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1910 Won In The Ninth by Christy Mathewson and 1914 Busting 'Em by Ty Cobb
Starting Bid - $100.00, Sold For - $355.50
Addendum: The original catalog description for this lot is in error. The Won in the Ninth volume offered here is NOT a first edition, but a later printing. Interestingly, we have been told that the New York Book Company edition offered here is actually much scarcer than the first edition, published by R. J. Bodmer.
Two early desirable baseball volumes written, respectively, by two of the greatest players of their time: Christy Mathewson and Ty Cobb. 1) Won in the Ninth by Christy Mathewson. 1910. Published by The New York Book Company, New York. As noted on the title page, this work of fiction is to be "The first of a series of stories for boys on sports to be known as the Matty books." A paper label on the cover features a photo of Mathewson in a pitching pose. 298 pages. There is moderate-to-heavy wear to the cloth boards and paper label on the the cover, as well as a slight separation along the spine. In Very Good condition. 2) Busting 'Em by Ty Cobb. 1914. Scarce first edition published by Edward J. Clode, New York. Autobiographical work in which Cobb reflects on various aspects of his career and the game of baseball. This was Cobb's first published book and offered fans their first glimpse into the mind of baseball's greatest player. 282 pages. 5 x 7.25 inches. Moderate wear to the cloth boards. The name of a former owner is written in black ink on the front flyleaf. At one time the book held a number of newspaper clippings which resulted in toning to a few of the adjacent pages; otherwise in Very Good to Excellent condition. Total: 2 books. Reserve $100. Estimate $300+. SOLD FOR $355.50
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