London, U.K. Taschen, 2001. Limited Edition No. 07685 / 10,000. White silk boards, cover and spine in pink leather (pink being the color of Ali's first Cadillac), contained in photo-pictorial silk clamshell case (Neil Leifer’s iconic 1966 photo Ali vs. Williams.). SIGNED "Muhammad Ali" and "Jeff Koons" on stamped colophon limitation page. 19.75" x 19.75", 792 pp. Elephant Folio, with two (2) gatefolds and nine (9) metallic silkscreened double page spreads as introductions to distinct photographic chapters. Includes: Radial Champs, 19.5" x 16.75" lithograph signed and numbered (#103) of a sculpture by Jeff Koons consisting of a wooden stool and two inflatables and a pair of white cloth gloves. Signed by Muhammad Ali and Jeff Koons on stamped reproduction limitation leaf. Includes more than 3000 photographs of photographs, art, and memorabilia, much of it published for the first time—from over 150 photographers and artists. Original essays and the best interviews and writing on the Champ over five decades, totaling 600,000 words. Eight-color printing on Galaxi Keramik 200 gsm semi-matte paper with gloss varnish on all images. The book weighs 72 pounds, will require extra shipping charges and should be viewed inside the clamshell and not left often for the sturctural preservation of the binding. Fine in VG graphic clam shell which has a ding on the front edge and some light handling impression at the corners. Item #2956
"Original essays and five decades’ worth of interviews and writing explore the courage, convictions, and extraordinary image-building that made Ali one of the most recognizable and inspirational individuals on the planet, an icon not only as an extraordinary athlete, but also as an impassioned advocate of social justice, interfaith understanding, and peace." (Taschen).