Lot #251
Theodor Herzl

Theodor Herzl
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Theodor Herzl

TLS in German, signed “Herzl,” two pages, one 8.25 x 6 and one 8.25 x 11, February 22, 1902. Printed circular letter to a member of the Action Committee of the World Zionist Organization, headed at the top, “Strictly Confidential,” and containing his report on the negotiations. In part (translated): “After a four day stay in Constantinople, Dr. Herzl and J. Covan have returned. As you already know from Der Welt, [he] had accepted an invitation from the Sultan and was the Sultan's guest during his visit. The negotiations could not reach a final result because the offers made by the Turkish side did not entirely fit our program. Under such circumstances Dr. Herzl felt unable to accept. In the meantime, the relations remained splendid and the negotiations will be continued. By bringing this to your attention, we explicitly remind you that you are duty-bound and authorize you to communicate only the following, if required:” At this point, the recipient removed Herzl’s statement of talking points from the bottom of the letter, likely so as to be sure to get them right (perhaps to release to the press). The letter concludes: “Nobody should feel insulted [by his secrecy requirements], because it is evenly targeted at everybody, and in brotherly mind. But we need to add that should an indiscretion be committed by a member of the grand A[ction] C[ommittee], at this or any other occasion, we will communicate that person's name in a circular…and in the future will not send circulars to the same person." In very good condition, with central horizontal and vertical folds, punch hole to top left corner, paper loss to right edge of second page, and a paperclip impression to top edge. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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  • Auction Title: Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph
  • Dates: #421 - Ended January 15, 2014

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