Inscribed by Learned Hand to the First Director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Hand, Learned [1872-1961]. The Bill of Rights. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1958. v, 82 pp. Cloth very good in moderately worn dust jacket, a few tears and scuffs to lower edge of front panel, lightly soiled rear panel. Author inscription to front free endpaper in bold hand, internally fresh. $1,500. * First edition. The inscription reads: "To Gordon M. Tiffany,/ With my best wishes for/ success on his valuable/ and vital enterprise/ Learned Hand/ October 7, 1958." The Bill of Rights is the published version of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Lectures delivered at Harvard University in 1958, this influential book discusses the propriety of judicial efforts to expand the scope of the first ten amendments. It has three chapters, "When a Court Should Intervene," "The Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments" and "The Guardians." One of the most significant American jurists of the twentieth century, Hand was a judge of the U.S. Southern District of New York from 1904-1924 and a judge of the Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, from 1924 to 1956. His judgments were renowned for their lucidity and elegance. Gordon M. Tiffany was the first director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which was established in 1957. This is the "valuable and vital enterprise" that Hand is referring to in his inscription.
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