Original Wraps. Philadelphia: A. J. Reach & Co., 1888. First Edition. Near Fine.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's cream wrappers with red, white and blue baseball player illustration to front wrapper, titles in black to front wrapper and spine, Merrell's Penetrating Oils advertisement to rear wrapper with illustration of man in cap, frontispiece portrait of A. J. Reach with facsimile signature. About fine copy with light spotting to exterior, touch of wear to spine. Includes Additions for 1888 supplement with pitching and fielding statistics from the 1887 season, stapled wrappers. Additions with light toning to page edges, else fine. Overall, a handsome and remarkably unfaded guide with its scarce supplement. An exceptional copy. This baseball guide gives an in-depth recap of the 1887 American Association baseball season as well as updated game rules, a revised League Constitution, biographies on notable individuals, and more. This is the sixth issue of the annual guide, which was first published in 1883. A. J. Reach, in his introduction to the book, calls this edition of the guide the "handsomest and most elaborate ever published." The American Association was a rival to the National League that ran from 1882 to 1891. It tended to offer cheaper tickets than the National League, and a more relaxed viewing experience with games on Sundays and beer sold in the stands.