New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1887. Hard Cover. Near Fine. 8vo. Seldom seen, second printing. Cover and text match the first printing but for the date on the title page and the 8-page advertising section in the rear. Sound binding with intact pages. Frontispiece and tissue guard are in nice shape. Clean pages; book plate removed from front fixed endpaper. Very light cover wear; black and gold cover decoration and lettering is crisp and bold. The famous first novel about baseball. Although this book is often described as a fictional depiction of baseball as played in the 1880s, Brooks has written that it is autobiographical and describes his boys militia unit and baseball team of Castine, Maine in the 1840s (see Brook's "How the Flag was Saved" in St. Nicholas, Vol. XXIII, #4, February 1896), which was made up from the better families in town including Sam 'Blackie' Black ("a colored member"). His club's primary opponent was made up of members from a rival gang, the White Bears, "rough fellow[s], with small respect for law, order, or the rights of others . . . tough and rugged as the polar bear whose name they took in the spirit of boasting and bravado."
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