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 ...
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.
Advance Editorial 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.
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.
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.
Very good-condition. Octavo (8vo). Signed xii, 465 pages of text including an index. Original blue cloth binding is moderately to heavily sunned and rubbed on the spine, with minor fraying to the spine extremities, and minor bumping to the corners; minor sunning to the boards. No dustjacket, but protected in custom stiff archival mylar. Signed and inscribed by the author on the half-title page "Inscribed to Edward A. L. Goodkind. With regards from [signed] Clarence Darrow Chicago Aug. 21st 1932." Goodkind's bookplate on the inside front cover. Included is a letter from Goodkind to Darrow, at the bottom of which is a note of reply handwritten and signed by Clarence Darrow, wherein Darrow agrees to autograph this book. Minor discoloration from adhesive residue to the front endpaper, where the letter was previously affixed, leaving a thin strip of discoloration, which does not affect the authorial inscription/autograph in the book. Two edges of the letter are discolored from the adhesive; heavily at the top margin/edge of the letter, and verly lightly at the bottom edge, which does slightly affect Darrow's signature only on the signed note. Illustrated. First edition, with the "A" on the copyright page.
Very good. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, NY, 1932. Limited Edition, VG+, Hard Cover, Size=6.5"x9.5", 465pgs(Index). Copy #100 of 294 copies. SIGNED by Clarence Darrow on Special Limitations page. Leather spine label worn, spine cloth lightly browned, 1/4" brown spots (2) on top page ends, owner bookplate inside front cover, o.w. clean, bright & tight. Text in Almost New condition. Bookplate is that of George B. Leonard, Lithuanian born Socialist, organizer of Socialist Party in Minnesota & active in the ACLU, National Lawyers Guild & other such groups. 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES ALL ARE WELL PACKED WITH CARE!
Fine. Color frontispiece portrait by Leonebel Jacobs, and illustrated with 23 black and white photographs throughout. Title page printed in red & black. xvi, 465pp. Thick 8vo, handsomely rebound in 1/2 biscuit morocco over brown cloth; gilt-ruled and lettered spine with raised bands and two brown leather label. New York & London: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932. First edition. A fine copy. Limited edition. Number 288 of only 294 copies printed, signed by Darrow on the limitation page.
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