The Manual of Cricket.
Illustrated.London: F. H. Ayres, [c. 1894] Stock Code: 115870
First edition of this decidedly scarce and delightful guide to the game, put out by F. H. Ayres, one of the leading sports equipment and games manufacturers of the day.
The illustrations naturally feature kit, as well as batting strokes, two diagrams of fielding positions, and one of the best stance for catching the ball. Bowling is not illustrated but, as the book says, "first-class bowlers, like poets, are born not made". The rules included are those updated by the MCC in May 1894.
Library Hub locates copies at four British and Irish institutional libraries only (BL, Scotland, Cambridge, Trinity College Dublin) and WorldCat adds just the copy at Harry Ransom, Texas.
Small octavo, pp. 57. Original pale reddish-brown cloth, spine and front cover lettered in darker reddish-brown, front cover with ornamental bands at top and bottom and illustration of a batsman taking guard, endpapers carrying adverts for Ayres's sporting equipment (cricket bats, croquet hoops and balls, lawn tennis balls).
10 wood engraved illustrations in the text (including two of fielding positions).
Only very light soiling to covers, pale stain on back cover. An excellent copy.
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