New York: Elizabeth Ann Guild, 1927. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo, 437 pages; VG/G; spine black with beige lettering; dust jacket protected with a mylar covering; dust jacket has moderate chipping to head and tail of spine, cracking and chipping to hinges, corners, wear to all edges; spine slightly cocked; name written to ffep; slight age-toning to interior; scarce, especially with dust jacket; shelved case 13. The first popular best-selling kiss-and-tell American political autobiography published in the United States. It recounts the author's affair with President Warren G. Harding and the existence of an unacknowledged daughter, Elizabeth Ann Blaesing. Her claim was proven with DNA testing in 2015. This salacious tale describes their entire relationship. It includes details of their meeting wherever possible, including in Harding's Senate office, where Ms. Britton wrote that they conceived Elizabeth Ann, born in October 1919. "That particular afternoon and evening, however, he did spend with me until ten-thirty or eleven o'clock. We went over to the Senate Office in the evening. We stayed quite a while there that evening, longer, he said, than was wise for us to do, because the rules governing guests in the Senate Offices were rather strict. It was here, we both decided afterward, that our baby girl was concieved." [page 75]. Harding never met his daughter but did provide financial support while he lived. Disclaimer in the book rears "On June 10, 1927, six burly New York Policemen and John S. Sumner, agent for the Society for the Suppression of Vice...seized and carried off the plates and printed sheets." Dupont.
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