Item #018494 SPEECHES. Oliver Wendell HOLMES, Jr.


Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1891. First Edition. Hardcover. Original gilt-lettered white cloth. We have handled several copies of this title over the years and all have been bound in printed boards. This is the first time we have seen this binding which is fancier and likely produced in a much smaller quantity. A scarce collection of eleven speeches prefaced by the comment: "These chance utterances of faith and doubt are printed for a few friends who will care to keep them." Holmes served as chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court from 1899 until 1902 when he was appointed to the United States Supreme Court by President Theodore Roosevelt, a position he held until his retirement in 1932. Holmes became famous for his liberal interpretations of the United States Constitution and was known as the "Great Dissenter" because of his disagreement with the views of his colleagues on the Court. His lectures on common law at the Lowell Institute in Boston, collected as THE COMMON LAW (1881), are considered a classic of legal writing. Speeches in this book include "Harvard College in the War" and "The Use of Law Schools." Near Fine example of a scarce title. Item #018494

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