Charles Booth-Clibborn / Paragon Press 1987
NUMBER 29 OF A LIMITED EDITION OF 70 COPIES EACH NUMBERED AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR AND THE ILLUSTRATOR. Imperial folio. (54cm) 12 large linocuts on 300g textured Somerset paper, each with tissue-guard. Handset and printed by Simon King on an Albion press in 18 point Baskerville type. Red endpapers. Original purblisher’s gun grey cloth boards preserved in a matching slipcase. A few scratches and bumps to both boards and case. A Fine copy.
Set in the early 1950s, ‘A Hero of the People’ tells the story of British boxer Randolph Turpin and his doomed attempt to defend his world title against the previous champion, flamboyant American Sugar Ray Robinson. It opens with an account of his departure at Southampton; describes the voyage across the Atlantic, in the course of which his drinks are spiked by gangsters in the pay of his manager; and climaxes with a long description of the fight itself, in which – still feeling the ill-effects of the alcohol – he is bravely defeated.
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