FLEISCHER, Nat (1887-1972). Black Dynamite: The Story of the Negro in the Prize Ring from 1782 to 1938. New York: The Ring Magazine, 1938-1947.
5 volumes, 8vo. Each with a frontispiece and numerous plates and illustrations throughout. (Light toning.) Original publisher's vivid orange cloth with black titles, vol. I without spine titles (very minor bumps to corners).
FIRST EDITION of a series of five volumes on the history of Black prizefighters written by noted American boxing writer Nat Fleisher. Volume I focuses on the early boxers, notably the bare-knuckle boxer Tom Molineaux (1748-1818) and his contemporaries. The next three volumes are focused on the main figures of early boxing with the subtitles: Vol. II: "Jolting Joe": The Amazing Story of Joe Louis and His Rise to World Heavyweight Title; "Homicide Hank": The Socking Saga of Henry Armstrong; Vol. III: "The Three Colored Aces": George Dixon "Little Chocolate; Joe Gans "The Old Master"; Joe Walcott "The Barbados Demon" and others.; and Vol. IV: "The Fighting Furies": Story of the Golden Era of Jack Johnson, Sam Langford and Their Contemporaries. The last volume is another survey titled, Sockers in Sepia: A Continuation of the Drama of the Negro in Pugilistic Competition.
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