"A Kind of Record of Many a Desperate Professional Struggle" [Manuscript]. Gregory, Stephen S. [1849-1920]. [Docket and Scrapbook of Stephen S. Gregory, 1879-1920]. Chicago. [lxii], 501,  pp. Author's table of contents to rectos of most initial pages and introductory note to lxii. Quarto (10-1/4" x 7-3/4"). Later morocco, gilt rules to boards, raised bands, gilt fillets and title, reading "S.S. Gregory, Docket and Notes, 1879-1920," to spine, marbled endpapers with gilt rules to inside board edges. A few small scuffs to boards, light toning to interior, small spots and stains in a few places, some pages crudely (but neatly) mended by Gregory. Text to most leaves in neat hand, newspaper clippings and photographs pasted in throughout. Item housed in lightly edgeworn cloth slipcase. $2,500. * Gregory was a prominent Chicago lawyer and president of the American Bar Association from 1911 until his death in 1920. The first 184 pp. are a chronological record of Gregory's key cases, including the Debs and Chicago Traction cases, followed by a number of (mostly) blank leaves. The docket is prefaced with an introductory note dated February 8, 1906, but later material is dated until 1920, suggesting that Gregory abandoned the docket in favor of the scrapbook which follows. Pp. 300-427 are an alphabetical compendium of notes and clippings on legal definitions, concepts and anecdotes, material which Gregory compiled for his own reference and may have used in his writings and speeches. The final section is a scrapbook of clippings and photographs related to his friends, colleagues, family and career. A fascinating and handsome volume documenting the life of an important figure in American legal history. Gregory describes the docket thus in his preface: "I have kept this book in most imperfect fashion since 1879...Still though thus imperfect it is a kind of record of many a desperate professional struggle-and recalls to my mind an immense amount of exacting professional labor."
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