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1911 America's National Game Signed by A. G. Spalding
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $2,370.00
First edition of America's National Game by A. G. Spalding, inscribed by Spalding on the interior. Published by American Sports Publishing Company, New York, 1911. Spalding has inscribed the book in black fountain pen on the front flyleaf: "To/Jud Pettigrew/with my compliments/and Christmas greetings/A. G. Spalding/Point Loma Calif/Dec. 25. 1911." Both the text and signature have been boldly scripted and grade "9/10." Spalding obviously thought his newly published book would make the ideal Christmas gift, as we have seen more than one example inscribed in a similar manner. Given the volume's historical significance it was probably very appreciated by the recipients. This profusely illustrated book is considered one of the great classics of baseball literature because it was the most ambitious history of the game ever published up to that time and, most important, it incorporates the findings of the Mills Report of 1907. That report credited Abner Doubleday (albeit, most scholars today agree, erroneously) with having invented the game of baseball in 1839. With the publication of this book, that myth became firmly entrenched within the collective consciousness of American culture and persists to this day, despite its refutation in more modern times by numerous historians. A. G. Spalding was perhaps the most influential figure in baseball history, having been a former star pitcher, team owner, and sporting-goods magnate. He passed away in 1915 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939. The 542-page hardcover book (5.5 x 8 inches) is complete with all of its fold-out illustrations. The book displays heavy wear to the blue cloth boards, including edge tears, and there is moderate separation along the spine. The front flyleaf and the page that follows are detached from the spine. A few light pencil notations appear at the top of the front flyleaf. A number of the fold-out illustrations display moderate tears and/or creases. In Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+.
SOLD FOR $2,370.00
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