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1902 Seymour R. Church Baseball 1845-1871 Volume 1 Book
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,392.00
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 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 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. There is a library sticker on the inside cover along with library notations in white along the spine. The spine is tight, a section of eight pages in the front are slightly separating but are still very much intact, minor interior imperfections include a few small tears, pages are generally very clean, and all five color plates are complete and intact. Overall in Very Good to Excellent condition. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,392.00
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