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RELIEF TO ROYALTY.
- The Story of James J. Braddock, World's Heavyweight Champion. By Lud, Sports Editor, Hudson Disptach Union City, New Jersey. Foreword by Damon Runyon. Pp. [vi]+192(last blank), frontispiece portrait plus 1 plate, text illustrations, erratum slip tipped-in at end, appendix; green cloth, lightly soiled and worn, with small damp stain on upper board and two small small ink stains on lower board, the lettering on the spine and upper board quite rubbed and dulled; pages slightly browned, occasional light soiling; privately printed, [New Jersey, 1936]. First edition. *The authorized biography of the boxer famously dubbed the Cinderella Man by Damon Runyon after his triumphant comeback fight against Max Baer in June 1935. After wresting the heavyweight crown from Baer, James Braddock retained the title for two years, finally losing it to Joe Louis. This copy is inscribed and signed by Braddock (as 'Jimmy Braddock') on the upper free endpaper, dated in his hand 6/21/37 - one day before he lost the world heavyweight boxing championship title to Louis. The upper pastedown bears a related inscription, of a press representative (surname indecipherable), dated the same and annotated 'Chicago.' (The title bout took place at Comiskey Park, in Chicago). Loosely inserted is a small provenance note, giving the name of the hotel where Braddock signed the book. Ludwig Shabazian, who also drew the illustrations, had known and encouraged Braddock since his early fights in the 1920s. The appendix includes a 'fistic record' (or list of Braddock's fights). In 2005 Braddock was the subject of the film Cinderella Man, starring Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger.
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