GUTSMUTHS, JOHANN CHRISTOPH FRIEDRICH. 1759-1839. Spiele zur Uebung und Erholung des Koerpers und Geistes, fuer die Jugend.... Schnepfenthal: Erziehungsanstalt, 1796.
Lot 6257
BASEBALL. GUTSMUTHS, JOHANN CHRISTOPH FRIEDRICH. Spiele zur Uebung und Erholung des Koerpers und Geistes, fuer die Jugend.... Schnepfenthal: Erziehungsanstalt, 1796.
Sold for US$ 2,750 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
BASEBALL.
GUTSMUTHS, JOHANN CHRISTOPH FRIEDRICH. Spiele zur Uebung und Erholung des Koerpers und Geistes, fuer die Jugend.... Schnepfenthal: Erziehungsanstalt, 1796.
8vo (168 x 105 mm). xvi, [8], 492, [4] pp. Subscriber's list present. Engraved allegorical frontispiece, 4 engraved folding plates on full aprons. Period half calf over speckled boards, morocco spine label. Binding worn at corners, spine rubbed.
Provenance: Hans Thielsen (inscription); Serendipity Books.

FIRST EDITION; AN 18TH CENTURY DESCRIPTION OF BASEBALL. Gutsmuths was a pioneer of physical education and gymnastics. In this compendium of games and sports he describes 15 different types of ballgame, including Thorball, Schnurball, Fangball, and Prellball. Most importantly he devotes nearly seven pages to "englische Base-ball," the forerunner to American baseball played from at least 1750 by the schoolchildren of Britain. Gutsmuths also describes in detail "das deutsche-englische Ballspiel" (also known as ballstock) a cousin of English baseball played in Europe until the early 20th century. "Gutsmuths's documentation of the game is an important contribution to baseball history, because it is the strongest surviving evidence of an ancient family of European ball games that may have influcenced the inception of baseball in England" (David Block, Baseball Before We Knew It, 2005, p 182). The first description of rounders or any other baseball-like game did not appear in English until 1828. See also The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, 2011.
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armor, Coins & Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, and Wine & Whisky:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first $100,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from $100,001 to $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price
12% on the excess over $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price

Collection Notices

Successful Northern California area buyers may pick-up their property immediately at our San Francisco location.

Successful Southern California buyers may make arrangements to pick-up their lots by contacting Ivan Briggs at + 1(415) 503 3255. Arrangements must be made by Friday, March 1 2013.

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. A processing fee will be assessed on any returned checks. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Catherine Williamson
    Specialist - Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs
    Bonhams
    Work
    7601 W. Sunset Boulevard
    Los Angeles, United States 90046
    Work +1 323 436 5442
    FaxFax: +1 323 850 5843
Similar items
1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250-hp SS Roadster-Cabriolet  14034 The ex-Al Capone,1930 Cadillac Series 453 V16 Limousine  Chassis no. 701617 1930 Rolls-Royce  Phantom I Newmarket  Chassis no. S126 PR Engine no. 30260 1969 Shelby GT500 Convertible EU delivery,1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Convertible  Chassis no. 113042-10-016255 Engine no. 127981-10-012747 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel-Injected Convertible  Chassis no. 20867S106224