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1902 Seymour R. Church Baseball Book 1845-1871 Volume 1
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $2,014.50
This oversized (11 x 14 inches) hard-bound volume of early baseball history, often referred to as "The Church Book," is highlighted by five beautiful full-color plates, as well as numerous black-and-white illustrations relating to baseball history. The book was self-published by early baseball enthusiast Seymour Church in 1902 and chronicles the history of baseball, with particular focus on the history of the game in California during the nineteenth century. This is one of the all-time classic early baseball books devoted to the history of baseball, with many photographs and a great deal of information which appear nowhere else. This book was intended to be the first of a series published by Church (it is "Volume 1") but a fire destroyed Church's business and his very substantial baseball collection in 1902, apparently derailing his plans for additional volumes. There is a very slight separation along the spine and the covers display only light wear. There is minor toning to the thin, paper overlays covering the color plates (which are often damaged or missing entirely and are all present here); otherwise the pages are clean and bright. All five color plates are complete and intact. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,014.50
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