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KIDGELL (John) - The Card (FIRST AND ONLY EDITION - 1755 - THE EARLIEST KNOWN MENTION OF BASEBALL)

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AUTHOR: KIDGELL (John)

TITLE: The Card.

PUBLISHER: London: for the Maker & sold by J. Newberry, 1755.

DESCRIPTION: FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. 2 vols., 6-5/8" x 4-1/4", hand colored engraved frontis, frontis slightly water stained otherwise internally clean and bright, trompe l'oeil plate at page 12. Bound in early 20th C. green cloth, gilt lettered spine.

CONDITION: Inner hinges starting, outer hinges fine, head and foot of spine fine.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A scarce and little known novel accepted to contain the earliest known surviving mention of base-ball as we know it: "...the younger Part of the Family,... retired to an interrupted Party at Base-Ball, (an infant Game, which as it advances in its Teens, improved into Fives, and in its State of Manhood, is called Tennis.)" Vol.1 Chap.2 p.9.

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