MAN'S BEST FRIEND: A Plea to a Jury. Hon. George Graham Vest, Senator from Missouri.
MAN'S BEST FRIEND: A Plea to a Jury
MAN'S BEST FRIEND: A Plea to a Jury

MAN'S BEST FRIEND: A Plea to a Jury

New York: Bernhardt Wall, 1920. First Edition. Hardcover. "This first etched book, a dog eulogy, containing 15 etched pages, was published in 1920. The edition of 125 is exhausted, excepting 14 special copies, which are printed on 8x11 paper, having a cancelled plate imbedded in the front inside cover. Each copy signed by the etcher." This is Special Copy No. 4 and contains the cancelled plate for the preface. One of the most enduring passages of purple prose in American courtroom history, Vest's eulogy was the closing argument in Burden v. Hornsby, a case concerning a Missouri man whose hunting dog had been shot by a neighbor. The jury reputedly awarded the plantiff $50 without leaving their seats. Quarto. Original brown paper-covered boards, with an etched title label on the front. A bit of edgewear, largely at the corners and tips; otherwise very good. Very good. Item #69500

Price: $350.00

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