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1868 The Game of Baseball by Henry Chadwick

Starting Bid - $1,500.00, Sold For - $2,610.00

The Game of Baseball (New York: George Munro & Co., Publishers, 1868), authored by Henry Chadwick, is not only one of the earliest histories of our National Pastime, but also one of the most important. Henry Chadwick, the preeminent sportswriter of his day, is universally considered to be one of the game's founding fathers. Chadwick was not only a chronicler of the sport but also served on various official rules committees, and in that capacity he actively contributed to the game's evolution during its formative years. If any man was qualified to provide a history of the sport's first years it was "Father Chadwick." This remarkable volume includes rules and instructions for the game, profiles of many leading players, summaries of famous matches, box scores and other important historical information relating to the early days of the game, much of it found nowhere else. "The Chadwick Book," as it is often referred to by advanced collectors, is considered a cornerstone of all important baseball libraries. In addition to its historical significance, the book is also extremely rare. Today there are believed to be less than twenty copies in existence, making this a highly sought-after volume by both baseball collectors and bibliophiles alike. This volume is in Good condition overall. Much of the gilt stamped lettering on the cover, though still legible, has been obscured by moderate to heavy wear along the boards. Light separation exists along the spine, and the front flyleaf has become detached. A strip of masking tape, which was once used to help repair the separation (now also detached) remains affixed along the interior front cover. This book was originally presented to a member of a nineteenth-century ball club as indicated by the period ink inscription on the interior front cover that reads "Wm. Henry Pierce...Joined the Nameless BBC in the spring of 1867." Pierce's name has also been scripted on the facing page as well. The name and address of a subsequent owner has been stamped on the following page. A number of interior pages display some light discoloration and a few areas of text have been underlined in pencil. Henry Chadwick's name has been scripted (not in his hand) under his image on the first page. Despite the minor condition flaws, this remains a very fine example of this rare history and one that would make a splendid addition to any world-class baseball library. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $2,500/$3,500. SOLD FOR $2,610.00


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