Inscribed by Learned Hand to the Wife of Bertrand Russell Hand, Learned [1872-1961]. The Spirit of Liberty: Papers and Addresses of Learned Hand Collected, And With an Introduction and Notes, by Irving Dilliard. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1952. xxx, 262,  pp. Cloth in lightly edgeworn dust jacket, light soiling to rear panel. Author inscription to Edith Finch Russell on front free endpaper, light toning to interior. $1,500. * First edition. The inscription, dated August 16, 1952, reads: "To Edith Finch/ Whose unsullied/ spirit shines for all/ those who love her/ like a good deed in this/ particularly naughty/ world." 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. Russell [1900-1978], an American writer and biographer, was the fourth and last wife of Bertrand Russell, the great British philosopher, mathematician and political activist.
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