America's National Game: Historic Facts Concerning the Beginning, Evolution, Development and Popularity of Base Ball with Personal Reminiscences of its Vicissitudes, its Victories and its Votaries. - Albert G. Spalding 1911 - American Sports Publishing Company, New York - First Edition A thick octavo first edition of this landmark and first scholarly work on Baseball, by the legendary A. G. Spalding, major league professional pitcher, manager, and then president of the Chicago White Stockings. Spalding started the trend of wearing a baseball glove, wrote the first set of baseball rules, and co-founded the sporting goods company of A.G. Spalding.

Profusely illustrated with 114 black and white full page plates from photographs and ‘cartoons’ by Homer C. Davenport, including four delicate folding plates (unfortunately two of which are missing a fold).
  Reference: Howes, U.S. Iana (1650-1950), S-804.

Thick octavo (book size 20.4x14.2cm), pp. xix[1] 542 [4]. In publisher’s blue ribbed cloth, spine lettered in gilt, front panel with gilt vignette of Uncle Sam up to bat and gilt lettering. Two of the four foldout plates (page 494 and 502) are split along their folds and missing the last portion.
  Condition: Near fine, hinges starting, two folding plates split and missing outer fold, very light rubbing to corners and spine ends.   Ref: 110266   Price: HK$ 3,800