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Lot # 659 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1888 Base-Ball by John Ward

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $812.00

Hardcover first edition of John Ward's baseball book, the entire formal title of which is Base-Ball How To Become A Player with the Origin, History, and Explanation of the Game (The Athletic Publishing Company, Philadelphia, 1888). This is a particularly desirable and very scarce nineteenth-century baseball book, which includes woodcuts of players such as John Clarkson and Doc Bushong. The binding is tight. The original green hardcover, which reads "Base-Ball" in guilt lettering, is in only Good condition due to foxing and general wear; the interior pages have very few minor imperfections and are overall in Very Good to Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $812.00

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