Chicago: Forbes & Co., 1912. First Edition. Hardcover. First Printing of this charming paean to America's pastime, featuring 24 lighthearted and impertinent poems. Small, slim 8vo: 88pp, with baseball-themed spot illustrations from drawings in lower margin of each page. Publisher's pictorial paper-covered boards (showing two hands gripping a baseball bat), mid-brown end papers, pages printed in lime green and black; without the scarce dust jacket. Very minor wear and soiling, but a sound, firmly bound example and clean and bright throughout. Fine-. Item #BB1886
From an early review in Baseball Magazine (vol. 9, issue 3, July 1912): "The book contains upward of twenty-five [sic] breezy ballads of the diamond which embrace a widespread field, including many of the leading characters and most stirring events in the recent annals of the game. The book is carefully edited and very artistically illustrated. . . . Whoever spends the price of a seat on the bleachers for this little volume will find himself well rewarded by having at his disposal many snatches of real life from the national game." N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).