Lot # 177: The Earliest Known Japanese Baseball Piece - 1887 Woodblock

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Item was in Auction "Steel17",
which ran from 2/15/2017 10:00 AM to
3/17/2017 9:00 PM

They don't come much older than this: the earliest known pictorial reference to baseball in Japan. It was discovered in this 1887 school book, entirely printed in Japanese. The image of a baseball scene is complete with a batter holding a bat with a ball in the air and a catcher at his position. The book is in VG condition.

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