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1866-1933 Significant Baseball Book Collection (8)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,937.50

Barry Halper's baseball library was at one time one of the most extensive ever assembled and included many rare works. Offered here are eight extremely important early baseball books that were part of Barry's collection, and together, represent a solid foundation for a substantial library. 1) Book of American Pastimes, by Charles Peverelly. 1866. First edition, published by the author, New York. The 556-page book (5.5 x 7.5 inches) devotes 184 pages to the "National Game" and includes much information on baseball's earliest clubs. The cloth boards are heavily worn, including tears, and there is slight separation along the spine. The pages display light foxing throughout. In Good to Very Good condition. 2) Athletic Sports, edited by Harry Clay Palmer. 1889. First edition, published by Hubbard Brothers, Philadelphia. The 711-page book provides information on a number of sports including baseball, tennis, lacrosse, polo, cricket, and cycling. Despite the wealth of information offered on those sports, the book’s significance today is due almost exclusively to its extensive coverage of the famous Spalding 1888/89 World Baseball Tour. This book has always remained the definitive period account of the 1888/89 World Tour and includes numerous illustrations, including color plates. The book (7 x 9.5 inches) displays heavy wear along the brown cloth boards and there is some slight separation along the spine. The pages all remain clean and bright. The name of a former owner (written in pencil) has been erased on the front flyleaf. In Very Good condition. 3) A History of the Boston Base Ball Club, by George V. Tuohey. 1897. First edition, published by M. F. Quinn & Co., Boston. The 242-page book (7 x 9.25 inches) offers an extensive history of Boston baseball, beginning with the city's 1871 entry in the fledgling National Association. The red cloth boards are water stained and light evidence of that staining is visible on every page. In Good condition. Despite the apparent flaws, this is a perfectly readable copy of this scarce and important work. 4) A Ballplayer’s Career, by Cap Anson. 1900. First edition, published by the Era Publishing Co., Chicago. The 339-page book covers Anson's life in baseball and, like Palmer's Athletic Sports , Anson too devotes a great number of pages to the 1888/89 World Tour. The book (5.5 x 8 inches) displays wear to the green cloth boards, and some staining to the back cover. The end pages display light foxing, but the interior pages themselves are clean and bright. In Very Good condition overall. 5) The National Game, by Alfred Spink. 1910. First edition, published by the National Publishing Co., St. Louis. The 410-page book (6.5 x 9.25 inches) provides a history of the game, beginning with the 1833 Olympic Club of Philadelphia, through 1910. Heavily illustrated. The red cloth boards display moderate wear and the interior pages are clean and bright. In Very Good to Excellent condition. 6) The Book of Baseball edited by William Patten and J. Walker McSpadden. 1911. First edition, published by P. F. Collier & Son, New York. Often referred to simply as "The Collier's Book," this book (11 x 15.5 inches) is distinguished by its large-scale format and its numerous illustrations throughout. The book features an overview of the game's history and provides much information on the players and teams from the 1910 era. The cloth boards display heavy wear, as is usually the case with this volume, but the colorful cover illustration remains largely unaffected. There is a slight separation along the spine. Interior pages are clean and bright. In Very Good condition. 7-8) Two copies of the 1933 edition of Who's Who in Major League Baseball, by Harold (Speed) Johnson. Published by Buxton Publishing Co., Chicago. This book (8.75 x 11.25 inches), which was published that year in a "large-format" style, is highly prized by collectors today and was also saved by many of the players from the era. In fact, one of the two copies here originates from the personal library of Hall of Fame outfielder Max Carey. Carey's copy has been personally inscribed to him in blue fountain pen (grading "9") on the front flyleaf by the author: " To my good friend, Max Carey, with kindest personal regards, always - Harold 'Speed' Johnson, Chicago, Sept 17, 1933. " Carey's copy also includes a portion of the extremely rare original dust jacket. Only the front cover of the dust jacket remains, which features a generic illustration of player sliding into third that is reminiscent of the famous Conlon photo of Cobb sliding into third. The name "Max Carey - Manager, Brooklyn Dodgers" is stamped in gilt lettering on the front cover. The cloth boards have wear and there is slight separation along the spine. Light foxing is evident along the interior boards and end pages. A few of the pages display minor tears as well. In Good condition. The second volume is in far better condition. The cloth boards display very light wear, most noticeably along the spine, and there is slight separation along the spine. There are a few light pencil notations on the Babe Adams page (in correction of his statistics), otherwise all of the pages are clean and bright. In Very Good to Excellent condition. Total: 8 books. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,937.50


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