Olympic Games - History of Sport
Antiquarian book dealer specializing in
Olympic Games & Sports books,
posters, medals, medallions, badges & collectibles

Olympic Games - Jeux Olympiques - Olympische Spiele
Juegos Olimpicos - Giochi Olimpici

PO Box 732
State College, PA., USA 16804
tel: (814) 321-4018
email: Olympicbks@aol.com


Welcome to my website

Today is Saturday, FEBRUARY 03, 2024.

I am a retired Health & Physical Education teacher (BS., MAT., Ph.D/abd.) and an Olympic Games and Sport Historian.
My services as an independent researcher, writer & consultant are available for short or long term contracts for up to one year.
I also provide appraisals in this field for books, posters and memorabilia.
For students I provide proof-reading and editing for master's theses and doctoral dissertations.

Harvey Abrams-Books is my Antiquarian book business founded in 1979 while I was a Ph.D. student at Penn State University.
My website first appeared online in 1996 and has gone through several versions at different hosting sites.

In March 2020 I traveled to Europe and arrived on the day that all airports shut down, COVID kept me in Austria for 2.5 years,
so I am dreadfully behind schedule and I am still trying to "catch up.".

I am the founder and President of the International Institute for Sport History (IISOH) Library & Museum
being developed in Pennsylvania. This non-profit corporation seeks to build a comprehensive collection of sports literature
in order to preserve for posterity the history of all sports, in all languages, from ancient to modern eras.
My antiquarian book business will remain open, and separate, from the IISOH at the request of the Board of Directors.

I split my time between central Pennsylvania and Vienna, Austria.

This entire website is being rebuilt and is NOT up-to-date yet, sorry!
My focus has been on building the website at www.sportlibrary.org, and
due to the COVID-19 pandemic I was stuck outside of the USA for 2.5 years.

Limited inventory is available for sale now.
The expansion of my inventory and sales that were planned for late 2020
have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic until 2024 or even 2025.

UPDATE: FEBRUARY 03, 2024: This website is out-of-date - I am slowly re-building this frontpage. Sale items are at the TOP PART of the page. Most linked pages at the bottom are not up-to-date.

Harvey Abrams, BS, MAT, Ph.d/abd
Olympic & Sport Historian


$475.00 per set

These Official Reports make wonderful gifts for friends, organizations, libraries and businesses.

Free shipping in the USA


Barcelona Olympic Games
Official Report

Available in
ENGLISH edition
SPANISH edition

Memoria Oficial de los Juegos
de la XXV Olimpiada Barcelona 1992


Large, heavy books, inside slipcases
4 volumes, 1776 pp.

32 pounds shipping weight.
Price: $475

See more about this English language edition)

See more about this Spanish language edition


Go here to see

Posters & Books

GYMNASTICS: The Art of Sport
by Eileen Langsley

see also....

1972 Munich Olympic Gymnastics poster



Book cover Fascination Boxing by Kluge
50 Years
International Amateur Boxing Association

Volker Kluge, editor-in-chief.
Berlin: International Amateur Boxing Association, 1996.
192 pp., plus 16 pp. unpaginated Appendix with statistics.
ISBN: 3-00-000314-2

50th Anniversary of the International Boxing Association (Federation)

The Olympics of 1972: A Munich Diary

free shipping in the USA

The Olympics of 1972: A Munich Diary
by Richard Mandell.

Richard Donald "Dick" Mandell (1929 - 2013)
was a sport historian who spent most of his career
at the University of South Carolina. He was the author
of six (6) books including "...Munich Diary..."

Paris 1900, the Great World's Fair (1967)
The Nazi Olympics (1971)
The First Modern Olympics (1976)
The Professor Game (1977)
Sport: A Cultural History (1986)

The West German Olympic Committee made his 1936 book required reading for all personel at the Munich Olympic Games and he was invited as their guest to Munich. This book is his personal observation, from an insider's view, of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

University of North Carolina Press.
1st edition with dust jacket -- not a reprint.
Condition is new as I acquired the Publisher's entire inventory.

International Institute for Sport History
Library & Museum

Link to:
IISOH Library & Museum

NOC Directory
Olympic History Pages
Sport in Art Poster Series

Mr. Harvey Abrams, President
International Institute for Sport History
Library & Museum
PO Box 732
State College, PA. 16804

Olympic Games & Sport History Pages
Written by Harvey Abrams, BS, MAT, Ph.d/abd,
Physical & Health Educator, Olympic & Sport Historian.
February 03, 2024

These pages are designed to offer basic information on the history and origins of the Olympic Games, ancient and modern, with lots of links to other sites. An educational service in order to promote the Olympic Idea.

These educational pages have been/are still being relocated to the IISOH website where they will be updated and revised then permanently hosted.
See these pages here....


International Institute for Sport and Olympic History

has changed its name to the

International Institute for Sport History

effective November 8, 2011

The IISOH is a Pennsylvania non-profit educational, literary and research corporation
under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Federal Tax ID# 41-2041155

The IISOH is organized to operate a Library and Museum for the
History of Sport, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance,
Sport in Art and the Olympic Games.

The IISOH was originally hosted here from 2001 to 2009
as a public service and has moved to its own website at


As a public service we post here an ACKNOWLEDGEMENT page
for the donors who have supported the IISOH
Donor Acknowledgements

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1972 Munich Olympic Games Art Series POSTER

Limited edition
Series #2 (edition of 2,000/4,000)

$6,000.00 postpaid worldwide

Free shipping worldwide.

Available now, shipping within 48 hours of payment.

Original Vintage Poster

1964 TOKYO OLYMPIAD film poster

Kon Ichikawa

Spanish language version

Rare. I have only seen this twice since 1979.
Condition: Very good. Originally this poster was folded so there are creases,
some minor wear with some holes at the folded sections.
Stored flat, shipped rolled in a tube.

Read a nice article about the film itself here.
The link takes you to another website called "The Conversation"
and is not affiliated with Harvey Abrams-BOOKS.

$1,250.00 postpaid worldwide

Available now, shipping within 24 hours of payment.



I have four (4) pages devoted to the POSTERS
of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games

Olympia 1

My History Page for the 1972 Munich
posters that are officially known as:


Olympia 2

1972 Munich Olympic

Olympia 3

1972 Munich Olympic

Olympia 4

1972 Munich Artist series

Sport in Art Poster Series

Sponsored by the
International Institute for Sport History
Library & Museum

IISOH Gymnastics poster, Julius jumping over the vault

(This post is a public service for the IISOH).

The IISOH is a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation
under section 501(c)3 of the IRS CODE.

The poster is designed to promote
The IISOH Library & Museum

As a generic gymnastics poster it promotes
the sport of Gymnastics worldwide
in ten (10) different languages.

Notice the athlete's exhilaration as he flies through the air
to land his hands on the vault and then flip over to land on his feet.
The photographer has caught the action in motion.
Every gymnast and sport facility should have this poster on their walls!

Visit the IISOH website here.

See GYMNASTICS POSTER details here.

International Olympic Academy
20 - 40 - 60

IOA was Founded in 1961
20th Anniversary was in 1981
40th Anniversary since 1981
60th Anniversary in 2021

In 1981 I was a member of the United States delegation
selected to attend the International Olympic Academy in Greece.
It was the 20th Anniversary of the IOA which was founded in 1961,
so it was a very special celebration.

BUT it was also the first Olympic function following the
1980 MOSCOW Olympic Games, thus it was a diplomatic nightmare
because the USA had led a boycott of those Games.
It was the year that CHARIOTS OF FIRE, a movie about the
1924 Olympic Games, won an Academy Award as "Best Film."

My family, cousins/relatives that owned a Department Store chain in New England, donated complete sets of uniforms for our delegation. However the parcels were delivered by an employee to the wrong airport in New York. Our delegation flew from Kennedy Airport to Athens but the uniforms were delivered to LaGuardia Airport, lol. Even though the uniforms made it on the next flight to Athens the Greek Customs Officers refused to give them to me because I did not have a receipt. Those uniforms are still sitting in some warehouse in Athens.

In honor of that event I have created several pages to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1981 IOA, the year I attended, which would be the 60th Anniversary (hence "20-40-60").

I am gathering our history from as many sources as possible and list
the USA delegation (6 people) as well as all the participants at the Academy in 1981.

Click here for the IOA pages


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The sections below are being removed, rebuilt, corrected
as needed... February - June, 2024.


  • 1928 Amsterdam
  • 1932 Lake Placid
  • 1936 Berlin & Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • 1940 Helsinki


    Buying & Selling
    Consignment sales
    Appraisal service
    Research, writing & consulting

    Want to place an order?

    email: Olympicbks@aol.com

    Ask a question, place an order, inquire about catalogs or consignments.

    Catalog Sales, Private Treaty sales & Auctions
    Catalog Schedule & Subscriptions

    Consignments of Olympic Games material are accepted, such as books, posters, medals and unique collectibles. We do not accept Olympic pins on consignment unless offered as a large collection to be sold in lots. Sports literature is welcome on almost all sport subjects. Books in all other subject areas are welcome only as a large collection to be liquidated (such as physics, history, art, science, etc).
    Central High School
    Graduating class of 1967
    226th Class
    of Philadelphia, PA

    Class 226
    Web page hosted by Harvey Abrams


    226 Class Directory
    Listing almost 500 classmates

    Contact - Kontakt

    Mr. Harvey Abrams
    Specializing in History of Sport and the Olympic Games since 1979
    P.O. Box 732
    State College, PA, USA 16804

    email: Olympicbks@aol.com

    home page: https://www.harveyabramsbooks.com

    The International Institute for Sport History (IISOH)
    has moved to its own website at

    We also have a very nice site being re-built at www.iisoh.org

    Host to the Central High School of Philadelphia
    Class 226 web pages

    Latest updates FEBRUARY 03, 2024

    I will be rebuilding and updating all of the pages on this web site in 2024.
    It is VERY slow and time consuming - water freezes in the dessert faster than I can write computer code, lol.
    Please send me the url of broken links!
    My focus is on www.sportlibrary.org and developing the IISOH endowment.

    Harvey Abrams (BS, MAT, Ph.D/abd in Physical Education)
    Educator in Health & Physical Education
    Director of Sport & Student Activities, JFK School, West Berlin, Germany (1982-1987)
    Retired wrestler, wrestling coach, FILA referee
    Personal Defense Instructor
    Olympic Games & Sport Historian
    Independent Scholar, researcher, writer, consultant
    Antiquarian bookdealer, appraiser
    Graphic designer, photographer
    US Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Trials 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984
    International Olympic Academy (IOA) 1981, representing the USA
    Founder, Philadelphia Amateur Wrestling Club (PAWC, 1973)
    Founder, HARVEY ABRAMS-BOOKS (1979)
    Founder, International Institute for Sport History (IISOH, 2001)
    Central HS of Philadelphia (BA degree, 1967 - the "226")
    Penn State University (BS, 1971)
    Southeast Missouri State University (MAT, 1972-1973/1979)
    Concordia University;
    Boson Sports College, Stockholm, Sweden;
    University of Jyvaskyla, Finland;
    University of Augsburg, Munich, Germany
    Penn State University (Ph.D/abd)

    LINKS - IISOH Library & Museum
    A Pennsylvania Non-profit corporation

    International Institute for Sport History
    Articles of Incorporation
    IISOH Bylaws
    Board of Directors
    Mission Statement
    Charter Membership Program & Donations
    Donor Acknowledgement - A Public "thank you"
    Endowment Program
    Subject list of endowments
    Sports Philanthropy
    Internship & Volunteer opportunities


    Olympic Games & Sports related pages:
    Current Sales List
    1972 Munich Olympic Posters: ART SERIES & VENUE POSTERS
    Harvey Abrams-BOOKS: Buying, Consignments, Appraisals
    Gymnastics books & posters
    Wrestling Poster 1001
    AIBA Fascination Boxing; 50 Years AIBA
    World's Fairs & Expositions:
    Catalog 11 - Expositions & World Fairs
    Book Trade Directories:
    Sheppard's Book Dealer Directories

    LINK: Central High School of Philadelphia -- 226th class (1967)

    CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL of Philadelphia, PA
    Class 226 -- Main Page

    226 Class Directory listing almost 500 classmates

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