Corbett, James J. The Roar of the Crowd. New York: Garden City Publishing Company, 1925. First edition, second printing. Presented in original publisher's boards.
This first edition, second printing of James J. Corbett’s The Roar of the Crowd: The Rise and Fall of a Champion is a delightfully lighthearted autobiography of the famous boxer’s career. Colloquially written, the book begins with Corbett’s first fight as a child and ends with the aftermath of his last fight.
James J. Corbett is considered the father of modern boxing. “Gentleman Jim,” as he was known throughout his career, grew up boxing in a time when the sport was illegal in many jurisdictions even though it had a major social role. Understanding that the fight began far before the first bell rang, Corbett was the first to effectively use scientific boxing. He studied his opponent’s techniques and would enter the ring with a strategy, bringing a newfound sense of class and study to what many through was a beastly sport. Making use of his psychological edge, the boxer quickly gained popularity and eventually won the Heavyweight title in 1892 after defeating John L. Sullivan. Corbett retained his title until 1897 when he was defeated by Bob Fitzsimmons. Afterwards, Corbett’s career waned and he eventually retired in 1903 and was inducted into Ring magazine’s hall of fame in 1954. James Corbett was beloved by his fans throughout his career and made a long and lasting impact on the sport. This autobiography provides a charming and insightful look into the athlete’s personal experiences, defeats, and triumphs.
Overall good condition. The book’s original green cloth boards with gold embossed writing is mildly bumped on the top and bottom of spine. Some spotting on the front end page and along the edges of the pages, but the pages are internally bright and clean. Binding is tight and no dustjacket in present. otherwise no other notable damage.
Dimensions: 8 1/4" H x 5 3/4" W x 1 5/8" D
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