlomo Avishor ben Abraham Yosef Kashani (and in Latin characters) Ch. Abichour. Title page has bold Star of David with the Hebrew word “Zion” in the center. Nine stanzas of the anthem. Four numbered pages in pamphlet format. Very Good condition.

Rarity: Our pamphlet, having a pagination of its own, is a separate publication, and is not found in many of the major reference works.