James Pycroft (1813-95) was a pioneer of cricket research and in the opinion of Ashley-Cooper his efforts in this direction surpassed those of earlier commentators like Boxall, Lambert and Nyren. This classic book on cricket technique, the first of its kind, is one of the game's great literary masterpieces, covering many key aspects of the game including its origins, the rise of the Hambledon club, I Zingari, the impact of gambling, together with tutorials on batting, bowling and fielding. The first edition was published in 1851 and there were eight further editions up to 1887. This 1922 edition comes with an introduction by Ashley-Cooper and a full bibliography of all the various editions, plus a biography of Pycroft.
Large 8vo. xxiii + 318pp. Frontispiece, 34 plates, diags. Original blue cloth, spine slightly faded with normal shelfwear to head and tail of spine. In original dustwrapper, slightly chipped and worn, lacking front flap. Internally clean and bright. small previous owner's name in ink to front free end paper. A good copy. [Padwick, 394]
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