New York: Simon and Schuster, 1949. First Edition. The story of Riggs's progress from the cement courts of California to the grass courts of Forest Hills; his trouble with officials, his matches with the great and the near great of the tennis world and his reactions on route to becoming number one player in the country. A short resume of his opinions on other players and a shorter "how to play tennis" are included" (Kirkus Review). Octavo; teal paper-covered boards, with titling and author's facsimile signature stamped in black on spine and front cover; yellow topstain; xxii, 245, pp; illus. Inscribed on the front endpaper: "To Peter / a really great guy. All the best from Bobby Riggs / The Hoppy Hustler." "Peter Banks, Junior Doubles Champion / 1950 Cape Gateway" written in the recipient's hand at lower front endpaper. Hint of sunning to spine, light wear to extremities and corners, with a small stain to upper edge of textblock; Very Good+, lacking the dustjacket. Laid into this copy is the original publisher's query card, filled-out, but never sent, by the recipient of the inscription, who won the book as a prize for winning a doubles tournament in 1950. According to his comments, the book apparently did not live up to his expectations. (Inventory #: 31013)
The history, literature, and art of American social movements, including Civil Rights, Feminism, Labor History, Radical Politics, and Counterculture.
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