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Offered are seven of the greatest, most comprehensive volumes ever published on the sport of boxing, the most widely accepted boxing reference books ever created. Each one has been inscribed by editor Nat Fleischer to famed boxing manager, John Sharpe on the front free endpaper. The first three editions included herein - 1941 (published in 1942), 1943 & 1944 - are among the rarest pieces of boxing literature extant. By the time of printing for the 3rd edition, the first 2 editions “which were limited in number… had to create a field for themselves, [and by this time had] already taken their places among the rarities of boxing literature and [were] bringing far beyond their original costs.” (as quoted from the foreword). The records included boxers up through December of the previous year. The 1941 first edition, entitled Nat Fleischer’s All-Time Ring Record Book, was originally bound in a stiff gray paper cover - the NRMT original of which is inside after the front free endpaper. Signed in black fountain pen (as are all with different inscriptions), “To John Sharpe, Many Thanks for many favors - Sincerely and Best Wishes, Nat Fleischer.” Signatures grade 8-9 out of a possible 10. The 1945 & 1949 editions are the first yearly supplement and the fifth supplement to The All Time Ring Record Books. “While this is the 4th book in the series… this is not the 4th edition of the original volume. The 1945 issue contains only the complete records of all active boxers who participated in 2 or more contests during the year 1944.” (as quoted from the intro.) The title was changed to Nat Fleischer’s The Ring Record Book and remained as such until Fleischer’s death in 1972. Also in this collection are the 1951 10th Anniversary edition which listed all boxers from all over the world who competed in 3 or more bouts from January 1950 to January 1951, plus those with past records and the complete records of all world champions in every division from the start of pugilism in America as well as the 1955 edition entitled, Nat Fleischer’s The Ring Record Book and Boxing Encyclopedia. Overall condition of the covers is EX-MT, inside pages are NRMT.
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