Fascinating pictorial style map of Israel, celebrating its third year of Israeli Independence.
Drawn by noted Israeli artist and printmaker Isidore Ascheim, the map is surrounded by elaborate images of science, industry, agriculture and the Israeli soldier-worker duality in the German expresionist style.
The map illustrates two Israeli boundaries (Current and Former International Boundaries), railways, roads, Jewish Settlements founded before 1948 and those founded after 15-V-1948, Arab Villages and Wells or Springs.
The present example appears to have been priced at 350 Pruta (currency denomination used in Israel before 1960) and notes that it was edited and published by Dr. J. Szapiro and printed by E. Lewin-Epstein.
The map is apparently quite rare, especially with the price at the bottom center.
Isidor Ascheim was born in Margonin was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family and served during World War I.
He studied under the German Expressionist Otto Mueller in Breslau. One of his primary influences was Erich Hecke.
In 1940, he immigrated to Jerusalem and married the Israeli painter Margot Lange-Ascheim. He taught at the Bezalel School of Art, where he was the director for several years