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Lot # 1489 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

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

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,896

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) picturing 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 not only the first example of this book that we have ever offered, it is the first we have ever seen. 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. The name of a former owner has been erased from the first page, which also displays a small edge tear repaired with clear tape. There is moderate separation of the pages from the spine, but all of the pages remain firmly bound together. Minor foxing is evident on a number of pages. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,896

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