SCALIA, ANONIN, and BRYAN A. GARNER. Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts. [St. Paul, MN: Thompson/West, 2012.] Hardcover, dust jacket. Light shelfwear.
FIRST EDITION, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED ON THE HALF-TITLE: "To Justice Ginsburg—With respect and warm regards / Antonin Scalia 15/VI/12." AND WITH: Typed Letter Signed ("Nino"), to Justice Ginsburg transmitting the book, 1 p, 8vo, Washington, DC, June 15, 2012, on Supreme Court of the United States letterhead, very fine. Scalia sends Ginsburg a copy of his latest book with the cheeky quip: "For your summer reading."
Reading Law is Scalia's defense of textual originalism, the judicial theory that the Constitution means what it meant to those who originally wrote and ratified it, as opposed to the idea that the Constitution is a "living document" that can be adapted to the current moment. Though Ginsburg and Scalia had opposing judicial philosophies, they were close friends and colleagues who shared a love of opera and travel.