Grisham | John

The Firm

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First edition of The Firm by John Grisham, inscribed to Circuit Court Judge Harry W. Wellford, who appeared in the movie adaptation of the book.

Octavo, 421pp. Hardcover, title in gilt on cloth spine. Number line ending at “2” on copyright page. Wear to tips of spine, this copy previously read. Solid text block. In the publisher’s first state dust jacket, $19.95 retail price, light shelf wear, a near fine example.

Inscribed on the half title: “To The Honorable Harry Wellford – hope you enjoy this little fictional tale about Memphis law. Best Wishes, John Grisham / Memphis / 3-21-91.”

Judge Harry W. Wellford (1924-2021) was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 1982-2021, appointed by President Ronald Reagan. While the movie was filming in 1993 in Memphis, Judge Wellford and his cousin, Alex Wellford, the head of the Memphis Bar Association, were invited to consult on the movie and made brief appearances in the film.

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New York




First Edition, Second Printing

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Very Good

Jacket Condition

Near Fine


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