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Leifer, Neil (Photographer); Murray, Jim & Schechter, Gabriel (Contributors). GUTS AND GLORY: THE GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL 1958-1978. Cologne, Germany: Benedikt Taschen Verlag, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 350 pages. As New.

Retrospective collection of photographs. One of the most beautiful photography books of the decade. Art Edition of 200 numbered and signed copies. Should not be confused with the Limited Edition, which was published simultaneously with it. A glorious production by Neil Leifer and Taschen: Oversize-volume format in wide oblong shape. The book weighs 7 pounds. Pictorial hard boards with red-and-white silk cloth overboards and gilt titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. The cover utilizes "Johnny Unitas, 1964", one of Neil Leifer's and football's most beautiful and most iconic images. Photographs by Neil Leifer. Text by Jim Murray and Gabriel Schechter. Full-size, 15 X 12 inch original silver-gelatin print in glassine sheet neatly laid into the Back Page Slip of the book. Matching silk cloth slipcase. Cardboard box with titles printed on the cover. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Cologne, Germany to absolutely the highest standards. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. Without DJ, as issued. Presents the definitive collection of Neil Leifer's football photographs in the most collectible edition format imaginable. "No pain, no gain. Here are the most memorable moments since the birth of Pro Football in America. In 1958, sports photographer Neil Leifer took the picture that remains one of his most famous to this day. The day he got the shot of Alan Ameche's game-winning 'Sudden Death' touchdown was Leifer's 16th birthday. This game, called 'The Greatest Ever Played', signalled football's emergence as America's new national pastime. Formerly half-empty stadiums welcomed sold-out crowds overnight as football surpassed baseball and basketball in national television ratings. While best-known for the enormous diversity of subjects he covered in and out of the sports world, it is his football pictures Leifer considers his best. Culled from over 10, 000 rolls of film on the sport, including hundreds of previously unpublished pictures, it's impossible to conceive of Peyton Manning hovering over an impromptu wood fire on the sidelines during a blizzard, but Leifer captured Tittle's Giants doing exactly that during the coldest game in living memory. From Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers Dynasty to the Miami Dolphins' perfect season in 1972 to the Minnesota Vikings' terrifying Front Four, they're all here. The collection is divided into four chapters: 'On Any Sunday'; 'The Legends', which includes heroes like Johnny Unitas, Jim Brown, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Namath, Dick Butkus, Frank Gifford, and 'Mean' Joe Greene; 'The Bosses', which delves into the victories on and off the field of immortal coaches Vince Lombardi, John Madden, Tom Landry, Weeb Ewbank, and others; and 'The Big Game', which traces Championship Games from 1958 through Super Bowl XII" (Publisher's blurb). Neil Leifer is regarded as the greatest living American sports and "action" photographer, and this collection showcases his greatest work. Gutsy and glorious, this is a "must-have" title for Neil Leifer and photography collectors. This copy is one of the Art Edition, indicated as such on the Front Limitation Page, and is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue marker by Neil Leifer. It comes with an original 15 X 21 inch silver-gelatin print of "Alan Ameche, 1958", one of Neil Leifer's most iconic images, indicated as such on verso, and very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on recto by the photographer. This title is an instant collectible. This is one of extremely few copies still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and has absolutely no flaws, a pristine beauty. Its value will increase as rapidly as other Taschen Limited Editions. A rare signed copy thus. Hundreds of plates, 1 original silver-gelatin print. One of the greatest living American photographers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDITION OF THIS TITLE AND OTHER NEIL LEIFER TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3836508400. $1300.00

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