The Story of My Life - Signed - Clarence Darrow 1932 - Charles Scribner's Sons, New York - First Edition. One of 15 presentation copies An exceptional, uncut and unread example of one of only fifteen signed presentation copies, in a large special ivory buckram binding (unnumbered as issued), and with extra illustrations, including the striking colour frontispiece portrait of Darrow (as opposed to the black and white photograph of the trade edition), sixteen photographic plates showing 21 illustrations (five more than the trade edition), one page of sketches, and a facsimile page of Darrow’s The Pilgrim.

A highly entertaining autobiography, despite Darrow’s occasional side-track, and the strength of character that made him one of America’s most combative and renowned attorney's of his time. Covers the Leopold-Loeb murder trial and the ‘Scopes’ monkey trial.

‘For 40 years the shambling figure, drawling speech, and acid wit of Clarence Darrow delighted audiences throughout the nation at his lectures and debates on many topics: questioning free will and immortality and God; opposing the tariff and prohibition and the League of Nations; advocating the closed shop, the abolition of capital punishment and child labor, reform of the judicial and penal systems…. He wrote profusely, in a forceful if undisciplined way’. –
American National Biography.
  Due to a man of such prominence, 15 signed unnumbered presentation copies bound in ivory coloured buckram cloth and a 294 copy subscriber’s signed edition bound in quarter cloth over grey paper boards, both of these containing a colour frontispiece and extra illustrations compared. The regular trade edition was issued without a black and white photographic frontispiece (found opposite page 444 in the subscriber’s edition) and fewer black and white plates.

Octavo (24.8 x 16.5 cm). pp xviv [2] 465[1]. In publisher’s ivory buckram cloth, spine with red brick blocked label bordered gilt lettering bordered in gilt.
  Condition: Near fine, toning along hinges, and a little soiling to the top edge, pages uncut and unopened.   Ref: 109337   Price: HK$ 20,000