New York: [Ring, Inc.], 1938 - 1947. First edition. Five volumes. Profiles of approximately 75 boxers and commentary on the sport and its history. 8vo orange cloth boards stamped in black on fronts and spines with exception of first volume which was issued with unprinted spine. Volume II profusely illustrated with photographs, otherwise series primarily illustrated with drawings. Volume I: BLACK DYNAMITE: The Story of the Negro in the Prize Ring from 1782 to 1938 (1938). 182 pp. Volume II: JOLTING JOE: The Amazing Story of Joe Louis and His Rise to World Heavyweight Title; and HOMICIDE HANK: The Socking Saga of Henry Armstrong (1938). 165 pp. Volume III: THE THREE COLORED ACES: George Dixon, Little Chocolate; Joe Gans, The Old Master; and Joe Walcott, The Barbados Demon; and Several Contemporaries (1938). 314 pp. Volume IV: FIGHTING FURIES: Story of the Golden Era of Jack Johnson, Sam Langford and their Contemporaries (1939). 282 pp. Volume V: SOCKERS IN SEPIA: A Continuation of the Drama of the Negro in Pugilistic Competition (1947). 250 pp. Written by influential boxing writer and publisher, Nathaniel S. Nat Fleischer (1887-1972) -- aka Mr. Boxing -- who was founder and, for 50 years, editor and publisher of The Ring, a monthly magazine on boxing considered by many the Bible of Boxing. First volume shows some unobtrusive old dampstaining, the second is nearly fine; the third has nick in cloth near head of spine; otherwise, on the whole, the set shows only moderate soiling and light stains, primarily to spines, and only minor wear to edges. Altogether about very good or better.