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1866 Book of American Pastimes by Charles Peverelly
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $948
Outstanding example of this rare and very significant early baseball book. Self-published in 1866, the hardcover book's formal title is The Book of American Pastimes Containing a History of the Principal Base Ball, Cricket, Rowing, and Yachting Clubs of the United States. The author devotes 183 of the 556 pages to the emerging sport of baseball, which he refers to as "The National Game." He also provides histories and match results for many of the most prominent teams in the country at the time, including the Knickerbockers, the Atlantics, the Excelsiors, the Eckfords, the Gothams, and the Mutuals. Long considered the definitive history of baseball's early years, this book remains a cornerstone of any substantial baseball library. With good reason, it is universally recognized as one of the most important volumes covering the earliest days of organized baseball and is of special note for its recording of so much information that is found nowhere else. This is a particularly strong copy. The offered example (5.25 x 7.5 inches) remains tightly bound and displays light-to-moderate wear along its blue boards (the book was also published with green covers and red covers). A few small tears are evident along both the top and base of the spine. A few of the interior pages display light foxing, but the majority are clean and bright. In Excellent condition overall. This is an essential volume for any advanced baseball library and the offered example ranks among the very finest we have ever seen or handled. From The Barry Sloate Collection. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $948
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