SALLY STANFORD Famous San Francisco HOUSE OF PROSTITUTION MADAM **SIGNED & INSCRIBED**
THE LADY OF THE HOUSE - The Autobiography of SALLY STANFORD. Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1966. First Edition, with no statement of printing on the copyright page (which is how Putnam's indicated first editions).
SIGNED and INSCRIBED TWICE by SALLY STANFORD, once on the half title page: "Best wishes to you / Sally Stanford", and again, with a longer personal inscription on what appears to be a second half title page that has been tipped in: "Dec. 25, 1970 / To Mary / Best wishes always to you. May your life be happy and free. May your treasures be many. / Best Love / Sally Stanford".
Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, red cloth covered boards with blind embossed design on the front cover and gilt titling to the spine, 255 pages.
Condition: VERY GOOD book, light signs of handling, tight, bright, clean and unmarked; in a GOOD dustjacket that is lightly creased, chipped and scraped at the edges, corner tips and spine ends, has a 1/2 inch closed tear to the top edge, superficial scratches, signs of general handling, and is sunned at the spine. Still a bright dj that is doing its job well.
About SALLY STANFORD (from Wikipedia):
******Sally Stanford, b.1903 d.1982, was an American madam, restaurateur, city council member, and a former mayor of Sausalito, California. From 1940 to 1949, she was madam of a bordello at 1144 Pine Street in the Nob Hill neighborhood, in a house designed by architect Stanford White.
Stanford ran one of San Francisco's more notorious brothels. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen wrote "the United Nations was founded at Sally Stanford's whorehouse" because of the number of delegates to the organization's 1945 San Francisco founding conference who were Stanford's customers; many actual, if informal, negotiating sessions took place in the brothel's living room. San Francisco district attorney Pat Brown's raid on the establishment helped lead to his 1950 election as attorney general for the State of California. The building was demolished in 1961 to build a condominium. In her autobiography, Stanford wrote: "Madaming is the sort of thing that happens to you - like getting a battlefield commission or becoming the dean of women at Stanford University."******