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Four 1867-1871 Baseball Guide Rarities Including Two Haney's Guides
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,276.00
The game of baseball was a true "work in progress" during the nineteenth century. For many players the only way to keep track of the yearly rule changes was to consult the annual reference guides, which, as the seasons went on, were issued by a number of respected publishers. Offered here are four extremely rare early guides, each of which has been edited by Henry Chadwick, the "Father of Baseball." The collection is highlighted by two Haney's guides, each dating from 1867. Officially titled The Base Ball Player's Book of Reference and published by J.C. Haney & Co., New York, the guides offered here represent two different printings. The first is a hard-bound edition which features a yellow label on the cover that reads Haney's Base Ball Reference for 1867. The second is a soft-cover edition that features an illustration of players consulting the guide on the cover, above which is the title Haney's Base Ball Book of Reference. The pagination (139 pages) for the main body of text appears to be identical; however, the two books differ very slightly with regard to the placement and nature of the advertisement pages. The hardcover edition bears the name of the original owner on both the cover and front end page ("Chas. H. Wooster - Rutland B.B.C. Rutland, Vt."). Very Good condition. The soft-cover edition displays a number of tears and chips on the cover as well as a light stain. The pages exhibit light foxing. Gd. The third guide in the collection is Chadwick's Convention Base Ball Manual for 1870 published at The National Chronicle Office, Boston. Underhand pitcher woodcut illustration on cover. The cover notes that the contents include revised rules, a history of the National Association of Base Ball Players, a review of the season of 1869, etc. The soft-cover guide has some soiling and some light edge tears and edge chipping on the front cover. The back cover exhibits significant paper loss. The covers and pages are separated along the spine. Low grade but extremely rare (we've never seen another) and displays beautifully. The final manual is an 1870 Beadle's guide. Officially titled The Dime Base Ball Player and published by Beadle and Company, New York, the soft-cover manual features an illustration of a ballplayer on the cover. A number of the interior pages are darkly toned. Vg. Total 4 guides. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,276.00
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