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Cricket History

Cricket History

Cricket has a long history dating back to the 17th century. The cricket books in this section are general cricket history books, as well as those dedicated to histories of specific countries, counties and clubs. Many are rare and evocative gems of sports memorabilia. For example, one of our copies of 'Felix on the Bat' was published in 1855, a third edition of the classic early cricket instructional book by renowned Kent and All England batsman, Nicholas Wanostrocht (known as Felix). The book is special in itself but this particular edition of this classic cricket book contained two letters.

One of the letters was from Douglas Jardine, the captain of the England's "Bodyline" team in Australia in 1932-33, the other from his father, M.R. Jardine, both dated 1934. In the latter, M R Jardine thanks the sender of this book, a Mr Gillam - "'How very kind of you to send Douglas that delightful old Classic. I am sure he will treasure it; it must be very rare ... he is on his way home after honey-mooning in Tanganyika ..." He continues to discuss various aspects of the book. The other letter, from Douglas Jardine, is a simple thank-you note, again to Mr Gillam: "I've got back from East Africa last week and on arrival here I found Felix on the Bat awaiting me ... I am look forward to browsing on it of a winter's evening even though I never expected to own a copy of my own ..." Both letters in themselves are special items of signed cricket memorabilia but the cricket book alone is both a classic bit of cricket instructional history and a cracking read.

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307 - 10TH WICKET. FIRST CLASS CRICKET RECORD PARTNERSHIP

Cricket book. An account of the record breaking last wicket stand during the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and Victoria in 1928, in which Alan Kippax and 'Hal' Hooker added 307 to NSW's

£80.00

AFTER THE INTERVAL

The author looks at the history of post-war cricket. 8vo. 238pp. Dust-wrapper, very good.

£5.00

ALL IN A DAY: GREAT MOMENTS IN CUP CRICKET

Writing in 1982, Bose, then Cricket correspondent for the Sunday Times, takes a look at one-day cricket. 8vo. 186pp. 16 pages of photographs. Dust-wrapper, very good.

£4.00

ALL IN A DAY: GREAT MOMENTS IN CUP CRICKET

Writing in 1982, Bose, then Cricket correspondent for the Sunday Times, takes a look at one-day cricket. 8vo. 186pp. 16 pages of photographs. Dust-wrapper, fine. Signed and dedicated by the author to

£6.00

ANNALS OF CRICKET. A RECORD OF THE GAME COMPILED FROM AUTHENTIC SOURCES, AND MY OWN EXPERIENCES DURING THE LAST TWENTY-THREE YEARS

The author played for Surrey from 1873 to 1897. In 1888 he scored 338 against Oxford University, at the time the second highest first-class score ever made. He was a member of the sides that won the County

£120.00

ANNALS OF LORD'S AND HISTORY OF THE M.C.C.

Scarce and early history of the MCC by the noted cricket collector, A.D. Taylor. Small 8vo. 1st edition. iii + 300pp. Original burgundy cloth, gilt titles to spine. Frontis (with tissue guard). Light

£36.00

THE ASHES - A CENTENARY

The authors review one hundred years of Ashes cricket, published to mark the Centenary of the Ashes. 8vo. 272pp. Text illlustrations. Dust-wrapper, very good. Signed nicely by Illingworth to title-page.

£10.00

THE ASHES. A CENTENARY

The authors review one hundred years of Ashes cricket, published to mark the Centenary of the Ashes. 8vo. 272pp. Text illlustrations. Dust-wrapper, very good.

£4.00

AUSTRALIAN CRICKET: THE GAME AND THE PLAYERS

A comprehensive encyclopaedia of Australian cricket and cricketers, laid out in an A to Z format with a bibliography of books on the subject. Thick 4to. 1162pp. Profusely illustrated, many in

£8.00

THE AUSTRALIAN CRICKETERS IN WALES

Tells of each visit to Wales by an Australian touring team from 1868 to 2009, highlighting individual and collective achievements including great victories by Glamorgan and revisiting the exploits of many

£8.00

BACK PAGE CRICKET: A CENTURY OF NEWSPAPER COVERAGE

Cricket history as reported throught the pages of The Daily Telegraph. 1st edition. 4to. Profusely ilustrated, very good condition. Bookplate signed by Swanton inside front cover.

£10.00

BALL BY BALL. THE STORY OF CRICKET BROADCASTING

History of cricket on radio and television. 1st edition. Large 8vo. 202pp. Very good.

£5.00

BALL BY BALL. THE STORY OF CRICKET BROADCASTING

History of cricket on radio and television. 1st edition. Large 8vo. 202pp. Fly-leaf neatly removed. Very good. Signed nicely by Martin-Jenkins to title-page.

£8.00

BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT ... THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE ASHES

Following the course of the English cricket touring team of 1882/82, the author unveils new evidence in the search for the origin of cricket's most famous trophy. Rupertswood, Sunbury, will forever be

£18.00

BEYOND THE FAR PAVILIONS

A follow-up to "Tales From The Far Pavilions". 8vo. 161pp. Dust-wrapper, very good.

£4.00

THE BOOK OF CRICKET

Warner's major work on all aspects of cricket and much re-issued. Perhaps best for the chapters on "some cricketers of my time" wherein he examines some of the players he played with and against from England,

£18.00

BUMPERS, BOSEYS & BRICKBATS

The biggest controversies in cricket history.   1st edition. 8vo. 191pp. Dustwrapper with a few nicks and closed tears to edges. Good.

£12.00

CCI & THE BRABOURNE STADIUM 1937-1987

Fiftieth anniversary celebration of the Brabourne Stadium and the Cricket Club of India. 1st edition. 8vo. 114pp. Photos, A very good copy in dust wrapper. Signed by both authors on the title page. 

£24.00

THE CHANGING FACE OF CRICKET

Reminiscences on a life in cricket and thoughts on the constant evolution of the game from player and latterly writer, Moyes. 1st edition. 8vo. 160pp. plus 16 pages of photos. Dustwrapper, very good.

£6.00

THE CHANGING FACE OF CRICKET

Denzil Batchelor describes the major changes in the game of cricket, including the invention of the googly by Bosanquet. Constantine describes the growth of the first-class game in the West Indies, while

£60.00

THE CHANGING FACE OF CRICKET

Denzil Batchelor describes the major changes in the game of cricket, including the invention of the googly by Bosanquet. Constantine describes the growth of the first-class game in the West Indies, while

£8.00

A CORRECT ACCOUNT OF ALL THE CRICKET MATCHES WHICH HAVE BEEN PLAYED BY THE MARY-LE-BONE CRICKET CLUB, AND ALL OTHER PRINCIPLE MATCHES, FROM THE YEAR 1786 TO 1822 INCLUSIVE ...

Facsimile edition of the first book of scores to follow Britcher. Bentley was a leading player of the day and often appeared in matches a Lord's. He lived close by and when not engaged in cricket

£40.00

COUNTRY HOUSE CRICKET GROUNDS OF LEICESTERSHIRE AND RUTLAND

Extensive research into a lost age of country house cricket in the county. Paperback. 8vo. 48pp. A very good copy. 

£14.00

CRICKET

Cricket book. A history of the sport. 8vo. 109pp. Dust-wrapper, very good.

£10.00

CRICKET - A WAY OF LIFE (E.W. SWANTON'S COPY)

An illustrated account of the history of the game of cricket. 4to. 224pp. Illustrated profusely throughout. Dust-wrapper,very good. Signed dedication from Martin-Jenkins to the distinguished cricket

£22.00

CRICKET ACROSS THE SEA; OR, THE WANDERINGS AND MATCHES OF THE GENTLEMEN OF CANADA, BY TWO OF THE VAGRANTS

An account of the tour of Great Britain and Ireland in 1887 by the Gentlemen of Canada. Originally published in Toronto, this is an exact facsimile reprint with the addition of a new historical introduction

£35.00

CRICKET AND ALL THAT

An irreverent history of cricket. 8vo. 242pp. Dust-wrapper, fine. Signed nicely by Blofeld to half-title page.

£9.00

CRICKET AND ENGLAND - A CULTURAL AND SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE INTER-WAR YEARS

A scholarly look at, amongst other things, how cricket played a vital role in how the English imagined themselves and their social world. 8vo. 217pp. Dust-wrapper, very good.

£45.00

CRICKET AND RACE

A study of racial attitudes and tensions throughout cricket history. Paperback. Large 8vo. Bookplate of Robin Marlar. Very good. 

£8.00

CRICKET AND THE CLOCK: A POST WAR COMMENTARY

Jim Swanton's analysis of cricket in the aftermath of the second world war and his thoughts on how the pace of the game could adapt to the demands of the clock. 8vo. 256pp. Frontispiece, photographs

£12.00

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