BEADLE'S DIME BASE-BALL PLAYER: Comprising the Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Base-Ball Convention, Together with the Amended Rules Adopted, Rules for the Formation of Clubs, and the Constitution and By-Laws of the National Association. Also, the Base-Ball Averages for 1866.

BEADLE'S DIME BASE-BALL PLAYER: Comprising the Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Base-Ball Convention, Together with the Amended Rules Adopted, Rules for the Formation of Clubs, and the Constitution and By-Laws of the National Association. Also, the Base-Ball Averages for 1866.

New York: Beadle and Company, Publishers, 118 William Street. (1867). 1st edition thus, & 6th edition overall (Johannsen BEADLE, p. 407). [3] - 96, [2] pp. 2 page advert at rear for other Beadle publications (including the infamous "The Dead Letter"). NB. This pagination scheme matches that as given by Johannsen). Field diagram on the copyright page [which, we note, positions the umpire in front, and to the right, of the catcher]. 12mo. 6-1/8" x 3-3/4". Bound in an 1870s style green cloth with gilt spine lettering (though later). Lacks wrappers. Binding - Nr Fine. Text block - VG+ (gutter edge of title leaf with a small, unobtrusive light brown stain carrying through, though fainter, to the next leaf). Item #28499

Chadwick generally regarded as the first 'Sports' writer in the United States; the "Rules of Baseball are largely his work..." [DAB].

This continuous series by Beadle & Chadwick, of which this is the 6th example, ran through 1881 & was first issued in 1860 [none in 1861 or 1863]; it has the distinction of being the first ever of such a nature, and gave rise to the many iterations today's fans so much enjoy, as well as laboriously study [can you say, "Fantasy Baseball"?].

All these early guides now quite rare- none of this series at auction these last 30 years, and OCLC shows but one listing [7th ed] for the 9 editions up to 1870.

Price: $1,250.00

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