Second Year of the State of Israel. . שנת שתיים למדינת ישראל
The ultimate early Israel commemorative map, celebrating its second anniversary with Social Realist imagery.
This is a remarkable map printed in Tel Aviv that celebrates the second anniversary of the creation of Israel. The map is grounded in Zionism and Social Realism, a distinctly Israeli combination evident in the splendid decorative scenes surrounding the work’s geographic portion at the center. The scenes are the work of important Israeli artist and sculptor Michael Karra. They almost jump off the page in the style of bas relief, depicting workers, farmers, families, immigrants, and soldiers; in effect, they encapsulate the fabric of this newly-formed nation.
The map portion of the work itself is a fine production, with detailed topography and road systems. Various boundaries are delineated, including the international boundaries of Palestine, the boundaries of the “Partition Plan” (Nov. 29, 1947), and armistice lines between Israel and the Arab States within Palestine.
Good condition: wear along fold lines and some discoloration visible on verso.