Inscribed by Clarence Darrow to his Son Paul [Darrow, Clarence (1857-1938)]. The Plea of Clarence Darrow, August 22nd, 23rd & 25th 1924, In Defense of Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold, Jr. On Trial for Murder. Authorized and Revised Edition Together with a Brief Summary of the Facts. Chicago: Ralph Fletcher Seymour, . [ii], 121 pp. Not issued with portrait frontispiece. Original publisher's boards, printed label to front board and fragment of paper label to spine, deckle fore and bottom edges. Light toning and negligible light soiling to boards, light fading to spine, chipping to joints, hinges starting at foot. Bold inscription "Paul Darrow/ from his father/ Chicago Sept. 24-1924" to front free endpaper, moderate toning, internally clean. $2,000. * On May 21, 1924, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb confessed to the thrill killing of fourteen-year old Bobby Franks. Though their guilt was beyond question, Darrow hoped to save them from the electric chair. His successful twelve-hour plea, one of the greatest courtroom speeches in history, moved the presiding judge to tears. Our copy is inscribed to Darrow's son Paul [1883-1956] two weeks after Leopold and Loeb were sentenced to life plus 99 years in prison. We have not seen other copies in publisher's boards. The date of the inscription suggests that this was one of the earliest issues, predating those in printed wrappers. Hunsberger, Clarence Darrow: A Bibliography 1265.
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