[FASCISM] [ADOLF HITLER] CUCCHETTI, Gino
Avanti Magiari! Talpra Magyar!
Bolzano: Casa Editrice "Brennero!" . First Edition. Octavo (20cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 247pp. With lengthy presentation inscription to Adolf Hitler on half-title: "A I.E. Adolfo Hitler nel vivo ricordo di mi incontro alla "Casa Bruna" e per ricorda [...] seu puchi scrittori d'Italia che profetizzarono giusto sul triunfo dell idea nazionalsocialiste! / Gino Cucchetti / Bolzano, Giugno XI." With Hitler's engraved bookplate inside front wrapper. Light wear and soil; text slightly tanned (not brittle); mostly unopened; Very Good. Cucchetti (1881-1960) was a poet, playwright and journalist affiliated with the Futurists and especially close to Filippo Marinetti; his wife was the Hungarian painter Sasha Rub Cucchetti. Along with Marinetti, Cucchetti was among the earliest Futurists to embrace Fascism, and he wrote prolifically in support of the Fascist cause, especially supporting the right-wing anti-communist movement in Hungary. The inscription in this volume refers specifically to Cucchetti's interview with Hitler, conducted at Hitler's "Brown House" in Munich and published in Il Popolo d'Italia in March of 1931. While books inscribed to the Fuehrer are not excessively rare (scholar Timothy Ryback has estimated that at the height of his power Hitler received thousands of inscribed books each month from aspiring authors), those with truly personal associations are notably scarce; those containing Hitler's private bookplate - indicating actual "acceptance" of the gift - even more so. Most of these latter were held in Hitler's private library at Obersaltzberg ("The Berghof"), where, according to Herbert Dohring, manager of Hitler's estate from 1936 to 1943, Hitler kept "the books he really cared about." Like countless other souvenirs taken out of Germany after the war, the current volume was removed from Hitler's bunker at Obersaltzberg by an American G.I. in 1945, remaining in his family's possession until now. The present title is uncommon in its own right, and a significant work of pro-Hungarian fascism; OCLC notes only 10 locations worldwide.