Clarence Darrow (April 18, 1857 - March 13, 1938) was an American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union. He was best known for defending teenage thrill killers Leopold and Loeb in their trial for murdering 14-year-old Robert "Bobby" Franks (1924). Some of his other notable cases included defending Ossian Sweet, and John T ...
Clarence Darrow (April 18, 1857 - March 13, 1938) was an American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union. He was best known for defending teenage thrill killers Leopold and Loeb in their trial for murdering 14-year-old Robert "Bobby" Franks (1924). Some of his other notable cases included defending Ossian Sweet, and John T. Scopes in the Scopes "Monkey" Trial (1925), in which he opposed William Jennings Bryan (statesman, noted orator, and three-time presidential candidate). Called a "sophisticated country lawyer", he remains notable for his wit, which marked him as one of the most famous American lawyers and civil libertarians. Today, Clarence Darrow is remembered for his reputation as a fierce litigator who, in many cases, championed the cause of the underdog; because of this, he is generally regarded as one of the greatest criminal defense lawyers in American history and therefor has he served as a model for almost every lawyer on film or television.
Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Hardcover. 8vo. Charles Scribner's Sons. 1932. 465 pgs. First Edition/First Printing. DJ has light shelf-wear present to the DJ. Previous owner's name present to the reverse of the front board. Text is clean and free of marks, binding tight and solid, boards clean with no wear present. EB; 8vo 8"-9" tall; 465 pages.
First edition. Hardcover. Autobiography of one of the most important lawyers of the 19th and 20th century. Includes a number of black and white illustrations. A tight very good copy with small owner signatures to the front and rear pastedowns and some minor soiling to the boards and with a couple spots to the bottom page edges in an about good plus price clipped dust jacket that has some large chips to the top of the spine, smaller chips to the corners, numerous tears and soiling and edge wear. Despite the litany of flaws this is a presentable copy in the uncommon dust jacket.
Pre-Publication Review Copy of Darrow's Autobiography Darrow, Clarence [1857-1938]. The Story of My Life. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932. viii, , 457 pp. Frontispiece. Plates. Original printed wrappers with designs used in the first edition's multi-color Art Deco dust jacket. Spine of binding somewhat soiled and worn, with some chipping to ends, light soiling to rear wrapper. Paper label stating that this book is a review copy affixed to front wrapper. Light foxing in a few places, interior otherwise clean. * Advance editorial copy. Distributed to commentators "with the understanding that reviews and newspaper articles concerning it [were] for release in the morning papers of February 5, which is the date it will be published." The page following the appendix states: "Index to follow." Hunsberger, Clarence Darrow: A Bibliography 271.
Very Good. Signed by Author(s) Hardback book in very good minus condition. Limited edition, signed, but no number assigned. Scribners [A] on reverse of title page. Covers a bit soiled, but pages clean and in great shape.
Very good. No dust jacket. Signed by author. 465 pages. Number 90 of a limited edition of 294. Signed by Darrow on edition page. Inscribed and presented to Minetta Reis by the president of the West Texas Historical Society in 1933. Slight shelf and edge wear, small spot on back cover. Gold lettered paste on lable on spine in fine condition. Page edges are deckled and slightly age spotted. Rusted paperclip mark on first few pages. Slight age spotting on endpapers. Color frontispiece by Leonebel Jacobs. Pages and text are clean and bright. More pictures available on request.
Fine copy as issued, without dust-jacket. Limited First Edition. This book was published both in a trade edition and in a limited/signed edition of 294 copies. This copy is signed by Darrow on the limitation page, but it is not numbered. Darrow (1857-1938) known for his role in the Scopes Trial and the Leopold & Loeb cases, was one of the most notable lawyers and civil libertarians in U.S. history. 465 pages with index. Large 8vo cloth. This is white cloth variant of the limited edition, possibly reserved for "out-of-series", unnumbered copies such as this. This is also an uncommonly fine copy.
Inscribed to Bob Edwards. Inscribed by Darrow Darrow, Clarence [1857-1938]. The Story of My Life. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932. xiv, 495 pp. Fourteen plates (with 16 illustrations). Cloth very good in dustjacket with some edgewear and chipping. Author inscription in bold hand to half-title. * First edition, second issue. With the account of the Massie Trial. The inscription reads: "Inscribed to/ Bob Edwards / With the kind regards of/ Clarence Darrow/ October 18-1934." Darrow's Story of My Life is one of the great autobiographies of the twentieth century. When Darrow died in 1938 at the age of 81, few disputed that he was one of the great attorneys and public intellectuals of his day. There were other lawyers in his lifetime who contributed more to the development of legal science, who rose to positions of greater influence, or who won larger financial rewards, but perhaps none who could match his record as a crusader for the common man.
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