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Early Baseball-Book Collection with Many Rarities (26)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,259

Significant collection of twenty-six early baseball books, highlighted by the 1889 Athletic Sports, which fully documents the 1888-1889 Spalding World Tour, and the 1902 “Seymour Church” book, an early history of the game featuring many color plates and information found nowhere else. The collection also includes a number of scarce works which are considered essential for any advanced baseball library. Unless otherwise noted, all of the books are hardcover first editions and DO NOT include a dust jacket.

1) Athletic Sports, edited by Harry Clay Palmer. (Hubbard Brothers, Philadelphia, 1889). The 711-page book provides information on a number of sports including baseball, tennis, lacrosse, polo, cricket, and cycling. Despite the wealth of information offered on those sports, the book’s significance today is due almost exclusively to its extensive coverage of the famous Spalding 1888/89 World Baseball Tour. This book has always remained the definitive period account of the 1888/89 World Tour and includes numerous illustrations, including color plates. The covers display heavy wear and there are a few bookseller's pencil notations on the front flyleaf. A blue proprietary stamp from the Wm. H. Wanamaker clothing store of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, appears on approximately twenty-five interior pages. Moderate foxing affects the title page. Gd-Vg.

2) Boston Base Ball Club 1871-1897 compiled by George V. Tuohey. (M. F. McQuinn, Boston, 1897). Early work devoted to the history of the Boston BBC with many illustrations featuring Geo. Wright, O'Rourke, Spalding, Duffy, etc. Gd.

3) A Ball Players Career by Cap Anson (Era Publishing Co., Chicago, 1900). Tape reinforcement along the spine at the front and rear interior covers, otherwise Ex.

4) Baseball 1845-1871 by Seymour R. Church (Seymour R. Church, San Francisco, 1902), This oversized (14 x 11 inches) hard-bound volume of early baseball history, often referred to as “The Church Book,” is highlighted by five beautiful full-color plates, as well as numerous black-and-white illustrations relating to baseball history. The book was self-published by legendary early baseball enthusiast Seymour Church in 1902 and chronicles the history of baseball, with particular focus on the history of the game in California during the nineteenth century. This is one of the all-time classic early baseball books devoted to the history of baseball, with many photographs and a great deal of information which appear nowhere else. This book was intended to be the first of a series published by Church (it is “Volume 1”) but a fire destroyed Church's business and his very substantial baseball collection in 1902, apparently derailing his plans for additional volumes. The book displays moderate-to-heavy wear to the covers and slight separation along the spine. The page featuring a color plate of Cal McVey has a number of tears, the largest of which (5.5 inches) has been repaired. The remaining pages are all generally clean and bright. Gd-Vg.

5) Old Boston Boys and The Games They Played by James D'Wolf Lovett. (Riverside Press, Boston, 1906). Ex.

< b>6) Base Ball in Cincinnati by Harry Ellard (Press of Johnson & Hardin, Cincinnati, 1907). Blue cover. Inscription on the front flyleaf, dated December 25, 1919, from a gentleman who presented the book as a Christmas gift to his friend; otherwise Ex.

7) The National Game by A. H. Spink (National Game Publishing Co., St. Louis, 1910). Gd-Vg.

8) 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). This book is often referred to as the “Colliers Book.” The large format (11 x 15.5 inches) hardcover book is profusely illustrated, featuring many of the game's early stars and important figures. Covers display significant wear, including heavy staining, but the interior pages remain clean and bright. Gd-Vg.

9) America's National Game by A. G. Spalding (American Sports Publishing Company, New York, 1911). Vintage inscription on front flyleaf, otherwise Ex.

10) Busting 'Em by Ty Cobb (Edward J. Clode, New York, 1914). Vg-Ex.

11) Richter's History and Records of Base Ball by Francis Richter (Francis C. Richter, Philadelphia, 1914). Gd-Vg.

12) Balldom by George Moreland (Balldom Publishing Company, New York, 1914). Fr.

13) Commy by Charles Comiskey (The Reilly & Lee Co., Chicago, 1919). Vg.

14) Baseball Cyclopedia by Ernest Lanigan (Baseball Magazine Company, New York, 1922). Softcover. Vg.

15) Ty Cobb: The Idol of Baseball Fandom by Sverre O. Braathen. (Avondale Press, New York, 1928). Ex.

16) Guia de Base Ball Ano 1930 (Bibloteca Deportiva Franquez, Habana, 1930). Cuban-baseball annual. Written entirely in Spanish. Softcover. Original covers missing, rebound. Fr.

17) The History of The Texas League by William Ruggles (Texas Baseball League, 1932). Softcover. Vg-Ex.

18) Who's Who in Major League Baseball compiled by Harold (Speed) Johnson (Buxton Publishing Co., Chicago, 1933). The name of a former owner (“Fred Buchholz”) stamped in gold on the cover, otherwise Ex.

19-21) Three copies of History of Baseball in California and Pacific Coast Leagues 1847-1938 by Fred Lange (Fred Lange, Oakland, 1938). Two are softcover, one hardcover. Gd-Vg overall.

22) 1949 Historia Del Base Ball Profesional De Cuba by Raul Diez Muro. Published by the Liga De Base Ball Profesional Cubana. Softcover. Written entirely in Spanish. Gd-Vg.

23) The Fireside Book of Baseball, edited by Charles Einstein (Simon and Schuster, New York, 1956). With original dust jacket. Vg-Ex.

24) The Second Fireside Book of Baseball, edited by Charles Einstein (Simon and Schuster, New York, 1958). With original dust jacket. Ex-Mt.

25) Baseball 1845-1881 by Preston Orem (Preston Orem, California, 1961). Ex.

26) The Third Fireside Book of Baseball, edited by Charles Einstein (Simon and Schuster, New York, 1968). With original dust jacket. Ex.

Extremely substantial selection that all alone could represent the foundation for an advanced baseball library. Total 26 books. Reserve $500. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,259

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