1912 C.J. CUTCLIFFE HYNE Marriage of Captain Kettle **SIGNED with LONG HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTION re: OCCUPATION of BELGIUM by the NAZIS**
THE MARRIAGE OF CAPTAIN KETTLE, by C. J. CUTCLIFFE HYNE. Published by the Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianaplis, 1912.
SIGNED following a LONG INSCRIPTION by C.J. CUTCLIFFE HYNE on the front free endpaper.
"Modern Civilization has never been conquered (?) for long. We saw that in Egypt. It may be expensive to clear out the invasions of an inferior race, but it is always done sooner or later, generally by extermination. Presently Belgium will come to her own again, will (???) the surviving families of the Huns. / CJ Cutcliffe Hyne / Heaton Lodge / Bradford / 8 Dec 1914."
The handwriting is a bit difficult to decipher so the above is only a partial transcription. However, the inscription clearly shows Hynes belief that Belgium will eventually eliminate the invading and occupying Germans from its land. (Belgium was invaded and occupied by German troops beginning in August 1914, just a few months before this inscription was written. The occupation lasted until the end of WWI in 1918.)
Hardcover Book, green cloth covered boards, embossed design on front cover and spine, 5x7.5 inches, 373 pages plus some unnumbered prelim pages.
GOOD condition: Light wear and a few small spots to the covers, a previous owner's brief gift inscription on the front pastedown (dated in the same month and year as Cutliffe Hyne's inscription, so perhaps related in some way), offsetting to the front free endpaper, overall tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked.
Scarce with Cutliffe Hyne's long and interesting inscription on the front free endpaper.