Lot 191 of 314:
Baseball America's National Game, 1st Ed. variant binding  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$216
Estimate:
$300 - $500

Title:
America's National Game: Historical Facts...Evolution, Development and Popularity of Base Ball with Personal Reminiscences of its Vicissitudes, its Victories and its Votaries
Author:
Spalding, Albert G.
Place:
New York
Publisher:
American Sports Publishing
Date:
1911
Description:

xix, 542 pp. With over 100 full-page illustrations (mostly from photographs, some fold-out), including a sepia-tone portrait of the author, with tissue-guard; cartoon drawings by Homor C. Davenport. (8vo) cloth-backed pictorial paper-covered boards. First Edition.

An unusual variant binding from the more common blue cloth, gilt lettered one. The title page publisher remains American Sports Publishing Company, however the spine statement is "Presented by A.G. Spalding & Bros.". One of the earliest books solely devoted to America's national pastime. The author, A.G. Spalding (1850-1915) was a professional baseball player himself and of course the founder of the famous sporting goods manufacturer / publisher. Spalding first played competitively with the Rockford Pioneers, a youth team in 1865. Gift inscription on front free endpaper dated 7/14/33. Newspaper clipping tipped to front pastedown.

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Condition:
Binding worn, cloth fraying rear joint nearly detached, some chips and tears to board-covering; hinges cracked else very good.
 
Item number:
301647
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