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The Making of a State [inscribed]

The Making of a State [inscribed] by MASARYK, Thomas [Tomáš ] Garrigue [Dr Robert Fitzgibbon Young] (1927)
Author: MASARYK, Thomas [Tomáš ] Garrigue [Dr Robert Fitzgibbon Young]
Title: The Making of a State [inscribed]
Year: 1927
Publisher: George Allen and Unwin
Place: London
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
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pp 464. Inscribed first edition of Masaryk's account of his role in the creation of Czechoslovakia, given to a British diplomat mentioned in the text. Masaryk has inscribed the second blank in black ink: 'To Mr Rob. R Young T.G. Masaryk 21/xii/27.' Below this the excitable British diplomat has written '(see p 98)' that he may lead the reader to Masaryk's printed reference to his assistance: 'I must make special mention of Mr. Robert Fitzgibbon Young, a young and active supporter of our cause', a comment made by the author in the context of his wartime activities while in London. Young has drawn a vertical line beside this passage of text as well as marking his index reference and inscribing his name, address and the relevant page number twice more on the preliminaries - in case of doubt! In fairness Young had much of which to be proud as Masaryk was a major player in European politics between the wars and the new state of Czechoslovakia which emerged from the Treaty of Versailles after World War I survived for more than seventy years until falling foul of the nationalist tendencies of the Czech and, more pertinently, Slovak electorates after the collapse of communism. Like so many political exiles of Masaryk spent much of the time between 1914 and 1918 in London, planning and campaigning for Czech and Slovak independence, a cause which he brought to fruition by gaining the support of the American President Woodrow Wilson. The book is bound in full blue morocco, all edges gilt, rubbed to extremities with marbled endpapers and the bookplate of 'Ludi Horenstein' to the first pastedown. This binding does not match the trade binding and may have been used by Masaryk for presentation copies or is perhaps a bespoke effort commissioned by Young who was also the author of several works on the Czech lands and its people including Jan Amos Comenius.
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