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1910 Christy Mathewson Won In The Ninth Signed Presentation Edition

Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $7,702.50

Rare 1910 special signed presentation hardcover first edition of Won In The Ninth (R. J. Bodmer Company, New York) by Christy Mathewson. This is the ultimate Christy Mathewson signed book, featuring a special bookplate signed by Mathewson affixed to the interior cover. Mathewson's signature, flawlessly rendered in black fountain pen, grades "10." The original recipient's name, “Mr. John Marshall,” is printed on the bookplate, as is the presentation number, “471.” It is unknown exactly how many special presentation copies of this book Mathewson signed, but over the years many have speculated that the number is somewhere between 300 and 500. The discovery of this book, as well as another example we previously offered (numbered "499"), both of which the highest-numbered copies (by far) that we have ever seen, appears to end the speculation and it now seems very likely that 500 was the limitation number. More important than the exact number of presentation copies signed by Mathewson is the fact that very few have survived. Won In The Ninth signed presentation editions have always been highly prized by collectors as it is the only title authored by Mathewson that features a photograph of him on the cover, making it ideal for display. Over the years some collectors have questioned whether these limited-edition signed Won In The Ninth books were signed by someone other than Mathewson ("ghost-signed"). This volume is accompanied by a copy of a universally recognized authentic Christy Mathewson handwritten letter (one of the very few in existence) that is from an extraordinary original archive of correspondence to Cincinnati baseball promoter Daniel A. Fletcher (auctioned by Hunts in November 2011). Of special note is that this handwritten letter happens to date from the very same year as the signed Won In The Ninth editions (July 23, 1910). The accompanying copy of this relatively newly discovered letter is presented online as well for reference and speaks for itself. The 298-page book of baseball fiction also has a special instructional section in the back. The covers display moderate-to-heavy wear (including tears along both the top and base of the spine) and are also partially separated from the spine. Ex library, with the name of the library stamped on the title page. The library book-card holder has been removed from the back page, which has resulted in some minor surface paper residue. A few minor pencil notations appear on the interior back cover. Minor ink notations, including the name of a former owner and a "1952" date appear on the dedication page. There is tape repair to a central illustration plate, otherwise the pages are generally clean and bright, and remain firmly bound. In Very Good condition overall. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $7,702.50

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