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    1868 "The Game of Base Ball" by Henry Chadwick. Entitled in full, "The Game of Base Ball, How to Learn It, How to Play It and How to Teach It, with Sketches of Noted Players," this tremendously scarce volume is considered to be one of the most important histories of our National Pastime, and certainly one of the earliest. The author Henry Chadwick, one of the era's most prominent sportswriters, is universally recognized as one of the foremost pioneers of the sport, and this book could be credited with encouraging the spread of the game to which Chadwick dedicated so much. The contents of the book are quite well characterized by the lengthy title, and the 178 pages of text present the most comprehensive insight into the first evolutionary steps of the game available.

    This volume exhibits surface wear to the hardcover exterior, which provides embossed golden lettering reading "Chadwick's American Game of Base Ball." The binding is a little loose but the pages are all intact, although the frontispiece and title page have separated from the binding. The interior exhibits some light staining and minor pencil/pen marks on the opening pages but there is no tearing. The first blank page opposite the interior front cover was neatly inscribed to the original owner: Presented to Daniel S. Barr From R.E. Goodrich."

    Found in only the finest of private baseball libraries, this book is estimated to be one of just twenty that has survived to this day. One must assume that this example ranks among the better copies of that thin supply.


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