Original Wraps. New York: Beadle and Adams, 1876. First Edition. Very Good.
First edition. Publisher's orange wrappers printed in black with batting illustration to front wrapper, Peck & Snyder advertisement to rear wrapper, hand-colored ads to interior. About very good book with tears along spine, including a 2" split along front wrapper hinge and a small chip at spine foot, corners shallowly chipped, light rubbing to wrappers, interior clean and without marks. Overall, an attractive copy. Scarcely found in original wrappers and in collectible condition. 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 was no longer published when Chadwick took a job as editor for A. G. Spalding's Official Base Ball Guide. Item #HCHAD020