Inscribed by Learned Hand to a Distinguished Italian Diplomat Hand, Learned [1872-1961]. The Bill of Rights. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1958. v, 82 pp. Original lightly edgeworn cloth, light oxidation to gilt spine title, in lightly soiled and moderately edgeworn price-clipped dust jacket with a few short tears to front panel, light toning to text. Presentation inscription from Hand to Girolamo Vitelli to verso of front free endpaper. $750. * First edition. 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. 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. Vitelli [1911-1995] was a distinguished Italian diplomat. When this book was inscribed he was president of the United Nations Trusteeship Council, a UN agency that supervised decolonization from 1945 to 1994. The inscription reads: "To Girolamo Vitelli/ With my best wishes for himself/ and the cause in which he is/ engaged/ Learned Hand/ January 11, 1960."
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