8vo, original maroon cloth, rebacked with original gilt lettered spine laid on, xvi, 422 pp. Spine sunned and somewhat faded, ends and corners bumped, rubbing, expert restoration to hinges with archival tissue, small edge chips to pp. xv-xvi which is laid in loose, light foxing, gift inscription; still a very good copy. Somewhat scarce title, and considered "one of the most important books on American and English jurisprudence." Second issue, with the printer's imprint on one line only (both at the end and on the copywright page). Holmes Jr. (1841-1935) "was a professor of law at Harvard and served as Chief Justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Court (1899-1902) and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1902-1932). His writings include The Common Law (1881), Speeches (1891, 1913), and Collected Legal Papers (1920), all exhibiting his distinction of mind and consistently liberal views." Oxford Companion to American Literature. (Inventory #: 106009)
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