"TO AN OLD FRIEND AND SPARRING PARTNER": FIRST EDITION OF DEMPSEY'S "BEST" AUTOBIOGRAPHY, WARMLY INSCRIBED BY HIM
DEMPSEY, Jack. Dempsey. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1960. Octavo, original gray cloth, original dust jacket. $1100.
First edition, first printing, of Dempsey's revealing autobiography, with 15 pages of photographic illustrations, warmly inscribed by him in the year of publication: "To an old friend and sparring partner Paul —-, lots of luck pal, Jack Dempsey. 5/22/60."
Heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey's "exploits distinguished the 1920s as 'the golden age of sports'… In the ring, he was a tiger without mercy who shuffled forward in a bobbing crouch, humming a barely audible tune and punching to the rhythm of the song. He was 187 pounds of unbridled violence… In 1950, a poll by the Associated Press named Dempsey the greatest fighter of the half-century." Dubbed the Manassa Mauler by Damon Runyan, outside of the ring Dempsey was also beloved as a "gentleman, in the literal sense of gentle man." This inside story of Dempsey's life inside and outside the ring "is the best of the Dempsey books" (New York Times). "First Printing" stated on copyright page. "As told to" Bob Considine and Bill Slocum.
An about-fine copy, most desirable with an excellent inscription to a fellow boxer.