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1843 Boy's and Girl's Book of Sports

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,762.50

This exceptionally high quality early chapbook, titled Boy’s and Girl’s Book of Sports (1843, Geo.P. Daniels, Providence), is especially notable for its detailed description of a game called “Base, or Goal Ball” among the outdoor sports for youngsters to play which are described in its pages. The book presents the diamond-shaped diagram of the bases that first appeared in the 1834 edition of The Book of Sports by Robin Carver, universally regarded as an early description of what soon came to widely be known as "baseball." The text refers to the bases as "four stones or stakes" and even refers to "innings" and home plate as "home." The rules of the game are unmistakably baseball, including "If the ball, when struck, be caught by any of the players of the opposite side, who are scattered about the field, he is out and another takes his place." All other text is similarly familiar, though most of the instruction refers to the diagram provided. In addition to its historical importance, this book is further distinguished by its remarkable state of preservation, especially given its fragile nature. The twenty-four page soft-cover book (3.5 x 5.5 inches) displays only the lightest foxing on the covers and a few of the interior pages and is in Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $1,762.50


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