Dedicated to the "National Base Ball Club of Washington, D.C.," this extremely rare piece of sheet music features a finely detailed baseball game-in-progress scene. This is one of the earliest pieces of sheet music featuring a baseball illustration on the cover, and the use of two-color printing makes the production of this piece very unusual. This is one of the few nineteenth-century sheet musics to make use of color. Published by Marsh & Bubna, 1029 Chestnut St, Philadelphia. L.N. Rosenthal, Lithographer. The sheet music (10 x 13 inches) has been slightly trimmed along the top, bottom, and right borders, and it was once bound in an album, with the string holes still evident along the spine. The front cover is detached from the spine and the back cover is partially detached, with a piece of tape applied to the interior page in repair of the separation. A handwritten ink notation appears along the top border of the front cover. A vintage bookseller's stamp appears on the front cover, as do a few moderate stains. Although technically in Fair to Good condition, the central image area is free of any flaws and it is much closer to Excellent in its overall appearance. This is both a rare and attractive baseball sheet music dating from the earliest days of our national pastime. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.
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