Inscribed by Holmes to a Former Clerk Who Became a Prominent Lawyer, Businessman and Philanthropist Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Jr. [1841-1935]. Collected Legal Papers. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Howe, 1920. vii, 316 pp. Original cloth, printed paper title label to spine, deckle edges. Light fading to spine and joints, a few chips to edges of spine label, spine ends and corners bumped and lightly worn, hinges cracked. Moderate toning to interior, inscription "Irving S. Olds/ from his affectionate friend/ Oliver Wendell Holmes/ March 5, 1924" to front free endpaper. Book housed in later lightly edgeworn slipcase, quarter morocco over cloth, raised bands and gilt title to spine, which has a bit of fading, a few minor smudges to cloth. An appealing copy in an attractive slipcase. $3,500. * First edition. A valuable compilation, this volume contains Holmes's most famous speeches and papers from 1885 to 1918. Its publication in 1920 was an important event in the legal community, and it was reviewed with great enthusiasm in the major journals and law reviews. Irving S. Olds [1887-1963], a New York lawyer and philanthropist, was chairman of the board and chief executive officer of U.S. Steel from 1940 to 1952, and a partner at White & Case. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he was Holmes's law clerk from 1910 to 1911.
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