First edition of May It Please The Court, signed by U.S. Solicitor General, James M. Beck.
Octavo, xx, 511pp. Green cloth, title in gilt on spine. Light wear at edges. Edited by O.R. McGuire of the Virginia Bar.
Signed by the author, James M. Beck on the half title: “To my friend, R. Allan Stephens Esq, with regards, James M. Beck. Oct. 8, 1931.”
James M. Beck (1861-1936) was a politician from Philadelphia, member of the Republican Party and Solicitor General of the United States. He was appointed Solicitor General in 1921 by President Warren G. Harding. During World War I, he was a strong opponent of the German government, writing numerous books and speaking out against the regime. Those books included The Evidence In The Case (1914) and War and Humanity (1916). After his time as Solicitor General, he was elected to congress, representing Pennsylvania. During his time in congress, he moved to repeal the Eighteenth Amendment (Prohibition) and actively opposed Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation.