Springfield, Mass: Published by Milton Bradley & Co., 1867. 1st edition. Not in Drazin. xi,  - 244, 4 pp. 4 pages of adverts conclude volume. Croquet: pp. 13 - 41; Base Ball: pp 42 - 63. Frontis, plus many wood cuts throughout text (8 for Croquet; 3 for Baseball). 12mo. 7-5/8" x 4-7/8". Original publisher's purple cloth binding with gilt stamped decorations. Salmon - colored eps. Slight lean. Light-to-average wear. PO initials to ffep. A VG+ copy. Item #30452
The volume details to potential players the rules recently adopted in December 1865, as well as field lay-out & description of the divers players' roles & responsibilities. All is introduced with, "The game of Base Ball is fast becoming with Americans what Cricket has already become with the English, a national game." Here it is 140 years later, and that's still quite true today- baseball is *the* national game.