1950 AUCHINCLOSS His 2nd Book **SIGNED** First Edition COPY of RENOWNED BOOK COLLECTOR MURDERED BY HIS WIFE FOR HAVING TOO MANY BOOKS
THE INJUSTICE COLLECTORS, by LOUIS AUCHICLOSS. His second book, but the first under his own name (his first book, Indifferent Children, was published under the name Andrew Lee).
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1950. First edition, with the date 1950 on the title page and copyright page, with no indication of additional printings.
Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, 5.5x8.5 inches, viii, 248 pages.
SIGNED by LOUIS AUCHINCLOSS on an armorial ownership bookplate of ROLLAND COMSTOCK, a renowned book collector who was MURDERED BY HIS WIFE for HAVING TOO MANY BOOKS. The attractive bookplate is on the front pastedown. You can read all the details of this intriguing biblio murder mystery on the Internet, search "Rolland Comstock murder".
Condition: NEAR FINE book, there is a scrape to the bottom edge of the front cover, light toning to the pages as normal, otherwise the covers and inner pages are sharp, tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked. In a VERY GOOD dustjacket that has some wear at the spine ends and corner tips, some sunning to the spine, and light soiling to the rear panel. A solid, attractive, very presentable copy.
An early Auchincloss novel, hard-to-find in its dustjacket, made Bloody Interesting being SIGNED on the bookplate of the MURDERED ROLLAND COMSTOCK, BOOK COLLECTOR.
Below you can read about the NOTED BOOK COLLECTOR ROLLAND L. COMSTOCK, his book collection, and his murder. A true bibliophile mystery. Enjoy.
***********March 2000 By Heather Berry, Rural Missouri
Most people would be hard pressed to fill a library in their home. Not book collector Rolland Comstock. He needs two. Once the walnut shelves of his old library were near bursting Comstock began thinking that maybe he and his wife, Alberta, should add yet another library into their already imposing home on a hill.
The library is a sight to behold. Book laden shelves cover the walls from floor to ceiling. "In my library there are around 50,000 items, of which 90 percent are books. A majority are signed first editions of the author's work."
If you ask him if he's got anymore room for books, he'll look around and answer in a hushed voice:
"I wouldn't want to say without checking to see if this room is bugged," Comstock says. "If my wife would hear me say that we're running very short on room, I think she'd murder me tonight!"
***********July 4, 2007 By Amos Bridges, News-Leader
Attorney found shot dead in home. Rolland Lee Comstock, an attorney known for his book collection, dies at 70.
Greene County authorities are interviewing family members and associates of Springfield attorney Rolland Lee Comstock, found dead Tuesday morning in an apparent homicide.
Comstock, 70, a longtime tax and probate attorney and nationally recognized book collector, was found at his home north of Springfield with an apparent gunshot wound.
Inside, the slain attorney's famed book collection appeared to be untouched. Comstock was nationally known for a home library that contained over 50,000 items, primarily modern first editions. He was reportedly looking to build an additional wing, or even another home, for his ever expanding collection.
The investigation into the shooting death of Rolland Comstock will remain open, Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott confirmed.
The recent death of Comstock's ex wife, Alberta Comstock, brought up the question of whether the investigation of the 2007 homicide of Rolland would be officially closed. She was the main suspect in the murder investigation.
Though never criminally charged with the crime, Alberta Comstock was found liable for Rolland's death in civil court. Her daughter, Faith Stocker, filed the civil suit, claiming Alberta Comstock was solely responsible for her father's murder.***********