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1861-1889 Harper's Weekly Woodcut Collection (32)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,231.25
Please Note: The original catalog description for this lot is inaccurate. Three of the woodcuts listed in this collection are from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, not Harper's Weekly. The three Leslie woodcuts are dated 5/23/85, 6/6/85, and 10/10/85.
Collection of thirty-one baseball Harper's Weekly woodcuts plus one taken from the The Illustrated London News . During the mid- to late-nineteenth century, baseball's rise in popularity was duly noted by the newspapers and periodicals of the day. Harper's woodcuts have always represented perhaps the finest value of all nineteenth-century baseball items. This is an outstanding collection, the finest we have ever presented. Offered here are thirty-one baseball woodcuts taken from Harper's Weekly (representing a high-grade near-complete set of Harper's baseball woodcuts, missing literally just two or three), spanning the years 1861 to 1889, as well as one from the The Illustrated London News (April 6, 1889), which is particularly rare and extraordinary. All are in the form of individual pages (or "double page" centerfolds). Centerfold displays, of which there are four, are duly noted. 1) 3/23/61 (Abner Doubleday as a member of Major Anderson's command at Fort Sumter); 2) 11/18/65 (match game between the Philadelphia Athletics and Brooklyn Atlantics); 3) 11/25/65 (portrait images of the Brooklyn Atlantics including Dicky Pearce); 4) 11/3/66 (illustration of the Brooklyn Atlantics and Philadelphia Athletics posing together); 5) 10/26/67 (illustration of the Union Base Ball Club of Morrisania, N.Y.); 6) 7/3/69 (illustration of the 1869 Red Stockings, baseball's first all-professional team); 7) 7/24/69 (presentation of a champion bat to the Red Stockings); 8) 7/2/70 (centerfold illustration of a match between the Cincinnati Red Stockings and Brooklyn Atlantics - this was the famous match in which the Red Stocking suffered their first defeat); 9) 7/25/74 (individual images of the Philadelphia Athletics); 10) 6/27/74 (illustration of the Boston Red Stockings); 11) 9/5/74 (match game in England between the Boston Red Stockings and Philadelphia Athletics at the Lords' Cricket Grounds); 12) 9/12/74 (match game in England between the Boston Red Stockings and Philadelphia Athletics at the Prince's Ground, Brompton); 13) 9/12/74 (illustration of the Maple Leaf Base Ball Club of Canada); 14) 8/5/82 (illustration of the Metropolitan Nine); 15) 10/14/82 (illustration of the Chicago Base Ball Club including Anson and Kelly); 16) 5/12/83 (new Base Ball Grounds at Chicago, Illinois); 17) 10/13/83 (illustration of the Boston Base Ball Club); 18) 5/6/85 (portrait images of the game's "Champion Base-Ball Players" including "King" Kelly, Buck Ewing and John Ward); 19) 5/23/85 (humorous illustrations of fans at the Polo Grounds); 20) 6/6/85 (illustration of the Chicago Base Ball Club including Anson and Kelly); 21) 8/22/85 (illustration of "the winning run") 22) 10/10/85 (game between Chicago and New York); 23) 10/17/85 (illustration of the Chicago Base Ball Club); 24) 5/15/86 (Metropolitan Base Ball Grounds in Staten Island, N.Y.); 25) 9/10/87 (centerfold illustration titled "Thrown Out at Second"); 26) 7/28/88 (illustration titled "Ball or a Strike - Which?"); 27) 10/20/88 (illustrations of Tim Keefe and Buck Ewing); 28) 10/27/88 (illustrations of Charles Comiskey and W. A. Latham); 29) 4/6/89 ( London News - centerfold illustration of "The American Base Ball Players at Kennington Oval - Visit of the Prince of Wales" with portraits of players, rare and outstanding for display); 30) 4/27/89 (first game of the season - New York vs. Boston); 31) 8/31/89 (centerfold illustration titled "A Collegiate Game of Base-Ball"); 32) 11/9/89 (cover illustration of Buck Ewing). Pages average 11 x 15.5 inches. Some of the pages bear a small pencil notation along top and all are otherwise in Excellent condition overall. Total 32 woodcuts. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $3,231.25
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