First Edition of Holmes's Speeches with Interesting Annotations Holmes, Oliver Wendell [1841-1935]. Speeches. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1891. [v], 55 pp. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5-1/2"). Publisher's printed boards, top edge gilt, deckle fore and bottom edges. Some soiling, light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with light wear to corners, small nick to spine, hinges starting, moderate toning to text, contemporary notes in pencil to margins of a few leaves. $500. * First edition. "These chance utterances of faith and doubt are printed for a few friends who will care to keep them." Dedication page. Includes the following speeches: "Memorial Day (May 30, 1884)," "Harvard College in the War," "The Law," "The Puritan," "The Profession of the Law," "On Receiving the Degree of Doctor of Laws," "The Use of Law Schools," "Sidney Bartlett," "Daniel S. Richardson," "The Use of Colleges" and "William Allen." The annotations appear to be in the hand of one of Holmes's army comrades. They were added to "Memorial Day," which relates some of Holmes's memories of the Civil War. The speech mentions several people, all indirectly. The annotations identify who they are.
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