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CESCINSKY, Herbert, & Ernest R. Gribble.

Early English Furniture & Woodwork.

London : 1922 Stock Code: 137593
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First edition, first impression. From the library of one of the great cricketers of the Golden Age, Ranjitsinhji (1872-1933), with his finely-engraved armorial bookplate and ownership inscription to the first blanks, "Maharaja Jamsaheb of Nawanagar, April 1923, Staines". At the outbreak of war in 1914, Ranji "put the resources of his state at the empire's disposal. These included a house in Staines, purchased for 30,000 two years earlier, that was converted into a hospital for wounded officers".

"Ranjitsinhji's approach to the Englishman's summer game was significantly different from that of his predecessors. He felt no compunction to follow convention or style. Like Arthur Shrewsbury, the Nottinghamshire and England professional, but unlike W. G. Grace, who had set standards that appeared unbeatable, he based his technique on back-foot play, which he felt inherently safest. Other key components were placement, control of the strike, and economy of effort, which more than compensated for his lack of physical robustness (he stood about 5 feet 10 inches). The lateness with which he executed his swift, explosive cuts and glances caused general wonder - batsmen had not scored runs behind the wicket with such facility before - and gave life to the legend of an oriental magician" (ibid.).

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2 volumes, folio (332 x 241 mm). Contemporary brown half morocco by Birdsall, spines gilt lettered direct, raised bands, cottage roof panels to compartments, pale brown linen sides, gilt French fillet trim to spines and corners, top edges gilt, Fantasy pattern marbled endpapers.


Colour frontispiece with captioned tissue guard to each volume, numerous black and white illustrations in text; title pagers printed withjing broad decorative borders.


Touch of foxing to fore-edge. A handsome set.


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