William W. Story's Copy of the Harvard Law Library Catalogue [Harvard Law School]. [Sumner, Charles (1811-1874), Compiler]. [Woodward, William R., Compiler]. A Catalogue of the Law Library of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cambridge: Folsom, Wells, And Thurston, 1841. xii, 228 pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Recent period-style three-quarter calf (by Philip Dusel) retaining existing marbled boards and endpapers, lettering piece, gilt fillets and gilt-edged raised bands to spine. Light rubbing to boards, bookplate of William Wetmore Story to front pastedown. Light toning to interior, light foxing and offsetting to endleaves. $1,000. * Second edition. Sumner, later an eminent statesman and U.S. senator, was the librarian of Harvard's law library when he was a student at Harvard Law School. His catalogue, the first published by the law school, was preceded in 1826 by an unofficial catalogue produced by students. Woodward, his successor, updated it and added a topical index. The son of Joseph Story, William Wetmore Story [1819-1895] wrote two important legal treatises and a notable biography of his father. He also edited a collection of his father's writings. Abandoning the law around 1850, he moved to Rome and became a successful sculptor, art critic and poet and a prominent member of the Anglo-American expatriate community. His life and rich social circle was the subject of his friend Henry James's William Wetmore Story and His Friends (1903). Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 1814.
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