Dick & Fitzgerald, 1864, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Book Condition: Very Good, Dust Jacket Condition: No, First
ANONYMOUS. The American Boy's Book of Sports and Games, New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, 1864. Octavo, first edition, pp. 600, brown cloth boards with gilt, black and blue lettering and decoration in a sporting vein, beveled edges, 600 illustrations including four color plates, gift inscription on free front endpaper. With an early discussion of baseball and its rules in 11 pages, plus a chromolithographic plate by W. Dickes that is considered to be the first-ever color illustration of the new sport. (Porter's Spirit of the Times, a sporting weekly, produced the first black-and-white illustrations of baseball, and was also the first widely issued publication to publish the rules, which tended to vary by region). In addition to the color, there are 6 monochrome illustrations of baseball here. Very scarce; Worldcat shows no copies of this edition in the U.S.; there is one in Britain at Oxford. Condition of this book: Rubbing and wear at extremities but overall very good; clean inside, chromos bright. Size: Octavo (standard book size). Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Sports & Pastimes; United States; 19th century; Antiquarian & Rare. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 54348.