Man's Best Friend. A Plea to a Jury...

Man's Best Friend. A Plea to a Jury...
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New York: Bernhardt Wall, 1920. 4to, original patterned reddish-brown boards backed in patterned green paper, title hand-lettered in gilt on front cover. Fourteen unnumbered leaves, printed on rectos only with alternating etched texts and plates and with Wall's pictorial printer's device at rear, all with tissue guards. Label of the Gotham Book Mart on rear pastedown. backstrip perished, edges rubbed, cover lettering faded. First Edition thus; Copy # 29 of an edition of just 125 copies, signed and numbered by Wall in pencil on front flyleaf. George Graham Vest (1830-1904) had an outstanding career in law and politics -- he served in both the Confederate and United States Senates -- but he became immortal for this eloquent courtroom eulogy of the dog, which Wall surrounds with sentimental images of dogs and their masters. (Item Id: 6036)

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