The Book of American Pastimes by Charles Peverelly 1866 Baseball History, First Edition ex Library


The Book of American Pastimes, Containing a History of the Principal Base Ball, Cricket, Rowing and Yachting Clubs of the United States.
by Charles Peverelly. Published by the author in 1866. First Edition. Library rebind.

Important early reference work (possibly in first) on history of baseball. Includes rosters and game results for the Knickerbockers, Gothams, Atlantics and Excelsiors. Also details of yachting, rowing and cricket club histories.

556 pp. illustrated with four plates and a diagram of base ball field. Complete. Rebound in red buckram with plain end-papers. Fewer than the usual internal library marks with marginalia on a couple of pages. Overall clean and securely bound. This is an original publication from 1866, not a reproduction. The bookplate on the front endpapers indicates this volume was from "The Charles W. Mears Collection on Baseball" having been "A Gift from his family to the Cleveland Public Library." Images shown are of the actual book on offer.

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