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Athletic Sports in America, England and Australia. Comprising History, Characteristics, Sketches of Famous Leaders, Organization and Great Contests of Baseball, Cricket, Football, La Crosse, Tennis, Rowing, and Cycling. Also Including the Famous "Around the World" Tour of American Baseball Teams, Their Enthusiastic Welcomes, Royal Receptions, Banquets, Great Games Played before Notables of Foreign Nations, Humorous Incidents, Interesting Adventures, etc., etc
Philadelphia: Hubbard Brothers, Publishers. (1889). First. First edition. Thick small quarto. Decorated brown cloth lettered and illustrated in gilt and black. 711pp., illustrated, four color chromolithograph plates. Corners a little bumped, else a fine copy, and as nice as we've seen. Although the book covers most popular field sports of the era, it is overwhelmingly devoted to baseball, and includes profiles of all the current professional teams, college baseball, and with what would in another context be a book-long account of the 1888-9 world barnstorming tour between the Chicago Baseball Club and an opposing all-star squad. Three of the four color illustrations are of baseball, including the wonderful frontispiece view of a baseball game outside London's Crystal Palace, the fourth is of a cricket match. Many black and white illustrations of individual baseball players, as well as of teams and important games. A beautiful copy of a keystone title for any serious baseball collection. .
      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
Last Found On: 2014-10-02           Check availability:      IOBABooks    

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