Early Baseball Reference

Uncle Nat; or, The Good Time Which George and Frank Had, Trapping, Fishing, Camping Out, etc. By Alfred Oldfellow.

New York: D. Appleton and Company 443 & 445 Broadway, 1865.

First edition. Frontispiece and 5 engraved plates. 224 pp., + [4] pp. ads. 8vo. Early Baseball Reference. Brown pebbled, blind-stamped cloth, gilt fishing scene on upper board and spine, cloth frayed at spine ends, light foxing throughout. Item #100267

Chapter five (pp. 48-55) contains the earliest fictional reference to the game of baseball, including choicing up sides by grabbing the bat. Precedes Everett’s CHANGING BASE, 1868, which Grobani labels the first novel to incorporate baseball into its plot. INSCRIBED, “Presented to Mrs. J.M. Casey By the Rector for their little and much loved daughter May M. Casey. Through thye auspices of his son. Alfred B. Beach.”.

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