Lot #6007
Robert Garrett, 1896 Athens Olympic Champion: Book from His Personal Library

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Estimate: $200+


Book from the personal library of first modern Olympic Games champion Robert Garrett—Lee at Appomattox and Other Papers by Charles Francis Adams. First edition. Boston, MA: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1902. Hardcover, 5.25 x 8, 387 pages. The reverse of the first free end page bears Garrett's ownership initials and date, "R. G., July 1902," and the front pastedown features his affixed personal bookplate. In fine condition, with slight wear to spine.

An investment banker and philanthropist from Baltimore, Maryland, Garrett (1875-1961) made his mark at the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 when he earned first place in the discus throw and the shot put, becoming the inaugural champion in those events. He also attained second place in the high jump and the long jump in Athens, and, four years later in Paris, he was awarded bronze medals for the shot put and standing triple jump.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Olympic Memorabilia
  • Dates: #628 - Ended January 20, 2022