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A Ball-Players Career: Being the Personal Experiences and Reminiscences of Adrian C. Anson, Late Captain of the Chicago Baseball Club Welcome to the Beautiful Book Boutique. AbeBooks has millions of books, many of which are rare books, collectable books, antiquarian books or unique books. They range in subject from medical texts to children's nursery rhymes, Latin prayer to pop-up books. And every day, thousands sell and thousands more are added from booksellers all over the world.

With all that selection, it can be hard for some of the lesser-known books to be found and seen, and many of them are stunningly beautiful treasures. Here in the beautiful book boutique, we'll showcase some of the loveliest books we can find on the web site on a particular subject.

This time around our feature is on beautiful old sports books. Boxing, wrestling, cricket, baseball books and more, each of these volumes is a treat to look at, as well as to read.


Please note: prices are approximate to within a small margin, as currencies fluctuate. Quantity on rare books extremely limited; copies on display may sell quickly.

The By Ways and Queer Ways of Boxing by Harry Furniss
The By Ways and Queer Ways of Boxing
Harry Furniss


1919 copies
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Cricket in Many Climes - P.F. Warner
Cricket in Many Climes
Pelham Francis Warner


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Fencing by H.A. Colmore Dunn
H.A. Colmore Dunn


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A Quarter-back's Pluck: A Story of College Football by Lester Chadwick
A Quarter-back's Pluck: A Story of College Football
Lester Chadwick


1910 copies
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Spalding's Official Base Ball Guide - 1909
Spalding's Official Base Ball Guide


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Principles of Football by John W. Heisman
Principles of Football
John W. Heisman


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Slipper's ABC of Fox-Hunting by Edith Somerville
Slipper's ABC of Fox-Hunting
Edith Somerville


1903 copies
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Sports That Kill - T. DeWitt Talmage
Sports That Kill
Rev. T. DeWitt Talmage


1875 copies
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Casey at the Bat by Phineas Thayer
Casey at the Bat


1912 copies
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The Complete Croquet-Player
The Complete Croquet-Player
James Dunbar Heath


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Twenty-five Cricket Stories - 1909, exceedingly scarce. Four stories by P.G. Wodehouse
25 Cricket Stories
P.G. Wodehouse et al.


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