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1928 First Edition of Babe Ruth's Own Book of Baseball - Special Limited-Edition Presentation Copy Signed By Babe Ruth!
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $5,288
Special signed limited-edition presentation hardcover first edition of Babe Ruth's Own Book of Baseball by George Herman Ruth (New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons,1928, 301 pages), signed by Ruth on the limitation page. Ruth's signature has been scripted in black fountain pen and grades a strong "9." This is an extraordinary Ruth-signed rarity. This book is one of only 1,000 presentation copies specially signed by Ruth and is hand numbered "288" in pencil on the limitation page. Despite the fact that 1,000 special signed copies were apparently originally signed and distributed, we have seen only four surviving limited-edition examples during the past thirty-nine years, suggesting that maybe fewer were actually signed. Very few baseball books of significance fall into that most desirable signed book category: limited-edition signed presentation books with special bookplates. A few of the rarest include this Ruth-signed volume, the 1920 Commy Charles Comiskey signed bookplate limited-edition, and also an extremely rare Ty Cobb limited-edition signed volume. Most signed presentation books are those of former presidents or other historically important authors as opposed to baseball players. But one thing all specially signed presentation copies offer, and part of what makes them special, is that they have an inherent unquestionable authenticity. In a world where forgeries are a serious problem, there is a special comfort in knowing that a volume is one of a very limited number of presentation copies, and that each and every one was definitely personally signed, and with great pride as a special presentation gift, by the author, in this case Babe Ruth. This is a former library book and a discard stamp from the Willington Public Library, of Willington, Connecticut, appears on the title page. The rear page and interior back cover both have some minor paper loss and residue from the removal of former library circulation sheets. The original dust jacket is not included. The blue cloth covers have some general wear as expected, and there is minor separation along the spine, but the interior pages, and the glorious signature book plate, have remained protected from all elements. The gilt-stamped book title on the spine remains intact. A small number of interior pages display some light soiling, foxing, and/or minor tears. This is a very significant and extremely rare Ruth-signed book dating from the height of his great fame and career. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $5,288
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