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1868 Chadwick's American Game of Base Ball

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $5,288

First edition of The Game of Base Ball by Henry Chadwick, published in 1868 by George Munro & Co., New York. (The cover of the book bears the title Chadwick's American Game of Base Ball .) T he Game of Base Ball is not only one of the earliest histories of our national pastime, but also one of the most important. Chadwick was the preeminent sportswriter of his day and is universally regarded as one of the game's founding fathers. Chadwick's role in the emergence of baseball as our national pastime was great. As a chronicler of the sport he was continually promoting the virtues of the game to the American people in newspapers, magazines, and books. At the same time he was writing about baseball he was also actively contributing to the game's evolution as a board member on various rules committees. The complete title of this book is The Game of Base Ball - How to Learn it, How to Play it, and How to Teach it - With Sketches of Noted Players . If any man were qualified to write such a book at the time it was "Father Chadwick." This remarkable hard-bound 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 fewer than twenty copies in existence, making this a highly sought-after volume by both baseball collectors and bibliophiles alike. The offered volume (4.25 x 6.5 inches) displays a number of moderate abrasions to the decorative paper mounts on the front and back hard covers; however, nearly all of the gold-stamped lettering on the front remains intact. The lettering for the advertisements on the back cover is faded, but most remain legible upon close examination. The name of a former owner and a date ("Louis R. Clark/Aug 1868") is written in pencil on the front flyleaf. The back flyleaf displays a number of numerical notations in pencil. A number of unobtrusive, small, pencil notations, including a few underlined passages, affect some of the pages. The spine remains tight and all of the pages are firmly attached. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $5,288

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