1902 Seymour R. Church Baseball Book 1845-1871 Volume 1 - Signed by the Author

Sold For: $705

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1228

Item Year: 1902

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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This oversized (14 x 11 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 legendary 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 particular volume is of special significance as it has been inscribed and signed by the author on the front flyleaf in blue fountain pen (grading "8/9"): "Mr. R. V. Halton/Compliments of S. R. Church/May 3rd, 1905." 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. The book has a strong overall appearance but does display a number of moderate flaws, including wear to the covers, minor separation along the spine, some interior flaws including light water staining that upon close inspection affects the bottom border of interior pages, and toning (mainly to the top corners of interior pages, not significantly affecting the text or photos). All five spectacular color plates are complete and intact. Overall in Good to Very Good condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $705

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