San Francisco: Seymour R. Church 807 Sansome Street, 1902.
First edition. Illustrated throughout, including five plates in color (with one of Cal McVey, the dedicatee, one of Chas Reilly of Los Angeles Base Ball Club). 48, xxiii pp. INSCRIBED. Original pebbled red cloth. Rebacked, spine laid down. Dampstain at lower portion of textblock, some discoloration to plates at margins, occasional chipping and edgewear. Very good. Smith no. 753. Item #313389
First edition of this important early work on baseball history, with a focus on the game's history in California, inscribed by the author Seymour R. Church to H.V. Halston, proprietor of the Hotel San Rafael, 50 minutes north of San Francisco.
The list of subscribers includes Henry Chadwick. Part one of a proposed series on base ball history; a fire destroyed Church's business and baseball collection and no further volumes were published.
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