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Lot # 974 (of 1336)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1867 Home Run Galop Sheet Music

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $840

Issued in 1867, this sheet music, titled Home Run Galop, is best known today not for its musical merits, but for its beautifully illustrated cover picturing a game in progress. As noted by the text on the cover, the Home Run Galop, which is an instrumental number, was dedicated "To The Atlantic Club of Chicago - The Boys Who Make 'Em." Composed by F. W. Root and published by Root & Cady, Illinois. Lithography by J. Gemmell. This sheet music was issued two years prior to the dawn of professional baseball and is one of the earliest examples featuring an illustration of a game in progress on the cover. Today, it is widely considered one of the most attractive of all nineteenth-century baseball sheet musics. This example appears to have been a gift of the publisher at the time, as noted by the pencil notation in the upper right corner of the cover that reads "Miss S. Abbey Moulton/Compliments of Root & Cady." The sheet music (10.25 x 13.5 inches) was once been bound in an album, as evidenced by a number of tiny, partially torn string holes along the spine. The pages have been subsequently bound together by means of an adhesive, but there is still partial separation at the spine. There is a small tear near the spine on the front cover, and two small edge tears on the back cover have been repaired with tape. A few small, light stains and minor foxing are also evident. In Good to Very Good condition overall. Despite the minor flaws, the central image area on the cover is largely unaffected and the sheet music displays exceptionally well.

  Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $840


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