Cardozo's Copy of One of His Most Important Books Cardozo, Benjamin N. [1870-1938]. The Paradoxes of Legal Science. New York: Columbia University Press, 1928. v, 142,  pp. Original cloth, gilt title to spine, blind frames to boards, gilt Columbia University Press crest to center of front board. Light rubbing to extremities, Cardozo memorial bookplate to front pastedown, unsigned inscription in pencil, apparently in Cardozo's hand, to front free endpaper, light toning to text. $2,500. * First edition. One of Cardozo's most important books, The Paradoxes of Legal Science is a classic statement of juristic pragmatism. As Goodhart points out, it also reveals the non-legal sources, such as Greek philosophy, that informed his work. The bookplate was commissioned by Judge Irving Lehman, Cardozo's executor and close friend, to mark the books from Cardozo's library that were bequeathed to him. The inscription reads: "To the dear, dear Mother From the one who owes everything to her and loves her as befits the debt." The handwriting is Cardozo's, but we are not sure who the "dear, dear Mother" is. It cannot be Cardozo's mother; she died when he was a child. It may be his older sister, Ellen Ida, "Nell" Cardozo, who was mostly responsible for his upbringing and was a maternal figure in his life. She died in 1929. Posner notes that Benjamin and Nell's relationship "was a good deal closer than that of an average sister and brother [it was] perhaps more like that of a mother and a son." See Lehman, Benjamin Nathan Cardozo: A Memorial 18. Goodhart, The Jewish Lawyers of the Common Law 59-60. Posner, Cardozo: A Study in Reputation 5.
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