1914 Richter's History and Records of Base Ball Hardcover Book - Extremely Rare

First edition of Richter's History and Records of Base Ball by Francis Richter. "The Richter Book," as it is commonly referred to by advanced collectors, was self-published by the author in 1914, and printed by The Dando Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Richter book is one of the few key historical baseball volumes that is widely regarded as essential for any great baseball library. The 306-page book chronicles the rich history of the game, from its origins to the time of its publication (1914) and is lavishly illustrated with photographs of nearly every important player and league official. As the founder and editor of The Sporting Life, Richter was more than qualified to write this seminal work. It should be emphasized that the Richter Book is often found with serious condition problems. Perhaps relating to being self-published, a somewhat less than ideal and uneven quality paper was intentionally used, making the pages susceptible to damage. The pages in the offered volume are far better than most, with minor toning the most common flaw, most noticeably on the pages opposite the photo plates. The red cloth boards display only modest wear. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. This volume would be a significant addition to any world-class baseball library. You are purchasing the item listed in the title, please see the provided images for details about the condition. Please check back often as we will be adding new inventory regularly.