Inscribed by the first president of Israel


Before the United Nations. A Plea for a Just Solution of the Problem of Palestine

Publication: Overbrook Press, Stamford CT, 1947.

WEIZMANN Chaim, Before the United Nations. A Plea for a Just Solution of the Problem of Palestine

Rare first edition of this speech, finely inscribed by Weizmann.

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First edition of this important speech, inscribed on the title page “All the best” by the president of the Zionist Organization, and the first president of Israel. Rare so.

Chaim Weizmann (1874-1952) delivered this speech on 18 October 1947 to the UN committee drafting the resolution to terminate the Mandate of the Balfour Declaration and dividing Palestine into two independent states.

A key figure in the drafting of the Balfour Declaration, he yet notes that “[t]imes have changed: new situations, new conflicts have arisen; and new conditions must now be sought to fulfil our unique destiny as a nation in Palestine.” An advocate of partition, he was determined to ensure that the rights and protections afforded by the Declaration were not lost at the time and sees “Jewish statehood as the only possible condition for the future government of Palestine. It is the only solution which promises finality – a clear definition of the limits within which Jews and Arabs are free to develop their national wills.”

A thousand copies of the address were printed, but this is now rare on the market: just a single copy is recorded at auction, 40 years ago.

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Physical Description

Octavo. 16pp., with presentation inscription to title-page.


Publisher’s salmon printed wrappers; kept in a modern dark blue half-calf solander box.


In excellent condition.

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