Two Early Baseball Books: Athletic Sports In America and A Ballplayer's Career

Sold For: $588

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1148

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Presented here are two “classics” in the field of early baseball literature, each of which is notable for its detailed, first-person history of the famous Spalding 1888/89 World Tour. 1) 1889 first edition of Athletic Sports in America, England, and Australia , edited by Harry Clay Palmer (published by Hubbard Brothers, Philadelphia). The 711-page book provides information on a number of sports including baseball, tennis, lacrosse, polo, cricket, and cycling. Despite the wealth of information offered on those sports, the book’s significance today is due almost exclusively to its extensive coverage of the famous Spalding 1888/89 World Baseball Tour. Palmer traveled with the tourists on that trip and he has devoted almost half the book to his personal report of the tour. This book has always remained the definitive period account of the 1888/89 World Tour and Palmer goes into great detail with regard to each leg of that historic sojourn. Lavishly illustrated. The book (7 x 9.5 inches) is in exceptional condition for this volume, particularly with reference to the elaborate embossed gilt-accented cover design (which makes this example ideal for display). The pages all remain clean and bright. In Very Good condition due to light wear to the brown cloth boards and a moderate separation along the spine. 2) 1900 first edition of A Ballplayer’s Career by Cap Anson (published by the Era Publishing Co., Chicago). The 339-page book covers his life in baseball and, like Palmer, Anson also devotes a great number of pages to the 1888/89 World Tour. Numerous photographs. Our consignor purchased this book many years ago from Bauman Rare Books in New York City and it is accompanied by its original Bauman sale description. The book (5.5 x 8 inches) has minor wear to the illustrated green cloth boards (which feature Anson and make this volume particularly ideal for display). Both the title page, and the page that follows, have repaired vertical tears that extend the entire length of the page. Without regard to the repaired pages, the book is in Excellent condition. These are two fine representative copies of books that are requisites for any advanced baseball library. Total: 2 books. Reserve $300. Estimate $500++. SOLD FOR $588

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