Lot # 28: "The Modern Gladiator Illustrated" Biography of John L Sullivan Published 1889

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Item was in Auction "Pre War Sports Cards & Memorabilia VIII May 2023",
which ran from 5/17/2023 8:45 PM to
6/4/2023 10:00 PM

Full title is the somewhat unwieldy "The Modern Gladiator: Being An Account of the Exploits and Experiences of the World's Greatest Fighter, John Lawrence Sullivan; First Accurate History of the Life and Record of this Samson of the Prize Ring" published at the height of his popularity (and near the end of his championship reign) in 1889. The title page also promises to tell his training secrets. Unlike his popular autobiography " I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In the House", we can find no record of there being multiple printings or editions of this book. Many pages have small knicks and tears, but all are present and still securely bound. The hard cover does have considerable corner and edge wear, along with some toning and staining. Opportunities to own contemporary accounts of this early giant of the ring don't come around very often.

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