The Battle of Base-Ball. Including "How I Became a Big-League Pitcher" by Christy Mathewson
New York: The Century Co., 1912. Very Good. Item #26072
New York: The Century Co., 1912. First Edition. Octavo. 377 pp. Black and white photographs including frontispiece with tissue guard, complete. Beige cloth stamped in blue, green, and tan. No dust jacket.
Very slightly ex-library with ghost of shelf label to spine and old number stamp to preliminaries, boards show light general wear with very brief exposure to bottom corners and mild scuffing to front; spine a shade faded and lettering starting to flake, contemporary ownership signature of "L.R. Burnett" to front free endpaper; bookseller ticket, pencil scribbling to preliminaries, but pages otherwise unmarked.
An exceedingly scarce history of baseball from the early 20th century. Includes a chapter from Christy "Big Six" Mathewson and a section on Spalding's rules. No copies in retail and scarce in auction records as of March 2023.