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1834 The Book of Sports by Robin Carver

Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $2,370.00

The Book of Sports by Robin Carver (1834, Lilly, Colman, and Holden, Boston) is of astounding rarity and significance. While it provides the rules to various outdoor children's sports, it is the section on baseball which distinguishes it today. The Carver book is the first volume published in America to 1) feature the rules of the game of baseball; 2) refer to baseball by name ("base or goal ball"); 3) have a diagram of the diamond, and 4) feature the famous woodcut illustration of boys playing baseball on the Boston Commons, which is the most reproduced of all early baseball images and the earliest published illustration of an actual American baseball game in progress. "The Carver Book," as it is often referred to by scholars, is universally recognized as an American classic, and one of the most important of all historic baseball books. No list of the several most important of all early baseball volumes is without the Carver book. Fewer than ten copies are known to exist in private hands. We have been able to verify the existence of only four copies, including this example. Skip-numbered (as made) to page 164. The book measures 6 x 5 inches, with a reddish-brown hard cover decorated with a paste-on decorative title with engraving. The book has the paste-on title complete and intact. The binding is tight. A couple of pages in the front are loose from the string binding but are still attached. All interior pages are intact. A few notes by the original owner, including his name, appear on the cover and title page. One of the woodcuts is neatly colored in with colored pencils. Other very minor faults include some discoloration to the back cover and a few insignificant tiny tears to a few interior pages. It is complete, intact, and sound, with no major flaws, and with an integrity one would ideally hope to find in such an early, rare, and historic volume. Overall in solid Very Good condition. This is a gem worthy of the world's finest baseball library. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open).


SOLD FOR $2,370.00


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