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1864-1933 Significant Baseball Book Collection (8)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,540.50
Collection of eight significant early baseball books. 1) The American Boy's Book of Sports and Games (no author or editor listed). 1864. First edition, published by Dick & Fitzgerald, New York. The 600-page volume (5.5 x 7.75 inches) features a ten-page chapter on baseball, including a beautiful illustrated plate of a game in progress. Ornate cover with gold lettering. There is a tear to the leather covering on the spine, resulting in a 1.5 x 1.75-inch exposed flap. The covers also exhibit a number of other minor stains and surface marks. In Very Good condition. 2) Book of American Pastimes by Charles Peverelly. 1866. First edition, published by the author, New York. The 556-page book (5.5 x 7.5 inches) devotes 184 pages to the "National Game" and includes much information on baseball's earliest clubs. The cloth boards are heavily worn, including tears, and there is slight separation along the spine. The pages display light foxing throughout. The bottom one-inch portion of the title page has been neatly cut away. The rear cover has been reinforced along the interior with white tape. In Good condition. 3) Book of American Pastimes by Charles Peverelly. 1868. Second edition, published by The American News Company, New York. This 596-page volume is a later edition, with the last forty-pages offering updates for the 1867 season on a number of sports, including baseball. This is a fine complement to the first-edition offered here. Heavy wear to the red cloth boards and the name of a former owner written in black ink on the front flyleaf. In Very Good condition. 4) Athletic Sports, edited by Harry Clay Palmer. 1889. First edition, published by Hubbard Brothers, Philadelphia. The 711-page book provides information on a number of sports, including baseball, tennis, lacrosse, polo, cricket, and cycling. Despite the wealth of information offered on those sports, the book’s significance today is due almost exclusively to its extensive coverage of the famous Spalding 1888/89 World Baseball Tour. This book has always remained the definitive period account of the 1888/89 World Tour and features numerous illustrations, including color plates. The book (7 x 9.5 inches) displays heavy wear along the brown cloth boards, including stains and light tears, and a large letter "B" is written on the cover in what appears to be red ink. The pages largely remain clean and bright. In Good to Very Good condition. 5) A History of the Boston Base Ball Club by George V. Tuohey. 1897. First edition, published by M. F. Quinn & Co., Boston. The 242-page book (7 x 9.25 inches) offers an extensive history of Boston baseball, beginning with the city's 1871 entry in the fledgling National Association. The red cloth boards are worn, including a few light stains. A few of the pages display minor blemishes; otherwise they are largely clean and bright. In Very Good condition overall. 6) The National Game by Alfred H. Spink. 1910. First edition, published in 1910 by the National Game Publishing Co. of St. Louis. This 355-page hardcover volume is the key baseball book of the 1910 era, presenting a complete history of the game, with literally hundreds of photographs. Considered by many to be the finest and most substantial of all early historical baseball books. The gilding on the cover, which is so prone to wear, is 100% complete. Light cover wear, including a few scratches, otherwise in Excellent condition. 7) America's National Game. 1911. First edition, published by American Sports Publishing Company, New York. Written by Albert Spalding, former player, owner, and sporting-goods magnate, this important 542-page historical work served to formally introduce the Abner Doubleday myth regarding the invention of baseball. With numerous photos, this is one of the great classics of early baseball literature covering the entire history of the game. The four-page fold-out panoramic photograph of the 1908 Boston Old Timers' Game (which is often missing or damaged in this volume) is completely intact and in Excellent condition. The spine and cover edges display a few small tears. The interior plate picturing the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings has separated from the spine (irregularly torn base). In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. 8) 1933 Who's Who In Major League Baseball by Harold (Speed) Johnson. First edition. Classic hardcover published in 1933 by the Buxton Publishing Co. of Chicago. This volume, one of the most substantial of all baseball publications, features formal portrait photos and short biographies of each Major League player. The red covers are lightly faded and display moderate wear. In Very Good to Excellent condition. Collection of eight classic baseball books, including several important rarities, which together represent a significant foundation to a serious baseball library. Total: 8 books. Reserve $500. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $1,540.50
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