Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller
Schönheit im Olympischen Kampf
Schönheit im Olympischen Kampf

Schönheit im Olympischen Kampf

Berlin: Im Deutschen Verlag, (1937). First edition. Softcover. 4to. 281pp. Original photographic wrappers. * Wraps protected by mylar. Seminal work in the history of sports by the controversial Leni Riefenstahl (1902-2003). Profusely illustrated with annotated reproductions in photogravure. The photographs were taken from her groundbreaking film "Olympia". Hitler invited Riefenstahl to film the 1936 Olympic Games. The result was Olympia, which according to Riefenstahl has been commissioned by the International Olympic Committee. The film has since been widely noted for its technical and aesthetic achievements. Although Josef Goebbels told Riefenstahl to ignore non-Aryan athletes, she filmed and photographed (as seen in this work) competitors of all races, including African-American Jesse Owens. Includes two photos of Hitler, one as the German team enters the stadium, the other with Reichssportführer Hans von Tschammer und Osten. Foreword by Riefenstahl. Captions in German, French, English, Spanish and Italian. The last 32 pages show Riefenstahl and her crew during filming and in post production. Page edges untrimmed. Age wear, staining and creasing to front wrapper and spine. Sporadic foxing throughout not affecting text or plates. Wraps in fair, interior in good to very good condition. The most important photographic account of the 1936 Summer Olympics. Rare in wraps. fair. Item #21696

* We have never seen a copy of this work bound in soft wraps. The illustration on the cover of this copy is exactly the same as the one on the dust jacket of the common edition, which was published in sienna cloth.

Price: $2,500.00

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