Detailed Diaries of a Prominent Maine, Lawyer, Judge and Businessman [Manuscript]. Bassett, Norman L. [1869-1931]. [Diary of Norman L. Bassett]. [Augusta, ME, January 1-December 31, 1916, January 1-December 31, 1919, January 1-December 31, 1923]. 400; 400; 400 pp. Several manuscript notes, newspaper clippings and other printed items tipped in or laid in. Each diary measures 6-1/2" x 4." Quarter calf (imitation calf in 1923) over textured cloth, "Standard Diary, No. 301" and date gilt-stamped to front boards, "Diary" and date gilt-stamped to spines, marbled edges. Moderate rubbing with some wear to extremities, most of spine lacking from 1919 diary, a few cracks to text blocks. Light toning, occasional offsetting from tipped-in and laid-in items, rectos and versos of most leaves filled in small neat hand. $1,500. * Born in Winslow, Maine, Bassett was a graduate of Colby College and Harvard Law School. He practiced in Augusta, Maine, initially in partnership with his uncle, Leslie C. Cornish. His practice flourished and he went on to serve as a trustee of Colby College and as a Director, and later president, of the Augusta Savings Bank. In 1925, he was appointed an associate justice of the Maine Supreme Court. Written in a remarkably detailed narrative style, these diaries record everything from the weather, dinners and theatrical performances to accounts of clients, legal cases, trustee and banking matters and thoughts about current events. In all, these diaries offer a granular account of the daily life of one Maine's leading lawyers, businessmen and civic leaders in three years spanning the beginning and end of the U.S. involvement in the First World War and the beginning of the "Roaring Twenties."
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