"COMPLIMENTS OF THE AUTHOR": FIRST EDITION OF THE CASE AGAINST PROHIBITION, 1927, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR, CHARLES WINDLE
WINDLE, Charles A. The Case Against Prohibition. Chicago: Iconoclast, 1927. Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. $450.
First edition of this blistering critique of Prohibition, inscribed: "To Mr. —— N. Brudemann compliments of the author. C.A. Windle."
Charles Windle was a Chicago journalist who devoted much of his life to fighting prohibition. Windle became editor of the Iconoclast in 1903, continuing when it changed its name to The Liberal in 1926. The magazine became the ideal platform for Windle to promote his anti-Prohibition beliefs. He began running anti-Prohibition columns in 1911 and continued the fight until Prohibition was repealed in 1933. Windle angrily identified the hypocrisy of the ideas underlying the movement, from the idea that alcohol was "un-Christian" to the idea that it would aid public health (heartily disproven by statistics). This is one of several pamphlets Windle released—arguably the best and most comprehensive with regard to addressing the many arguments for Prohibition. Owner blindstamp and tiny early price stamp on inscription page. Bookseller stamp.
Book about-fine, dust jacket extremely good with a bit of wear mainly to extremities. A most attractive inscribed copy.