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1889 Athletic Sports in America, England and Australia
Starting Bid - $100.00, Sold For - $296.25
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 of a number of prominent sportswriters at the time, including Frank Richter, J. A. Fynes, and W. I. Harris. The introduction is written by Henry Chadwick. This 711-page book (which includes several color plates) is universally 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 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 wear to the covers, including a few small tears and abrasions. The interior pages are bright and clean. Very Good condition. Reserve $100. Estimate $200+. SOLD FOR $296.25
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