4 Boxing Books –Dempsey, Johnson, Sullivan Bios and a Golden Age History.
Lot 279. 4 Boxing Books –Dempsey, Johnson, Sullivan Bios and a Golden Age History. All are hardbacks, and two are stated first editions. 1. “Jack Dempsey: The Idol of Fistiana” by Nat Fleischer. This 157-page 1936 Revised Edition from the Ring Athletic Library features a foreword by the boxing great himself. Numerous photos and illustrations of Dempsey are included. Fleischer, editor of “The Ring” magazine for more than 50 years, provides an “Intimate Narrative” of Dempsey’s life in and out of the boxing arena. The book is ex+ with a vg+ dust jacket. 2. “Jack Johnson in the Ring - and Out” by Johnson himself. This 259-page autobiography, published by National Sports Publishing Company in 1927, is a stated first edition. It offers Introductory Articles by Ed. W. Smith, sports critic and referee; cartoonist Tad Dorgan, a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame as an Observer; newspaperman and short story writer Damon Runyon, and Mrs. Jack Johnson. The book, without a dust jacket, is ex-m and contains photos and illustrations of Johnson. 3. “John L. Sullivan” by R. F. Dibble is an apparent first edition published in 1925 by Little, Brown, and Company. The 209-page book traces Sullivan’s life from boyhood to old age. Photos and illustrations throughout the book assist in depicting his life and career. Ex book with foxing on some early pages, no dust jacket. 4. “White Hopes and Other Tigers” by John Lardner, Ring Lardner’s eldest son. This 190-page book, with copyright dates from 1947-51, is a stated first edition from the J. B. Lippencott Co. It examines the “Golden Age” of boxing, from 1910-30. It covers Jack Johnson, Georges Carpentier, Luis Angel Firpo, Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunny and others. The book is ex with a g+ dust jacket. Winning Bid $40.