This Guy Marciano Signed Presentation Copy by Wilfrid Diamond 1st / 1st 1955
First UK edition and first print published by The Worlds Work in 1955. This copy is just about in very good condition. The wrapper has a split in the top right hand corner of about 3cm in distance. There is also a year of about 2cm's to the top edge of the back panel. There is wear to the corners and spine ends. The panels are lightly marked. The book itself is very clean and presentable with no previous owners marks and no foxing to the pages or textblock. Overall just about a very good copy.
This copy has been dedicated and inscribed by the author to World Champion Freddie Mills. Frederick Percival Mills was an English boxer, and the world light heavyweight champion from 1948 to 1950. Mills did not have a sophisticated boxing style; he relied on two-fisted aggression, relentless pressure, and the ability to take punishment to carry him through, and in more cases than not these attributes were sufficient. He was described as Britain's biggest boxing idol in the post-war period and remained a popular media personality after his retirement from the ring. Once he had retired from boxing, Mills moved into boxing management and promotion, and pursued a career in entertainment, working in radio, television (notably as co-presenter of the early BBC TV music show, Six-Five Special between 1957 and 1958), and on the stage, as well as playing roles in a number of films between 1952 and 1965. He opened a Chinese restaurant in Soho before there was an established Chinatown in the area and also ran his own London nightclub until his mysterious death.
The book is a study on Rocky Marchiano with many illustrations throughout. A rare title made more so by the dedication to the front free end paper to Freddie Mills.