Boston: Dana Estes & Company, (1902). 1st Edition. 1st Printing. 15 Black & White Tissue-Guarded Plates. Full cloth. Octavo. xxiv, 407 pages. Near Fine. Bound in white cloth with gilt-stamped spine and upper board, top edge gilt. Some light overall soil. Sturdy, clean copy.
The first book appearance of baseball's most famous poem--Casey at the Bat--by Ernest Lawrence Thayer. Casey saw his print debut in 1888 in the San Francisco Daily Examiner, and De Wolf Hopper then popularized it throughout the country through his booming recitations. The poem was printed as an exhibit in a Harvard class secretary's report in 1900, and then as a pamphlet in 1901 before being included in this handsome little volume of comic verse the following year. This is the first state of the first printing, with Casey wrongly attributed to Joseph Quinlan Murphy. Binding variant is white cloth with gilt stamped titles, border rule, and illustration of the face of a jester on a stick encircled with laurels to upper board, similar elements in gilt on spine. Top edge gilt. A contemporaneous Christmas greeting card inscribed "Congratulations" is laid in. A striking copy.