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94. [CRICKET] DENISON, W[illiam] CRICKET. SKETCHES OF THE PLAYERS Simkin, Marshall & Co., 1846. First edition. Original publisher’s buff card wrappers, bound in later cloth. Denison was cricket’s first journalist and his Sketches of the Players , the first book of cricket biography, con - tains 37 sketches of contemporary players and a more detailed description of the person and talents of Alfred Mynn. £2,500 95. [WISDEN] JOHN WISDEN’S CRICKETERS’ ALMA- NACK FOR 1879 John Wisden & Co., 1879. Original publisher’s yellow paper wrappers printed in brown. A near fine copy, with wrappers crisp and clean. An excep - tional copy. The sixteenth issue of Wisden and the first which concerns itself solely with the reporting of the 1878 cricket sea - son. Wisdens from this period are notably rare in their original wrappers and copies without significant damage or repair are all but unobtainable. £2,250

96. [WISDEN] JOHN WISDEN’S CRICKETERS’ ALMA- NACK FOR 1883 John Wisden & Co., 1883. Original publisher’s peach paper wrappers printed in black.A very good copy indeed, with clean wrappers free from repair or meaningful damage. An exceptionally well preserved copy. The first Wisden to include adverts in the text, it also includes the details of the Australian tour of 1882 and their victory in the Test Match (a term not at that point invented) at the Oval which led to the spoof obituary of English cricket in the Sport - ing Times, which led, henceforth to matches between England and Australia to be known as playing for ‘The Ashes’. £1,500 97. [CRICKET] ASHLEY-COOPER, F.S. W.G. GRACE CRICK- ETER A Record of His Performances in First-Class Matches John Wisden & Co., [1916]. First edition. A fine copy. Very rare in the publisher’s cloth binding. The binding uses the same cloth and tools as the 1916 Wisden. The only other copy we have encountered in this binding was the Grace family copy, suggesting this might have been used as a publisher’s presentation binding. £1,500


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