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    Rare autograph of Olympic great, Jim Thorpe.

    Jim Thorpe's History of the Olympics Signed, "To/ Richard Hasslen/ From/ Jim Thorpe/ July 20th, 1932" on verso of the final Forward page. Authored by Thorpe in collaboration with Thomas F. Collison. Los Angeles: Wetzel Publishing Co., Inc., [1932]. First edition, blue cloth, 8vo. Thorpe, one of the greatest American athletes of the early twentieth century, won Olympic gold medals in the 1912 decathlon and pentathlon; however, the medals were taken away when it was revealed that he was paid for playing two seasons of minor league baseball. In 1983, thirty years after his death, his gold medals were restored.

    Below the inscription is a small newspaper clipping announcing the death of Thorpe in 1953. The article has been taped to the page, resulting in yellowing around the tape. A bit of wear all around the frame with some stains; back hinge starting. Contains a bookseller's small label on back pastedown. Fine.


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