Berlin: Reichssportverlag, 1936. First edition. Hardcover. Elephant folio (18 x 12 1/2"). 624pp. Modern beige cloth, with original front cover title pasted to front board. Pasted on inside of front cover is a full-color photocopy of British pentathlete Archibald Jack's "Olympia Ausweis" (Identification Card allowing Jack* to compete the Modern Pentathlon's Men's Individual at the XI. Olympiad, which he ended up ranking 31). Jack's handwritten inscription at upper margin of front free endpaper: "See page 333. The morning after the Olympics, the white doves were to have been released, but at midnight, Archie got them all out. Hitler never recovered, he didn't know who to blame." On page 333, features a photograph of Archibald Jack being assisted by Wehrmacht officers. The caption misnamed him and Jack crossed the name "Leban" out and wrote "rubbish!"
Complete set of 30 issues of the "Olympia Zeitung," the official organ of the 1936 XI. Olympic Summer Games in Berlin, from No. 1 (July 21, 1936) to No. 30 (August 19, 1936), with continuous pagination. Each issue contains between 16 and 24 pages, is profusely illustrated with b/w photographic reproductions and advertisements, with full of in-depth information on the various athletes competing, their nationality, Olympic records and results.
All issues with folding mark at center. Slight age-toning along paper margin. A 10" closed tear along front page of issue 27, and a 3 1/2" closed tear along fore-edge of the following page. Text in German, photo captions in German, English, and French. Binding and interior in good+ to very good condition. g+ to vg. Item #43802
* Archibald Jack (1913-1997) was educated at Rugby School and later Pembroke College at Cambridge. In World War II he was with the Royal Engineers and was honored with the Military Cross for his service in Serbia in 1943. He also served in the Northwest Frontier and in Northern Africa and as the commandant of a mountain warfare training school in Lebanon. He had staff duties in Italy and Norway in 1944-45 and left the Army as a Major.