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    A. G. (Alfred Goodwill) Spalding. 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... Cartoons by Homer C. Davenport. New York: American Sports Publishing Company, 1911. First edition, first printing. Inscribed on the front free endpaper by the author A.G. Spalding on "Dec. 25, 1911" to E.W. Scripps, the noted newspaper publisher at Point Loma, CA, Spalding' s home town. With the rare prospectus for the book is laid in. Octavo. xix, [1], 542 pages. Numerous cartoons and photo illustrations, a few of which fold-out. Bound in blue cloth with bright gilt lettering and Uncle Sam vignette cover, gilt lettering spine. Binding with light rubbing to extremities. Small chip to gilt in title. Hinges starting, small piece of archival tape at foot of front hinge addressing minor paper loss. Fold-out of Shibe Park repaired at folds. Laid-in prospectus with stains and hole in gutter, not affecting text or images. Book housed in a custom clear acrylic slipcase. A very good copy with a great association.

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    Edward Willis Scripps (1854-1926) was an American newspaper publisher and founder of E. W. Scripps, currently a media conglomerate. He lived in the San Diego area, not far from Spalding.

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