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1884 to 1911 Baseball Book Collection (3)
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $580.00
Trio of significant, early baseball books, each of which is a worthy addition to any significant baseball library: 1)The Sports and Pastimes of American Boys. Published in 1884 by George Routledge and Sons, New York. Although not entirely written by him, the title page notes that the book has been "Adapted Especially For American Youth by Henry Chadwick." The 303-page hardboard book is subtitled A Guide and Text-Book of Games of The Play-Ground, The Parlor and The Field and provides the rules for numerous games including baseball, cricket, archery, lacrosse, football, chess, lawn tennis and handball. The book is profusely illustrated and devotes twenty pages to our "National Game." Featured within the design of the colorful cover is a baseball game in progress. The book displays slight tears along the spine on both the front and back covers, as well as general wear to the edges. Aside from some minor soiling on two pages, the interior pages remains free of any significant defects. A vintage black ink inscription appears on the front flyleaf as does the stamped name of a former owner. The colorful cover of this volume makes it particularly ideal for display. Very Good condition overall. 2) Athletic Sports in America, England and Australia. Published in 1889 by Hubbard Brothers, Philadelphia. Harry Clay Palmer is listed as the first author, but the book is a collaborative effort among a number of prominent sports writers at the time including Frank Richter, J. A. Fynes and W. I. Harris. The introduction is written by Henry Chadwick. This 711-page book is regarded as one of the most important of all nineteenth-century baseball reference works due to its detailed coverage of the Spalding 1888/89 World Tour. A total of 309 pages are devoted exclusively to the tour, providing nearly a day-by-day account of that historic sojourn. Additionally, another 121 pages detail the history of baseball up that point and a separate chapter also covers college baseball. The book features brown cloth covers with a gilt illustration of a baseball game in progress on the front cover. The book has a very slight separation along the spine (all of the pages remain firmly attached) as well as general wear to the covers and a minor stain on the back cover. The interior pages are bright and clean. Very Good condition. 3) America's National Game. Published in 1911 by American Sports Publishing Company, New York. Written by Albert Spalding, former player, owner and sporting-goods magnate, this important 542-page historical work served to formally introduce the Abner Doubleday myth regarding the invention of baseball. With numerous photos, this is one of the great classics of early baseball literature covering the entire history of the game. The four-page foldout panoramic photograph of the 1908 Boston Old Timers' Game (which is often missing or damaged in this volume) is completely intact and in Excellent condition. General wear to the covers. Very Good condition. Total: 3 books. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $580.00
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