Original Wraps. New York: Beadle and Adams, 1878. First Edition. Very Good.
First edition. Publisher’s yellow wrappers printed in black with batting illustration to front wrapper, Peck & Snyder advertisement to rear wrapper. Very good with light soiling to front wrapper, some wear to spine, and a bit of dampstaining to preliminary pages. Overall, a tight copy. Very scarce. Beadle’s Dime Base-Ball Player is recognized as the earliest published baseball guide. Published annually between 1860 and 1881, the guide provided the public with recaps of previous seasons, rules, and basic game instructions. The guides were edited by Henry Chadwick, the “Father of Baseball,” who made substantial and enduring innovations to baseball box scores and statistics. The guide ceased being published when Chadwick took a job as editor for A. G. Spalding’s Official Base Ball Guide.