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1914 Richter's Base Ball Book - Signed by the Author
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,058
First edition of Richter's History and Records of Base Ball by Francis Richter, inscribed by the author in black fountain pen (grading "9/10") on the front flyleaf: "To James Crunabie with the compliments of the author - Francis Richter - Philad. Pa. March 18, 1914." "The Richter Book," as it is most commonly referred to by advanced collectors, was self-published by the author in 1914, and printed by The Dando Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is one of the few key historical baseball volumes that is widely regarded as essential for any great baseball library. The 306-page book chronicles the rich history of the game, from its origins to the present (1914), and is lavishly illustrated with photographs of nearly every important player and league official. As the founder and editor of The Sporting Life, Richter was more than qualified to write this book and in his foreword, he remarks "This volume is designed to supply the growing need of a concise, yet complete, record of our National Game, from its remote inception and humble beginning to the present period of magnificent development to real national stature." It should be noted that the Richter book is often found with serious condition problems. Perhaps relating to being self-published, a somewhat less than ideal and uneven quality paper was intentionally used, making the pages susceptible to damage. The offered volume is superior to most others with regard to the condition of the interior pages. Aside from a few minor edge tears or tiny areas of light foxing, the pages are remarkably clean and bright. There is a slight separation from the spine, but both covers and all of the pages remain firmly bound. The red cloth covers display moderate wear, including a number of small, light stains and edge bumps. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. This is a fine representative copy of this scarce and important reference work, only the second signed edition we have ever offered (REA offered a signed edition in 2004), and one that would make a fine addition to any substantial baseball library. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+.
SOLD FOR $1,058
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