SOSKIN, Abraham (photographer) (1884-1963)
Album Tel-Aviver Ansichten / Album of Tel-Aviv Views / Albom mar’ot Tel-Abib
[Berlin : Photophot A.G., 1926]. Oblong octavo (160 x 220 mm), rebound in later half morocco over marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt ‘Tel Aviv 1926’;  pp, comprising  pages with three versions of the Preface written by photographer Abraham Soskin, in Hebrew, English and German, followed by  preliminary plates (coat of arms of the city and portraits of dignitaries),  photographic views of Tel Aviv with captions in Hebrew, English and German, all dated between 1908 and 1926, and  plans; most leaves with some marginal foxing or staining, although the views themselves are mostly unaffected; lacking the original covers.
Rare album of views illustrating the founding and growth of Tel Aviv, by the major documentary photographer Abraham Soskin (1884-1963). The double-pages are arranged as pairings of “before and after” images, and they dramatically reveal the tremendous energy and enterprise that went into the city’s development between 1908 and 1926. The very first view is of the meeting convened in 1908 to discuss the founding of Tel Aviv: it shows a gathering of around 150 people on the barren sands that would soon be transformed into a modern city.