[New York:]: Liebenroth von Auw, 1887.
Six Chromolithographs. 1 vols. Large 4to. Original publisher's cream colored cloth with gilt and black stamping. Spine shows moderate wear. Not in Grobani or Smith; not in OCLC. Item #37116
The pictorial title page depicts a standing baseball team surrounding a seated coach, surmounted by patriotic motifs and above a design of crossed bats and equipment. The other illustrations are skillfully rendered field level scenes of a Wild Pitch, Fly Ball, Foul Ball, a runner Caught between Bases, and Home Run -- each with extremely interesting details of uniforms, equipment, positions, etc.
A rare, early, large format "coffee-table" book on the sport, which, by this time, had already become the "national game". Interestingly, the publisher of this rarity, Liebenroth & Von Auw, was a New York firm which specialized in German-language publications targeting the immigrant community: schoolbooks, handwriting manuals, and notably, a hymnal for the Dutch-Reformed Lutheran Church. The latest of their publications recorded in OCLC is 1886 - but there is no recorded copy in any American library of this important pictorial record of baseball as it was played in the 1880's.
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