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1845-1961 Baseball Book Collection with Many Rarities (31)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,778

Collection of thirty-two baseball books spanning the years 1845 and 1961. This collection includes a number of rare books, as well as many that are considered essential for any advanced baseball library. The two main highlights of the collection, both of which are rare and highly desirable, are the 1864 first edition of The American Boy's Book of Sports and Games, which is the first book to feature a color plate relating to baseball, and the 1888 first edition of Play Ball, by Mike "King" Kelly. Unless otherwise noted, all of the books are hardcover first editions and DO NOT include the original dust jacket (if one was issued). The vast majority of the books display minor interior notations or stampings (often a former owner's name), as well as inscriptions and secondhand bookstore prices. 1)The Sports and Pastimes of the People of England by Joseph Strutt (Printed for Thomas Tege, London,1845). This book, which was first published in 1801, includes a feature on "Stool-Ball," which was an early ball game similar in some ways to baseball. Fr-Gd, with tears to the leather spine and heavy wear. 2) The American Boy's Book of Sports and Games by White, Herrick, Wier, and Harvey (Dick & Fitzgerald, New York, 1864). This important early baseball volume holds the distinction of being the first book to feature a color plate relating to baseball. The 600-page hardcover book devotes ten pages to the game of "Base-Ball," which is prefaced by a gorgeous full-color illustration of a game in progress. In addition to the baseball plate, the book also features three other color illustrations: ice skating, gymnastics, and fencing. Because the color plates are so attractive, it was very common at the time (or in later years) for people to remove them for display. As a result, most of the few surviving examples are missing either one or all of them. The offered volume is one of the rare exceptions and features all of its color plates as issued. Gd. 3) Play Ball by Mike "King" Kelly (Press of Emery & Hughes, 1888). This book was issued with soft covers, both of which are missing. The book has been rebound in hard covers. This 96-page volume is one of the most desirable and elusive of all nineteenth-century baseball books. Over the past forty years, we have seen or heard of fewer than ten copies of this extreme rarity. It also holds the distinction of being the earliest published book relating stories of the ball field as told by a professional baseball player. The somewhat low-quality paper makes serious condition problems a virtual certainty with this book. This volume is no exception. In addition to the missing front and back covers, the book displays a number of small tears and light water staining. Fr-Gd. 4) A Ball Players Career by Cap Anson (Era Publishing Co., Chicago, 1900). Fr. 5) Base Ball in Cincinnati by Harry Ellard (Press of Johnson & Hardin, Cincinnati, 1907). Special limited edition; hand numbered "260" of "Five Hundred Copies Printed." Gd-Vg. 6) Won in the Ninth by Christy Mathewson (R. J. Bodmer Company, New York, 1910). Vg. 7) Touching Second by Johnny Evers (The Reilly & Britton Company, Chicago, 1910). Gd. 8) The National Game by A. H. Spink (National Game Publishing Co., St. Louis, 1910). Vg. 9) The Book Of Baseball, The National Game From The Earliest Days To The Present Season, edited by William Patten and J. Walker McSpadden (P. F. Collier & Son, New York, 1911). Gd. 10) America's National Game by A. G. Spalding (American Sports Publishing Company, New York, 1911). Fr-Gd. 11) Pitching in a Pinch by Christy Mathewson (Grosset & Dunlap, New York, 1912). Vg. 12) The National Game edited by W. W. Aulick (New York Evening Telegram, New York, 1912). Soft cover. Fr. 13) Pitcher Pollock by Christy Mathewson (Grosset & Dunlap, New York, 1914). Fr-Gd. 14) Balldom by George Moreland (Balldom Publishing Company, New York, 1914). Fr. 15) Busting 'Em by Ty Cobb (Edward J. Clode, New York, 1914). Fr-Gd. 16) Richter's History and Records of Base Ball by Francis Richter (Francis C. Richter, Philadelphia, 1914). Vg. 17) Catcher Craig by Christy Mathewson (Grosset & Dunlap, New York, 1915). Vg. 18) First Base Faulkner by Christy Mathewson (Grosset & Dunlap, New York, 1916). Fr. 19)Commy by Charles Comiskey (The Reilly & Lee Co., Chicago, 1919). 20) My Thirty Years in Baseball by John McGraw (Boni and Liveright, New York, 1923). Fr-Gd. 21) Professional Baseball in America (Baseball, Chicago, 1924) Soft cover. Vg.22) Playing the Game by Bucky Harris (Frederick A. Stokes Co., New York, 1925). Gd. 23) Who's Who in Major League Baseball compiled by Harold (Speed) Johnson (Buxton Publishing Co., Chicago, 1933). Fr-Gd. 24)Babe Ruth's Big Book of Baseball by Babe Ruth (The Reilly & Lee Co., Chicago, 1935). Soft cover. Gd-Vg. 25) Adios to Ghosts by Christy Walsh (no publisher listed, 1937). Signed by Walsh on the front flyleaf. Gd. 26) Ball, Bat, and Bishop by Robert Henderson (Rockport Press, Inc., 1947). Ex. 27-28) Two copies of Pitchin' Man by Satchel Paige (no publisher listed, 1948). Soft cover. Each copy is Ex. 29) The Babe Ruth Story by Babe Ruth (E. P. Dutton & Co., New York, 1948). Vg-Ex. 30) Babe Ruth by Martin Weldon (Thomas Y. Crowell, New York, 1948). Pr, with dust jacket (Fr). 31) The Babe and I by Mrs. Babe Ruth (Prentice-Hall, Inc., New Jersey, 1959). Gd. 32) Baseball 1845-1881 by Preston Orem (Preston Orem, California, 1961). Ex. Also included are three modern reprint books: Sphere and Ash by Jacob Morse, Sol White's Official Base Ball Guide by Sol White, and Ward's Baseball Book by Montgomery Ward (all NM). Total: 35 books (3 of which are reprints). Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,778

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