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Lot # 769 (of 1411)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1864 to 1933 Baseball Book Collection (17)

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $4,350.00

Addendum: The book Old Boston Boys and the Games They Played offered here is the 1907 printing, not the 1906 edition. The blue cover edition of Spalding's America's National Game is missing a number of the foldout photographs and is an ex-library copy. The book Athletic Sports has been rebound (original cover overlay).

This collection is truly the foundation of a great baseball library unto itself, and served exactly that purpose for the very advanced collector of primarily nineteenth-century baseball memorabilia who assembled it years ago. The collection is comprised of the following: 1) 1864 The Finger Post to Public Business by an ex-member of the Philadelphia bar. The 377-page book contains information regarding the forming and conducting of societies, clubs, and other organized associations including the rules of baseball. Published in 1864 by Dick & Fitzgerald of New York. Overall Excellent condition. 2) 1866 American Pastimes by Charles Peverelly. This book is generally acknowledged as being the first historical baseball reference volume ever published. Approximately 187 of its 556 pages are devoted to the National Game. The history of baseball's earliest organized clubs is documented, including a listing of all teams, their officers and the results of the games played, from the date of each team's inception through 1866. Of particular note is the comprehensive history given of the Knickerbockers, baseball's first organized team. Very Good condition overall. 3) 1867 Popular Pastimes For Field and Fireside compiled by Aunt Carrie. This 252-page book was published in 1867 by Milton Bradley & Co. The chapter on baseball includes the origins of the game and the rules adopted by the National Association of Base Ball Players. Overall Very Good to Excellent condition. 4) 1870 Popular Amusements by Rev. J. T. Crane. An interesting excerpt from the chapter on baseball reads "Their pay is ridiculously high, considering the service rendered" (referring to professional ballplayers). Some things in baseball will never change. This 209-page book was published in 1870 by Hitchcock & Walden of Cincinnati. Overall Excellent condition. 5) 1870 Out-Door Sports For Boys by Father Friendlyword. This 24-page booklet was printed in 1870 by Ashmead of Philadelphia. A diagram of the baseball diamond and how to play the game is presented in this booklet. A corner chip on the front cover, which goes into three interior pages, and a missing piece on the back cover, otherwise Vg condition overall. 6) One bound volume of the daily sporting newspaper Official Record. The volume covers issues from July 15, 1885 thru October 1st, 1885, representing a total of sixty-three four-page issues. Includes incredible period coverage of baseball games between the top teams of the era. These newspapers are literally a treasure trove of information and period accounts relating to the earliest days of organized baseball. The covers of the bound volume are present but detached. Bright and crisp interior pages. 7) 1889 Chadwick's Base Ball Manual by Henry Chadwick. Colorful cover features a game-in-progress scene. This 64-page soft-cover book discusses the rules and how the game is played. Moisture stain on the cover and the first few interior pages, otherwise Excellent condition overall. 8) 1889 Athletic Sports. Approximately 437 of its 711 pages are devoted to the complete history of the game including the famous "Around the World" tour of American baseball teams. Overall Very Good condition. 9) 1897 Boston Base Ball Club 1871-1897 compiled by George V. Tuohey. Early hardcover devoted to the history of the Boston BBC with many illustrations featuring Geo. Wright, O'Rourke, Spalding, Duffy, etc. Very Good to Excellent condition. 10) 1906 Old Boston Boys and The Games They Played by James D'Wolf Lovett. Published in 1906 by the Riverside Press. There is general wear along the edges to the covers. Extremely rare early hardcover devoted to the rich history of baseball in Boston. Very Good to Excellent condition. 11) 1911 hardcover first edition of America's National Game by A. G. Spalding. Published in 1911 by the American Sports Publishing Company of New York. An important early historical work which served to formally introduce the Abner Doubleday myth regarding the invention of baseball. Very Good condition. 12) 1911 red cover variation of America's National Game by A. G. Spalding. Very Good condition. 13) 1912 Who's Who In Baseball published by the Baseball Magazine Co. This is an extremely scarce and desirable first year of issue of this popular and long-running series. Very Good to Excellent condition overall. 14) 1914 Balldom "The Britannica of Baseball" by George L. Moreland. This 304-page book was published by the Balldom Publishing Company in 1914. Complete history of the National and American Leagues with comprehensive statistics and records. Overall Very Good condition. 15) 1932 The History of the Texas League by William B. Ruggles. This 240-page soft cover presents a complete history of the Texas League from its inaugural year of 1888 to its final season in 1931. Excellent condition overall. 16 & 17)1933 Who's Who In Major League Baseball by Harold (Speed) Johnson. Classic hardcover published in 1933 by the Buxton Publishing Co. of Chicago. This first edition, one of the most substantial of all baseball publications, features formal portrait photos and short biographies of each Major League player. The covers and spine have separated from the body of the book. 542 pages. Missing its original dust jacket. Good condition. Also included is a rare soft-cover variation that may have accompanied the book during its first year of issue. The covers of the soft-cover publication have separated from the spine. Good condition. 18) Also included are five limited-edition reprint books: Sol. White's Official Base Ball Guide copy number 426 of 500 by the Camden House of Baseball Classics; "History of Base Ball: Sphere and Ash" copy number 101 of 500 by the Camden House of Baseball Classics; Baseball In Cincinnati - A History By Harry Ellard copy number 126 of 150 leather-bound copies; The Ball Players' Chronicle - Volume 1 1867; The American Chronicle of Sports and Pastimes - Volume 2 1868. All are in Near Mint condition. This collection is ideal for leisure reading or library reference. Total 22 books (17 originals and 5 reprints). Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $4,350.00


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