Hard Cover. New York: Random House, 1968. 1st Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's red cloth and light beige boards, lettered in red and silver, blue top stain; in the original white dust jacket designed by Adelson and Eichinger, lettered in blue and golden yellow. Near fine, with a very slight lean to the spine, minor soiling to the rear free endpaper, otherwise bright and clean pages; unclipped dust jacket, with a short closed tear to the front panel, some light wear and creasing to the extremities, a few faint spots of light soiling. Overall, a tight and attractive copy. The Universal Baseball Association is Coover's second novel, which he insists is "not a book about baseball," in spite of Wilfrid Sheed's praise that "Coover has in fact written a fine baseball novel, the best I can remember in an admittedly thin field." Instead, this novel tells the story of J. Henry Waugh, the nighttime proprietor of the Universal Baseball Association, a fantasy league where each game is controlled by Waugh's roll of the dice. As he becomes increasingly obsessed with the UBA, Waugh's fantasy begins to blend with his actual life, with disastrous effects for both fantasy and reality.