A Choice Signed Limited First Edition of Darrow's Story of My Life Darrow, Clarence [1857-1938]. The Story of My Life. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932. viii, [iv], 465 pp. Color portrait frontispiece with tissue overlay. Seventeen plates, text illustrations to pp. 283 and 429. Publisher's quarter cloth over laid-paper covered boards, gilt rules along joints, calf lettering piece to spine, deckle fore and bottom edges. Spine ends very lightly bumped, corners lightly bumped, small chip to lower corner of front board, contemporary owner bookplate of William T. Cressmer to front pastedown, envelope containing a newspaper clipping from the Chicago Daily News (May 16, 1938) about the auction of items from the Darrow estate tipped-in to front free endpaper, interior notably fresh. A choice copy. $2,500. * Number 49 of a set of 294 signed copies of the first edition in a fine binding (Scribner "A"). 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. Cressmer, a newspaper agent, was a founding partner of Williams, Lawrence & Cressmer, an early firm that represented newspapers. Hunsberger, Clarence Darrow: A Bibliography 271.
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