1942 football boys' sports adventure vintage book - a novel "Touchdown to Victory" by prolific author Noel Sainsbury (1884-?) , under the pseudonym Charles Lawton.
This was the fifth "Champion Sport Stories" novel under the name of Lawton. An additional three were published under Sainsbury's own name. Lt. Sainsbury also wrote a series of adventure novels featuring Bill Bolton, "The Flying Midshipman".
The cover illustration shows vintage football player hurdling a tackler. The frontis illustration, captioned "Johnny took it with a high bound", shows a vintage football player catching a pass.
First edition published by Cupples & Leon Co., which advertised itself as publisher of only "clean, interesting, inspiring, and educational" children's novels. Copyright 1942. 207-pages with frontis illustration. Book measures is 7-1/2" x 5-1/2" x 1".
Covers are red cloth covered cardboard with black lettering and football graphic on front cover and on spine. Complete three-color dust jacket included with wonderful graphics on the front and spine. Inside front flap contains a complete list of Champion Sport Stories by Sainsbury, and a small pencil notation with the original price – 75-cents. Back flap has the publisher's quality guarantee. Full back jacket cover shows ads with pictures for two other boys' western adventure books in the publisher's "Junior Trail Blazer" series.
PHOTO NOTE: The washed out texture to some of the images is a photo distortion, altering the sharper textures of the images in the actual book. Photos also tend to exaggerate the prominence of lightly soiled spots and sun faded areas, as well as the size and texture of small creases and flaws, all of which are much less noticeable in person.
CONDITION: LOOK CAREFULLY AT PHOTOS. Used, but in excellent condition for its age. Complete and tightly bound. Covers are firmly attached, with no separations. Cover boards are clean, and corners have only slight blunting and damage. The interior pages are golden brown in color, but clean and unmarked, with no tears. Some foxing on the page ends. Dust jacket is in very good condition – complete with clean images - but with wear and tears on the edges and folds, and some paper loss at the top and bottom of the spine edges. Back has some foxing and soiling discoloration, BUT NOT AS NOTICEABLE IN PERSON as in the photo. All dust jacket flaws are visible in photos.
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