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Nicholas WANOSTROCHT)
FELIX ON THE BAT: BEING A SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY INTO THE USE OF THE CRICKET BAT .
Baily Brothers, 1855. Collectible. The classic early instructional cricket book by the renowned Kent and All-England batsman. Nicholas Wanostrocht, who played under the name Felix, was a schoolmaster at Blackheath and played cricket as an amateur alongside the early greats, Fuller Pilch and Alfred Mynn. This famous work gives a fascinating insight into the techniques employed by cricket's earliest batsmen, with strokes like the "Draw" and the "Home Draw" being all the rage. It is the first cricket book to be illustrated with coloured lithographs. This is the third edition, the first published in 1845. Third edition. Large 8vo. x + 74pp. Hand-tinted lithographic frontis., 6 hand-tinted lithographic plates (after G.F. Watts), text illustrations, diagrams, spectacular illuminated initials at the start of each chapter. Original green decorative cloth, gilt illustrations and titles to front cover, rubbed and bumped to edges with some minor damage to spine. Scouring to front pastedown where a white name card has been partially removed leaving a dirty mark. All edges gilt. A good copy. [Padwick, 397]. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Sportspages [Farnham, United Kingdom]

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