New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1927. Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth with gilt lettering, dust jacket. 285pp. Illustrations. Near fine/good plus. Jacket age toned and a bit edgweworn, with expert archival mends to verso. Item #47243
Tight and nice fourth printing of this biography of Victorian prude extroardinaire, anti-vice activist Comstock (1844-1915), who crusaded not only against traditional vices (gambling, prostitution, but also against abortion and contraception and enlarged his scope to include anything he considered obscene, including literature and artworks he deemed pornographic. This copy bears choice autograph addition: Tipped to front flyleaf is a Typed Note Signed from Leech, 1p, 5" X 8", Lenox, MA, 15 September 1942. Addressed to Private Arnold F. Gates (1914-93, noted Lincoln/Civil War scholar). Near fine. On her personal "Three Acres" letterhead, Leech thanks this budding critic, at that time a lowly private with the 54th Brigade out of San Francisco, "for your letter and for your copy of your review column. I was pleased to read your nice notice my book...." Handsomely signed in full. Leech (1893-1974) had become the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1942 for "Reveille in Washington, 1860-1865" (she won another in 1960) and certainly Gates had reviewed this title, possibly for "Stars and Stripes." (Did it matter that her husband was newspaper publisher Ralph Pulitzer, son of prize founder Joseph Pulitzer?).