Folio, 34 by 25 cm. 36 pp., including wraps -- front and rear cover counted as pages. The bi-weekly and the community it was serving was surely prospering, as evident in the greater heft of the publication compared to years prior. Clearly Shanghai was in the midst of a big economic and construction boom, based on articles and the ads for construction companies and the like. The cover features an engraving that brings together various aspects of the Holy Land in an inspirational pastiche -- a bright sun radiating as if perched on the pinnacle of a traditional Moorish-styled temple, and various manifestations of modern industry and transporation -- ships, a railroad, oil derricks -- arranged side-by-side. One portentous article asks "Is the Glory of Europe Extinguishing?" It is elsewhere reported that Germany was advocating that the U.S. take over the Palestine Mandate from Britain. Most unusual is a report from Addis Abadi. As a staple of Jewish-oriented periodicals throughout the modern era, concern is expressed about assimilation in this magazine which frowned upon the Reform movement. Generally, this is a publication whose articles concern, in a roughly proportional split, goings-on in Palestine and the Zionist movement, America and Europe, with most of the latter concerning Britain, and Chinese Jewry. One article touches on the Jewish newspaper in India! And elsewhere, there are clippings from the Indian press about the rancor between Jews and Arabs. In terms of the China coverage, not a small amount relates to the building boom. The ads are not the least of the interesting elements of the periodical, with a mix of well-known Western brands and more local businesses. The publication was first issued in 1904, ceased in 1910, resumed in 1918 and then continued til 1941. Any issue of it represents a scarce relic from the then vibrant Shanghai Jewish community. Soiling of the wraps. Slight dog-earing of the cover. Other general wear. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Israel's Messenger. Official Organ of the ...
Publisher: Printed by the Shanghai Times
Publication Date: 1929
Book Condition: Good
Edition: First Edition.
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