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1868-1949 Substantial Baseball Book Collection with Many Rarities (21)

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $2,133.00

Large and impressive collection of early baseball books and periodicals, including many of the most important works published in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The collection is comprised of fourteen hard-cover books and ten soft-cover periodicals, with all of the periodicals having been professionally rebound in leather. No dust jackets are present for any of the books (many were not issued with a dust jacket). This is an outstanding group of baseball books and one that would serve as a firm foundation for anyone attempting to compile an advanced baseball library. Baseball Books: 1) 1868 American Pastimes by Charles Peverelly. Second edition, The American News Company, New York. Gd-Vg, with a small portion of the top spine missing. 2) 1900 A Ball Player's Career by Cap Anson. First edition, Era Publishing Co., Chicago. Notable for its extensive history of the 1888/1889 World Tour. Vg, with slight separation along the spine. 3) 1907 Base Ball in Cincinnati by Harry Ellard. First edition, Press of Johnson & Hardin, Cincinnati. Special limited edition; hand numbered "242" of "Five Hundred Copies Printed." This is one of the most important early baseball historical books, and a key addition to any world-class baseball library. The 242-page volume is packed with information regarding the rich history of baseball, especially as it relates to Cincinnati, and is heavily illustrated with photographs, many found nowhere else. Vg, with moderate wear to the covers, including a circular area of discoloration on the front cover, slight separation along the spine, and the name of a former owner written on the interior. 4) 1910 The National Game by Alfred H. Spink. First edition, National Game Publishing Co., St. Louis. This is the key baseball book of the 1910 era, presenting a complete history of the game, with literally hundreds of photographs. The gilt lettering on the cover, which is so prone to wear, is 98% complete. Gd, with moderate wear and almost near complete separation along the spine. 5) 1910 Touching Second by Johnny Evers. Second edition, The Reilly & Britton Company, Chicago. Fr-Gd, with heady wear to the boards and near complete separation along the spine. 6) 1911 The Book Of Baseball , The National Game From The Earliest Days To The Present Season, edited by William Patten and J. Walker McSpadden. First edition, P. F. Collier & Son, New York. The large format (11 x 15.5 inches) book is profusely illustrated, featuring many of the game's early stars and important figures. Fr-Gd, the boards display heavy wear, with tape-repaired spine along both the exterior and interior, some tearing to the pages. 7) 1911 America's National Game by Albert Spalding. First edition, American Sports Publishing Company, New York. Cover variation titled simply "Base Ball" in gilt lettering. Interestingly, this particular volume was issued as a special presentation piece to Thomas Rice, who was a guest at the special dinner celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the National League on February 29, 1916, held a the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. That information is conveyed by a beautiful calligraphic inscription on the front fly leaf. It appears that some of the foldout photographs have been removed (common problem) and there is a slight separation along the spine. Gd. 8) 1912 Pitching in a Pinch by Christy Mathewson. Grosset & Dunlap, New York. Vg-Ex, with the name of a former owner written on the interior. 9) 1914 Richter's History and Records of Base Ball. First edition, The Dando Company, Philadelphia. Richter's book chronicles the rich history of the game, from its origins to the time of its publication in its 306 pages, both in words and with dozens of pages of photographs. Vg, with moderate wear and the name of a former owner written on the interior. 10) 1919 Commy by Charles Comiskey. First edition, The Reilly & Lee Co., Chicago. Vg, with moderate wear and a the name of a former owner written twice on the interior. 11) 1925 Playing the Game by Stanley "Bucky" Harris. First edition, Frederick A. Stockes Company, New York. Ex. 12-14) Three copies of Baseball 1845-1881 by Preston D. Orem. All three volumes are self published by the author, one in 1961 and the other two in 1966, with the two later editions both signed and hand numbered by the author (#31 and #46, respectively). The book features reprints of contemporary baseball articles from the period. Outstanding reference work from primary sources. The 1961 edition is Ex-Mt., one of the 1966 editions is missing the covering on the spine and the other has a small chip on the spine, each Vg. Baseball Periodicals: 1-3) Three different editions of Balldom The Britannica of Baseball by George Moreland, each published by the Balldom Publishing Company. Offered here are the 1914 edition (which appears to be the first edition) and the second and fourth editions, both published in 1927. The second edition has numerous stamps, both on the cover and interior reading "Property of Sports Dept. New York Daily News." Each rebound with leather boards. The 1914 edition is missing both its front and rear covers, otherwise Ex. The second edition is Gd-Vg, with torn and repaired front and rear covers, the fourth edition is missing the rear cover, otherwise Vg. 4) 1922 The Baseball Cyclopedia by Ernest Lanigan. Published by the Baseball Magazine Company, New York. Concise historical reference of baseball. Rebound with leather boards. Missing the rear cover, otherwise Vg-Ex. Accompanied by a copy of The Baseball Cyclopedia for easy reading. 5-8) Four editions (1922 through 1925) of The Baseball Bat Bag by Al Munro Elias. All four volumes are bound together under leather boards. Published by the Baseball Magazine Company, New York. Each small periodical is advertised on the cover as "Forty Years of Odd and Interesting Baseball Records." Each is complete with its original covers. Vg-Ex overall. 9) Circa 1940 The Baseball Scrap Book by H. E. West. Published by The Diamond Publishing Company, Chicago. Advertised as "A Collection of Unusual Feats and Odd Incidents of the Baseball Diamond. Bound with leather boards. Missing the rear cover, otherwise Vg, with numerous tears to the cover. 10) 1949 Grauley All-Stars by S. O. Grauley (Philadelphia Inquirer sports editor). No year or publisher listed, but content dates it to 1949. The publication lists the top players for each decade, beginning in 1890. Bound with leather boards. Vg-Ex. Total: 24 items. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $2,133.00


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