Two Great American Sports Books, One Signed by Gene Tunney

    Two Great First Editions on American Sports, One Signed, including: Gene Tunney. A Man Must Fight. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1932. Number 25 of only 550 limited first edition copies boldly signed by Tunney on the limitation page. Thick octavo. 288 pages. With twelve full-page photographs, many of Tunney in the ring. Publisher's black cloth over red paper boards. All edges uncut. Moderate wear to the spine ends and corners, with some minor loss to the cloth. Boards lightly dust-soiled. A few tiny abrasions to the cloth spine. A few pages roughly opened. Without extremely scarce slipcase. A very good copy. Gene Tunney held the world heavyweight championship from 1926-1928, after defeating Jack Dempsey by unanimous decision in 1926. A Man Must Fight is "a true account" of Tunney's life and career, "not a ghost-writer's dream." [and:] Walter Camp. American Football. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1891. First edition. Small octavo. 175 pages plus four-page publisher's catalog. With thirty-one photographs of stars from Harvard, Princeton, and Yale. Publisher's blue cloth gilt with cover design of American double eagles clutching footballs in red, white, blue, and gilt. Minor rubbing to the boards, especially the spine ends and corners. Tender hinges. Minor even toning to the textblock. Very good condition. At Yale in the 1880s, Walter Camp revolutionized the game of American football. "Team play was his great objective, and his strategic ability contributed much to the development of its technique. An even greater contribution came from his love of clean sportsmanship... He created a literature of the game in books, magazines, and newspapers... A memorial erected at the Yale Bowl, financed by his admirers in many colleges and schools, bears testimony to the respect and affection in which he was held" (Dictionary of American Biography). A rare chance to acquire two scarce and important books on American sport.

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