International Law Autograph Series – Charles Cheney Hyde

This is another installment in my occasional International Law Autographs series. The series originally kicked off on a different site of mine that has more and more focused on music, but the original posts can be accessed here.  You will find such luminaries as Philip Jessup, Manley Hudson, Telford Taylor, etc.

It’s been awhile since I made an acquisition, but I have a good one today.  It comes from the first edition the two volume International Law: Chiefly as Interpreted and Applied by the United States published by Little, Brown & Company in 1922.    Written by Charles Cheney Hyde, who at the time was “Professor of Law in Northwestern University.”  Hyde would remain in that position until 1925 when he moved to Columbia to become holder of the famous chair of Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy (1925-1945).  In 1951 and 1952 he was a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.  He died in 1952.  A more detailed remembrance by Woolsey is in volume 46 of the American Journal of International Law.  Footnote 2 of the remembrance interestingly discloses that Hyde’s daughter had married another famous Columbia  international lawyer, Oliver Lissitzyn.  Lissitzyn (along with Wolfgang Friedman and Richard Pugh) put together the first edition of International Law: Cases and Materials (West, 1969), which is now in its 5th edition — and the reason all this is mentioned is because I was involved in the 3rd edition (Henkin, Pugh, Schachter, Smit), which at some point will be subject of a Lou Henkin autograph post.

Back to Hyde.  His 1922 two volume text was the result of a suggestion of Dean Wigmore that a text be prepared on international law from the U.S. point of view.  As a true scholar, though, he was quick to highlight and criticize U.S. interpretation and application of international law that varied from the actual requirements of the law.  The text was expanded in a 1945 second edition to include three volumes.

To the autograph.  It is signed for Dr. Gaillard Hunt.  It is uncertain whether the recipient was the senior or junior Gaillard Hunt, but this information is on a web site that appears to be maintained by the grandson of senior Hunt.

The grandfather (1862-1924) edited the papers of James Madison and his name has recently started appearing in citations in the endless disputes about separation of church and state. Hunt’s father, Gaillard Hunt, Jr. (1903-1949) left behind a novel . . .. [The grandson Gilliard T.] Hunt is a member of the District of Columbia Bar (and inactive in the New York Bar). He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife, Susan Hunt, and his daughter, Emma Hunt, who recently graduated from Tulane.

Without further ado, here is Charles Cheney Hyde (click the thumb to enlarge):

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