Hardcover. Hallowell, Glazier, 1st Thus, 1826, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 582 pages. Hardcover. Full leather. Leather cracked along outer hinges - binding cloth and twine still firm. Covers with darkening along edges, small areas of rubbing. Title in gilt on spine label - label with chip missing at top right corner. Rough surface to spine leather. Standard darkening/spotting to pages. 2 small chips missing from corners of preliminary pages. Clean, unmarked text. Pictures available.
Hardcover. New York, Bookman Associates, Inc., 1st, 1956, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover. 242 pages. Page after copyright page torn out. Rubbing to corners and spine. Small tear to paper at front hinge.
Boston, Little Brown & Co., 1st, 1989, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, unclipped dust jacket. 519 pages, b&w illustrations. SIGNED BY NOVICK on half-title page. "Novick's biography is superb in revealing Holmes. Clearly written and conveying the drama of a man active from the Civil War through the New Deal, it is biography on the grand scale. It is less successful in explaining the paradox of Holmes, the champion of civil liberties, who was also the author of decisions that sanctioned injustice for African Americans and women. It also opens only a partial window to the inside workings of the Supreme Court. Novick, a practicing attorney and writer who is scholar in residence at the Vermont Law School, has produced a scholarly and insightful portrait of a figure who seemed larger than life and now appears in both the majesty and weakness of his humanity." Clean copy.
Hardcover. Spokane, WA, Arthur H. Clark Company, 1st, 1994, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 343 pages. Hardcover. B/w illustrations throughout. Covers bound in red, gilt title on spine. Binding tight. Dust jacket unclipped. Dust jacket has a touch of fading, otherwise no rips, in very good condition. Very clean inside and out.
Hardcover. New York, American Book Exchange, reprint, 1880, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, red cloth stamped in black and gilt, 387 pages plus publisher's ads, color frontispiece depicting various organs of the body after drinking. This is an 1880 reprint of a book first published in 1879 as suggested by the author's postscript and the copyright date. Light fading to spine, small nicks to front cover otherwise clean, very good.
Hardcover. NY, The Century Co., 1st, 1906, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, bright blue cloth with gilt design to cover and spine. Tissue-guarded frontispiece, illustrations. A wonderfully tight, bright first edition with gilt as bright as the day it was made. Rather uncommon, especially in such choice condition. No markings.
Hardcover. Birmingham AL, The Legal Classics Library , reprint, 1989, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover. Blue calf, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, extra gilt. Excerpted from Documents Illustrative of the Formation of the American States, Washington: Government Printing Office, 1927. The Federal Convention met on May 25, 1787. 55 delegates from 12 states debated the fate of the Articles of Confederation. Hamilton and Madison were instrumental in convincing 39 delegates to sign the new Constitution, which eliminated rather than amended the old Articles of Confederation. A Landmark document in American Constitution law. Clean, bright copy.
Hardcover. Seattle WA, Fantagraphics, 1st, 2013, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 171 pages, illustrated throughout in color and b&w. In 2006, Janet Hamlin went to Guantanamo as a courtroom sketch artist to serve as a visual witness to the courtroom proceedings and provide worldwide media with artwork drawn during them. Clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. Birmingham AL, The Legal Classics Library, reprint, 1983, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, Two volumes bound as one. Brown calf with decorative gilt stamping, raised bands, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, ribbon marker. Facsimile reprint of the rare first edition. Includes the text of the United States Constitution. One of the undisputed landmarks in American political thought, The Federalist is a collected edition of essays by Hamilton. Madison and Jay that were published under the pseudonym "Publius" in several New York newspapers and journals in 1787 and 1788. Numbered copy #1778 with prior owners name typed on the publishers nameplate pasted to fly leaf, otherwise clean, bright copy.
NY, Simon & Schuster, 1st, 2021, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, unclipped dust jacket. 609 pages, b&w illustrations. They say that history is written by the victors. But not in the case of the most famous dissenter on the Supreme Court. Almost a century after his death, John Marshall Harlan's words helped end segregation and gave us our civil rights and our modern economic freedom. But his legacy would not have been possible without the courage of Robert Harlan, a slave who John's father raised like a son in the same household. After the Civil War, Robert emerges as a political leader. With Black people holding power in the Republican Party, it is Robert who helps John land his appointment to the Supreme Court. At first, John is awed by his fellow justices, but the country is changing. Northern whites are prepared to take away black rights to appease the South. Giant trusts are monopolizing entire industries. Against this onslaught, the Supreme Court seemed all too willing to strip away civil rights and invalidate labor protections. So as case after case comes before the court, challenging his core values, John makes a fateful decision: He breaks with his colleagues in fundamental ways, becoming the nation's prime defender of the rights of Black people, immigrant laborers, and people in distant lands occupied by the US. Harlan's dissents, particularly in Plessy v. Ferguson, were widely read and a source of hope for decades. Thurgood Marshall called Harlan's Plessy dissent his "Bible"--and his legal roadmap to overturning segregation. In the end, Harlan's words built the foundations for the legal revolutions of the New Deal and Civil Rights eras.
Hardcover. Birmingham AL, The Legal Classics Library, reprint, 1982, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 72 pages. Quarto [30.5 cm] Maroon leather with raised bands, a gilt stamped title on the spine, and decorative gilt stamped designs on the spine and covers. All edges gilt. Marbled endsheets. Very good. There is a former owner's bookplate on the inside of front cover. The Laws and Liberties of Massachusetts is one of the seminal documents in the development of the American legal system. It is believed to be the precursor to the General Laws of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Constitution. An influence on the U.S. Constitution, it contains provisions that were incorporated in the Bill of Rights.
Hardcover. Cambridge MA, Harvard University Press, 1st, 2000, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, hardcover in a bright, unclipped dust jacket. The Supreme Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren was the most revolutionary and controversial Supreme Court in American history. But in what sense? Challenging the reigning consensus that the Warren Court, fundamentally, was protecting minorities, Lucas Powe revives the valuable tradition of looking at the Supreme Court in the wide political environment to find the Warren Court a functioning partner in Kennedy-Johnson liberalism. Thus the Court helped to impose national liberal-elite values on groups that were outliers to that tradition--the white South, rural America, and areas of Roman Catholic dominance. In a learned and lively narrative, Powe discusses over 200 significant rulings: the explosive Brown decision, which fundamentally challenged the Southern way of life; reapportionment (one person, one vote), which changed the political balance of American legislatures; the gradual elimination of anti-Communist domestic security programs; the reform of criminal procedures (Mapp, Gideon, Miranda); the ban on school-sponsored prayer; and a new law on pornography. Most of these decisions date from 1962, when those who shaped the dominant ideology of the Warren Court of storied fame gained a fifth secure liberal vote. The Justices of the majority were prominent individuals, brimming with confidence, willing to help shape a revolution and see if it would last. Clean copy.