SIGNED BY NEIL LEIFER AND HOWARD L. BINGHAM
MAILER, Norman, LEIFER, Neil and BINGHAM, Howard L. The Fight. Cologne: Taschen, (2016). Folio (16 by 19 inches), original black pictorial cloth, original clamshell box, original shipping box. $700.
Signed limited "Collector's Edition," one of 1724 copies signed by photographers Neil Leifer and Howard L. Bingham, of Mailer's epic account of the famous "Rumble in the Jungle," profusely illustrated with photographs by Leifer, Bingham and others.
"Four decades after its original publication, this new abridged edition of The Fight is introduced with an essay by Mailer scholar J. Michael Lennon and illustrated for the first time with principal photography by the two men who captured Ali and Foreman in the ring and in private like no one else: Neil Leifer and Howard L. Bingham. Widely considered to be the greatest sports photographer of his generation, Neil Leifer's vibrant color coverage dominates from ringside. It also serves as a living testimony to the pageantry, sheer physical power, and deep psychological interplay of the fighters, their camps, and their controversial host, Zaire's President Mobutu Sese Seko. Behind the scenes, meanwhile, Howard Bingham was Ali's constant companion, documenting his every move from the moment he stepped off the plane in Zaire, his daily training regime, right through to the dressing room tension as he prepared to face Foreman once and for all. Together with pictures from other photojournalists, reproductions of Mailer's original manuscript pages, and additional visual documentation of the media frenzy surrounding the 'Rumble in the Jungle,' the result is a dazzling tribute to The Champ and a vivid document of one of the most epic, unique, and adrenalin-laced events in sporting history" (Taschen). With over 150 full-page color photographs and one folding aerial panorama of the ring immediately after Ali's knockout of Foreman. Also issued in two limited "Art Editions" of 125 copies each, no priority.
A fine copy.