With Darrow's Signature and Book Label Darrow, Clarence [1857-1938]. The Story of My Life. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932. viii, [iv], 465 pp. Fourteen plates (with 16 illustrations). Cloth very good in edgeworn, creased and lightly soiled dust jacket. Leather 2-1/2" x 3/4" calf label reading "C.S. Darrow" affixed to front pastedown, Darrow signature to half-title in bold hand. $2,000. * First edition (Scribner "A," blue cloth). A curious feature of this copy, one we have never seen before, is the label affixed to the front pastedown. It is not a bookplate; it appears to be a lawyer's spine label, this one from Darrow's office. The label may have been added by the owner of the book. (It is unlikely that Darrow would have owned an autographed copy of his book.) 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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