Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Boxing. A Pictorial History [SIGNED]

Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1975. First edition. Hardcover. Signed "Ali" on title page at a Book Soup event with his photographer Howard L. Bingham in 1993, Hollywood. Due to the effects Parkinsons Disease had taken on Ali's health he signed the book with just "Ali." Quarto. 192pp. Original marine blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine in original color photo-illustrated dustjacket, black lettering on spine. Light blue endpapers. Double page photo-illustrated title page. With a foreword by Muhammad Ali.

Carpenter in his history of boxing stating the first account of a fight to be given by Homer, around 1100 BC, in the 23rd book of the Iliad. However, "the English invented boxing as we know it: a fair fight, hands only, no aid to the fist other than a protection of horsehair in leather. The glove is there to guard the hand from damage, not to add to its power..." with brief accounts of Roman and British fights prior to his decade by decade account starting in 1890 through the 1970s with a special chapter on boxing at the Olympic Games from 1896–1972.

The book covers all categories from Heavy to Light-Heavy, Middle. Welter, Light, Feather, Bantam and Fly followed by special sections with results of World Championships and Olympic Champions. The book is profusely illustrated with drawings, b/w and, starting with the chapter on the 1970s, color photographs throughout. Contains index and photo credits at rear. Brodart-protected dustjacket with light wear along edges and price-clipped. Dustjacket in overall very good, binding and interior in near fine condition. Very good to near fine condition. Item #49081
ISBN: 0809282259

Price: $850.00

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