Mexico City: 1936. 83pp. Illustrated. Original printed wrappers, stapled. Some tanning to covers and text, minor edge wear, minor marginal chipping to top of first text leaf. Very good. Item #3362
Presentation copy of a rare work printing the rules and regulations of American football, compiled by the founder of La Federacion de Futbol Americano, Dr. Francisco Contreras. The author includes a full-page inscription on the inside of the front wrapper, signed "Coach Dr. Panche," dated September 22, 1935. The illustrations interspersed throughout the work include a plan of a football field, various gameplay techniques such as hiking the ball, blocking, and tackling (both legal and illegal ways), as well as a handful of common referee's signals. An interesting work indicating the initial popularity of American football in the first half of the 20th century, which waxes and wanes with the generations in other countries around the world. OCLC lists only one copy of the present work, at the Biblioteca Nacional, though somewhat oddly, the date of publication is given (likely erroneously) as 1939, though the front wrapper title has in it the 1936 date.