First Edition of Walter Camp’s American Football

  • American Football.

American Football.


Item Number: 4207

New York: Harper and Brothers, 1891.

First edition of the first book on American football. Small octavo, original blue cloth with gilt cover design of American double-eagles clutching footballs. With 31 photographs of stars from Harvard, Princeton and Yale. In near fine condition with a touch of wear to the extremities.

Walter Camp is credited with having revolutionized the game of American football during his years as athletic director and head advisory football coach at Yale in the late 1880s. "Team play was his great objective, and his strategic ability contributed much to the development of its technique. An even greater contribution came from his love of clean sportsmanship He created a literature of the game in books, magazines, and newspapers A memorial erected at the Yale Bowl, financed by his admirers in many colleges and schools, bears testimony to the respect and affection in which he was held" (DAB).

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