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1869 Lacrosse: The National Game of Canada - First Edition!

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $720

Exceedingly rare first edition of Lacrosse: The National Game of Canada by W. G. Beers (Dawson Brothers, Montreal, 1869). This is the first book ever published about the sport of lacrosse and if anyone were qualified to write about the game at the time it was W. G. Beers. Beers was a Canadian dentist who founded the Montreal Lacrosse Club in 1856. In 1867 he codified the rules of the sport and two years later he published this, his grand opus on the sport. Contained within its 256 pages are a history of the game, instructions on how to play, and his new rules. What is most notable about the book is the inclusion of two unique photo plates (one on the interior front cover and the other on the facing flyleaf) of players demonstrating various techniques. What makes the plates unique is that both are actual photos that have been affixed to the pages, as opposed to being printed on the page. This is just the second example of this rare book we have ever seen. The first was featured as Lot 1489 in our April 2014 auction, where it realized $1,896. The green-cloth boards, with gilt-stamped lettering on the front cover and spine, display moderate wear, including a few edge tears along the top and bottom spine, and bumps along the corners. Light water staining affects the top borders of the interior cover and approximately the first ten pages. The book has been deaccessioned from a library, as the word "Withdrawn" is stamped on the contents page and the interior back cover. A gift stamp from a donor appears on the front flyleaf. A few minor library pencil notations appear on the contents page and facing page, and light foxing affects a few of the final pages. Minor separation of the first few pages from the spine is evident. In Very Good condition overall.

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