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The Cricket Field: or The History and The Science of Cricket.


  • Author:
    Pycroft, Rev. James
  • Publisher:
    Longmans, Brown, Green, and Longmans, London, 1851
  • Catalog ID:
    1307290
  • Our ref:
    1307290

First edition. First edition, 1851. Hardback. 8vo. xiv, 242pp. Quarter bound with marbled paper covered boards. Two full page engravings: frontispiece of The Batsman and opposite p.171 The Bowler. Plus other drawings to illustrate the text. James Pycroft studied at Trinity College, Oxford, where he was a formidable cricketer. He went on to study law at Lincoln's Inn but abandoned the legal profession to become a Church of England Curate in Barnstaple, Devon. This book, one of the earliest on cricket, is dedicated to The Members of The North Devon Cricket Club. Pycroft proclaimed cricket to be a noble and manly activity and that "wherever her Majesty's servants have carried their victorious arms and legs, wind and weather permitting, cricket has been played." A delightful little volume, somewhat worn, but clearly well-read and so full of passion for the game it almost smells of linseed oil. Book in fair condition. Boards heavily rubbed. Wear to extremities and much of spine cover lost. Small stamp of Galway Military Library to verso of front free end paper, to dedication page and again to final page and recto of rear end paper. Also a small rectangular sticker to front paste down setting out the Rules (presumably of Galway Military Library). Some marking to end papers. A little sporadic spotting and an occasional soil mark to text block. A few lightly creased pages and a small number of notes to margins.
  • Our price: £75.00

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