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Lot # 1158 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1866 Haney's Base Ball Reference by Henry Chadwick

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,422.00

Rare and extremely early baseball guide, titled Haney's Base Ball Reference, written by Henry Chadwick in 1866. Published by J. C. Haney & Co., New York. This informative 76-page guide includes the rules of the game, season averages for the 1865 season, and a list of the prominent teams and their respective secretaries. Haney's baseball guides, which were issued annually, were only published for a short time during the 1860s (Haney sold the rights to the guide to Peck & Snyder in 1869); thus they are much scarcer than similar baseball guides from the era. The guide retains its original cloth covers, but the book has been professionally rebound. The original title page, along with one and a half additional interior pages have been replaced by copies. The vintage pencil notation "1866 — 2nd Edition" appears on the front cover. A light water stain affects most of the interior pages. In Very Good condition overall. Housed in a custom-made leather-bound slipcase with gilt lettering on the spine. This book once resided in the comprehensive baseball library of famed collector Barry Halper and was sold, along with the majority of his collection, in the famous 1999 Barry Halper Auction. The original auction label accompanies the book. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000.
SOLD FOR $1,422.00

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